3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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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.

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

Mary T
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Great relaxing day in a lovely area. The phaeton ride was a great experience.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

The tour to Princes' Island was a great experience. The guide is very well informed. However, I was not happy with the time I was picked up from my hotel. They told me to wait at the hotel lobby at 8 am. After waiting for 10 minutes, I rang up the agent and they told me that someone is on the way to pick me up. I rang them again at 8:30 and 8:45 am and again I was told that their representative is on the way. Someone finally came at 9 am. They should have told me that the time for pick-up is 9am instead of letting me wait for an hour.
Overall the trip was good

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

The tour to Princes' Island was a great experience. The guide is very well informed. However, I was not happy with the time I was picked up from my hotel. They told me to wait at the hotel lobby at 8 am. After waiting for 10 minutes, I rang up the agent and they told me that someone is on the way to pick me up. I rang them again at 8:30 and 8:45 am and again I was told that their representative is on the way. Someone finally came at 9 am. They should have told me that the time for pick-up is 9am instead of letting me wait for an hour.
Overall the trip was good

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

This is a good day out to see something different outside of the main city centre. Not much to do but if you feel like relaxing on one of the beaches go for it. they are spectacular.

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2014

I enjoyed the tour but it was much shorter than described. The online tour information says that it is 8 hours long and starts at 9am. Our tour group didn't arrive at the ferry to Princes' Island until 10am. It took an hour to get to the island, and had to catch the return ferry at 2.30pm, so we were on the island only 3.5 hours at the most. Lunch was included and it was very good. The horse cart ride seemed rushed but it was generally ok. On the bus back to our hotel, the tour guide twice mentioned tipping, and I thought this was inappropriate. We were given minimal information about the history of the island.

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2013

Some of my friends did this trip in the summer and loved it; we went in the spring and were a bit disappointed. The gardens were disheveled; the houses were unpainted; it was a bit run down. The carriage ride was about 15 minutes long, and the horses were in a huge hurry. It wasn't the leisurely ride we were expecting. Lunch was tasty, but be warned - the sea bass comes with the head on, like it came right out of the ocean. I couldn't really handle it, but it tasted good.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2014

This was one of the most disappointing tour of our visit . We were looking forward to it, but it failed in lots of ways. Firstly the guide was neither entertaining, nor knowledgeable. He hardly spoke at all. In fact he only spoke for about 15 minis and that was it for the entire day. We wondered around the island without any tour information. The lunch was also very mediocre, and lots of people complained about it. Not one to moan much, I had to write this review, because Viator must review the tour company providing this service in istanbul. For the money being charged , the standard is very poor. Especially as most of the Viator tours we have been on in other countries have been very good.

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