Murano, Burano, Torcello Venice Lagoon Motorboat Tour

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Venice

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Enjoy a half-day motorboat cruise to Murano, Burano and Torcello to get an overview of the 3 main islands of Venetian Lagoon without taking too much time away from visiting Venice. Get a taste of the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, ancient traditions, original handicrafts and fascinating history.
Take a half-day cruise to the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions and unique history. Reach the embarkation point at a few steps from St Mark’s Square, get on board a comfortable motorboat and enjoy the introduction on Venice lagoon and its islands provided by your guide.Your first stop (approx. 40 minutes) will be in Murano, sometimes referred to as the “Island of Glass” due to its ancient tradition of glass making. You will have the opportunity to visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Alternatively, you can visit Murano island on your own, while respecting the scheduled meeting time for embarking again.Then your minicruise will continue towards Burano, offering you a magic view of the lagoon unique natural environment. Your guide will point out sights and explain the history and characteristics of many minor islands spread all around you. The second stop will be in Burano (approx. 35 minutes), a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses, famous for its hand-crafted lace work. You will visit a typical lace museum of Burano island, so you will have the chance to admire precious laces about XVI and XVII centuries, and buy home made products on special rates. Finally, enjoy this time to explore the island on your own and maybe try Burano typical yellow cookies (known as zaeti or buranei). The tour also includes a 10% discount on your purchases at Emilia Burano lace shop! Emilia Burano is a symbol of traditional craftsmanship that has been able to combine the delicate and ancient art of lace making with the contemporary interior design… Take benefit from the stop in Burano to visit the shop and buy original lace masterpieces! Finally, head towards Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands and the largest centre in the Venetian Lagoon before the birth of the Republic of Venice. This mystical island combines an intense spiritual nature with many important historical and artistic sights, such as the Byzantine Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and its magnificent mosaics, the legendary Devil's Bridge and Attila’s throne. The last stop of your cruise will last approximately 45 minutes before getting back to Venice.

What’s included

  • Guided tour
  • Boat transport to and from the islands
  • Private return boat transfer
  • Visit to Burano, Murano and Torcello as per program
  • Visit to a glassmaker workshop in Murano (optional)
  • Multilingual tour escort

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance tickets and optional visits
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure