Venice Islands Tours

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Venice is made up of over 100 small islands, but generally “the Venice islands” refers to the three most famous outlying islands in the Venetian lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano, just north of Venice proper, has been the center of Venice’s famous glass-making industry since 1291, and the island’s expert glassblowers still handcraft stunning pieces of Murano glass today. Farther north, Burano has quiet canals lined with brightly painted fishermen’s houses and is home to Venice’s traditional lace artisans. Its neighboring island of Torcello, first settled in 452, is believed to be the first populated island in the Venetian lagoon.

The Basics
The only way to visit Venice’s islands is by boat. By far the best option for avoiding the hassle and delays of the vaporettos (ferries) is booking a private motorboat tour. Tours enable you to make the most of your time on each island—visiting the glass factories on Murano, lace-making demonstrations on Burano, and the historic sights on Torcello—without having to navigate the complicated and crowded interisland public transportation system. Choose a half-day sightseeing tour if you are pressed for time, or a more leisurely full-day Venice cruise to explore the Grand Canal and lagoon islands at a more relaxed pace.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to bring your camera to capture the picturesque glassblowing demonstrations on Murano and traditional lace-making on Burano.
  • Murano glass and Burano lace are famous for their impeccable quality—and prices reflect that. Be wary of glass or lace shops that advertise “bargain” prices, which often means low-quality goods imported from outside Italy.
  • Murano’s glass shops are known for their hard-sell techniques, so always book your Venice islands tour through a reputable company to avoid unpleasant strong-arming tactics.

How to Get There
From St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), take vaporetto 4.1 from the San Zaccaria stop, or a private water taxi from the Grand Canal boat launch near the Doge’s Palace, to Murano. From there, local water buses or taxis run to Burano and Torcello.

When to Get There
The Venice islands are most crowded in summer. The crowds thin considerably from November through February, though chilly temperatures can mean a less pleasant boat trip across the lagoon.

Torcello in Literature
Over the decades, a number of famous artists, musicians, and Hollywood stars have spent time on the quiet island of Torcello. Ernest Hemingway, for one, wrote parts of “Across the River and into the Trees” during his stay on the island in 1948.
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Visit Torcello, Murano and Burano — three islands in the Venetian Lagoon — on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, you’ll watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$23.17 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano Lace Laboratory

Venice is famous for its UNESCO-listed lagoon, but the city’s islands are also renowned for their handicrafts. This 5-hour cruise by private boat stops at Murano Island to watch a thrilling glass-blowing demonstration and Burano Island to visit a lace-making factory.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$40.55 USD
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Private Excursion by Typical Venetian Motorboat to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Discover three of the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on a private, half-day tour aboard a typical Venetian motorboat. See where the world’s finest blown glass is made in Murano, visit the home of artisan lace makers and famous biscuits in Burano and set foot on Venice’s oldest settlements in serene Torcello. Enjoy a customizable itinerary and the personalized attention of a private boat captain.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$127.44 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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6-Day Small Group Italy Tour of Rome Florence Pisa Venice

Explore the best of Italy on a 6-day tour through Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice. See famous landmarks like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Ponte Vecchio, the Florence Cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and much more. Travel between cities by train and admire the passing Italian countryside and enjoy a stress-free trip with all lodging, transfers, entrance tickets, and sightseeing tours included.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 days
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$1,099.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 7 days
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Islands of Venice Murano Burano and Torcello

Expand your Venice itinerary with a half-day cruise to three of the most enchanting islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano, see the lace workshops and colorful fishermen’s homes in Burano, and set foot on Venice's oldest settlement in Torcello. It’s a convenient way to venture off the beaten path without the hassle of navigating Venice’s complex public transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Cruise from Venice

Cruise around the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello on this daytime cruise. After leaving the city, you'll pass San Giorgio Maggiore on the way to Murano, an island known for its artisan glass. Visit one of the glass factories, then cruise onward to Burano where candy-colored fishermen houses and the famous Burano lace await. Your final visit is to the nearby island of Torcello, where you'll have free time to visit its striking cathedral.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Explore the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Half-Day Tour

See a different side to Venice on this half-day island-hopping cruise around the Venetian Lagoon, visiting the islands of Murano, Torcello and Burano. Discover the secrets of the world-famous Murano glass as you peek into the island’s glass-blowing workshops; admire the colorful houses and fishing villages of laid-back Burano and marvel over the Byzantine treasures of historic Torcello.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

See the sights of the surreal canal city in style with a luxury motorboat tour of the Grand Canal. Marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the famous canal as you ride past sights like the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge with a professional driver guiding the way. Arrive at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore to climb up into the bell tower for exceptional views over the city. Small-group tour size limited to four people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$113.54 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Venice Combo Tour: Doge's Palace, Gondola, and St. Mark's Square Museum Ticket

Explore Venice’s grandest attractions by land and water all in one afternoon on this great-value combo tour. Step inside the opulent former seat of the mighty Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace, and then discover the island’s hidden historic treasures on a guided walk along winding streets and canals. Glide through these famous waterways on a classic Venetian gondola ride, and then explore a trio of museums in St. Mark’s Square at your leisure with an included ticket.
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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$104.27 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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Private Venice Walking Tour

