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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

From US$27.21

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Visit Torcello, Murano, and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, 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.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano, Torcello, and Burano from Venice
  • Visit the three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon by motorboat
  • Watch master glass blowers at work at a factory on Murano
  • See Byzantine churches on Torcello— the Church of Santa Fosca
  • Browse for lace on Burano and admire the painted houses
  • Hear commentary provided by an expert guide
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departure times

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This affordable boat tour zips you to a trio of the most interesting Venetian islands without a hitch.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
  • Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello
  • Entrance fees to Torcello Church
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What To Expect

Your tour from Venice to Murano, Torcello, and Burano begins as you board your motorboat and set off across the Venetian Lagoon to your first stop, the island of Murano, which is actually several small isles dissected by a wide canal. Disembark the boat to walk around Murano with your guide.

Visit a glass factory, where you watch a glassblower creating beautiful pieces of glassware, a Murano tradition that dates back to 1291. Hear a bit about the island’s history from your guide, who tells you about Murano’s prosperity in the 1400s and 1500s, when it was the center of glassmaking in Europe. Then go admire other sights like churches decorated with mosaics and other ornamental details.

Next, visit Torcello, an island established between the 5th and 6th centuries, to see its ornate palaces and churches. Highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remnants of the baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca. Then head to your third stop, Burano, an island known for its lace production, which dates back to the 16th century and was once the best in Europe. While you visit local shops and a museum to admire high-end lace on display, admire the island’s brightly-colored fishermen’s houses.

Your tour then ends with the return boat ride to Venice.

Laguna di Venezia (Pass By)

Isola di Murano

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Isola di Burano - World Heritage Site

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Isola Torcello

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Chiesa di Santa Fosca (Pass By)

Trono di Attila

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ponte del Diavolo

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza San Marco (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

We recommend to have snacks or eat well before going to this tour, because if you stop to buy something to eat, you might ran out of time to sight-see.
Though you can take the water bus to these islands having a pick up and drop of time scheduled for each makes it very easy to gain access to each island.


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2 out of 3 visits were worthwhile
Jenny_H, Jun 2023
Even with awful rainy weather and cold, we enjoyed Burano and Murano. I would skip Torcello in the future. There is nothing there to see and a waste of time.
Easy to see 3 key islands of Venice
Jay_M, Jun 2023
Good tour to see 3 of the other key islands of Venice. Well organized. Was hard to hear the commentary over the engine noise.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Murano and Burano were...
Leslie_S, Jun 2023
Murano and Burano were great. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to explore Murano as the glass blowing demonstration before us ran late and we weren't given extra time. Torcello was a waste of time. Next time I would just get water taxi tickets to Murano and Burano and just take my time.
4 hour worth spent
Hailey_C, Jun 2023
Great experience, perfect timing with a 7 year old as it was a whistle-stop tour! Beautiful islands, well worth a visit!
Being transported to a different era!!!
Mia_F, Jun 2023
An amazing day spent out from the buzy Venice! You are transported to a different era! Strongly recommend!
Loved Burano, just wished...
Geraldine_K, Jun 2023
Loved Burano, just wished had more time there. But great tour for those that wish to see everything but have limited time in Venice.
Excellent tour
Craig_L, Jun 2023
A great 4 hour tour that was informative and extremely interesting. Great value for money and well organised.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bad meet up point and trip details
David_F, Jun 2023
The check in location details on voucher was not correct. Ending missing trip. Found the correct check in location and how to get tickets had to wait for next trip. Also trip was said small group, was not small at all 50 plus people.
Good for the price
Chelsea_C, May 2023
It was nice for the price but not too much time to really look around. It also would help if the meet up instructions tell you to get a ticket from the booth or someone to point you to the right area.
Michael_K, May 2023
A very cool and easy way to see the islands, however we would have preferred more time in Murano and to not visit Torcello at all. Overall though it was very enjoyable
Would not go again
kevin_m, May 2023
Italian, English and German is not an English tour Acoustics on the second boat were awful. Waste of time
1 traveler found this review helpful
Westnoosa, May 2023
You get what you pay for! At least 60 people of different languages. Maybe 40 or 50 minutes in each place. A muffled short dialogue of each place through the boat public address system which you can not hear due to the boats engine and everyone trying to talk over it. Disappointing.
This is a great tour for the buck
Brent_R, May 2023
This is a great tour for the buck. See three distinct islands and get a glass-blowing demonstration. Burano is a great little town with a cool church.
Beautiful Island hopping
Karen_P, May 2023
I did think lunch was included, but we had just the right amount of time on each island visit, beautiful places to visit, its a must if going to Venice x
Visit each island on your own - tour not worth it!
Anne_L, May 2023
Burano was delightful but we didn’t have enough time there or anywhere else. Barely got to visit the church in Torcello and almost no time to explore Murano after glass blowing demonstration. Each visit felt VERY RUSHED. Difficult to hear the tour guide on the boat (almost impossible on the first ferry) and no clear instructions on where to meet the boat in Burano. (I got lost and went to a boat on the opposite side of the island! Barely made it back to our boat.)
Please note of the different meeting points and times
Trash_C, May 2023
Meeting point was very poorly explained, so we missed the entire tour. It might have been nice, oh well.
Not much really we were...
Loveleen_S, May 2023
Not much really we were lucky that our tour was not cancelled whereas 11 am tours got canceled due to the annual races.
Didn’t get to go because of Viator error!
Linda_B, May 2023
We didn’t get to go on the tour. We couldn’t enter the departure place and could not get in touch with the local guide. 😡
Rush hour
MariaDulce_B, May 2023
Not enough time to spend in each island. Only saving grace for this tour is u get 50% off at the gift shop, otherwise if you’re not buying, better just do it on your own.
Burano is the best part!
Calvin_S, May 2023
Loved Burano the most and would have loved to have more time there instead of going to Torcello. Couldn’t hear or understand the guide very well with the engine noise of the boat etc but good tour anyway


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