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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Experience the serenity of the biggest Princes' Island in Turkey, Büyükada, on this full-day guided tour from Istanbul. After traversing the Sea of Marmara by boat, arrive on the quaint island to spend time exploring by horse-drawn carriage. On Büyükada, learn about the island’s history from your guide, and enjoy ample time to lounge on its beautiful beaches. 
  • Full-day trip from Istanbul to Büyükada by boat
  • Marvel at top Istanbul sights like Topkapi Palace and Kiz Kulesi
  • Spend time at leisure on the largest of the Princes’ Islands and embrace laid-back island life
  • Explore Büyükada by horse-drawn carriage and admire the island’s Ottoman-era mansions
  • Hear the island’s history from your guide and learn of its role as a place of exile for banished Turkish aristocrats
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Round-trip boat crossing
Local guide
Lunch
Food and drink, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Sarayburnu çay bahçesi, Hoca Paşa, Kennedy Cd. No:8, 34112 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Topkapi Palace
Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections.
Pass By:  
KIz Kulesi
One of the most iconic images of Istanbul surely has to be the Kız Kulesi Üsküdar, known in English as Maiden's Tower, Tower of Leandros, Leander's Tower
Stop At:  
Buyukada
Büyükada, the popular summer resort with pinewood scenery and wooden mansions, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes. Tour of the island by horse-drawn carriages before lunch at a fish restaurant. Evening return to İstanbul and transfer to hotels.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada.

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aaskarinam
, Jul 2019
Hardly any narration/guiding provided. Did not benefit by joining tour group. We were escorted to the ferry, then to carriage ride and that was essentially it. I feel like I could have done this myself.
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The people who run this tour are rude...
Madhurita a
, Oct 2018
The people who run this tour are rude, unprofessional and completely incompetent. I was forced to take a taxi twice to reach the tour. They refused to pick us up and then dropped us far away from the location. when we called them to enquire at their office the number was unavailable and the person co ordinating shouted at us. The tour is definitely not worth the money. It would be better to take the boat yourself and explore the island on your own. The guide made no great valuable difference by being there. We learnt nothing by having the guide there. We spent our time on out own. Complete waste of money. Don't go for it. Choose peace and go on your own.
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It was worth it The boat ride...
SALIM H
, Oct 2017
It was worth it The boat ride was excellent The horse carriage ride was fantastic and the lunch was delicious The pick up from the hotel was on time I am glad we went
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We had a good time. Food was not to...
S H Z
, Sep 2016
We had a good time. Food was not to good. However we would repeat it in future. Rate : 4
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A good boat trip to the island and...
mitto
, Apr 2016
A good boat trip to the island and back. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the island going uphill in the horse-drawn carriage 4 people with a ten minutes break to take pictures. Then get back to the carriage and enjoy the ride downhill. Time for sumptuous lunch @ Milto oops not my name Mitto restaurant facing the sea. Once done, guide will allow you to walk for 15-20 mins by your own. Enjoy the delicacy of ice-cream scoops by restaurants nearby. Walk back to the point where you had disembark from ferry. Waiting for the ferry takes time and relax your next one hour of boat journey. Hmmm.. that's the end of trip. Both the guides were excellent.
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Amazing trip. Love Istanbul. will...
Clinton J
, Jan 2016
Amazing trip. Love Istanbul. will return again and again.
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The tour was very nice and...
Raul J
, Nov 2015
The tour was very nice and organized. Everything exceed expections that was included, from horse carriage ride, to lunch and free time. The lunch entrée was very basic wether you ordered fish or chicken. We tried both. The tour guide was very nice and professional. This tour is best in the summer months do not go in winter.
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It was a good trip, it would have been...
Hashaam G
, Nov 2015
It was a good trip, it would have been much better if the quality of food is improved.
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This was a lovely trip, there was a...
Patricia W
, Oct 2015
This was a lovely trip, there was a very long wait in a queue for a ride in a horse and carriage around the island that could have been missed. A very busy place at this time and we were fascinated to find we were expected to pay to go to the beaches! Great guide who was enthusiastic about the history of Istanbul. Efficient pick up and drop off as well.
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We enjoyed this tour as we were able...
Phillip O
, Oct 2015
We enjoyed this tour as we were able to relax on the boat and when we reached the Island we shown the harbour area before being escorted to the area where we boarded the horse and carriage ride. This ride was very pleasant and we were shown the highlights before walking back to the port and our lunch was well organised and waiting. Agreat days experience
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Product code: 5828PRINCESISLANDS

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