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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great relaxing day in a lovely area. The phaeton ride was a great experience.
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
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.
Hotel pickup and drop off was good, but then we had to wait quite a while to get out ( small ) group together. Unfortunately the weather wasn't good the day we went on this tour - it would have been great on a warm sunny day. Lunch was good and there was lots of free time.
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.
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.