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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

By Bucintoro Viaggi S.r.l.
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This sightseeing tour allows you to see three islands in the Venetian Lagoon in half a day. Visitors often visit Murano—well-known for its glass-blowing factory—but fewer make it to Burano and Torcello, with their lace-making shops and ornate palaces and churches. The tour also offers two departure times a day, making it easier to fit into your schedule.
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Ages 0-99, max of 85 per group
Duration: 4h 30m
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Live guide: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Visit three of Venice’s islands in half a day
  • See a glass factory, churches, lace shops, and more without feeling rushed
  • Learn history from a guide you wouldn’t hear traveling on your own
  • Choose a morning or afternoon trip to suit your schedule

  • Tour Leader
  • Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
  • Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello
What's not included
  • Entrance fees to Torcello Church
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Board your motorboat to set off across the Venetian Lagoon for Murano. Disembark and stroll around the island with your guide. Stop at a glass factory, where you watch a glassblower create sculptures in a centuries-old tradition. Your guide tells you about the island’s history as the former center of European glassmaking. Visit a few sights around the island, including a church with notable mosaics. Hop back in the boat and move onto lesser-known Torcello, with its ornate palaces and churches. See the excavated ruins of the Church of Santa Fosca baptistery. Your third stop is Burano, known for traditional lace production. Walk past the island’s colorful fishermen’s houses, and visit lace shops and the lace museum. Finish the tour with a boat ride back to Venice.

Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Alilaguna & Bucintoro Viaggi -Ticket Office San Marco Giardinetti, Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Alilaguna ticket office is located at San Marco Giardinetti vaporetto stop, next to the Royal Gardens. Please don't look for Alilaguna office on Google maps. Strictly requested to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.
  • Option 2
    Cannaregio, 54, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
    Please note that the tour departs from Santa Lucia Railway Station 30 minutes before the departure in San Marco. Please exchange your voucher at the Railway Station c/o Alilaguna ticket office located outside the station, at the corner of the Scalzi church 15 minutes before the departure time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2495ABTOUR2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
    • On certain dates, most travelers staying outside of Venice who are planning to visit for the day will be required to pay a €5 access fee. For further details (including exemptions) and to learn what days this fee is applicable, please visit: https://cda.ve.it
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 85 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2495ABTOUR2

