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Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello

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Venezia, Italy
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello

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icon4 to 6 hours  (approx.)
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Venture outside the tourist areas of Venice and explore the islands of the Venetian Lagoon on a guided boat tour. With this tour, you’ll set out from a pier conveniently located near St. Mark’s square to visit the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. You’ll tour a glass factory and watch a glass blowing artist in action in Murano and enjoy free time strolling the colorful canals and browsing the artisan shops of Burano. The last stop is the mysterious Torcello with the oldest churches of Venice, here the Venice Republic was born. During your journey back you’ll admire the beauty of the Venetian Northern lagoon.
  • Discover the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon
  • Learn about Murano glass making and watch a glass blowing demonstration
  • Stroll along the canals of Burano and see the colorful fisherman’s houses
  • Visit Torcello, the island where the Venetian republic was born
  • Catch the boat from a convenient location in St. Mark’s Square
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Guided tour on board with a qualified and experienced tour guide
Transportation by panoramic boat with toilet.
1 hour and 15 minutes on Murano and Torcello
1 hour and half on Burano
Visit to a Murano Furnace with a live glass demonstration
Audio guide with digital map to discover the history of the islands (downloadable on mobile phone)
Hotel pickup
  • Shore Excursion tour desk , Riva degli Schiavoni, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

    ATTENTION - TOUR AT 11:00 AM: The yellow desk is located by the Prisons’ Palace in Riva degli Schiavoni near St. Mark’s Square. Leave the Basilica on your left, proceed straight on to the two columns. Cross Ponte della Paglia and you will find the yellow desk by the Prisons’ Palace on your left.

  • Palazzo Cornoldi , Palazzo Cornoldi, Riva degli Schiavoni, 4142, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

    ATTENTION - TOURS AT 12:30 PM / 2:30 PM: The assistant will wait for you with the blue sign where is written "LAGOON TOUR" close to dock n. 1A, in front of Palazzo Cornoldi , Riva degli schiavoni 4142 (8 minutes walking from Saint Mark's Square).

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • It is compulsory to be at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before the departure.
    • The visit could be multilingual.
    • The tour will not take place in case of exceptionally bad weather, boats are completely covered, the tour operates regularly in case of rain (in these cases it can be postponed the days after).
    • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
    • The use of the mask aboard and in the glass factory is mandatory. Please, bring the your own
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
    • OPERATED BY VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello.

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    • "I do recommend this excursion but mainly for the visit to Burano." See review

