Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands

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Visit a glass factory in Murano

See the chocolate-box painted houses on Burano

Go to the Byzantine Cathedral in Torcello


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  • English Tour: Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano & Torcello

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 4 hours

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  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip: Italian Language

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Enjoy a half-day cruise to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon. The most famous of the Venetian islands, they are known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, handicrafts, and history.


Take a half-day cruise to the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. Departing from near Saint Mark’s Square, you will take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin, towards the Lido, and then back along the north coastline of the city.

Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass manufactured and blown.

Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Sights will be pointed out by your tour leader, who will explain the history and significance of the islands. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with its colored contrasts, and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry.

Try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes before heading to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Visit the Byzantine Cathedral, and see the magnificent mosaics that represent The Last Judgment.

What's Included:

• Guided tour
• Boat transportation

What's Not Included:

• Food
• Drinks
• Gratuities
• Ticket and visit to Torcello Cathedral

Good to Know:

• Minimum number of participants for the tour is 4 people (it might be that you share the tour with other people in order to run the tour, this is not a private tour)
• The tour is done in English, Italian, Spanish, French and German languages

Clients need to change the voucher into the ticket before boarding at the alilaguna desk (see pictures).

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  • Rating: 5 “A great way to cover the Islands in a morning.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Gordon, Australia on July 6th, 2014 This is a great tour to give you an overview of the Islands, there is sufficient time allowed for visits on each and will give you enough information to allow you to decide if you would like to come back to explore them further. It's also a lovely boat ride with plenty of scenery to take in.

  • Rating: 4 “Excellent trip, beautiful islands.”

    Reviewed by Martin from Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom on June 30th, 2014 Our only criticism was that we could have done with more time on the islands to enable us to have a meal somewhere.

  • Rating: 3 “saw lots”

    Reviewed by Glen from Manjimup, Australia on May 15th, 2014 The guide was too noisy kept talking over loud speaker in 4 different languages so most of the time it was just noise. You couldn't talk to any other people you met on trip.

  • Rating: 2 “Give it a miss”

    Reviewed by Paulette from Mitcham, United Kingdom on May 14th, 2014 I found the tour a total waste of time. I was looking forward to going to Murano in the hope of buying some glass products but we were only there for 45 min watched a glass display which was interesting and only had time to walk around there show room which had really large and expensive items.
    Burano was the most enjoyable of the 3 Islands but we did not have enough time there I would have like enough time to have a meal there.
    Torcello was a waste of time it was a10 min walk into the town and there wasn't much there.
    I would recommend Burano but go there on your own using the water bus.

  • Rating: 3 “ok tour.”

    Reviewed by Velayutham from Galway, Ireland on April 25th, 2014 The tour guide was not audible at all throughout the tour. Otherwise had a good time to spend in all 3 islands.

  • Rating: 3 “This was a great way to see 3 lovely islands in a reasonable time.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Paris, Canada on June 16th, 2013 a good tour to take

  • Rating: 4 “Interesting tour, but difficult to hear/understand guide on speaker”

    Reviewed by Lauren from Olathe, United States on February 27th, 2013 This tour was great, other than we were unable to hear/understand the guide on the boat speaker. It was very gravely and distorted. We knew she was telling the history of several of the islands including the ones we were visiting, but it was difficult to understand what she was saying.
    The demonstrations were AMAZING. The gentleman on the island of Murano made a vase and a glass horse in a matter of 3 minutes and it was truly an amazing talent. We also got to see a demonstration of the lacemaking skills on the island of Murano. The church on the island Torcello was also very intersting, however the bell tower was under construction so we did not pay the extra 5 euros to visit the cathedral. There was a nother nice chapel we were able to visit for free that was quite beautiful.

  • Rating: 4 “Nice Trip”

    Reviewed by Amr from 6 October, Egypt on February 27th, 2013 Enjoyed this Tour, but it requires more dedicated time

  • Rating: 3 “Ok tour but not great”

    Reviewed by Adam from SAN DIEGO, United States on October 10th, 2011 The boat excursion was interesting and relaxing, but just wasn't that full of interesting sites or information. Most of the time was spent traveling between islands, and while this provided some interesting views, it got a little boring. Time on each island was rushed and geared toward selling souvenirs. The highlight was the glass blowing and stretching demonstration which lasted about 15 minutes. I was very impressed with the guide, who gave the tour in 5 different languages at once. One tip though, avoid buying any glass souvenirs on Murano. Unless you find something very unique, you can probably find the same glass items on Burano or in the city of Venice for much less.

  • Rating: 1 “Horrible experience. Too crowded and too hot.”

    Reviewed by Timothy from St Albans, United Kingdom on September 20th, 2011 Boat was very crowded and very hot. Annoying listening to tour guide say same announcement in 7 different languages. Due to boat conditions, felt sick and left tour in Murano and took water taxi back to San Marco. Would not recommend this trip to anyone.