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    • Bucintoro Viaggi S.r.l.
      2,749
      Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Joined in February 2011
    • vwutdog
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth doing at least once.
      It was something everyone has to do when they visit Venice. It was fun and a good experience and worth doing. We enjoyed it but it depends on who your driver is. Ours was OK, but there were others who were singing and joking and having a lot of fun with their guests on the gondola. It is a neat experience to ride around for half an hour through the canals of Venice. It is definitely worth doing at least once.
      Written June 13, 2024
    • paulcR3633HX
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour Guide-Must Try!
      Sara is an excellent food tour guide which brings the group together to create an unforgettable enjoyable dining experience. Knowledgeable and passionate about Venice, their local customs and eateries as well as the best restaurants and food samples a tourist must try to truly appreciate Venice like a local. . Highmarks on the places and foods we tried. Also, she will undoubtedly will entertain you with her witty sense of humor. 5 stars!
      Written June 3, 2024
    • Colleen K
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      RIP off agency - do not use
      When you picture a gondola ride, what do you have in mind as a couple? A romantic ride for two. The company will gladly sell you the concept, but when it comes to delivery they will fail. Complained the concept was missold, met with utter rudeness, tried to complain at the ticket office “not their problem”, to the sales person “not their problem”. Customer service does not exist in this company. Go elsewhere to secure what you want because this company is run by a bunch of thieves.
      Written May 28, 2024
    • Resort30519359077
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family Stranded - Bucintoro Viaggi Never Showed, Answered the Phone or EMAIL
      DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS TOUR OPERATOR. I am a travel agent and I booked a private transfer for my clients 28May from the hotel to the train station. We tried contacting this company for two days to verify pick up transfer time. Nobody answered the phones or emails. Concierge at hotel could not get in touch with a representative from this company. This family was left stranded and needed to scramble to get other transportation in order to get to the train station quickly. The concierge from the hotel secured a private transfer at 1/2 the cost of what this company charges.
      Written May 28, 2024
    • Mhughes1977
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Computer says no
      Avoid this experience like the plague. We were mis sold this experience by Alilaguna who had a counter in our hotel lobby (the Hilton Stucky) we asked for a couples ride on a gondola and were told no problem, given tickets and planned our entire day around this trip that started at 2pm. When the time arrived the tour operator tried to pack us in to a gondola with two other random people! Hardly romantic. We said we had not been informed we would be sharing a gondola to which the lady ripped our tickets and threw them back at us telling us to return to the hotel as it was “not her problem” We did return to the hotel today only to be faced with quite possibly the rudest woman ever to grace the profession of customer service. She was as incapable of listening or demonstrating any empathy whatsoever as to the problem her company had created by not communicating clearly enough that this was a shared trip. She refused to refund the trip even though we didn’t go on it, we have been fobbed off to write to “the owner of the company” I suspect I’ll never seen my money again. These guys are bandits, don’t give them your money without first understanding exactly what you are paying for.
      Written May 28, 2024
    • R710WWjeffk
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Smelly waters and people in the Veneto region
      Its the third time I've been to that city and its' just getting worse, crowds in St. Mark Square, rude local people, high price just to use the washroom (1.50 Euros) we took another gondola ride, with the first one being taken in 2018 and even though its was cheaper this time., the water is still smelly and the Gondolier didn't even sing, as a matter of fact, I did some singing of Italian songs. the waitstaff at the Hotel in Padova weren't impressed that I could speak Italian (I actually am Italian) seems like they don't care about if tourist come or not.1 will avoid ever going back to this city again!!!
      Written May 23, 2024
    • brucelP5656HM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great time
      Had a great time with the family. Our guide was really informative. She knew a lot about Venice. Not scary, lots of folklore stories, which are very interesting. Easy walk.
      Written May 12, 2024
    • Ajhigham
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyable day
      Really enjoyed this tour. Chiara our guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions. We would recommend it
      Written May 12, 2024
    • doloresf833
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Long lines at st marks square
      I recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid the long lines at st marks square You can take the water taxi to Murano glass island don’t need a tour it’s easy to do on you own
      Written May 6, 2024
    • nicolesS9101ZT
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Booked in advance and found out that there is no tour onsite for the day.
      We had only a day in Venice. We went to the meeting point as per instruction and ended up knowing that there is no walking tour and gondola ride for the day. That was a total bummer since we never had this issue with viator prior and definitely made our trip incomplete.
      Written April 29, 2024
    • brianhR8687JS
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      The guide did her best with what the area provided
      The walking tour made the most out of what it had to work with. It provided some interesting historical tidbits, but outside of St Marcos Square there isn't much to talk about. The gondola ride was not great, basically around the block, shared with strangers. A member of the group lost her wallet to a pick pocket.
      Written April 26, 2024
    • ShawnandLeslie
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tour of Venice
      The tour was informative and the guide explained a lot of Venice’s history. The streets were extremely crowded which made keeping together challenging. It would have been a lot easier if the tour guide held up a flag like other tour guides. The gondola ride was rushed and the driver was rude. We were disappointed with the experience after hearing so much about it.
      Written April 24, 2024
    • 375leone
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Guide.
      Matteo is an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable about Venice. He is very accommodating and direct to the point. We can always have him as our guide.
      Written April 18, 2024
    • 432davet
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Do not use them for airport and hotel transfers. Venice.
      We booked these through Expedia and paid £130 for their shared water taxi return in Venice. Collection from the airport went ok however when we tried to contact them to arrange our collection both email system and phone system would not accept in coming calls or emails so we were left having to pay for alternative arrangements. Not what you want when you’re on holiday.
      Written April 17, 2024
    • pattyhJ2547AB
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting and beautiful city
      Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gracious. Definitely a must do to get the history of this beautiful city of Venice. The only thing that was not up to expectations was the gondola ride. It was too short(a trip around the block) and it was during rush hour.
      Written April 14, 2024
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    Martin Trampedach
    Skive, Denmark13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Friends
    This was the first time we have been in Venice and this trip was a great way to see the surrounding islands and it's different cultures.
    The guide (Francesca B. - ask for her) knew a lot of the history about the many different islands and Venice in general.
    The glass factory on Murano was amazing and seeing the sculptures at work was a great experience.
    Though it was clearly Burano wich was the main attraction with it's many beautiful colored houses and scenery
    Can only recommend!
    Written July 17, 2021
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    dev0n1018
    Lenexa, KS19 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    This tour starts off by taking you via the water taxi system to Murano to see a quick glass making demonstration and on to the gift shop. Afterwards you will have about 15 minutes to walk around the island before the water taxi departs for Torcello. Torcello has approx. 7 residents and most of the places were closed when we arrived. You are given 30 minutes to walk the island before the boat departs for Burano. In my opinion, Torcello should be removed from this tour as it’s not worth your time. Lastly you arrive at Burano which is a lovely town with many shops. This stop needs more time than the tour allows. I recommend buying a ticket to visit the islands of Murano and Burano and skipping the trip advisor tour. Lastly, during the boat ride you will have a guide who speaks about the islands in three different languages. It’s difficult to hear what the guide says and it’s too much information at once. People stop listening and start talking because they can’t hear and process the information that is being provided by the guide.
    Written March 9, 2023
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    J M
    Houston, TX18 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was very concerned about being late for the excursion based on the reviews. When we arrived at the pier the queue was incredibly long. About 15 minutes after the start time, a small boat arrived. They were unable to load all the passengers. We were informed the large boat was out of commission and were working with a smaller boat. We were informed another boat would be coming for the remaining passengers.

