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Princes Island Tour From Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey


9 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

28 people




Princes Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada Get out of the busy parts of Istanbul and head to quiet and car-free Buyukada Island with ease on this guided tour.

Istanbul Princes’ Islands Tour offers you a chance to explore Buyukada. Learn about the princes of the Byzantine Empire who once relaxed on these islands as you take a horse-drawn carriage tour in Heybeliada.

Explore Buyukada, 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.

You can explore 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 Buyukada, which is your destination for the day.

From the boat you can 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 Buyukada and then take a stroll through the streets with your guide, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of island life. Your guide will tell you about the island’s history during the ride, and 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 Buyukada, 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.

Stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant, or have lunch on the boat, and then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the island.

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.

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  • Spend time at your leisure on the largest of the Princes islands
  • Admire the island's Ottoman-era mansions
  • Enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant



  • English speaking professional tour guide (other languages may be available)
  • Hotel transfers from centrally located hotels
  • Open Buffet Lunch on the Boat
  • Ticket for horse-drawn carriage
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tips

Tour's Location

Istanbul, Turkey


Based on 16 reviews
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Isabelle Mollen

It was an interesting tour. We totally enjoyed Prince's Island.
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Anastasia Hill

This was a good experience. Our guide was very nice and friendly, always polite and happy to help.
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Caity Oakley

Unforgettable experience. Great guide who was enthusiastic about the history of Istanbul. The food was good. Well worth the cost.
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Gaurav Tomar

Tasty food at the boat, recommend it! The tour guide was very nice and professional.
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Heist Stein

We totally enjoyed Prince's Island. It was a relaxing trip. The guide was very nice:
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Bri Piper

It was an interesting trip....... But our guide did not offer much history.
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Mia Yum

It was a really beautiful island and the lunch was very good.
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John Gallant

Overall a good day out to see a different side of Istanbul. The food was not great.
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Dahlia Loyola

The boat was comfortable. The food was okay. The guide gives good information about the island.
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Kobe Crawford


Great trip

A great trip! our guide and had the most memorable experience of Istanbul.
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Cherry Jain

Excellent tour guides here and great people!
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Nyla Harish

Perfect tour solutions with a high level of service!
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Vannia Saraswati

Pretty awesome. 100% recommended.
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Chaken Laitawono


Superb experience

Superb experience, beautiful places you will come to understand the history of the Islands,
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Jane Lorna

Princess island is very amazing. We had a great experience and so much fun. Highly recommend for who looking for a new adventure in Turkey
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Evan Skyler


Great History

Most wonderful place to visit when you are in Istanbul. Princess Island have great history and you can find part of their history here. Recommended
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