  • Rating: 5 “ausgezeichneter Ausflug”

    Reviewed by Kerstin from Wedemark, Germany on July 17th, 2014 sehr gute Organisation, leider zu wenig Zeit auf den einzelnen Inseln, vor allem auf Burano

  • Rating: 5 “Super, et en plus c'été pas cher, 4 heures excursion magnefique !!!”

    Reviewed by Nelly from Saint Etienne, France on July 12th, 2014 Super, et en plus c'été pas cher, 4 heures excursion magnefique !!! Je recommande toute le monde, 4 heures on a visité les îles Murano, Burano, Torcello, c'été magnefique et pas cher. Merci

  • Rating: 3 “Trop peu de temps sur les 3 îles vistées (45 min/île)”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Sart-Bernard, Belgium on July 4th, 2014 45 min par île visitée est vraiment trop court, il faudrait minimum le double de temps.
    Murano, visite de la verrerie en 10 min, 25 min dans le musée-shopping, longueur du parcours aller-retour: 120m. Burano, superbe endroit, juste le temps de le découvrir et déjà le départ s'annonce. Torcello, insolite, 10 min aller à pied le long du canal, juste le temps de visiter au pas de course 20 min et faire une pause wc (1,50€), retour 10 min . Et c'est déjà fini, on rembarque

  • Rating: 4 “Da provare assolutamente”

    Reviewed by Davide from Palermo, Italy on July 2nd, 2014 Mini tour giornaliero davvero entusiasmante e accattivante. La guida, con la sua professionalità, ti coinvolge incuriosendoti sulla storia e le tradizione dei luoghi da visitare. Nele isole, che già di per sè sono affascinanti, trovi quanto vuoi a misura di turista. Il tempo a disposizione per poter apprezzare le tre isole, purtroppo, è davvero ridotto, comunque soddisfacente. Lo consiglio. Buon divertimento.

  • Rating: 4 “Tolle Tour - nur Tourguide und Personal leider sehr unfreundlich”

    Reviewed by Jan from Nienburg, Germany on June 28th, 2014 Die Tourguidefrau war leider völlig unmotiviert,sonst war die Tour aber wirklich toll..
    Die Bootsjungs von Alilaguna leider auch unmotiviert und ist das in Venedig leider immer.

  • Rating: 3 “Wenn ihr nicht wisst wohin mit der Zeit!”

    Reviewed by Stefanie from Berlin, Germany on June 19th, 2014 Es war im großen und ganzen ok. Alle wollen in der Glasfabrik nur verkaufen. Die kennen sich sehr gut untereinander. Zum schluß wird es langweilig. Aber wer zeit hat und mal ein Ausflug machen möchte ist es ok. Die deutsche Tour war sehr anstrengen sie hat sich ständig wiederholt ich konnte zum Ende ihre Stimme nicht mehr hören

  • Rating: 3 “Murano leider zu dünn, Torcello joa, Burano noch das Beste”

    Reviewed by Bernd from Mainz-Kostheim, Germany on June 10th, 2014 Die Gruppe für unsere Tour war sehr groß und das Boot voll. Abgesehen dass es auch noch so laut war, dass es sogar die Linienschiffe übertroffen hat, hat unsere sprachlich sicher sehr gut ausgebildete Reiseleiterin ständig mit dem Problem gekämpft alles was sie in Italienisch vorgetragen hat anschließend in Englisch, Spanisch, Deutsch und auch noch Französisch zu wiederholen. Daher sehr schnell vorgetragen, man konnte es leider nicht wirklich genießen und sich in Ruhe informieren. Der Aufenthalt auf Murano viel zu kurz, abgesehen von der kurzen aber interessanten Vorführung wie das Glas hergestellt wird gab es leider nichts mehr sehenswertes. In Torcello, wen es interessiert hat die kleine Kirche. Auf Burano hat man zumindest einige sehr schöne Fotomotive der bunten Häuser und des schiefen Kirchturms gehabt. Für die Stickereien hatte aber kaum noch jemand Interesse, da die Tour sehr anstrengend war. Empfehlung: Am besten die Touren in versch. Sprachgruppen aufteilen!

  • Rating: 5 “très bon rapport qualité prix, pour la durée de la croisière”

    Reviewed by Carmen Hugues from BORDEAUX, France on May 31st, 2014 croisière à la hauteur de nos espérances , durée adaptée et qualité des commentaires

  • Rating: 5 “Toller Halbtagesausflug auf dem Wasser”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Worms, Germany on May 27th, 2014 Schöne Bootsfahrt durch die Lagune. Die 3 Inseln sehr sehenswert. Die Reisebegleitung auch total angenehm.