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    star-1
    Travel agency not easy to find. We missed the boat because of that.
    Fatih_I
    , Aug 2022
    We couldn't find the travel agency. The descirption was not enough to locate it. The meetup should be somewhere more visible.
    star-4
    Definitely worth a visit
    Lauren_M
    , Jul 2022
    Lovely day out. Beautiful islands. Only thing is viator stated return time was 5pm. We didn't get back to the return location until 7.15pm
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Thanks for the review.
    star-3
    Disappointed.
    Paula_T
    , Jul 2022
    The memorable parts of this tour were a loud boat ride, seeing the glass-blowing demonstration, and shopping in Burano. We did not learn anything about the Venice Islands. We could not hear our tour guide. As you can see in the pictures uploaded on the previous page, she had her back to our portion of the boat the entire time. The boat was so loud we could not hear anything she was saying. She did not turn around to speak to our section of the boat. Upon leaving the boat on each island we had to ask the boat captain/driver what time we were supposed to be back. He was helpful. Torcello, unfortunately, was a waste of time. We got out of the boat, walked 5 minutes, turned around stopped to get a gelato, then had to return to the boat. We would rather have spent the time on Burano.
    star-1
    Don't recommend at all
    Lauri_C
    , Jul 2022
    Meeting point is far away from departure point, so tour guide marches a huge amount of people across the promenade, causing a huge amount of traffic and chaos. Really terrible tour guide, very rude and barely gave 5 sentences of English commentary. The first stop they dropped us off on Murano for glass blowing, not enough seats for all of the guests to watch the glass blowing, not even space for people to stand if they couldn't get a seat. My husband and I decided to leave glass blowing as we couldn't get a space and couldn't see the show, to which the tour guide was incredibly rude and spike to us as if we were 10 year old children. We didn't even end up catching the boat the the next islands and decided to take the water bus on our own. Absolutely do not recommend this and it's a huge waste of time and money. If you want to explore the islands, just take the public water bus and go on your own.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the explanations of the guide, rich of interesting curiosities about the history and traditions of the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, are appreciated by the clients. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-5
    Great memories
    Dora_J
    , Jul 2022
    The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The islands are definitely a must to see when visiting Venice
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-1
    Too long
    Anna_W
    , Jul 2022
    I booked this tour months ago and online it says the tour lasts 2 hours. So we booked other tours for the afternoon. Upon arrival, we were told the tour lasted 6 hours so we decided to skip the tour as not to miss our other schedulings. Very misleading.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that on product page it's clearly written that the tour lasts 6 hours. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-4
    Three islands tour
    clancy_k
    , Jul 2022
    All round good trip. Chance to see the 3 islands. Would have liked more explanation about the islands from the tour guide on the boat prior to arriving at each island. Especially Torcello. But would recommend this trip.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for the review. We take note of your personal comment to improve our product. Regards.
    star-3
    Not a tour; just transportation.
    Robert_G
    , Jun 2022
    Tour guide was useless. Hard to understand. Did not accompany the group, but stayed on the boat while the group walked around the islands.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the explanations of the guide, rich of interesting curiosities about the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, are appreciated by the clients. Furthermore, please consider that we give to the clients the possibility to visit the islands on their own letting them to discover the traditions of the islands. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-4
    A must close to Venice
    Frieda_S
    , Jun 2022
    Nice boat ride. Good explanations from the guide. Enough time to visit and shop. Only negative, too much time at the last stop.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for the review. We take note of your personal comment to improve our product. Regards.
    star-4
    Lovely day trip, great value for money
    Laura_H
    , Jun 2022
    This was a great tour and amazing value for money. The tour guide was lovely and made sure we all knew what was happening and when and that we knew when to be back on the boat after each stop. We were surprised by the size of the tour, i think it would be helpful if when booking it gives you an idea of numbers as ideally we would have preferred to have been on a smaller trip. Getting on and off the boat took quite a while due to the size of the group.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for the review. We take note of your personal comment in order to improve our product. Regards.
    star-4
    Nice boat ride
    John_S
    , Jun 2022
    Nice little boat trip to the three islands. Not a guided tour - really just a boat ride to each island. Guide did say a few words about each island in English but she was really difficult to understand and spoke limited English. Still a very good value for the price.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for the review. We take note of your personal comment to improve our product. Regards.
    star-4
    Fast and easy transportation to each island
    Meli_E
    , Jun 2022
    The glass demonstration at Murano is amazing. After the glass demonstration you can either visit the island or stay at the souvenir shop for about 1:15 h. As a tip: if you really want to know the island, don't get to distracted on the shop. The tour is worth it, if you do not want to worry about transportation. Although if your intention is to stay on one of these islands for more than an hour or so, I recommend to find a different way of transportation. In our case we were very satisfied with the transportation and little pieces of interesting facts they gave while we were on the boat. While on the islands you are on your own. Be always aware to return to the boat on time , otherwise you will be left behind with no right to a refund. Form the three islands Burano is by far the most amazing. In our case we decided to stay on this stop and then find our own way back to Venice, because we went to a restaurant and it took a while for the food to be ready. Then we walked the place and bought some souvenirs. Another tip: if you don't want to be left behind at Burano, don't eat at a restaurant here. It is better to wait until the bout goes back to Venice. Overall we had a very good experience with this tour.
    star-2
    Beware not is all as it seems!
    momonvine
    , Jun 2022
    We were led to believe this was a guided tour with information about each island. Instead we were dropped off on our own to explore. What and if there was something telling you what you were looking at could not be read as it was in Italian. Felt like they just dropped you of to spend money at the shops and resturants. The only positive I can give is the glass blowing demo was good.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the explanations of the guide on board of the boat, rich of interesting curiosities about the islands, are appreciated by the clients. Furthermore, please consider that we let the clients some free time on Murano, Burano and Torcello letting them to discover the traditions of the islands. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-3
    Amazing trip, boat warm and cramped
    Nicola_w
    , Jun 2022
    The places we visited were great, amazing but I would recommend the 6 hour trip as we didn't get a lot of time which we regretted. Boat was very warm and cramped, quite unbearable actually and put a downer on an amazing trip
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Guest, we are sorry for your review, please consider that on product page it's clearly written the duration of visit for each island. Furthermore, please consider that we let the clients to visit the islands on their own letting them to discover the traditions of the islands. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-5
    Great overview of the islands
    gweezda
    , Jun 2022
    The tour guide was excellent lots of local information and entertaining Glass blowing demonstration was the highlight but the mosaics in the basilica were a close second
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-5
    It worths
    ARISTEIDIS_C
    , May 2022
    Burano was the best. We had a good time and thank the three island tour team for this memorable trip
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-5
    Fun and beautiful
    Gina_B
    , May 2022
    The tour operators were great, the history of the area was great. Lots of fun, the glass blowing was very interesting, the lace shop was beautiful and great gelato.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-5
    good deal
    Chelsea_P
    , Apr 2022
    It was a very large group, and you must get back to the boat on time or get left behind. But getting back in time is not too hard to do, and not having to worry about transport is great. This was perfect for me and my husband. Though if you would like more than an hour on any of the islands, then you might opt for getting there on your own.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-2
    Disappointing
    Rajni_M
    , Apr 2022
    Promised sight of lace making on Burano and saw nothing. Travel a lot and saw very little. Yhe restaurant owners were no doubt pleased.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that we give to the clients the possibility to explore Murano, Burano and Torcello on their own letting them to live the history and traditions of the islands. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-5
    Walking into a new world
    Maria_C
    , Apr 2022
    All the islands were absolutely stunning, thoroughly enjoyed. Gorgeous coloured houses in Burano and Murano and interesting to see the ruins in Torcello
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thanks for your kind review

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