Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands

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Highlights:

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, and Torcello

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 4 hours

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  • German Tour: Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano, and Torcello

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    Live guide: German

    Duration: 4 hours

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  • French Tour: Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano, and Torcello

    Live guide: French

    Duration: 4 hours

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Overview:

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.

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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 being manufactured and blown.

Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Your tour leader will point out sights and explain the history and significance of the islands. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful 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:

• Boat transportation throughout

What's Not Included:

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

Good to Know:

• The minimum number of participants for the tour is 4 people. As a result, you might have to share the tour with other people - this is not a private tour.

• The tour is led in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and German.

• You need to exchange your voucher for a ticket before boarding.

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  • Rating: 4 “Loved this trip!”

    Reviewed by Melanie from Wellington, New Zealand on January 30, 2015 Fantastic trip! Loved the different islands and they were all so unique! I know that this isn't a tour but one thing that would make it better is if when the guide was telling us about the different islands, that she was infront of us talking about them rather than up in a seperate booth with the rest of the staff. It seemed a little impersonal. But otherwise, I loved that we were given 45 minutes on each to explore and take loads of photos.


  • Rating: 4 “Nice trip when you dont have much time”

    Reviewed by Sharon from APO AE, United States on November 23, 2014 We had only two days in Venice and wanted to be sure we saw the Islands during our visit. This was a good trip to see things fast, about four hours. We were able to get a taste of the culture and trades at each of three --Murano, Burano, and Torcello. The only negative was that the guide said the same thing in like five different languages, very fast, and of course she couldn't say much then. It would have better to plug in and listen to a detailed narrative in one's own language as many of the boats do on the Seine in Paris.


  • Rating: 4 “Well organized tour in the Lagoon of Venice”

    Reviewed by Peter from Budapest, Hungary on October 28, 2014 The only problem was, that the Cathedral of Torcello was under renovation.


  • Rating: 4 “Tour is worth the money €20.”

    Reviewed by Cynthia from Kensington, Australia on October 23, 2014 The only thing is I could not hear the tour guide's voice well when the boat was running fast.. the engine sounded really loud.


  • Rating: 3 “Too little time”

    Reviewed by Stuart from Northallerton, United Kingdom on September 27, 2014 The actual boat trip was ok. Information about sights seen from the boat was given by our guide across a loudspeaker - it was clear enough but rather boringly presented. Time onshore was too brief. The Murano visit took us straight into a factory to watch an impressive piece of glass-blowing skill and then into a very large showroom with a huge collection of expensive-looking glassware on display; nothing like enough time to really consider any purchases. We would have preferred a smaller more informal workshop/retail shop set-up. The brightly coloured houses on Burano were photogenic but again, more time was need to explore (and by this time most folks were ready for a snack). Torcello was supposed to be the least interesting but in fact with more time we think there were some interesting buildings to explore - but by the time we had walked from the pier area it was time to walk back to catch the boat. Perhaps think of this trip as a 'taster'; later return by yourself?


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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

  • “well-organized and nice tour”

    “Recommend it”

    Thomas from Aarburg, Switzerland

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