Day trip

Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

4.4 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

Activity provider: TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

From US$ 73.69 per person

Cruise over the Marmara Sea go to Princes' Islands, first visiting Heybeliada for a horse carriage tour and then Buyukada, to see its popular summer houses with beaches and pinewood scenery.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup from Taksim, Besiktas, Beyoglu, Aksaray, Beyazit, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci. Please be ready 10 minutes before pickup.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise on the Marmara Sea to the Princes' Islands
  • Enjoy a short horse carriage tour past gorgeous bay views
  • Explore the main square of Buyuk Ada and admire the Victorian buildings
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Taksim, Besiktas, Beyoglu, Sultanahmet
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Drinks during lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.9/5
  • Transportation
    3.9/5
  • Value for money
    3.7/5

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We had a great time- our guide Songul was excellent. She explained the history of the islands and took us around. We dined at a very nice sea fronting restaurant which served good food. We were given enough time to roam around on our own. The pick up and drop were a bonus. There was only one issue- it would have been better if a 15 minute pick up slot was mentioned rather than a one hour - we came to the lobby early and had to wait

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July 16, 2022

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.

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September 27, 2021

The visit of the islands was good but not as planned. Luckily the guide was flexible.....The horse carriage was not available anymore as it's by law forbidden now...(please adjust the site)....Instead of the carriage we would get a tour with some electrical vehicle....but our group did not fit in it.....So instead our guide agreed with some proposition of us to use a kind of electrical bycicle with driver in groups of 2.....to discover the neighborhood. Later on we could also discover the island with some electrical vehicle. We got also some private time on the Island. Our guide was friendly and helped with everything. The islands are for sure worth seeing....beautiful sights and views....

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July 28, 2022

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