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Venice: Burano and Murano Boat Tour with Glass Factory Visit

1. Venice: Burano and Murano Boat Tour with Glass Factory Visit

Depart from Venezia San Marco to the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano. Feel at ease as you cruise the seas and enjoy quality service and a panoramic terrace. Take an hour exploring the colorful houses of Burano and learn about the tradition of glass-making in Murano. Meet your crew and get the 5-star treatment as you ride by boat to the islands of Murano and Burano. Explore the colored buildings that line the small canals and step back in time for a while. Take your time and walk on your own. Next, find yourself on the island of Murano and discover the tradition of glass-making as you stroll the vibrant streets. In the evening you will return to San Marco. 

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

2. 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. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. 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.” Spend 30 minutes visiting one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown.  Enjoy about 15 minutes of free time on Murano before heading 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 chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace-making and embroidery industry, and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

3. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

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 1.5 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

From Venice: Dolomites, Lake Misurina, and Cortina Day Trip

4. From Venice: Dolomites, Lake Misurina, and Cortina Day Trip

Enjoy a memorable day exploring Europe's most beautiful range of mountains. During the day you'll make numerous stops at scenic viewpoints, walk around lakes, enjoy a Cortina city tour and walk on level terrain up in the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, from where you can enjoy a splendid view over this majestic mountain range. The beauty of the Dolomites is in their diversity. It will feel as if you have travelled from one mountain range to another such is the stark variation in scenery. During your Dolomites tour, you'll see glaciers in the distance, soaring peaks, emerald green lakes surrounded by forests of pine and larch with reflections of the mountains mirrored on their calm waters, and typical Tyrolean villages clinging to the mountainsides. At the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, at an altitude of 2,360m (7,500 ft), you'll enjoy one of the best views of the mountains, where you can gaze out across a myriad of peaks and valleys as far as the eye can see. Visit the cosmopolitan Cortina and walk around its delightful centre to peruse the many picturesque shops. And after a fulfilling day spent in the Dolomites, sit back and relax on the way back to Venice through the ever-changing scenery of the mountains illuminated by the late afternoon sun.

Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

5. Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation. Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Find out the facinating story of Murano glassblowers and how their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution. Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own. Cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Uncover Burano’s centuries-old lacemaking tradition as you visit a building where women still partake in this tradition of stitching lace. Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries. Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

6. Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

Cruise to the islands of Murano and Burano aboard a comfortable boat on this guided tour from Venice. Step back in time at the ancient Basilica of Saint Mary and Saint Donatus. Uncover the magic of traditional glass blowing at a factory and take in the vibrant houses of Burano. Meet your local guide in a central location near Piazza San Marco and board a private boat to learn more about the Venetian lagoon and its islands. Stop on the characteristic island of Murano, and visit the 7th-century Church of Santa Maria e San Donato. Stroll through the silent streets for about 15 minutes to arrive at an old glass factory where the glass blowers are still working. Benefit for some free time to shop or explore the rest of the island. Then, travel by private boat to the nearby island of Burano. Upon arrival, take in the colorful houses of one of the most enchanting parts of Venice. Lose yourself in the picturesque streets and discover lovely corners. You will have free time to enjoy lunch on this tour. Return to the main island of Venice for a glass of sparkling Prosecco at the end of your tour services.

Venice: Full-Day Prosecco Wine Tour and Tasting

7. Venice: Full-Day Prosecco Wine Tour and Tasting

The vineyards of the Prosecco region, just an hour’s drive from Venice, spread out in front of you as you travel along country roads. On this full-day tour, the first winery you’ll visit is a family business, located near Conegliano. Tour the cellars, and see the wine press and fermentation room before enjoy a number of glasses of Prosecco. Later in the morning, stop at a waterfall beside an old mill in Refrontolo. As you continue your drive, enjoy the beauty of the hills covered in Prosecco grapes. There will be a number of stops before lunch so you can get out and take a walk through the vineyards. Lunch will be at a traditional trattoria, overlooking vineyards, where you’ll have a choice of dishes from the Veneto region. Not far from the town of Valdobbiadene you’ll stop to visit the second winery of the tour, where an expert will explain the steps of the wine-making process, from picking the grapes to bottling. Enjoy hearing how this popular sparkling white wine is actually made.

Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

8. Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

You will travel from Florence to Venice in a luxury coach and, once in the famed city, your full day exploration will begin. Following your tour leader into the heart of Venice, you will be amazed by the ornate detail of St. Mark’s Basilica standing tall in Piazza San Marco. After admiring the beauty of Piazza San Marco, make your way, at your own pace, to the Palazzo Ducale and see where Venice's powerful government once stood. As you discover the magic of Venice, it will be clear why it is loved by so many. Venice is built on water, so naturally, it is best viewed from a traditional Venetian boat, a gondola. As you float along the picturesque canals, you will be face to face with Venetian architecture and culture. A ride in a gondola (not included in price) is not to be missed. At the end of your day, meet your tour leader to head back to Florence.

Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

9. Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

Discover the origins and history of the most famous sparkling Italian wine, Prosecco, on this full-day tour. Meet your wine expert guide in Piazzale Roma, close to the historical center of Venice, and enjoy the drive towards region where prosecco is produced in a comfortable van. During your trip, you will pass by the original region of prosecco, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a complex of small towns and expanses of vineyards. Visit 2 traditional wineries to learn all the secrets of Prosecco production and have 2 wine tasting sessions. First, stop at a family-run winery for a guided tour of the vineyards. Enjoy a tasting session paired with a light lunch with local products like cheese, salami, bread, and seasonal vegetables. After lunch with a view, head to the second winery to meet the winemaker for a guided tour of the production. Learn more about the Charmat method and a second wine tasting session. At the end of this trip to the magical world of Prosecco land, return to the starting point.

From Rome: Venice Day-Trip by High-Speed Train with Gondola

10. From Rome: Venice Day-Trip by High-Speed Train with Gondola

Reach the enchanting city of Venice by high speed train! Meet your assistant at the railway station where you will receive the train tickets and all the necessary information to spend a unique day. You will reach Venice in approximately 4 hours. Spend the morning at your leasure and visit the most important attractions like St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto bridge, and much more. Enjoy the Gondola Ride in the afternoon. Return back to Rome by high speed train (times and information given in the morning by the assistant).

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5 best day trips from Venice

Day trip to Venetian Lagoon Islands

1. Day trip to Venetian Lagoon Islands

A trip to the Venetian Lagoon is a popular excursion from Venice. Explore Murano, Burano, and Torcello and discover what each of these unique, arresting islands has to offer. Admire the views over St. Mark's Basin en route to Murano. Witness the town’s world-famous glassblowers in action and pick up a few pieces to bring home. Next, travel to see the unparalleled serenity of Burano. Wander among its iconic rainbow-colored houses and shop for fine lace and embroidery. Finally, immerse yourself in the mystical and mythical island of Torcello, dotted with the ruins of its glorious past. Torcello was the first island in the Venetian lagoon to be populated, and it’s also where the habitation of Venice and its legendary craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism began.

How far are the Venetian Lagoon Islands from Venice?

The islands of the Venetian Lagoon are about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Venice. Traveling by boat usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Day trip to Verona

2. Day trip to Verona

Immortalized by Shakespeare, Verona is a popular day trip destination from Venice. Visitors can stand beneath the very balcony where Romeo once called up to his beloved Juliet. If you’re looking for more than a tragic love story, Verona has plenty of ancient Roman history to explore. Venture to the famous Roman amphitheater, today home to open-air operas each summer and people watch from the shade of a café on Piazza Mercato, Piazza dei Signori, or Piazza Erbe. Learn how the city has developed over the centuries, including the construction of the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Before you leave, don’t forget to admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River.

How far is Verona from Venice?

Verona is about 115 kilometers miles (72 miles) inland from Venice. By car, the journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes. You can usually get there a couple of minutes faster if you travel by train.