    An hour after the original departure time, 2 water taxis came to take us to Murano. We were greeted on the pier by a gentleman who ushered us into a glass blowing factory where we were given a demonstration and then shown the store. We were told we would have an additional 1.5 hours to explore the island since we would be joining the next group!

    We explored some of the shops and enjoyed our time, returning to the pier at the appointed time only to be informed there would be an additional delay of 45 minutes. Once more after those 45 minutes had passed and still no boat, we were told the boat had broken down and they were trying to get the issue resolved but didn’t have a time estimate.

    We opted to take public transportation back to Venice since we had already spent the entire duration of the planned excursion waiting on boats that did not appear to be reliable.
    Written September 10, 2021
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    holly and harry b
    Southampton, UK16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    Upon booking Venice, we realised how many islands actually surrounded Venice and we knew that if it was possible, we had to check them out. So, we did some research and found that there were tours of each island happening from the docks not far from our hotel. However, as we had left it quite late, most of the tours had sold out before we had an opportunity to book them.

    Then we found this tour.

    Not only was it affordable, it made good for time, only taking up about four hours of the day so that we could still explore and make the most of our short trip to Venice. Originally, it seemed like we wouldn't have enough time to look around, and while more time would have been nice, fifty minutes was a plentiful amount to search each island and explore.

    The boat ride to each island was provided with a tour, with both English and Italian translations, in which we were taught about the islands we were passing and their history. Although it was a bit hard to hear over the chatter, it was still interesting to learn about.

    On the first island, we were immediately taken to watch the art of glass making, an impressive, yet hot technique of making glass. It was interesting to watch how it was done and we were then shown a room full of glass art that was available for sale. While it was out of my price range, I could appreciate the beauty and talent of each piece. Due to the demonstration, we were given less time to explore, but plenty of time to take a look around and buy a snack if need be.

    Our second island was a lot quieter and it felt as if less people lived there, but it was still a breathtaking sight. We walked along the water, passing restaurants and vendors, until we found some kind of historical building. Due to our time frame, we were unable to explore much, but we managed to take in the sights and even watched an accordion player.

    Burano was one of my favourite places visited on the trip. A beautiful and colourful island indeed. We were dropped off and left to explore the rainbow and it was absolutely gorgeous, full of vibrant colours. Each building seemed to be some kind of shop, mostly selling jewellery or artwork, each beautiful to look at - we were even able to spot a cat. Before leaving the island, we managed to find a bit of shade under a tree to relax and keep out of the sun before moving on.

    By the time we arrived back to Venice, we had definitely felt we had seen and learnt a lot about the islands off of Venice. For the price of the tour, I highly recommend it, as you get to not only visit each island, but you learn about them at the same time.
    Written January 3, 2024
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    Pavlo V
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    It's just a waste of time. To begin with, the tour is conducted in 4 languages ​​at once !!! First, a couple of phrases are spoken in Italian, then in German, Spanish, and finally English. Sometimes, when the turn came to English, we already swam the object of the conversation.

    The first stop is Murano. 15 minutes of a truly spectacular glass making show. That was the only good thing about the tour. Then you are given 20 minutes from above to walk, but you do not have time to see anything, but Murano is a beautiful island and I would like to spend more time there. Then you are taken to the island of Torcello. An empty and uninteresting island. You are dropped off and sent alone to the church for the entrance to which you have to pay 5 euros, which no one informed about before the start of the tour. 40 minutes on an empty island. Bravo! Then you are taken to the Burano island where you are also left alone for 40 minutes. Pretty cute little island with colorful buildings. However, by that time you no longer have the mood and desire to look at houses. At the end you will finally be brought back.

