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 & Torcello

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 4 hours

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    Live guide: German

    Duration: 4 hours

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  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip: Italian Language

    Live guide: Italian

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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.

Description:

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 “Burano is a destination absolutely worth seeing.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Urdorf, Switzerland on October 13th, 2012 Somewhat disappointed with Murano. You just visit a glass factory and then drive back. It's too bad that you don't get enough time to see the lovely fishing island of Burano, which is absolutely worth seeing. That would have made the trip very nice.


  • Rating: 3 “Conditionally recommend it.”

    Reviewed by Christa from Safenwil, Switzerland on September 4th, 2012 The sights on the boat were too low, so we didn't get a good view from them. The Murano and Burano islands are ok. Torcello is totally superfluous. The guide's commentary was very difficult to understand.


  • Rating: 3 “unfortunately no German-language tour available”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Estorf, Germany on August 28th, 2012 recommend it nonetheless, trip's contents were well-selected


  • Rating: 5 “well-organized and nice tour”

    Reviewed by Thomas from Aarburg, Switzerland on August 20th, 2012 Recommend it


  • Rating: 4 “You must see Burano”

    Reviewed by Imraz from Heidelberg, Germany on August 6th, 2012 The tickets can be bought on-site at the same price, only we had the problem that the tour wasn't in German even though we'd booked it so. The woman who led the tour was really nice and tried to explain things in Spanish, Italian and Englisch as I know a bit of each. I had doubts about the tour, but it was easy to find and it all worked out well. I'd book the tour again.


  • Rating: 1 “It's totally unnecessary to book this tour”

    Reviewed by Miriam from Herne, Germany on July 23rd, 2012 We wasted 20 Euro on this. You can get to the islands really easily by water bus or by ferry, and then organize the time on your own. The stuff that the woman on the boat told us in 4 languages was 1) impossible to understand because of the bad loudspeakers and the loud motor 2) hard to understand since she didn't know the languages well and had poor pronunciation. The time we spent on the islands was far too short, so that we split off from the group on the last island (Burano) in order to be able to spend more time there, and rode the ferry back to Murano and also went to see the cemetery island again.


  • Rating: 4 “Great weather, nice people, guide was a bit difficult to understand pronunciation-wise”

    Reviewed by Stefanie from Olten, Switzerland on July 19th, 2012 All in all a great day


  • Rating: 3 “Average offer”

    Reviewed by Manuela from Markkleeberg, Germany on July 15th, 2012 Unfortunately due to the loud engine noise we could only partially hear the guide. It was a real shame that the ride superficially included a sales presentation.


  • Rating: 3 “too far-reaching for 4 hours”

    Reviewed by Udo from Bad Oeynhausen, Germany on July 12th, 2012 We booked a German tour, didn't get it since the commentary was in italian english and french, a tip you can't exchange the tickets you buy online the pavilion with the yellow border wasn't applicable


  • Rating: 2 “Didn't spend enough time on the islands”

    Reviewed by Arnold from Düsseldorf, Germany on July 10th, 2012 Spending only 40 minutes on each island was too little. The visit or promotional trip to the glassblower's at Murano was unnecessary. Torcello- the way from the bay to the historical core was too far to have a viewing. Only Burano was halfway acceptable. All in all it wasn't satisfactory, it would definitely be better to do it on your own.


  • Rating: 4 “everything was perfectly organized”

    Reviewed by Karin from Ma. Enzersdorf, Austria on June 28th, 2012 The boat tour was absolutely worth the 20 euro. Yeah, you don't get to spend that much time on the islands, but what do you expect for 20 euro for 4 hours. On Murano you're brought straight from Steeg to a glass blowery and you can watch them make a vase and a horse. Then there's a little time left over to buy the glass pieces they've made. In Torcello you visit the church. In Burano you have about 40 minutes to view at least the main spot on the island. Overall this was a nice trip and the pricing was appropriate.


  • Rating: 2 “20 euro didn't pay for itself!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Ingolstadt, Germany on June 12th, 2012 We booked a German tou r and when we first arrived on the ship we realized that the guide couldn't speak German. Her English was also really bad and you could hardly understand her. Despite that it was really loud on the ship so you couldn't hear anyway. She spoke really quickly without any breaks--she simply rattled off the prepared sentences in all the languages.

    The visit to the glass factory in Murano took five minutes. It wasn't a serious presentation.

    All in all, this excursion wasn't worth 20 euro.


  • Rating: 3 “The trip lived up to its description and was good.”

    Reviewed by Beate from Wien, Austria on June 10th, 2012 The trip lived up to its description and was good.


  • Rating: 2 “Bad.”

    Reviewed by Christian from hoexter, Germany on May 21st, 2012 1 – The boat didn't have very appropriate seating. We were too deep into the boat and thus couldn't see out properly. 2 – The guide could spoke 5 different languages but wasn't very easy to understand. 3- Our time on the island was a bit too short.


  • Rating: 5 “very satisfied”

    Reviewed by Beate from Potsdam, Germany on May 18th, 2012 I'd definitely recommend booking in advance. You can calmly order your tour program from home and enjoy your trip once you're there without having to worry about payment or a lack of language skills. The descriptions of the starting/meeting point were very precise.


  • Rating: 3 “Didn't spend enough time on the islands!”

    Reviewed by Günther from Willich, Germany on May 14th, 2012 For 20 Euro you definitely can't expect any more than this. The multilingual commentary that lasted over 4 hours was incredibly annoying. My suggestion: stretch the tour out over 6 hours (30 Euro), and commentary using an audio box on which you can choose which language you'd like to hear.


  • Rating: 5 “Really lovely, absolutely recommend it!!!”

    Reviewed by Daniela from Wien, Austria on May 13th, 2012 Awesome bout tour with great information in a lot of different languages!


  • Rating: 3 “Worth seeing for Burano alone”

    Reviewed by Heinz from Breitenau am Hochlantsch, Austria on May 5th, 2012 The guide spoke 5 languages seemingly perfectly. The islands along the route were also described. Sadly too little time is spent on Murano, and you see nothing more than the top dog amongst glass blowers with his unashamedly expensive "factory sale"… you generally get the glass products cheaper elsewhere (though you obviously have to take care that "Murano glass" is written on them and not "Italian Style"). Burano is worth the trip. Even if you don't wish to buy the table cloths it's still really interesting to watch the women at work, and you get lots of opportunities to do so. The houses with the candy colors and the steep towers of San Martino. Torcello isn't so exciting, the only sight is Santa Maria Assunta church.
    Overall though it's good for 20€.


  • Rating: 2 “Not really recommended”

    Reviewed by Gerhard from Traismauer, Austria on April 16th, 2012 Booked it in German, but only English and Italian were spoken. The visit to Murano was only to visit a glass blower's shop. Wouldn't do it again.


  • Rating: 5 “really beautiful.”

    Reviewed by Heike from Berlin, Germany on October 29th, 2011 It was raining and there were only a few people on the boat. It was a unique and beautiful trip. We saw so much and learnt a lot too, the trip was definitely worth it, those 4 hours were well used.
    Would definitely recommend to others.


  • 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: 3 “Too little free time available”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bülach, Switzerland on October 3rd, 2011 The whole tour (all three islands) was scheduled to take 4 hours, but effectively we were only underway for three hours. After the glass blowing demonstration on the island of Murano, we had no time at all by ourselves.
    The info about the meeting place in Venice doesn't match up with the Google map...


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108 customer reviews


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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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