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  • Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    1. Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    Enjoy your trip in Venice and use public transportation without queuing at the ticket offices. Just head to the yellow ticket machines that you can find at the vaporetto stops across the city: enter the PNR code that you'll find on your voucher and get the paper ticket with which you can catch your vaporetto. Your tickets must be validated each time before boarding a water bus. The validity of your ticket begins from the exact time it is first validated.

    Franscescha was a gem. She made the trip very memorable. Gave all the knowledge and a very good guide and host. Great trip. Txs

  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    2. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    3. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. Departing from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin, towards the Lido, and then back along the north coastline of the city. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit. Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and cho...

    This was a really good and inexpensive way of getting a glimpse of other Venetian islands. Transport was comfortable and the host was very informative. Very enjoyable and relaxing excursion. Burano island was my favourite island. I would have preferred a few minutes more there and a few minutes less in Torcello but overall is was an excellent trip and well worth taking. Highly recommended

  • Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    4. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions.

    Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own.

    Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century.

    Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According...

    I think it's a good option if you want to take on the three islands in one day. There is not much information given by the tour guide so you're basically just paying to get transported between the islands. You do get to see a blown glass demonstration in Murano.

  • Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

    5. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

    Don't miss the chance to live a unique and unforgettable experience, framed by the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice. The Venetian Galleon will wait for you in front of the Museo Storico Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table to offer you a delicious welcome drink. The candlelight, the elegant tables, a fine and well-finished service, and the charm of a boat of other times will be the perfect setting of your wonderful evening out, for an unforgettable dinner immersed in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon, with its mysterious canals, while the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto reveal themselves to you one after another. During dinner, you will taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the chef on b...

    A beautiful, charming, delicious evening. The food was outstanding, the staff extremely gracious and the scenery breathtaking. Judy a superb delight.

  • Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    6. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4 or 6-hour afternoon tour. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Spend around 45 minutes on Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello, where you will spend around 45 minutes. See the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists. You will have 45 minutes here before returning to the mainland.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to...

    Only few minutes to Murano island, which is a beautiful place. Most of thr time for demonstration of Murano glass and the shop for buying Murano products. Murano stop is a trap for making money the shop owner and the boat company... Secondly, Burano is absolutely magnificent! Has to be more time to explore and rest (time for coffee for example).

  • Venice: City Walking Tour

    7. Venice: City Walking Tour

    Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque square...

  • Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    8. Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    Visit 3 of Venice’s islands — Murano, Torcello, and Burano — by boat with a maximum group size of 40. Enjoy guided walking tours on each island with extra free time to explore each one.  Choose either St. Mark’s Basilica or Santa Lucia Train Station as your starting point. Then, hop onboard and enjoy your cruise to your first stop, Murano.  Exploring the Venetian Lagoon by boat will for sure provide you with some unforgettable views. Relax with some commentary as you cruise.  See up-close how Murano’s famous glassware is crafted with a glassblowing demonstration at an artisanal workshop. Then, enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Murano, before spending some free time at the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.  Cruise to the island of Torcello next, a shorter stop on your trip. Choose from either free time or a guided tour here.  If you're hungry, grab a bite at the "best spot in to...

    This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

  • Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    9. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies, and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani, the grandest villa of the Brenta Riviera. Continue towards Dolo, looking at historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Vill...

    The guide was lovely and delivered a lot of very interesting information throughout the trip in several languages. The three villa’s we visited were all worth seeing and with something unique to each so they were not all the same. There are some scarily low bridges on the river that meant it was not safe the be on the upper deck for some parts of the trip but there were no bridges on the last stretch so we sat on the upper deck then and it was a really lovely way to arrive in Venice.

  • Hop-on Hop-off Tour of Venice with 5 Audio Guides Included

    10. Hop-on Hop-off Tour of Venice with 5 Audio Guides Included

    The tour takes place on a floating lounge created by Italian interior designer Alessandro Bianchi. With large windows and open spaces, this exclusive eco-vessel provides hop-on hop-off tours of Venice. It lasts around 2 hours and 15 minutes and can be approached all in one – to get the first glimpse of Venice – or slowly, stopping where and for how long it suits you best. In addition to being comfortable and elegant, the local partner's boats are built with the latest technology and a new patented hull that reduces wave motion, which undermines the stability of the city’s foundations. To ensure the safety and comfort of passengers, limited seats are available and you are free to get on and off the boat as many times as you wish. From Santa Lucia Central Station, the boat will lead you to the very heart of Venice: the treasures of St. Mark's Square, and the island of Murano, where you wi...

    It was good experience if you want to discovery islands in the Venice lagoon. Team was very friendly and helpful. I used both lines and made stops in two places: Murano and Burano. It took almost all day - from 9 AM till 5 PM.

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What people are saying about Venetian Lagoon

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 16,528 reviews

This was a really good and inexpensive way of getting a glimpse of other Venetian islands. Transport was comfortable and the host was very informative. Very enjoyable and relaxing excursion. Burano island was my favourite island. I would have preferred a few minutes more there and a few minutes less in Torcello but overall is was an excellent trip and well worth taking. Highly recommended

I was worried about the reviews saying it was too short but I feel that we got to see all the necessary points plus some. I went with my 7 year old and she was exhausted by the end. Andrea was full of information and he spoke great english. He was very personable and easy to talk to. He even got the whole group to sing for my birthday, which made it extra special.

This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

Very relaxed island hopping, with a great guide. It was a little warm in the boat. It's a shame that it wasn't an open boat.

We had an amazing experience. Would recommend 100%!