Princes’ Islands

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  • Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

    1. Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

    Exchange your voucher at the ticket office in Kabatas and get access to the boat. The boat departs four times a day from Kabatas ferry station and returns in the afternoon and evening. A Marine Officer will welcome you at the departure pier, help you onto the boat, hand you a Bosphorus cruise plan, and explain to you what you will see during the crossing. Set off for the Princes' Islands, which in Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times were used as exile sites and as a monastery region. Today only 4 of the total 9 Princes’ Islands are open to public settlement. Arrive at the most famous and beautiful of these islands called Büyükada, or 'Big Island'. The size of the island is 5.4 km2 and there are 7,300 inhabitants. No traffic except emergency services, carriages and bicycles are allowed there. Spend the day exploring the island at your own pace. Take a walk through the center and get use...

    The service was very good, especially handling our check-in to the boat, because my mother and I arrived half an hour earlier and they offered a complementary soft drink. Also, the staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this experience.

  • From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    2. 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. 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 ...

    The tour guide was a very fun guy and helped pass the ride with lots of fun and knowledge, it was just shorter then expected and due to corona, everything was closed up.

  • Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

    3. 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 Buyuk Ada, 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 charming tour by horse-drawn carriage. Ride through the pine forests next to picturesque bays and past old villas.   Then, take a ferry over to the largest island, Buyuk Ada, and have lunch in a seaside 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.

    We were picked up at the hotel, walked around the Spice Market before getting on the ferry to the smaller island. We walked around, drank some tea and then took the ferry to the large island. We rode an electric golf cart on a tour of the island, and ate fish by the seaside. There was nice shopping and we enjoyed some delicious ice cream and coffee before getting on the ferry back to the city. A van drove us back to the hotel. Sulaiman was an excellent tour guide and companion for the trip.

  • 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.

  • Istanbul: Princes Island Ferry Tickets and Sightseeing Tour

    5. Istanbul: Princes Island Ferry Tickets and Sightseeing Tour

    Princes Island is famous for its various leisure activities such as cycling, walking, and swimming, as well as for affordable fresh fish restaurants around the marina. Let yourself be enchanted by the special character of the island and its inhabitants, away from Istanbul's everyday hustle and bustle. When you arrive at the ticket counter in Kabatas, show your confirmation to the marine officer at the online window. Enjoy a 75-minute ferry ride from Istanbul to Princes Island. On the way to the island, you can admire the never-ending skyline of Istanbul from the open-air deck, as well as enjoy refreshments from the kiosk. When you arrive at Princes Island, a host will be waiting for you to bring you to the starting point of the sightseeing tour. It is then time to explore the best sights of the island on a 30-minute tour in a large electric golf buggy. After the tour, you are free to ...

    Very good and interesting getaway I would recommend all travelers visiting Istanbul.

  • Istanbul: Prince Island Trip with Electric Car Tour & Lunch

    6. Istanbul: Prince Island Trip with Electric Car Tour & 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. Take in an atmosphere unspoiled by car traffic, with only electric vehicles allowed on the island. 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.

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What people are saying about Princes’ Islands

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 136 reviews

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.

I liked the trip, we went only to Buyukada. In January there are few people, there are no queues, the views are wonderful. Dress warmly or take blankets, it is very cold on the ferry. I advise you to take an early ferry to stay longer on the island.

The service was very good, especially handling our check-in to the boat, because my mother and I arrived half an hour earlier and they offered a complementary soft drink. Also, the staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this experience.

Actually it was amazing tour, even our guide tour she was professional. The only thing we didn’t like its the time was on winter season and it was frizzy if you are from hot country you will not enjoy on December.

Excellent punctuality, comfortable boat, good food, entertainment and very good driving.