  • Rating: 4 “Genüsslicher Ausflug am Sonntag”

    Reviewed by Ralph from Bad Schönborn, Germany on May 26th, 2014 Es hat Spass gemacht, diese Fahrt zu den Inseln zu machen. Sehr gemütliche und erholsame Fahrt.
    Interessante Vorstellung in der Glassfabrik

  • Rating: 5 “Pünktlich, guter service!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Scheuerfeld, Germany on May 20th, 2014 Die Abfahrt und Abholungen auf den Inseln erfolgten zügig, das Personal war freundlich---ein schöner Tag!

  • Rating: 5 “Ein Ausflug, den man sich auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen sollte.”

    Reviewed by Birgit from Laatzen, Germany on May 13th, 2014 Die Bootsfahrt war hervorragend organisiert. Wir hatten ausreichend Zeit uns alles anzusehen, die Führerin hat alles sehr gut erklärt und es war sehr informativ. Sehr empfehlenswert!

  • Rating: 4 “Guter Einblick in das Inselleben um Venedig”

    Reviewed by Lutz from Blankenburg, Germany on May 12th, 2014 Die Reisebegleiterin erklärte sehr schön die Umgebung von Venedig , das Leben auf den Inseln früher und heute. Da sie dies in 4 Sprachen tat ( Hochachtung dafür ! ) italienisch, englisch , deutsch und französisch musste man aber etwas Geduld bei den Erläuterungen aufbringen -für Kinder sicher etwas anstrengend. Der Halt in Murano hat mich nicht überzeugt , da das Ganze nur als Verkaufsaufenthalt angelegt war . Von der Insel selber haben wir nichts gesehen , da nach dem Verlassen der Verkaufsräume die Fahrt schon weiter ging . Wir dachten das wir etwas mehr über die Glasherstellung erfahren , aber das haben wir in unserem heimischen Glaswerk in Derenburg schon besser gesehen . Die anderen beiden Inseln haben uns besser gefallen . Um diese besser kennenzulernen war der Aufenthalt aber zu kurz . Wenn man länger in Venedig ist und etwas Zeit hat sollte man sich die Inseln einzeln anschauen und kann je nach Gefallen dort verweilen.

  • Rating: 5 “Für wenig Geld wird viel geboten. Wunderschöne Tour”

    Reviewed by Dorothea from Bocholt, Germany on May 11th, 2014 Wirklich ausgezeichnet. Gute Abwicklung, reichlich Zeit auf den Inseln

  • Rating: 3 “Preiswerter Ausflug”

    Reviewed by Christian from Eschenbach, Switzerland on April 28th, 2014 Preiswerter Ausflug, nicht spezieller Ausflug. Preis Leistung ist sicher hervorragend, wenn man bedenkt dass am San Marcos Platz 2 Kaffes 29 Euronen kostet!

  • Rating: 3 “Ganz ok aber nicht nötig wenn man ein Bus Ticket hat”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Germering, Germany on April 22nd, 2014 Das Boot war recht voll, die Erklärung ganz nett aber keine 20 € Wert wenn man eh ein Ticket hat um auf die Inseln zu kommen.

  • Rating: 4 “ausgezeichnet”

    Reviewed by Peter from Ferndorf, Austria on April 14th, 2014 Sowohl das Programm als auch die erstklassige Reiseführung kann nur gelobt werden und ich wiederhole dies sicher mit Freunde. Durch das dicht gedrängte Programm kommen die eigenen Entdeckungen etwas zu kurz.

  • Rating: 3 “Ganz nett”

    Reviewed by Cindy from München, Germany on March 5th, 2014 Die Inseln sind sehr sehenswert. Ein bisschen mehr Zeit auf den Inseln wäre gut gewesen. Die Erklärungen der Reiseleitung auf dem Boot sind leider sehr schwer zu hören aufgrund der lauten Motorgeräusche.

  • Rating: 3 “Interessant, aber ...”

    Reviewed by Hans-Georg from Altendorf, Switzerland on February 26th, 2014 alles war sehenswert, hingegen hatte das ganze einen leichten Beigeschmack von "Verkaufstour"

  • Rating: 4 “essenziale come itinerario”

    Reviewed by PATRIZIO from BENEVENTO, Italy on December 18th, 2013 La guida a nostra disposizione era ottima il trasporto inteso come traghetto sicuro e agevole. L'itinerario è quello giusto forse da estendere il tempo dedicato alle singole isole dalle 4 ore stimate alle 5. C'era fretta e copia di ritornare in tempo. Tutti sommato molto soddisfatto.

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  • “Really lovely, absolutely recommend it!!!”

    “Awesome bout tour with great information in a lot of different languages!”

    Daniela from Wien, Austria

  • “Don't miss out!”

    “We enjoyed Murano the most, the glass blowing is stunning. We could have done without Torcello.”

    Ute from Eystrup, Germany

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