Murano has been producing beautiful crystal since the 10th century when Venetian traders brought back the secrets of production from the East. Burano with its pastel-coloured fishermen’s cottages is as pretty as the lace it is famous for. Beautiful mosaics at Torcello’s cathedral, Santa Maria Assunta, add to the beauty of this Byzantine structure.
Take a trip to Murano for its exquisite glasswork, Burano for lace and Torcello for Venice’s first cathedral – making the islands perfect for some very engaging sightseeing.
Jan - Dec:Daily
Approx. 4 hours (roughly 30 minutes each island)Start time
01 Mar - 12 Nov:9:30am & 2:30pm
13 Nov - 28 Feb:2:00pm
The tour departs from Saint Mark’s Square, the yellow box in front of the Prisons’ Palace between the Doge’s Palace and Hotel Danieli (close to Ponte della Paglia).
Please report at the meeting point 20 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Directions: The yellow desk is located by the Prisons’ Palace in Riva degli Schiavoni near St. Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, leaving the Basilica on your left, proceed straight till the two columns, then turn left. Cross one bridge, called Ponte della Paglia, and you find the yellow desk by the Prisons’ Palace on your left.
GPS co-ordinates (Decimal degrees DD): 45.433750, 12.341528
GPS co-ordinates (Degrees, minutes and seconds DMS): 45°26'01.5"N 12°20'29.5"E
St. Mark’s Square area
The tour departs from Saint Mark’s Square, by the Prisons’ Palace from where you will be taken to board a Gran Turismo motor boat.
Set off across the Venetian Lagoon and take in panoramic views from the water. After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the Lido (the famous beach resort), the boat arrives at Murano, the most famous and most visited Venetian island for the exquisite glasswork produced here. Disembark from the boat and explore Murano with your guide. You will also take a tour of the Murano glass factory where you can see master craftsmen at work, creating beautiful pieces of glassware.
Proceed to the island of Burano, which is famous for its lace industry. This pretty fishing village has many streets and canals lined with bright, pastel-coloured houses. Dating back to the 16th century, Burano has much to offer. See high quality lacework on display, explore its local shops and displays and admire Burano’s vibrant settlements.
Visit the delightful island of Torcello, home to Venice’s first cathedral. The cathedral, Santa Fosca, is a masterpiece with its mosaics and Byzantine structure. Established between the 5th and 6th centuries, Torcello boasts ornate palaces and churches including the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
After your tour, re-board the motor launch to cross the lagoon back to Venice. The tour ends at the original starting point. Note: The tour includes the service of a tour leader who provides some information on board the boat and assistance on the islands.
Passengers have to reach the meeting point 20 minutes prior to departure.
You will have around 30 minutes at leisure to explore each island
Tour does not operate seldom, only in case of exceptionally bad weather. The tour operates regularly in case of rain or snow; boats are completely covered.
The tour is not private but shared with other guests not belonging to the same party
The entrance fees to churches in Torcello is not included.
The morning of the Vogalonga Regatta (04th June, 2017) tour does NOT operate
The afternoon of the Historical Regatta (03rd September, 2017) tour ends at “Fondamente Nuove” area instead of Saint Mark’s area.
The afternoon of the Burano Regatta (17th September, 2017) tour does not stop in Torcello.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity or alternately you can show the printed copy of the voucher.
We do not recommended this tour for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
Very enjoyable and informative!...Avishai Finlay, United Kingdom, 20/Oct/2017
This tour is a good option if you want to get a feel for the islands around Venice but only have half a day to do so. You get on a big boat with about 100 people guided by a...sarah bostwick, United States, 08/Oct/2017