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Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

Product ID: 58004
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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
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Arabic

Pick-up service

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.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Bike rental
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Cameras
Know before you go
An Arabic guide is also available.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
3.3 / 5
based on 56 reviews
Review summary
Service
3.5/5
Organization
3.5/5
Value for money
3.1/5
Safety
4.2/5

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All Tours Istanbul

Product ID: 58004