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Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

1. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

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Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

2. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

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Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

3. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

Departing from Venice, travel across the lagoon to visit the three islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello. The excursion will start in St. Mark's Square area where you will board a panoramic boat and leave towards the northern part of the lagoon. Some explanations will be provided in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian during the boat trips. The first stop will be Murano Island, famous for its glass production and picturesque views. Here, have the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a glass piece of art. Let yourself be amazed by Murano Island, but also remember to get back in time to the boat to leave for the next highlight. The next stop is Burano Island, famous for its colorful houses. Apart from being a paradise for photography lovers, it is home to a long tradition of lace production. Enough free time will be left to stroll around the island and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that can still be found here. If you have chosen the option for the Three Islands, the next stop is Torcello, known as the Mother of Venice. You have the chance to visit the Basilica, which is one of the oldest in the Lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and very historical island.  With eyes full of beauty and camera cards full of memories to cherish, you will then catch your motorboat ride back to Venice.

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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

4. Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

Discover the artistic heart of Venice on an unforgettable cruise by motorboat. Get stunning views of the lagoon from the panoramic boat as you cruise towards the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Enjoy an audio guide with a digital map to discover the history and legends of the 3 islands by your self, and take marvelous pictures of Venice and its lagoon. See the 16th-century Benedictine monastery on San Giorgio Maggiore and pass the famous Venice Lido before arriving at Murano. Visit one of the glass-blowing factories of its glass manufacturing industry, known throughout the world for its refined techniques and use of color.  Continue to the neighboring island of Burano and admire the brightly painted fishermen’s houses. See some of the lace products made on the island, and then sail to the sparsely populated island of Torcello, where the estuary was first settled in 452 AD. Admire the mosaics of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and see the adjacent Church of Santa Fosca as the only reminders of the island glorious past.

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Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

5. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4.5 or 6-hour afternoon trip. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Stop at Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello and see the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to the train station for an additional cost - just ask your tour guide.

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Venice: Boat Tour of Murano, Burano, & Torcello Islands

6. Venice: Boat Tour of Murano, Burano, & Torcello Islands

Sail to Murano, visit one of the island’s glassworks, and attend a demonstration of a master glassmaker. Alternatively (or additionally), you can walk to the lighthouse or opt for a visit to the iconic sights of Murano, such as the Basilica of Santi Maria and Donato, the Glass Museum, and Palazzo da Mula. Next, visit Burano, highlighted by its colorful houses. Enjoy some free time to visit the leaning bell tower, the house of Bepi Suà, or the Lace Museum.  Your last stop will be Torcello, where Venetian civilization was born. The first settlements date back to the 7th century when local folks sought refuge on the island to escape the Barbarian invasions. Today Torcello has just over 10 inhabitants, but its historical and artistic testimonies make it a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Enjoy a splendid panoramic view of a Venetian lagoon before returning.

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From Venice: 6-Hour Boat Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello

7. From Venice: 6-Hour Boat Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello

Board a panoramic vessel in Venice and set sail to Murano, renowned for its glass manufacturing industry. Enjoy a fascinating visit to a glass furnace and admire this ancient art form up close. Make use of free time to stroll around the island at you leisure. Visit the Murano Glass Museum and the byzantine church of San Donato. Afterwards, hop back onboard and cruise to the picturesque Burano, an island famous for its hand-made laces and brightly coloured fisherman’s houses. If you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to lunch on the island. Next, depart to Torcello island, the most ancient historical settlement in the Venetian lagoon region. Admire the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca before heading back to Venice.

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Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello Private Boat Tour

8. Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello Private Boat Tour

Enjoy a private half-day excursion by Venetian motorboat to the Venice Lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the comfortable motorboat, featuring shelter from the sun, a soft sofa, and a 360-degree view. Admire the flora and fauna of the lagoon as you cruise to Murano, where you can admire the romance and beauty of the 9th-century cathedral of St. Donato. Then, take a short stroll to a glass factory to watch expert glass blowers at work. Next, sail over to the colorful island of Burano, a small gem of the Venice Lagoon with its silent streets and brightly painted houses. Try an authentic bussola biscuit while you are there. Continue to Torcello to explore one of the first populated islands of the Venice Lagoon. Today, due to its distance from Venice, the island is largely used to cultivate artichokes. Marvel at the islands from the comfort of your boat, or on land, before the transfer back to San Marco.

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Venice: 4 Islands Full-Day Tour by Boat

9. Venice: 4 Islands Full-Day Tour by Boat

Cruise on a boat to 4 famous islands around Venice, and experience a fun-filled day in the sun on this unforgettable island adventure. Meet your tour in Venice, whereupon arrival you'll board the boat and get ready for your day of adventure. Along with your visit to the four islands, you'll also sail down the Giudecca Canal, the San Marco basin and the Venetian Lagoon, offering panoramic views of San Marco Square and the islands of San Servolo, San Lazzaro of the Armenians, Lido of Venice, and of the Venetian Arsenal. Glide on the boat to Murano Island to explore a glass factory and its showroom where you will see a glass-maker at work during a 1-hour stop with a guided tour. Next, hop back onto the boat and head to Torcello Island. Here, you have an hour to discover the island, the first settlement of the lagoon, at your own pace. Continue to Burano Island, a fishing village with colorful houses, where you will enjoy a 2-hour stop for a self-guided visit of the island, and a tasty lunch of your choosing. End at the exclusive San Francesco del Deserto Island. Stop here for 45 minutes for a guided tour in Italian of the convent and the island by a Franciscan Friar. Finally, hop back onto the boat and sip on a glass of Prosecco as you bask in the sunshine and warm breeze on your return journey.

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Venice: Island Tour & Treviso Airport Transfer

10. Venice: Island Tour & Treviso Airport Transfer

Enjoy a quick, comfortable coach transfer service to or from Treviso Airport to Mestre and Venice. The coaches are times to collect passengers and drop them off according to scheduled flight times. After arriving in Venice, you can use the voucher to take an elegant lagoon cruise whenever you choose. The charming canals are characteristic of Venice and you can explore the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, the latter only in the afternoon tour. The tour is available twice daily: - At 10:00am from F30 pier (after Calatrava bridge on the left coming from Piazzale Roma) or at 10:30 from San Marco (Cornoldi pier, in front of Metropole Hotel).  - At 2pm from F30 pier or at 2.30pm from San Marco Cornoldi.  On Murano stop you can see a glass-blowing demonstration at one of the island's famous glass factories.  During the tour a hostess will provide commentary about the history and the culture of Venice and its islands.

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What people are saying about Torcello

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 11,284 reviews

Nice trip the 4.5 to 5 hours is perfectly suitable for the trip. Nice people in Murano glass factory and very friendly. The amazing colorful of Burano houses is awesome with the traditional bakery and biscuits taste. Recommended for all.

A fantastic experience would highly recommend! Our guide Lela was great, she asked if we would like to spend longer in Burano this is highly recommended we saw the most beautiful sunset and got longer to explore the colorful island!

Worthwhile to make a day trip if you have the time. Or else can skip during winter season as many shops are closed

Well organized and efficient to visit the beautiful islands. Can't beat the price-quality ratio! Recommended!

Belle mini croisière sur la lagune Dommage sono déplorable sur le bateau