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From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

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 Kınali 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 in summer or in a restauarant in the winter (if the weather gets too bad) , then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the islands. Later, meet your guide at a pre-arranged time for your boat ride back to Istanbul. Gift and leather shop visit (Optional)The last leg of your journey will be by coach, and you’ll be dropped off at your Istanbul hotel.

Istanbul: Princes' Islands Cruise w/Music, Lunch & Transfer

Istanbul: Princes' Islands Cruise w/Music, Lunch & Transfer

Cruise across the deep-blue waters of the Marmara Sea on a boat tour departing from Istanbul. Experience two of the nearby Princes's Islands, Büyükada and Kınalıada, with free time to explore each. Enjoy a hotel transfer and a delicious lunch on board. Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul, then head to the port to board your boat. Set sail into the mesmerizing ocean surrounding the city and navigate to Kınalıada. Take a short walking tour with your guide and learn about the island along the way. Hop back on the boat and eat a lunch to recharge your energy before traveling to your next destination. Make a stop at Büyükada, the largest of the nine islands, and have plenty of free time to discover at your own pace. Relax on the quiet beaches and go for a refreshing swim. Alternatively, rent an electric bike or scooter, as cars aren't allowed on the island. Ride conveniently among the glorious mansions with their characteristic balconies. Finally, get back on the boa for your return trip to Istanbul, then sit back on the ride to your hotel.

Istanbul: Prince's Island Tour with Lunch and 2 Islands

Istanbul: Prince's Island Tour with Lunch and 2 Islands

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. We first pick up the guests from their hotels or specific addresses between 08:00 and 09:15. Then, we meet with the guide at the port and board the boat for Princess Islands tour. After an aproximetly 1 hour pleasant boat journey, we reach our first destination, Heybeliada, (which may sometimes be a different island). Heybeliada is the second-largest among the islands but the greenest. With our guide, we have free time over there. Later, we continue our tour and head to Büyükada. After our guide provides necessary explanations, we take a break for lunch, with the excellent presentation of Turkish dishes. Free time given after lunch, you can explore the islands or savor local flavors.During The Free time, you may have the opportunity to go swimming on the island, but please note that this option is available only during the summer months. After the allotted free time, you will reconvene with the guide at the designated meeting point and return to Istanbul. Finally, upon your return to Istanbul, there will be a stop for shopping. After shopping, we will drop you back at your respective hotels.

Istanbul: Princes' Islands Tour with Lunch and Transfers

Istanbul: Princes' Islands Tour with Lunch and Transfers

Soak in the serene atmosphere of the Princes' Islands on a day trip from Istanbul with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Cruise past Topkapi Palace and Maiden's Tower, then glide across the Marmara Sea to reach the islands of Heybeliada and Buyukada. Start your day with a pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, and transfer to the port. Hop onboard an old-school boat and set sail in the Sea of Marmara. Make yourself comfortable on the decks, and observe Topkapi Palace and Leander’s Tower. After a 1.5-hour boat trip, disembark at Buyukada, the largest of the Princes' Islands. Take a walk around the charming old buildings, mansions, and villas that are home to local residents. Enjoy a place without any cars on the streets. After a stroll along the coast, hit the sandy bays to swim and unwind, or take a walk to the serene pine forest. Rent an electric car to tour the island for around 25 minutes and delve into the island's history. Savor lunch on the boat while taking in views of the islands from the sea. After lunch, enjoy the tranquil charm of your second stop in Kınalıada, the second largest of the Princes' Islands. In the afternoon, sail back to Istanbul port, with 30 minutes of free time for shopping. Then, be transferred back to your hotel with unforgettable memories.

Istanbul: Full Day Princes Islands Guided Tour with Lunch

Istanbul: Full Day Princes Islands Guided Tour with Lunch

In our tour, we will be visiting two islands. We first pick up the guests from their hotels or specific addresses between 08:00 and 09:15. Then, we meet with the guide at the port and board the boat for Islands tour. After an aprox 1 hour pleasant boat journey, we reach our first destination, Heybeliada, (which may sometimes be a different island). Heybeliada is the the greenest. With our guide, we have free time over there. Later, we continue our tour and head to Büyükada. After our guide provides necessary explanations, we take a break for lunch, with the excellent presentation of Turkish dishes. During the free time given after lunch, you can explore the islands or savor local flavors. Free time, you may have the opportunity to go swimming on the island, but please note that this option is available only during the summer months. Finally, upon your return to Istanbul, there will be a stop for shopping. After shopping, we will drop you back at your respective hotels.

Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

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 Büyükada, 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 the largest island, Büyükada, and have lunch. 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.

Princess Islands Guided Tour with Round-Trip Ferry Tickets

Princess Islands Guided Tour with Round-Trip Ferry Tickets

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

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 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 ship. Finally we will arrive back in the evening to Istanbul where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Princes Island Full Day Tour with Lunch

Princes Island Full Day Tour with Lunch

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.

Istanbul: 3-Day Tours & Transfer Package

Istanbul: 3-Day Tours & Transfer Package

Explore Istanbul on this 3-days Tour/ Airport transfer package that includes visits to major attractions and a spectacular dinner cruise. Start the tour with pick up from Istanbul Airport/Sabiha Gokcen then transfer to the your hotel in Istanbul .Than At 7: 30 PM a driver will pick you up for your dinner cruise along the Bosphorus River - a memorable way to spend your first night in this incredible city. Admire the handsome mansions of the Ottoman elite that line the river banks. The dinner cruise includes a 4-course Turkish meal and live entertainment that features traditional music and belly dancers. Start your morning at 8:30 AM the next day to begin your comprehensive guided tour of Istanbul's main highlights. Discover how, originally named Constantinople, the city was once the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and Europe’s wealthiest metropolis. Visit the iconic Blue Mosque, one of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, and notable for its exquisite blue Iznik tiles. Cross over to the Hagia Sophia. Now a museum, this jewel of Christian architecture dates from the days of the Roman Emperor Justinian, and was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, and the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. Head back to the days of Roman and Ottoman charioteers at the Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. End your day at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets. With 58 streets and over 4,000 shops, the bazaar is especially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices, and carpets. End the tour with a convenient transfer back to the your hotel. Start your morning at 8:30 AM the next day to begin your Istanbul Princess Island Tour.It’s a breathtaking experience and once in a lifetime catch! With a professional onboard guide, learn all fascinating history about islands. Take some pictures and enjoy viewing places from the boat. This tour offers an unforgettable experience. Stop at Heybeliada and Buyukada which is the largest island of the Princes’ Island archipelago. During summer the Princes’ Island area is a popular destination because of the beautiful beaches and incredibly peaceful surroundings. Than leave Heybeliada and head towards Büyükada with own boat. During this absence, service a special lunch on our boat.. End the tour with a convenient transfer back to the your hotel...

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What people are saying about Büyükada

Overall rating

3.6
(351 reviews)

Great for the price offered. Both islands were nice to walk around, we received some additional info from our guide. Good value for money!

Nice experience. Our guide Suleiman was very helpful and knowledgeable. Lunch was tasty. Value for money. Highly recommended.

5 stars !!! The transportation was great !! Staff super friendly!! I loved the islands !!!! I Recommend !!!!

Very pleased with the tour and the tour guide amazing experience had a fantastic time. Thankyou

we had a very nice day, the food was nice and our guide was good.