Büyükada

Our most recommended things to do in Büyükada

From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

1. From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

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. See 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, 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 on your own, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of island life.  Return to the boat and listen as your guide talks about the island’s history during the ride. Learn 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. Have lunch on the boat, then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the island. Later, 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.  

Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

2. Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

Only an hour’s ferry ride from the city center, the Princes’ Islands consist of 9 small islands that will transport you back in time and away from hectic city life. Spend a day exploring 2 of these islands, Heybeliada and Buyukada, to gain insight into a multicultural society in modern Turkey, akin to the multicultural society that existed here during the Ottoman Empire. Start with a cruise over the Marmara Sea to Heybeliada for a walking tour. Ride through the pine forests next to picturesque bays and past old villas. Then, take a ferry over to the largest island, Buyukada, and have lunch at a nice restaurant. Spend the afternoon enjoying the cheerful local life near the village square. Admire the well-preserved Victorian-era cottages that are covered in colorful flowers all summer.

Istanbul: Prince Island Trip with Lunch

3. Istanbul: Prince Island Trip with Lunch

Take a trip to Büyükada, the largest of the Princes' Islands, from Istanbul and enjoy the cool breezes and charming sights along the way. Enjoy the mild climate, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses on Büyükada. Explore the the main square of Büyükada and admire the Victorian buildings Marvel at the beautiful scenery and elegant mansions reminiscent of the past. Have lunch at one of the many seaside restaurants serving fresh fish along the waterfront while gazing across at Istanbul.

Princes' Islands Full Day Tour

4. Princes' Islands Full Day Tour

Let the various aromas and colorful sights overwhelm you on this full day tour of the Princes' Islands. And cruise along the Marmara Sea to the beautiful Princes' Islands by Maritime lines boat. The tour will take you to the isles via the popular summer resort Büyükada. This summer resort was once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes, and it boasts stunning pinewood scenery. From here you will experience a tour of the island, as well as lunch at a local fish restaurant. In the afternoon you will be treated to the breathtaking scenery of Topkapi Palace and Leander's Tower, topped off by the unique sights of the Uskudar. See all this and beautiful sea views from the convenience of a luxury ship. Finally we will arrive back in the evening to Istanbul where you will be transferred to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Büyükada

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 293 reviews

This is an amazing day tour. Nice to visit this Island. Well entertained on the boat. Food was enough and delicious. Pick up and drop off from the hotel it was well organised. Tour guide was very friendly and helpful, she explained well about the tour and the Island. I enjoyed this trip!

We had a wonderful time, only complaint would be that at lunch we were given one drumstick of chicken with our rice & salad. My husband didn’t like the rice which was seasoned & asked for another drumstick & was told no. One small drumstick is not enough to eat even for lunch.

The tour was nice but a bit much unsolicited tourist rip-off with parrot photos etc, no doubt nicely done. This left less time to visit the islands. Next time I would take the ferry, it's probably much faster and eat out on the islands.

Great trip, the islands are nice with small stores and restaurants which make a very enjoyable tour. Very good coordination from the pick up to the drop off at the hotel, verify nice staff. Good lunch . I really recommend this trip.

It was really good. Due to bad weather we had to see only 1 island, but the service was very good. Little over priced.