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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Explore Büyükada, the largest of Turkey’s Princes’ Islands, on this full-day trip from Istanbul! Cruise across the Sea of Marmara, watching the sights of Istanbul slip from view, and then explore the pedestrianized island in the best possible way – by horse-drawn carriage! Hear the history of this laid-back island from your expert local guide and then spend time at leisure, perhaps relaxing on its beaches, before returning to Istanbul.


  • Full-day trip from Istanbul to Büyükada by boat
  • Marvel at top Istanbul sights from the water like Topkapi Palace and Kiz Kulesi
  • Spend time at leisure on the largest of the Princes’ Islands and embrace laid-back island life
  • Explore Büyükada by horse-drawn carriage and admire the island’s Ottoman-era mansions
  • Hear the island’s history from your guide and learn of its role as a place of exile for banished Turkish aristocrats
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included

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What You Can Expect

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Tour Buyukada in Turkey’s Princes’ Islands

Leave your central Istanbul hotel by air-conditioned coach and head to the port with your guide to board your boat to the Princes’ Islands. The largest and most interesting one is Büyükada – your destination of the day! While cruising, look back on the sights of Istanbul, seeing iconic landmarks like Topkapi Palace and pretty Kiz Kulesi (also known as Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough.

Dock in Büyükada and then amble through the streets with your guide, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of island life. Vehicles are notably non-existent here, and the pretty roads resonate with the pleasing clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages. Hop aboard your own carriage and explore Büyükada at a fittingly relaxed pace. Your guide will explain the island’s history as you travel, talking about its time as a place of exile for banished statesmen and royalty, and of its life as a monastic settlement during Turkey’s Byzantine-Christian period.

Pass the lovely wooden mansions that exemplify the island’s late Ottoman-era architecture, and look out over the sparkling sea lapping on the shores. Seagulls are everywhere in Büyükada, and if you want to feed them your guide will give you simits (bread with sesame seeds) so you can throw them a treat.

Stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant and then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the island. Bring your bathing suit if you want to swim, or perhaps explore the island’s craft shops and waterfront cafés. Meet your guide at a pre-arranged time for your boat ride back to Istanbul. The last leg of your journey is made by coach to your Istanbul hotel, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good guide Mehmet
Well organised tour- would recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The whole tour was great. We were picked up from our hotel on time and transferred to the port where we will take a ferry going to Buyukada. The place was very nice, had to ride a horse carriage as cars are not allowed in the Island. Milto, where we had our lunch , served very good food. We totally enjoyed Prince's Island.
Will recommend this to my colleagues.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour was well organized the pick-up, lunch and the activities were perfect. I strongly recommend viator for any traveler who just loves to travel in ease.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Love it, and I did not want to go back to the hotel. I wish I can have a home over there. A Must go place. Lunch was choice of grilled fish or chicken an okay lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

I was worried after reading reviews on this trip, as I had already booked the trip. However it was great. The horse and carriage ride went for 30 minutes, the lunch was tasty, an entree of dips and nibbles, followed by fish fillets, lightly battered (just fillets, not the head or tail of the fish). The island was very interesting and beautiful by the water, it had a laid back, holiday feel. The only thing is, there is 2 hours of free time, so plan for something. They have bikes for hire, or you could go for a swim.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

After walking around Istanbul for two days, this tour was an enjoyable respite. It also showed us a different facet of Turkish life from the mainland. The boat trip over and back also enabled us to see the shoreline of both parts of Istanbul. Guide was helpful. The food was good. Well worth the cost.

Nabil Z
Saudi Arabia

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

This place is worth the visit but never try it if the temperature exceeds 23 C. We were toasted under the sun waiting for our turn of the horse cart. It was a nice experience to see the island form the horse cart.
The restaurant chosen by the company was good.
However, I don't think visiting this place requires a tour.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

It was interesting....... But our guide did not offer much history. The horse and buggy ride was sad due to the conditions of the horses. They are somewhat abused and malnourished. We met a nice lady in Starbucks who really explained the history of the island.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

The transportation back and forth from hotel was great). The knowledge and humor of the guide was great. I think he made this trip interesting). The history and experience from trip, is priceless). Lunch was healthy but so-so for the best fish in Istanbul, I will let you judge.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

It was a nice trip.. My kids too enjoyed

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