Tour code: 5828PRINCESISLANDS
Experience the serenity of the biggest Princes' Island in Turkey, Büyükada, on this all day guided tour from Istanbul. After traversing the Sea of Marmara by boat, you will arrive on the quaint island to spend time exploring by horse-drawn carriage. On Büyükada, learn about the island’s history from your guide, like why motorized vehicles are rarely scene, and then enjoy ample time to lounge on its beautiful beaches. 

Highlights

  • 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

Meet your guide at your central Istanbul hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to the port for your full-day Princes' Island tour. Hop aboard your boat and cruise to the biggest and most popular Princes Island, Büyükada. During your boat cruise, admire views of Topkapi Palace as the city shrinks behind you. Plus, capture views Kiz Kulesi (also known as Leander’s Tower or Maiden’s Tower) which was shot in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

Disembark in Büyükada and stroll along with your guide enjoying the ambiance of this quiet island. Notice the lack of vehicles here and gain insight from your guide as to why. Then, take the best form of transportation on the island, a horse-drawn carriage. As you relax to the sounds of clip-clopping hooves, learn about the island’s history such as how former royalty and statesmen were once banished here. Plus, hear about the Christian monasteries that resided here during Byzantine-era rule.

Next, see prime examples of Ottoman-era architecture as you pass by elegant wooden mansions. Then, soak up gorgeous sea views and the surrounding landscape that’s highlighted by dazzling blue waters. During free time with your guide, grab a simit (bread with sesame seeds) and have some fun feeding the abundance of seabirds that happily live here.

Take a break at a restaurant for lunch and enjoy tasty seafood before your spend the remainder of your day on your own. After lunch, grab your swimsuit and head to the beach to swim or catch some rays. Or perhaps, duck into a coastal café or craft shop to check out the local scene. Finally, rendezvous with your guide at predetermined time and board your return boat to Istanbul. Once back on land, head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.

Customer Reviews

mitto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A good boat trip to the island and back. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the island going uphill in the horse-drawn carriage 4 people with a ten minutes break to take pictures. Then get back to the carriage and enjoy the ride downhill. Time for sumptuous lunch @ Milto oops not my name Mitto restaurant facing the sea. Once done, guide will allow you to walk for 15-20 mins by your own. Enjoy the delicacy of ice-cream scoops by restaurants nearby. Walk back to the point where you had disembark from ferry. Waiting for the ferry takes time and relax your next one hour of boat journey. Hmmm.. that's the end of trip. Both the guides were excellent.

Clinton J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing trip. Love Istanbul. will return again and again.

nz_robyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great day and was pleased we chose this tour as part of our IIstanbul experience. Osman, our tour guide was wonderful. He was very informative and we enjoyed his commentary very much. The boat trips were good, the hotel pickups were on time and very well organised. Buyukada was a small quaint island. A complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. We had a carriage ride which was quite fast paced but still fun. I'm not quite sure why they stopped at the top of the hill. There was no view or photo opportunity. We thought maybe it was to rest the horses.
Lunch was enjoyable too.
I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see another part of Istanbul life.

Vikas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great experience

Anan Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

Mr I D T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good guide Mehmet
Well organised tour- would recommend!

RODELIA C

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.

haitham a

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.

Randa M

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.

Amanda L

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.

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