3.5 star rating: Worth doing 20 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.

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
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
August 2014

This tour did not include everything that was indicated in the description. To give you a summary: we left one hour later from Istanbul, arrived on the island at about 10:30 am, waited for 45 minutes for the horse drawn carriage (like all the people who did not pay for a tour), then went for lunch and had about one hour max. to walk through the island. No swimming, no beach. If I went there by myself, I would have spent maybe 50 $ to get there with my family and visit the island. Very disappointing.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2013

The carridge ride was so fast that we thought it was a race or something. It was such in a hurry that we did not really able to enjoy the scenery from top of the hill. The tour needs to inform them to take it easy and allow the guests to stop for photos. Lunch was ok.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2013

felt tour guide just there no passion in what he was doing. had bad carriage ride unit 121. Ran the horses the whole way and then left us off two blocks from the end of the ride. felt lunch not that good. tour needs a bit more points of interest added to it.

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