Explore the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Half-Day Tour - Reviews

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Wing Yan Natali W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This tour was amazing!

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Amazing tour. Murano glass factory was breathtaking and informative. Burano was amazing and beautiful. Was nice to see Torcello but not as great as the other two islands. The boat leaves prompt so make sure you arrive back at least 5 minutes before they say. They do not wait for late comers as they have a timetable to stick to. Well worth the money.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

A good overview of the sites. No guidance but enough time to browse each island and get at least a superficial taste of each.

Emma M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

This tour was amazing!

Nicole O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

A well paced tour with plenty of time at each island.
The Glass blowing was amazing! And the shop was cheaper than the main Venice shops

Sherrie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Even though it was raining the day we went, this was a great way to visit the outer islands.

Donna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Absolutely our favorite! One of the best parts of our 9 day trip to Italy. I already recommended this one to my manager and her group of 4 who are going later this month. A great way to check out 3 very different islands - so close - with a unique flavor. Beautiful colors in Burano - has to be my 1.

Jonathan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Delightful tour. At Murano we enjoyed a brilliant glass blowing demonstration, although afterwards a half-an-hour in a glass store was not very interesting. The Visits to Burano and Torcello were delightful, with the freedom to walk and enjoy ourselves as we wished. Do not miss these islands if you are in Venice.

Fredrick D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Awesome tour. Must do.

Fredrick D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was so much fun! A must Do.

Michelle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

A great way to see the Venetian Lagoon islands. This was my favorite day in Venice by far. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Venice. It was very nice to get away from the crowded main island and see some of these smaller ones. The glass blowing demonstration was awesome!

John S

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

Enjoyed tour. Glad that we brought water bottles with us because they do not have a concession stand on boat. Wear sunscreen.

SusieSum United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

This is a good opportunity to see some of the islands around Venice. The boat was comfortable and warm to get back on after walking around. Murano was limited to a glass factory demonstration and shopping which was fine but there was no opportunity to see the island. Torcello was next and a short walk past some cafes and shops brought us to a fine church. With only 40 minutes on the island and a 10 minute walk each way to the church, time is limited. The highlight for us was Burano. It was getting dark as we arrived and the Main Street and little coloured houses were so pretty. A spectacular sunset and a ride back towards the lights of Venice was lovely. A good taster of the islands. Downsides were that the linguistically talented lady on the microphone was speaking so fast that it was hard to make out what she was saying and that the men on the boat made everyone wait in the cold until the exact time for getting back on arrived. As it was so cold, this seemed a bit unnecessary.

holiday

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2016

Great trip although would have liked to have had a longer stay at Murano and actually looked at the factory. Burano was very pleasant but only had 40minutes...not long to have a look round and had a coffee or lunch

Vanessa R

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Would highly recommend this trip. Was easy to locate the ticket stand and the trip lasted just long enough without being too long.

Burano was our favourite stop, however watching the glassblowing was a treat!

Worth a visit for all ages.

rodney064

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Well worth the spend, Murano was amazing

David P

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Tour was. Good. The staff at the booking stand were helpful, the boat was comfortable and clean, the islands were interesting and the time allocation was good. Perhaps another 15 minutes on Morano to view the glass would have been valuable

Michael H

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

A very pleasant way to spend part of a day in Venice. We boarded at the piers by the Doge's Palace. On a Sunday in early May the boat was only 1/4 filled which made our tour group size and comfort on the boat real nice. The stop in Murano which included a 10-minute demonstration of glass-blowing and then around 30 minutes in the shop was very nice. This wasn't like the Waterford tour in Ireland we took years ago where we walked through the factory watching numerous artisans at work -- this was seeing one artisan do a demonstration and then off to shopping, so I would have liked seeing more of the workplace and others at work. The second stop, Burano, is a charming island town -- get past the empty square you disembark at and walk along the canal through the town with all its shops and restaurants. The stop was too short to browse and have lunch, just time for one or the other, but we enjoyed our stop and did some shopping. The 3rd stop was at Torcello. The main church and other buildings are very interesting, less than a 15 minute walk past a half dozen restaurants to get there, and interesting enough for 30 - 60 minutes of visiting. My travel partners actually chose to just stop and hang out sipping wine at one of the restaurant cafes on the walk to the church area, and I was the only one to tour this church sites, and I found the history, architecture, and art to be well worth a visit.

With perfect weather, and nice boat rides across the lagoon to these islands, it was a pleasant way to spend some time. There was a guide on the boat who spoke in several languages but she had a heavy accent and spoke very fast so all we really heard in English were the times she repeated for us to be back on the boat after each stop.

PS. The boat leaves each stop on time. 3 latecomers rushed unsuccessfully to re-board us at the end of the Burano stop. They re-appeared on the boat leaving Torcello, so they must have found another boat to hire to get them back to ours.

Lesley S

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

had a fabulous afternoon on our trip. We found the pick up point easily, canal side just off the top of St Mark's Square. Marvelled at the glass blowing in Murano and loved the colours of the fisherman's houses in Burano. Torcello was a bit disappointing, but the other two made up for it. The scenery was interesting and the boat commentery was good.

Kathryn A B

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

The first 2 islands were great. Boat ride was nice. The guide or whatever she was, was impossible to understand. The 3rd island (Torcello) could be skipped. A tour of just the two would have been better. But all in all we were happy we did this tour. Beautiful!

Jacqueline L USA

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

We enjoyed much of this tour, particularly Burano, just recognize that the guide only speaks in 4 languages on the boat between stops and you are on your own at each island, 45 minutes each. Burano is the middle stop and is charming. Be sure to either stop to eat lunch there or do as we did and buy a panini or a wrap with some chips and waters to bring back to the boat to eat as you head on to Torcello. Torcello has what looks like a very nice restaurant and you might plan to eat lunch there as the cathedral and surroundings only take s few minutes to see. Pay the fee and go into the cathedral. You don't see much of the island of Murano actually. You go from the boat straight into a charming 10-15 minute glass blowing demonstration and then straight into the two floors of showrooms and sales folks. There's so many Murano glass shops around every corner in Venice, this really wasn't what we'd expected. We'd thought we'd be getting an actual tour of the factory. All-in-all a worth while trip.

Larry S

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2017

Tour may be good, but we ended up not making the tour.

Yasmeen N

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2017

Murano was great as we visited a glass blowing factory and saw a demonstration. But the other two islands were a disappointment.

Sandra D

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2016

Was interesting to hear some of the information about Venice from the guide on the ride out. At Murano, you literally walk into the demonstration room, and sales area, no access to any other part of the island. Burano is very pretty, we disembarked and explored by ourselves. Could have done with more time. At Torcello, we again walked to the church by ourselves. The island seems to be a place where the locals go on a weekend. To be honest, I would just take a regular boat to Burano, and have more time to look around there, and have lunch.

Thomas C

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2016

Our hotel provided, free, transport to and from Murano - which is where you want to go! We just did not show up for this one from Viator. I wish we had known and we would not have purchased the tour! Murano glass factory is amazing and we bought some beautiful pieces which we KNOW are not Chinese fakes like so much of the glass there is!

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