See the Venice sights that you want to see with this fully customized private tour, for a group of up to 10 people. Just choose a duration that suits your schedule, then head out with a private guide to discover the city. Perhaps take a tour that gives you the history behind the famous sights of St. Mark's Square such as the Doge's Palace, or maybe focus on the tucked-away treasures of Venice such as the Fontego dei Tedeschi building near the Rialto Bridge. It's the perfect way to explore Venice at your own pace.
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hrs
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$21.02 USD
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  • Duration: 1 to 4 hrs
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Venice Lagoon Islands Sailing Cruise from Venice

See the famous canal city of Venice from the water with a sailing tour of the Venetian Lagoon Islands from Jesolo. Explore unusual and secluded areas most people miss. Sail among the islands to see the unique landscape and natural environment around this iconic city.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$463.44 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Murano and Burano Sightseeing Cruise Tour from Venice

Spend a day away from the crowded tourist areas of Venice by going on a private Murano and Burano sightseeing cruise. You won’t have to worry about navigating as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. Explore Venice’s many islands in style by cruising the waters on a private boat. You’ll see lots of sites in a day, such as San Servolo, Murano, and Burano. A highlight is getting off the boat and meeting a glass blower.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$695.15 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Venice 'Inferno' Private Tour

Follow the trail of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks on a private tour through the mysteries of Venice as featured in Dan Brown’s bestselling book ‘Inferno.’ Wander through quiet backstreets, look for symbols inside ancient churches, and uncover the dark side of Venice inside its crypts and prisons. Continue the quest for answers on a boat ride across the Venetian Lagoon to the cemeteries of San Michele and through the Venetian Arsenal to search for Dante’s inscriptions on this captivating treasure hunt through the city’s history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$150.62 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Churches and Cloisters of Venice

Explore some of the hidden treasures of the Venice with this tour of the city's churches and cloisters. Learn about the histories of some of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. See churches on San Giorgio Maggiore island and San Lazzaro degli Armeni island among others to hear about how they were colonized by monks, nuns and religious communities in the past.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: The Islands of Venice

Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice for half a day on a private, guided tour of the Venetian Lagoon’s three most famous and picturesque islands. See where the world’s finest artisan glass is made on Murano, admire the colorful fishermen’s homes and traditional lacemaking workshops on Burano and visit the 5th-century remains of Venice’s oldest settlement on serene Torcello. Cruise across the lagoon in a private motorboat and enjoy the personalized attention of a local guide for a carefree day on the water.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts with a day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$40.55 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Excursion by Motorboat to the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello

Let a private guide lead you to three islands in the Venetian Lagoon famed for their traditional arts and crafts. A motorboat zips you away from your departure point to see the glassblowing of Murano, lace and biscuits of Burano, and cathedrals of Torcello. This 4-hour excursion departs in the morning with up to 10 passengers.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$173.79 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Afternoon Lagoon Tour from Venice

Venture beyond the best-known attractions of Venice to explore the treasures of neighboring islands on this afternoon boat tour. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration at a workshop in Murano, admire Burano’s leaning tower and brightly painted fishermen’s homes, and set foot on the oldest settlement in the Venetian Lagoon in Torcello. Enjoy guided commentary plus time to explore each island independently, and still be back in St. Mark’s Square in time for dinner.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$23.17 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
  • Duration: Flexible
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$405.51 USD
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  • Duration: Flexible
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Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

It is a truth universally acknowledged that visiting Venice and not taking a boat ride down the Grand Canal is a travelling sin. Experience the Floating City in all of its glory on a 1-hour motorboat tour in a group limited to 12. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll pass beautiful palazzo and sail beneath famous bridges such as the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$34.76 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Sail across the Venetian Lagoon on this romantic, 2-hour sunset cruise. Get a new perspective on the towering cathedrals and historic palazzos that line the isles of Venice from aboard a traditional Venetian boat. Pop open a half bottle of Prosecco and soak up the glorious sights of St Mark’s Basin and Venice Lido bathed in the golden light of sunset. Tour numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$91.53 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

Take a private tour of the Venetian Lagoon and visit the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Tour a glassblower’s workshop in Murano, and discover the traditional art of lacemaking in Burano. See medieval churches while learning about the ancient history of Torcello, Venice’s earliest settlement and a tranquil escape from the typical tourist path. Enjoy the dedicated attention of your private guide on this 4-hour tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$880.53 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Venice Day Trip by High-Speed Catamaran from Pula

Experience the unmatched beauty and romance of Venice—all without booking a hotel—on a day trip to ‘the Floating City’ from Pula. Cross the Adriatic Sea and Venetian Lagoon on a high-speed catamaran, and enjoy a half day of leisure time to spend as you wish. Ride a gondola through the famous Venetian canals, savor northern Italian cuisine, shop for handmade masks, or visit world-famous landmarks like St. Marks Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on your own before returning to Pula in the evening.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$81.10 USD
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Full Day Boat Trip to Venice from Rovinj

Enjoy a Full Day small group tour in Venice! One of the most glorified and romantic cities in the world and desired destinations. A pleasant boat ride of around three hours will take you to magnificent Venice from Rovinj and make your vacation a spectacular experience. During the afternoon you can enjoy your free time in individual activities, have lunch, and take a gondola or water taxi ride. 
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$55.61 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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