Day trip to  Lake Garda

3. Day trip to  Lake Garda

As the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda’s shores are lined with quaint resorts and historic villages. For fans of boating, fishing, swimming, and other popular watersports, it’s the ideal destination for a day trip. Make a pit stop in Sirmione, a small village at the end of a narrow peninsula extending into the lake, to soak in its dramatic vistas and thermal baths. See Roman-era villas, ancient pillars, and stone walls in Limone sul Garda. Afterward, take the ferry to Riva del Garda, for some window shopping and lunch at a pizzeria along the promenade.

How far is Lake Garda from Venice?

Lake Garda is 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Venice. A car or bus tour will get you there in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Day trip to Padua and Riviera del Brenta

4. Day trip to Padua and Riviera del Brenta

Spend some time walking around the old town of < a href= "https://www.getyourguide.com/padua-l388/">Padua and experience one of Italy’s most fascinating cities. Don’t miss the stunning Basilica of Saint Anthony or  the University of Padua, one of the world’s oldest institutions for higher learning. The Palazzo della Ragione, the ancient seat of the city courts, hosts a vegetable market by day and transforms into a local gathering place for coffee, desserts, and aperitifs in the evening. As a university city, Padua’s nightlife is vibrant, youthful, and ever-changing. In particular, be sure to check out the legendary Caffè Pedrocchi.

How far are Padua and Brenta Riviera from Venice?

The trip by car or tour bus is about 41 kilometers (25 miles), and takes just 40 minutes. However, the high-speed rail line will get you there in under half an hour.

Day trip to the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo

5. Day trip to the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo

If mountain vistas and idyllic lakes get you excited, head to Cortina and the Dolomites. This welcome escape from the crowds of Venice makes for a picturesque day trip. En route, disappear into deep tunnels before emerging to discover photo-worthy views of canyons and valleys. Cortina, appropriately called the "Pearl of the Dolomites," is known for its crisp mountain air. Weather permitting, take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town from a lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Trek onward and upward to Lake Misurina, to the dizzying peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. For a relaxing last stop, make your way to the crystalline Lake Auronzo while heading back to Venice.

How far is Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Dolomites from Venice?

Cortina is 158 kilometers (98 miles) directly north of Venice. A car will be your fastest transport option, clocking in at about 2 hours. The train and bus both take closer to 3 hours.

Venice Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Taking a gondola may work on the canals of Venice, but might not be your best transport option on a day trip. Luckily, the city offers several convenient options for transportation.
  • • Venice day trips by train

    For numerous day trips outside the city, traveling from Venice by train is an appealing and accessible option. Some of the biggest day trips that can be taken by train include Verona, Lake Garda, Padua, and Cortina.

  • • Venice day trips by bus

    Many companies offer service for day trips from Venice by bus. In fact, many guided tour tickets include bus transport, and some even offer hotel pickup to make your day trip to Verona or the Dolomites that much easier.

  • • Venice day trips by car

    You might prefer taking the transportation for your day trip from Venice into your own hands. In that case, traveling by car will typically be the fastest option for getting around Italy.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

With so many local customs to learn about around Venice, having an expert guide lead you through your day is an excellent option for making the most of your time. For some trips, like those out to the lake or mountains, you might want to venture off on your own and explore the natural beauty of Italy.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Adapting to the local climate around Venice means dressing in loose, breathable clothing and wearing comfortable and sturdy sneakers or sandals. Pack a towel and swim trunks for hitting the many beaches, lakes, and rivers that surround you.


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What people are saying about Venice

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The tour started and finished perfectly on time. The murano factory is beautiful and the demonstration was expectacular. The guided tour within Burano was also great, got to know the main attractions of the island and the best places to eat.

The boat tour was amazing. We really enjoyed our time visiting the islands Murano and Burano and the Glass Factory tour was great. Wish we had a little longer to explore but overall I highly recommend the tour.

Great experience! Our host Gabriella was informative and funny and really made everyone feel welcome. Highly recommend to get out of the crowdedness of Venice for a few hours.

It is a beautiful and easy way to tour 3 additional islands in the Venetian lagoon.

Lovely trip, great way to see parts of Venice you would not normally have seen!