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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

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. 
  • 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
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.

Reviews

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M
, Oct 2018

The people who run this tour are rude, unprofessional and completely incompetent. I was forced to take a taxi twice to reach the tour. They refused to pick us up and then dropped us far away from the location. when we called them to enquire at their office the number was unavailable and the person co ordinating shouted at us. The tour is definitely not worth the money. It would be better to take the boat yourself and explore the island on your own. The guide made no great valuable difference by being there. We learnt nothing by having the guide there. We spent our time on out own. Complete waste of money. Don't go for it. Choose peace and go on your own.

S
, Oct 2017

It was worth it
The boat ride was excellent
The horse carriage ride was fantastic
and the lunch was delicious
The pick up from the hotel was on time
I am glad we went

S
, Sep 2016

We had a good time. Food was not to good. However we would repeat it in future.
Rate : 4

m
, Apr 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.

C
, Jan 2016

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

R
, Nov 2015

The tour was very nice and organized. Everything exceed expections that was included, from horse carriage ride, to lunch and free time. The lunch entrée was very basic wether you ordered fish or chicken. We tried both. The tour guide was very nice and professional. This tour is best in the summer months do not go in winter.

H
, Nov 2015

It was a good trip, it would have been much better if the quality of food is improved.

P
, Oct 2015

This was a lovely trip, there was a very long wait in a queue for a ride in a horse and carriage around the island that could have been missed. A very busy place at this time and we were fascinated to find we were expected to pay to go to the beaches! Great guide who was enthusiastic about the history of Istanbul. Efficient pick up and drop off as well.

P
, Oct 2015

We enjoyed this tour as we were able to relax on the boat and when we reached the Island we shown the harbour area before being escorted to the area where we boarded the horse and carriage ride. This ride was very pleasant and we were shown the highlights before walking back to the port and our lunch was well organised and waiting. Agreat days experience

E
, Oct 2015

Very pleasant experience.


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