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From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: All Tours Istanbul

From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: All Tours Istanbul
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Travel by boat from Istanbul to Büyükada Island. See Ottoman-era mansions, enjoy lunch while on the sea, and enjoy free time to explore.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from the European side and from city center hotels. Hotels must be located in the following areas: Sultanahmet, Laleli, Topkapı, Aksaray, Taksim, Sirkeci, and parts of Şişli.

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend time at your leisure on the largest of the Princes islands
  • Admire the island’s Ottoman-era mansions
  • Unwind and enjoy lunch on board a private boat (summer season)
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.

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 in summer or in a restauarant in the winter, 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.

 

 

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the European side and city center
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Boat trip
  • Tour guide onboard
  • Entrance fees to islands
  • Lunch
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Bike rental (optional)
  • Electric Buggy ticket (available to purchase)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • From November 15, 2022, the tour will only visit the Big Island (Buyukada) due to the winter Season
  • Transfer service is offered to the European Side below Area; Taksim-Şişli-S.Ahmet-Aksaray-Beyazıt- Sirkeci-Beyoğlu
  • On this island tour, most of the time is spent on the boat
  • This is a sea and island sightseeing tour
  • Please make a reservation with this information in mind
  • There is an Istanbul shopping possibility at the outlet center for 1 hour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 258 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.6/5
  • Transportation
    3.7/5
  • Value for money
    3.4/5
  • Safety
    4.1/5

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the tour was great and so were the guides. the full day was utilised well. however, I do hope they stop using animals for entertainment on the cruise (parrot). it was unnecessary, and the animal was clearly under stress being forced to perform and take pictures with everyone on the cruise. I hope GYG advises the tour operator on this.

December 21, 2022

The trip to the main island was nice in general, the pickup is really early and we had to wait about 20 minutes for the boat. After arriving in the island, the guide provides you with some explanation and you have free time to walk around the city. The lunch was fair. The only drawback is the catwalk at the end. They tell you that you are going to see leather makers. Thus, you believe some sort of handmade leather factory but no, it's a catwalk in a store to sell you products.

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December 14, 2022

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!

October 19, 2022

Product ID: 58004