Princes’ Islands Tour in Istanbul

Experience
Trip
Daily
Turkey, Istanbul
Activity Duration:
1 Day
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Until 2 days

✪ Enjoy viewing Topkapi Palace, Maiden’s Tower and Uskudar from the sea ⛵  

✪ Eat delicious lunch at a famous fish restaurant 🐟

✪ Take a journey with Pheaton, walk around the island and take photos 📷


DESCRIPTION

Cruise along to Princess Islands with our full day tour. It’s a breathe taking experience and once in a lifetime catch! With an professional on board guide, learn all fascinating history about islands. Take some pictures and enjoy viewing places like Topkapi Palace, Maiden’s Tower and Uskudarfrom 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 the incredibly peaceful surroundings. As car traffic is forbidden here, you will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island and discover this not spoiled nature jewel.


PROGRAM

Princes' Islands (Full Day)

Tour starts at 8:30 every morning. An hour’s boat ride from city centre, this group of island take their name from Byzantine times when the princesses where sent there on exile. There are nine island, five small and four relatively large. No motor vehicle is permitted, transport being provided by horse-drawn carriages. On the Island there are many glorious 19th century mansions with characteristic overhanging balconies, most of which are inhabited only during the summer.

The tour starts with a drive to the pier. Cruise on the Marmara sea to go Heybeliada for  horse-drawn carriages take the guests on a tour of the island through the pine forest, riding next to picturesque bays and along the old villas and after that we take a ferry to go for largest of the islands, Buyuk Ada. Lunch is served at a seaside restaurant. Time is left to enjoy the cheerful local life on the village square.

During the Byzantine period, princesses and other royalty where exiled on the islands and later members of the Ottoman Sultans family were exiled there too, giving the island their present name. They were taken by the Ottoman fleet during the siege of Constantinople in 1453. During the nineteenth century, the islands became a popular resort for Istanbul’s wealthy, and Victorian-era cottages and houses are still preserved on the largest of the Princess Islands.

The islands are an interesting destination because they allow insight into a multicultural society in modern Turkey, possibly alike to the multicultural society that once existed during the Ottoman Empire in places such as nearby Istanbul.

Tour ends around 17:00. 


IMPORTANT NOTES 

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Make sure your booking at least 2-3 days before the activity date. You can use Online Chat for availability. 
  • Not recommended for children aged 2 and under.
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited.

Services

Included Services
  • Professional onboard guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
Excluded Services
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal Expenditures

Accommodation

  • This activity does not contatin accommodation.

Transportation

  • Hotel transfer service with air conditioned minivans (pick-up and drop-back)  is included. 

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