Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Explore Büyükada, the largest of Turkey’s Princes’ Islands, on this full-day trip from Istanbul! Cruise across the Sea of Marmara, watching the sights of Istanbul slip from view, and then explore the pedestrianized island in the best possible way – by horse-drawn carriage! Hear the history of this laid-back island from your expert local guide and then spend time at leisure, perhaps relaxing on its beaches, before returning to Istanbul.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included

Leave your central Istanbul hotel by air-conditioned coach and head to the port with your guide to board your boat to the Princes’ Islands. The largest and most interesting one is Büyükada – your destination of the day! While cruising, look back on the sights of Istanbul, seeing iconic landmarks like Topkapi Palace and pretty Kiz Kulesi (also known as Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough.

Dock in Büyükada and then amble through the streets with your guide, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of island life. Vehicles are notably non-existent here, and the pretty roads resonate with the pleasing clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages. Hop aboard your own carriage and explore Büyükada at a fittingly relaxed pace. Your guide will explain the island’s history as you travel, talking 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 the lovely wooden mansions that exemplify the island’s late Ottoman-era architecture, and look out over the sparkling sea lapping on the shores. Seagulls are everywhere in Büyükada, and if you want to feed them your guide will give you simits (bread with sesame seeds) so you can throw them a treat.

Stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant and then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the island. Bring your bathing suit if you want to swim, or perhaps explore the island’s craft shops and waterfront cafés. Meet your guide at a pre-arranged time for your boat ride back to Istanbul. The last leg of your journey is made by coach to your Istanbul hotel, where your tour ends.

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Round-trip boat crossing
  • Horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Local guide
  • Lunch

Exclusions
  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • 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
Departure Point

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel (Europe only),


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

Concludes at original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

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

User's Reviews

Image - 03 Oct 2017 -

SALIM H

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

Image - 06 Apr 2016 -

mitto

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.

Image - 23 Jan 2016 -

Clinton J

Amazing trip. Love Istanbul. will return again and again.

Image - 15 Oct 2015 -

nz_robyn

We had a great day and was pleased we chose this tour as part of our IIstanbul experience. Osman, our tour guide was wonderful. He was very informative and we enjoyed his commentary very much. The boat trips were good, the hotel pickups were on time and very well organised. Buyukada was a small quaint island. A complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. We had a carriage ride which was quite fast paced but still fun. I'm not quite sure why they stopped at the top of the hill. There was no view or photo opportunity. We thought maybe it was to rest the horses.
Lunch was enjoyable too.
I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see another part of Istanbul life.

Image - 18 Sep 2015 -

Vikas C

Great experience

User's Picture Gallery

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Clock Tower

a Square at Buyuk Ada

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Coche de caballos

Coche de caballos para 4 personas, en la calle principal de la Ciudad de Buyukada con las casas típicas de la ciudad.

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Buyuk Island

View of the Marmara Sea from Buyuk Island

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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