From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

3.4 / 5

74 reviews

From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

From $34.82 per person

Travel by boat from Istanbul to Büyükada and explore the largest of the Princes islands. See Ottoman-era mansions, enjoy a tasty lunch at a seafood restaurant, and afterwards take some time at your leisure to explore the island.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8.5 hours
Starting time 8:45 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Arabic
Pickup included
Transfer service just from European side and from city center hotels. Hotels must be located in the following areas: Sultanahmet, Laleli, Topkapı, Aksaray, Taksim, Sirkeci and Şişli.

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend time at your leisure on the largest of the Princes islands
  • Admire the island’s Ottoman-era mansions
  • Enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant
Full description
Explore Büyükada, the largest of Turkey’s Princes islands, on this 9-hour excursion from Istanbul. Cruise across the Sea of Marmara, watching the sights of Istanbul slip from view. You can explore the pedestrianized island in the best possible way – by bike (not included) or spend time at leisure, perhaps relaxing on one of its beaches, before returning to Istanbul. Travel from your hotel by air-conditioned coach to the port with your guide, and board the boat that will take you to the Princes islands. The largest and most interesting of the islands is Büyükada, which is your destination for the day. From the boat you can look back on the sights of Istanbul, seeing iconic landmarks such as Topkapi Palace and the pretty Kiz Kulesi (also known as the Maiden’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film, The World is Not Enough. Dock in Büyükada and then take a stroll through the streets with your guide, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of island life. Your guide will tell you about the island’s history during the ride, and about its time as a place of exile for banished statesmen and royalty, and of its life as a monastic settlement during Turkey’s Byzantine-Christian period. Pass lovely wooden mansions that are stunning examples of the island’s late Ottoman-era architecture, and look out over the sparkling sea. Seagulls are everywhere in Büyükada, and if you’d like to feed them your guide will give you simits (bread with sesame seeds) so you can toss them a treat. Stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant, or have lunch on the boat, and then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the island.  Meet your guide at a pre-arranged time for your boat ride back to Istanbul. The last leg of your journey will be by coach, and you’ll be dropped off at your Istanbul hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off only from the European side and city center
  • Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coach
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Bike rental
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • An Arabic guide is also available.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 74 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.9/5
  • Transportation
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.3/5
  • Safety
    4.1/5
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It was a great experience for myself and my family. We enjoyed every moment of the tour it was totally worth it! Our tour guide (Mehmet) was very helpful and kind. The meal was also great, very generous and tasty. The horse carriage was really cool too. And boat ride was amazing with the scenery. Totally recommend it, as you see 2 different islands, including beautiful nature views.

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November 25, 2019

Great experience

This was a great day spent by the sea in 2 different island. The group took sometime to gather but at the end we moved to the port where we took a big boat and went first to Heybeliada island and had a horse carriage tour then to the main princess island where we had a nice lunch and free 3 hours to roam around before taking another boat back to Istanbul. the Tour Guide Zeinap was great, she was helped by Ammar. The down side of the tour is the spice, bags and carpet shop we stopped at the end

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July 10, 2019

A different and ecological island

After picking us up at the hotel, we took the ferry that took us to the Principe Islands. We went to the largest and we enjoyed an atypical place and different from what you can live in Istanbul. Ride in a horse carriage or rent a bicycle are options to go around the island and admire its summer wooden houses and its lush forest. A trip that is worth it.

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May 2, 2018

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