Venetian Lagoon Tours

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Venice is a patchwork of many islands in the Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay on the Adriatic Sea that covers 212 square miles (549 square kilometers). After visiting the main Venetian islands, take a boat trip across the shallow lagoon to the outlying islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello.

The Basics
Italy’s Venetian Lagoon was formed by nature thousands of years ago, but human intervention over the past centuries—including hydraulic projects to prevent the lagoon from becoming a marsh and the drainage and construction of islands—has shaped the bay into what it is today.

The most popular way to explore the lagoon is by motorboat cruise from the city of Venice to quieter nearby islands such as Burano, famous for its lace and colorful buildings; Murano, known for its glass production; and Torcello, thought to be one of the first inhabited islands in the lagoon. For a romantic evening on the lagoon, opt for a Venice sunset cruise or a gondola ride along the canals in Venice proper fed by the waters of the lagoon.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Venetian Lagoon cruises last about half a day (four hours), giving you time to disembark on each island and explore.
  • Confirm wheelchair accessibility for lagoon boat tours ahead of time.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat if touring by boat during the summer months.
  • The waters of the lagoon are generally quite calm, so cruises can be pleasant even for those who suffer from motion sickness. 

How to Get There
The Venetian Lagoon straddles the provinces of Venice and Padua in northern Italy, but by far the easiest and most popular way to reach the lagoon is via the city of Venice either by plane, train, or car.

When to Get There
The lagoon can be choppy in winter, so the best time to cruise the waters is May to September, with the additional benefit of escaping the crowds that invade the main islands during these months. Venice has a number of festivals that take place in whole or in part on the lagoon; the most spectacular are Carnival in January and February, the Festa del Redentore in July, and the Festa della Madonna della Salute in November.

Acqua Alta
The water level in the Venetian lagoon varies dramatically during the year. Often, Venice experiences acqua alta (high water) in the wet winter months, when sea waters flood the low-lying areas of the city along the Grand Canal, including Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Market. The city sets up raised wooden walkways during acqua alta, so people can get around the flooded portions of the city without getting their feet wet.
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4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and Torcello

Immerse yourself in the dreamy landscapes of the Venetian Lagoon on this 4-hour island-hopping cruise from Venice. See a different side to the city as you cruise around Murano, Burano and Torcello islands by motorboat. Hop off along the way to discover the glass-making heritage of Murano, snap photos of picturesque Burano and spot landmarks like Devil's Bridge and Attila’s throne on Torcello.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Cruise from Venice

Enjoy another side of Venice with a guided motor-boat tour through the Venetian Lagoon, with stops at Murano, Torcello and Burano islands. Journey past a stunning 16th-century church, Lido beach resort, and Venice's stunning Public Gardens en route to Murano, known for its rich, centuries-old glassmaking history. Explore one of its factories, then set out for Burano, often regarded as one of the world's most colorful cities. Afterward, make a stop on Torcello, a peaceful, less-populated island where you'll find a series of exquisite Byzantine mosaics in a 7th-century cathedral. 
  • Duration: 4 hours 18 minutes
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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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Half-Day Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano and Burano

Visit the famous artisan islands of the Venetian Lagoon on a half-day motorboat trip from central Venice. Soak up fantastic views of the city’s waterside highlights as you cruise to Murano, known for its centuries-old glassmaking industry. Watch master glassblowers create candy-colored shapes at a factory, or simply stroll around the island at your leisure. Continue on to the pretty island of Burano, home to brightly hued buildings and traditional lacemaking workshops.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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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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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Venice Photography Walking Tour with Private Guide

Take an artistic approach to Venice with this private photography walking tour. Whether you’re a novice or expert photographer, you’ll find endless opportunities for the perfect shot as you explore Venice’s picturesque streets, squares and canals. A professional photographer guide will lead you on a 3-hour walking tour of magnificent landmarks and hidden backstreets, giving you tips on lighting and composition along the way. Bring your camera or smartphone and leave Venice with a collection of beautiful, print-worthy images to memorialize your holiday.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour

Explore the Venetian Lagoon at your own pace on a semi-independent tour and cruise to the islands of Murano and Burano. Discover Murano’s rich glass-making heritage as you peek into a glass-blowing workshop, then enjoy free time to take in the rest of the island. Next, grab your camera and set off to admire the colourful houses and serene canals of Burano, one of Venice’s most photogenic spots. Your self-guided tour includes round-trip transport by motorboat, plus multilingual assistance on-board.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Glorious Grand Canal Tour

Discover the romance and legends of Venice’s most famous waterway on a 1-hour Grand Canal tour. Travel aboard a motorized boat with a local guide, who will share tales of power and intrigue as you glide past glorious palaces, churches and mansions. Learn about the unique construction of Venice atop a watery marsh, and get acquainted with some of the city’s most famous former residents. Group size is limited to 10 adults for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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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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Venice Islands Sunset Cruise with Prosecco

Enjoy magnificent views of the Venice islands on a 1.5-hour sunset cruise. Head out in the cool of the evening and float across St Mark’s Basin, past the island of Guidance in the Venetian Lagoon, and out toward the age-old island monasteries. Admire the tranquil waters as you glide along, and as the sun sits heavy on the horizon. After the ride, you will arrive in a restored Venetian palace to drink a glass of Prosecco  or a soft drink sitting in their beautiful garden.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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PRIVATE VISIT TO AN ANCIENT GLASS FACTORY IN MURANO BY LUXURY WATER TAXI

See how master artisans are carrying on the Venetian tradition of glassblowing with a private tour to the island of Murano, famous for producing Europe's finest blown glass for centuries. Cruise across the Venetian Lagoon aboard a luxury water taxi, and tour a historic workshop with a personal guide available to answer all your questions. Watch a live glassblowing demonstration and admire one-of-a-kind glass treasures in the factory shop.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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