Princes’ Islands Tour
Princes’ Islands Tour
Cruise along to Princes Islands with our full-day tour. It’s a breathtaking experience and once in a lifetime catch!
Duration: 8,5 Hours.
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick-up is available for centrally located hotels. Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.
- Enjoy viewing Topkapi Palace, Leander’s Tower and Uskudar from the sea.
- Eat your delicious lunch at a famous fish restaurant.
- Walk around the island and take some photos.
Cruise along to Princes Islands with our full-day tour. It’s a breathtaking experience and once in a lifetime catch! With a professional onboard guide, learn all fascinating history about islands. Take some pictures and enjoy viewing places like Topkapi Palace, Maiden’s Tower and Uskudar from 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 incredibly peaceful surroundings.
An hour’s boat ride from the city center, this group of the island take their name from Byzantine times when the princesses where sent there on exile. There are nine islands, 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 for largest of the islands, Buyuk Ada. Lunch is served at a seaside restaurant. Time is left to enjoy the cheerful local life in the village square.
During the Byzantine period, princesses and other royalty were 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.
- Professional onboard guide
- Entrance fees
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
You will be picked up from your hotel.
Know Before You Go
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to 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