Explore the most fascinating islands of Venice
Visit Murano - known for its artisanal glass making
Marvel at the multicoloured houses of Burano
Explore the birthplace of the Venetian Republic on Torcello
Free time to explore each island
Covid-19 Update: The morning departure of this tour is cancelled for the 2020 summer season, but the afternoon departure remains available to book now. Click here for more details.
Operates: Daily (March – November only)
Duration: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Children: €10 (3-5 years old) Infant 0 – 2 years old travel free
Languages: This tour is available in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. This tour could be multilingual.
This tour is not accessible for passengers with wheelchairs and mobility issues.
Meet your guide at the yellow box in front of the Prison's Palace, close to Ponte della Paglia by 9:15am
Visit Murano - known for its glass manufacturing industry
Discover Torcello and uncover the island's history and hidden churches, villas and bridges
Explore Burano and marvel at the brightly coloured houses and boutiques
Venice might be the main highlight of the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, but well within touching distance are some incredible lesser-travelled islands that make for a great trip away from the mainland. On this one-day tour, we’ll head to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, which each has their own unique qualities that make them just as exciting to adventure across. Led by a professional tour guide, we’ll depart Venice by boat and set sail for our first destination passing by the charming islands of San Servolo, San Giorgio Maggiore, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and the lush Sant’Elena Gardens.
The first island we arrive at is Murano, which has been renowned throughout history for its glassmaking that is still being sought after today. We’ll pay a visit to one of the island’s top-rated glass factories that continues to produce glass in virtually the same way that the artisans of the 13th-century did. In many ways, Murano is like a miniature version of Venice with the island being subdivided into nine distinct inlets that each offers its own particular atmosphere and places to enjoy.
Our second stop will be Torcello, which is widely considered to be the island that the population of Venice originally emerged from during the 5th-century. This ancient island has a lot of history to explore as a variety of historic churches, villas and bridges date back hundreds of years. Highlights include the Byzantine Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of Santa Fosca and the Ponte dei Diavolo, an elegantly designed bridge that crosses the Maggiore Canal.
Burano will be the final destination on this tour as we get to experience its vibrant homes and businesses that dot the island. Don’t miss your chance to capture some great photographs here. Meanwhile, in a similar way to Murano glasswork, the island is recognised for its stunning lacework that’s been carried forward for generations. Considered some of the most beautifully made lace in the world, grab yourself a sample to take home.
Most travellers come to Veneto to experience the wonders of Venice, but the kindred islands of Murano, Torcello and Burano are well worth making the journey too. Climb aboard our boat and tour the seas as these islands provide an awesome day out.
A local and passionate guide
Transportation by motorboat
Entrance fee glass-blowing workshop in Murano
Free time to explore each island
The meeting point for this tour is at the yellow box in front of the Prison’s Palace, close to Ponte della Paglia (between Doge’s Palace and Hotel Danieli in St Mark’s Square.) You will be given the full instructions once you have completed the booking.
Please be advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.