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Overview

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.
  • Private 4-hour tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands, in the Venetian Lagoon
  • Cruise the Venetian Lagoon by motor boat with your guide
  • Watch skilled glassblowers at work on Murano Island
  • Admire Burano Island’s pretty fishing port and browse for lace in the island's traditional shops
  • Explore Torcello Island and admire Venetian-Byzantine mosaics at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
  • This private tour ensures you’ll see the best of Murano, Burano and Torcello while receiving undivided attention from your guide
Explore the history and beauty of the Venetian islands while enjoying the personalized attention of a private tour. Choose from three different departure times to suit your schedule, and then connect with your expert guide in central Venice at the prearranged time. Set out into the Venetian Lagoon aboard a comfortable motorboat, and admire a new perspective on the city as its grand structures recede into the distance.

Your first stop is the island of Murano, where glassblowers have been practicing their craft for centuries. Visit a glassblowing workshop for a firsthand look at this amazing art form, and learn what makes Murano glass coveted around the globe. You’ll also have a chance to explore the island’s historic streets and unique shops.

At the neighboring island of Burano, you’ll be welcomed by colorful fishermen’s homes and a charming historic port. Burano is famous for its lacemaking legacy, and local craftswomen still practice centuries-old techniques to weave intricate lace that is considered among the finest in the world. Enjoy leisure time to browse local shops, where you can purchase a unique lace souvenir to take home.

Finally, make your way to tranquil Torcello — a less-visited locale that boasts the distinction of being the first site of Venetian settlement. Learn about the island’s earliest inhabitants, who fled here in the 5th century to escape barbarian armies. Climb the bell tower at the 12th-century Church of Santa Fosca for panoramic views, and admire the detailed mosaics at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta — the oldest church in Venice.  

Your 4-hour tour concludes with a boat ride back to the original departure point in Venice.

Please note: Price listed is per person, based on six adults per boat. A minimum of two people per booking is required.

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M
, Jul 2018

Barbara was a fantastic guide, Murano glass making factory was very interesting with exquisite items to purchase. Murano was very beautiful and colorful, only wish we could have stayed longer!

M
, Mar 2018

This was a nice tour, the lady who was our guide took us around and gave great detail. My only issue with this was that when we wanted to get a bottle of water, she took us to a place that totally overcharged us and it felt like this was done on purpose. I don't know, but I didn't like that. The glass factory was amazing and they shipped my purchases without any problems. overall the day was great, but for that water incident.

T
, Nov 2017

If I could give this one 10 stars - I would! LOVED THIS TOUR!!!! So worth it. Wonderful, wonderful!! The beauty here is even better than the pictures you see. TONS of shopping for pretty much everyone. A fun tour!!

R
, Oct 2017

Samuel and our boat driver made the day quite special. He was very knowledgeable with the entire area and listened to our needs.
He set us up with the experts in the fields of Glass making and Linen embroidery.
We enjoyed lunch together and shared some stories.
Truly a wonderful tour!

K
, Sep 2017

Great tour. The guide was very nice and gave a lot of information. Great private glass-making demonstration of Murano, and Burano was absolutely beautiful. We decided to skip Torcello and chose to be dropped off at a beach for the rest of the day instead. That's the beauty of. private tour. You can change whatever you need to at the last minute. Great day.

E
, Jul 2017

Our tour guide Stefania was amazing she shared a lot of history on the 3 islands with us and responded to all the questions we had. Stefanie was very knowledgeable, informative and patient. The tour was very personal as there were only 5 of us on the boat. We had travelled all the way from Botswana, Africa for my birthday celebration and the tour was worth it.

I would recommend the tour and our guide to anyone!

S
, Jul 2017

we got lucky and had the boat/guide to ourselves. we were able to customize everything to do exactly as we wanted. really enjoyed the guide and the day.

J
, Jul 2017

I guess when you book a private tour, it all comes down to the tour guide...and I can't imagine having a better experience. Barbara was our guide and quickly assessed our desires and expectations. Since this tour was part of a birthday celebration, Barbara went out of her way to make the day special for me the birthday boy. As others have mentioned, the benefits of a private tour is some additional flexibility and I believe our tour was unique to our group. FYI, we really enjoyed Burano the most.

F
, Apr 2017

We were a family of 6 and thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Murano, and Burano! We decided to not do Torcello because we enjoyed Burano so much. The boat was a lovely, private, mahogany water taxi that was reserved just for us the entire afternoon. Our guide, Sam, a local Venetian offered a lovely local insight, and answered all of our questions. This tour was perfect for us because Venice was extremely crowded, and it took us away from the madness of the city center, over crowded public water taxis, and tour groups. Watching the glass making in Murano was exceptional, and having Sam show us the quieter off the beaten path parts of Burano was exactly what we wanted. If you are into photography, like me, Burano was a dream in the late afternoon we did the 2pm tour. Thank you to Sam for the lovely afternoon!

A
, Nov 2016

Loved it and the one on one made it much more special


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