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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide at your central Istanbul hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to the port for your full-day Princes' Island tour. Hop aboard your boat and cruise to the biggest and most popular Princes Island, Büyükada. During your boat cruise, admire views of Topkapi Palace as the city shrinks behind you. Plus, capture views Kiz Kulesi (also known as Leander’s Tower or Maiden’s Tower) which was shot in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

    Disembark in Büyükada and stroll along with your guide enjoying the ambiance of this quiet island. Notice the lack of vehicles here and gain insight from your guide as to why. Then, take the best form of transportation on the island, a horse-drawn carriage. As you relax to the sounds of clip-clopping hooves, learn about the island’s history such as how former royalty and statesmen were once banished here. Plus, hear about the Christian monasteries that resided here during Byzantine-era rule.

    Next, see prime examples of Ottoman-era architecture as you pass by elegant wooden mansions. Then, soak up gorgeous sea views and the surrounding landscape that’s highlighted by dazzling blue waters. During free time with your guide, grab a simit (bread with sesame seeds) and have some fun feeding the abundance of seabirds that happily live here.

    Take a break at a restaurant for lunch and enjoy tasty seafood before your spend the remainder of your day on your own. After lunch, grab your swimsuit and head to the beach to swim or catch some rays. Or perhaps, duck into a coastal café or craft shop to check out the local scene. Finally, rendezvous with your guide at predetermined time and board your return boat to Istanbul. Once back on land, head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located Istanbul hotel (Europe only),
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Concludes at original departure point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Round-trip boat crossing
    • Horse-drawn carriage tour
    • Local guide
    • Lunch
    • Food and drink, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    These islands, not only Buyuk Ada, are the best place to go after three days of hectic Istanbul traffic and noise. Start from Eminonu Adalar Iskelesi, and take the Vapur to the islands. Usually the ferry does four islands in a row and then goes...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank johnboog
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Princes’ Islands is good way to take a bit of a break from frenetic Istanbul. Walk around the residential area and check out the charming housing that is reminiscent of British Columbia. There are very few cars on the islands and you can go in...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank JonesBL
    Reviewed August 17, 2019 via mobile

    Well, I've had memories in this buyukada island 30+ years ago when I was a kid. I wanted to do it this trip again but it wasnt that great. Don't be mad if you didn't find the time to go. The horse carriage is over-priced...More

    Thank AdeebW
    Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

    It was a relaxing trip The guide was very nice: Amal It is not a cultural tour, just enjoying the cruise in the sea and the island without cars.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Wadih A
    Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

    Frankly speaking, one may not need an entire day here, a good half a day should be suffice if you choose to ride the horse drawn carriage or cycling around. Though the island is not big but would be too tiring and time consuming for...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    2  Thank unhappy_SQ_traveller
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    Hanan A
    December 21, 2018|
    Response from aminephily | Reviewed this property |
    trust me if you like to walk on a cloudy and wet day its worth it to go there you will see nature on a full beauty
    Mian Basit M
    September 18, 2018|
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    Response from arash1389 | Reviewed this property |
    depends on your company.they could easily change the program
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