4. Istanbul: Prince's Island Tour with Lunch Electric Car Tour
Explore Büyükada, the largest of Turkey’s Princes' Islands, on this 8-hour excursion departing from Istanbul. Begin your journey with a cruise across the tranquil Sea of Marmara, watching the iconic sights of Istanbul gradually disappear from view. Once you arrive at Büyükada, discover the island's pedestrianized streets and charming ambiance in the best way possible – by joining an included Electric Car Tour. Alternatively, you can choose to spend your time at leisure, perhaps lounging on one of the island's pristine beaches, before returning to the vibrant city of Istanbul. Your adventure begins as you depart from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, accompanied by your knowledgeable guide. Upon reaching the port, you'll board a boat bound for the Princes' Islands, with Büyükada as your primary destination. As you sail away from Istanbul, take a moment to admire the city's iconic landmarks such as the majestic Topkapi Palace and the picturesque Kiz Kulesi, also known as the Maiden's Tower, famously featured in the James Bond film, "The World is Not Enough." During your boat ride, your guide will share fascinating insights into the history of the island. Learn about its role as a place of exile for banished statesmen and royalty, as well as its history as a monastic settlement during the Byzantine-Christian period in Turkey. As you approach Büyükada, you'll be greeted by the sight of charming wooden mansions that showcase the island's late Ottoman-era architecture. The sparkling sea stretches out before you, and seagulls gracefully soar overhead. If you'd like, your guide can provide you with simits (bread with sesame seeds) to feed the seagulls and enjoy their company. Lunch will be served either on the boat in the summer or at a cozy island restaurant during the winter months. Following your meal, the remainder of your day is yours to enjoy at your own pace on the picturesque islands. Later in the day, you'll reconvene with your guide at a designated time for your boat journey back to Istanbul. Optionally, you can also visit local gift and leather shops to find unique mementos of your unforgettable day. The final leg of your journey will be a comfortable coach ride, ensuring your safe return to your Istanbul hotel, concluding a day filled with captivating experiences and cherished memories.