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4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and Torcello provided by Venetoinside

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4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and Torcello

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The best way to see Venice is as ancient visitors saw it: from the water. But you don’t need to worry about water-bus timetables or fork out $$ for water taxis. This convenient motorboat cruise brings you to three key islands of Venice’s lagoon—Murano, Burano, and Torcello—on your own or with a guide to show you the sights, if you want.
You'll start at
Ponte della Paglia
30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italymeet the tour guide in front of the YELLOW DESK located on the Riva degli Schiavoni, at the feet of the Ponte della Paglia (which is the bridge located opposite the Bridge of Sighs).
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  • Pass by Laguna di Venezia
  • 1
    Isola di Murano
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Emilia Burano
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Torcello Island
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
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You'll end at
Ponte della Paglia
30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italymeet the tour guide in front of the YELLOW DESK located on the Riva degli Schiavoni, at the feet of the Ponte della Paglia (which is the bridge located opposite the Bridge of Sighs).
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  • Island-hop through Venice’s lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore three islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello
  • Choose to visit a glass-blowing workshop and a lace-maker
  • Select morning or afternoon departures to suit your schedule
What to Expect
Board your comfortable motorboat near St. Mark’s Square and enjoy an introduction to Venice’s lagoon. Your first stop is Murano, known for glass-making: Choose to explore independently or visit one of its famous glass workshops and watch glass being blown. Savor the sights as you continue to Burano, a charming fishing island that specializes in hand-crafted lace. Visit a typical lace museum, admire historic lace, and pick up a delicate souvenir the Emilia Burano lace shop. You might also want to explore the island on your own and try its signature cookies. Finally, visit Torcello, the oldest inhabited island and home to sights like the Byzantine Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, the Devil’s Bridge, and Attila’s Throne. Your craft will then return to St. Mark’s Square.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Ponte della Paglia, 30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Isola di Murano
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance tickets and optional visits
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • Entry/Admission - Torcello Island
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 20 minutes before the tour departure time
  • The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. There is a short walk from the meeting point to the point of embarkation
  • The stop in Murano (approx. 40 min.) allows you an optional visit to a glass factory with a short demonstration of the art of blown glass, and also some free time. During the stop in Burano (approx. 35 min.) you can visit a store of laces or you can enjoy of some free time. The stop in Torcello (approx. 45 min.) is completely at your disposal. If the optional visits in the program are not undertaken, you are strongly required to comply with the timetable set out by the staff: the excursion will head back at the scheduled time, without waiting
  • No credit or refunds will be given in case you do not show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher
  • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you
  • Multilingual tour
  • During the winter period, due to the early clousure of Santa Maria Assunta church in Torcello, the order of the islands tour will be modified as follow: Murano, Torcello and Burano
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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CMK90 wrote a review Feb 2020
Paris, France18 contributions3 helpful votes
staff is great, easy to meet but you only spend what feels like a few minutes on each island by the time you walk from the dock to town. it's really too fast. at the end my daughter said I really don't remember a single island, it's all one island running for a boat. there
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Date of experience: February 2020
Pss wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions
Cruise with 3 stops at Murano, Burano & Tircello. Commentary by the guide in English, French, Spanish and Italian covering most interesting pieces of information and history. Great half day tour for the whole family covering glass artefact making demonstration, brief halts to
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Date of experience: January 2020
Shashank Sisinthy wrote a review Nov 2019
Bengaluru, India93 contributions24 helpful votes
The tour guide walked our large group from the pickup point to the boat through the busy street near San Marco and not once did she stop or turn to check if everybody in the group (particularly kids, parents with baby strollers and the old) were keeping pace. While on the
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Daniela L wrote a review May 2019
Neuquen, Argentina4 contributions3 helpful votes
Fuimos hoy a esta excursión muy ilusionadas por conocer otros aspectos de italia. Todo comenzó bien, la chica daba las explicaciones en italiano, frances, ingles y español. Cuando llegamos a Murano, nos dijeron que teníamos 40 min para recorrer la isla, sin embargo, nos guiaron
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3 Helpful votes
Response from Venetoinside, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at 4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and Torcello
Responded 25 Sep 2019
Dear MaliaWolf, we are sorry you were not satisfied with the tour, however would like to specify some things. In the tour description is clearly specified that this excursion of only 4 hours includes short stops on all three islands and that the tour includes an optional visit to a glass factory. As an alternative to this experience, we also offer a daily tour the Venetian Island that includes longer stops on each island. During the way to reach the islands you can listen to the explanation of the guide in different languages but, when you arrive, you must visit the area on your own. We guarantee you that our guides are expert and skilled... nevertheless, human error can occur. The tour you booked is a shared tour, so it' very important to be at the departure point in time: it is mandatory to respect the departure time to not create delay to the rest of the group. The boat always wait for the people at the same dock where the people drop off. On our voucher is indicated the number to call in case of emergency: if you had phoned, our Customer Care staff would have certainly helped you to find the boat for the return. Thank you for leaving your opinion; your comments, positive or negative, always help us to improve our services! Kind Regards, Michela Morosini
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Allisonmcl wrote a review Dec 2018
Barcelona, Spain1 contribution5 helpful votes
The actual cruise itself was great once we were on the boat, but the man at the ticket desk was beyond rude to my friends and I. We showed up to the ticket desk only a few minutes late, and he began yelling at us and telling us we shouldn’t have used the mobile tickets (which
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Venetoinside, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at 4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and Torcello
Responded 22 Jan 2019
Dear Allisonmcl4, thank you for your feedback! First of all we deeply apologize for the rude behaviour of the man at the ticket desk. We have already sent your feedback to the company in charge with this service and hope they will take all the appropriate measures in order to avoid any similar situation from happening again. Best regards, Michela Morosini
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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