    This is the worst and most useless waste of time in Venice. Please do not make my mistake and it is better to take a separate ticket for Murano and Burano. You will get much more pleasure. Find information from the tour (of which there was very little) in Wikipedia. There is much more of it!
    Written October 12, 2021
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    Dear pavlov32, we are sorry to read you were not completely satisfied with our tour. Murano, Burano and Torcello are among the most beautiful islands of the Venetian Lagoon and we understand the desire to spend more time on each island. Nevertheless, our half-day boat tour aims to give only a panoramic view of the life, culture and traditions of 3 islands for a very competitive price (20 Euro!). We think it's a great price for what we offer: private transportation from Venice center, hostess that provides multilingual explanations on board (which for us is an added value), free glassblowing demonstration in an ancient furnace and so on. We also understand that Burano can be the most charming island among the 3, but the other 2 aren't less worthy: Torcello is the first island that was inhabited even before Venice, and Murano has a long tradition in the art of glass making that has made this island famous all over the world starting from the 14th century. You can easily find all this information on our website or by asking to one of our ticket office: the tour is exactly how it is described. Thank you for choosing Bucintoro Viaggi, Best regards,
    Written November 19, 2021
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    Milos P
    Vienna, Austria1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    Tour: guide was giving us some information for each island but we couldn't hear half of it because of the other people talking, and the other half because the boat is too loud / speakers aren't loud enough, we could only hear a couple of words here and there.

    Murano: fun experience seeing how glass is blown, prices in the factory are through the roof, there are stores on the island with much lower prices.

    Torcello: relaxing and peacefull but nothing to see in the given time as the museum / tower is at the far end of the island and touring it would stress me to make it back to the boat, and it is not included in the visit so it's an additional cost.

    Burano: nice and cozy town, good for taking photos
    Written March 22, 2023
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    BristolMKH
    Bristol, UK366 contributions
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    Civitalis advertise as a boat trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello from and to Venice taking 6 hours. What you get: trip to Murano where you get shown 10 mins of glass blowing and then you are left for 3 hours. While pretty all Murano has to offer are endless shops selling glass which no way merit 3 hours. Then to Torcello where you get 36 minutes, just time to walk to the cathedral - the only significant feature of the island - absolutely no time to go in it. Then to Burano, a gem, very pretty and deserves much more time but you get just 50 minutes. On the first boat you could not hear the tour guide. On the return the volume was deafening and the guide giggling merrily. The so say six hour trip is nearer 7.5 hours. Completely avoid this trip and the tour company Consorzio Vidali Group which operates the boats. And I have not even gone into detail on the seats that are not fixed down in the boat and are dangerous.

    Civitalis should not be selling this trip without major changes including a new tour provider and competent staff.
    Written April 9, 2023
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    Stephanie C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Friends
    Francesca B. Was our tour guide for this Murano and Burano to her today. She is an excellent guide. We had our own private boat for our group. We had a glassblowing demonstration in Murano and a lacemaking demonstration in Burano and some free time. Very relaxed and we learned a lot.
    Written February 16, 2020
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    Nazi
    Mashhad, Iran5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    we visited three islands as a tour. murano was nice we visited a glass factory. it had a store inside but we bought same items much cheaper from stores outside the factory. torcello was very down and waste of time. again burano was better with colorful houses and small souvenir stores. the other day we visited Lido island which is very beautiful island with nice sandy beach which I recommend more
    Written August 14, 2022
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    its sueshi
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    picking up the tickets were pretty easy; saw that you can book this trip on the spot if you wished; however the dude that came to bring us to the boat loading dock didn't really make an effort to stand out. we were very attentive and was able to find him but honestly, if i didn't know better, i would have missed him and he wouldn't have cared and walked away. he didn't have a list or anything, so i'm sure he didn't know how many people he needed to wait for so once he got 1-2 people, he just told us to follow him and walked away. besides this, the "tour" was definitely worth the money, we got to visit all three cities and had about an hour in each city to walk around & take pictures. the guide gives short brief informations about each city which was nice. it would have been nicer to have a bit more time in each city but nevertheless, the price reflects the trip. wished they had a lace making show like they had the glass making show but no worries
    Written May 12, 2023
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