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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

View from the Bell Tower of Torcello

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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Customer Reviews

Barbara D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Barbara did a great job. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone visiting Venice.

Dee Ann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was fantastic. Our guide was amazing!!!

Cornelia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

As always the visit to Burano was sooo special! Murano was closed for the weekend and seeing the master making his piece of glass art was magnificent! we saw real lace making on Burano....absolutely breathtaking.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I have never done a private tour before but this is the only way to go. Our tour guide gave us so much history and information. She took us to a couple of shops in Burano who sold very nice gifts at a very good price. She allowed us to go at our own pace and was very thorough. It was a tour highly recommended.

Matthew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Samuel was an excellent guide. This was a genuine private tour where Samuel was happy to be flexible and build the trip round the 3 islands as we wanted. A genuine local really interested in making us have the best time. Loved it!

Busy Bee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Delightful tour

Daniel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our group of 4 were exceptionally pleased with the tour. Barbara was our personal guide for the day and she made the tour enjoyable and personable. We would highly recommend Barbara to any one. We enjoyed Murano and Burano a lot. Good half day.

Suresh G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Experienced guide, well arranged boat tour. Glass blowing demo at factory was excellent. Very good showroom and salesman.

scottkender

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Half day private tour was great. Hotel pickup great guide and wonderful sights plus came back up the grand canal back to the hotel.

Meredith P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Samuel was an excellent guide. He was very flexible with our preferences and we spent more time on Burano eating lunch and cruising around the picturesque town. Our 9 and 11 year old were thoroughly entertained.

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