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Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

1. Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

Exchange your voucher at the ticket office in Kabatas and get access to the boat. The boat departs from Kabatas ferry station in the morning and returns in the evening. A Marine Officer will welcome you at the departure pier, help you onto the boat, hand you a Bosphorus cruise plan, and explain to you what you will see during the crossing. Set off for the Princes' Islands, which in Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times were used as exile sites and as a monastery region. Today only 4 of the total 9 Princes’ Islands are open to public settlement. Arrive at the most famous and beautiful of these islands called Büyükada, or 'Big Island'. Spend the day exploring the island at your own pace. Take a walk through the center and get used to the silence that reigns on the island. See the Merkez Eczanesi, a pharmacy from 1870, and feel you have stepped back in time. Go to Hamlaci Street 4 and see the ruins of the villa where Trotsky lived in exile between 1929 and 1933, writing his autobiography and 3 volumes on the "History of the Russian Revolution". Alternatively, rent a bike and cycle around the island admiring the magnificent old villas lining the streets. Explore the Greek Orthodox St. George Church on top of the island's tallest hill where you can also admire fantastic views of Istanbul, the Marmara Sea, and the neighboring islands.  Stop over and visit the former Greek Orphanage, Europe’s largest and the world's 2nd largest wooden house. Enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the many restaurants around the harbor. Go to one of the public beaches (Halk Plaji) or beach clubs for swimming and sunbathing. If you like hiking, you can also walk around the island on foot. When you have finished exploring, take the return ferry to Istanbul at your leisure. The boat departs Büyukada (Big Island) to return to Kabatas ferry station at 3:30 PM.

Istanbul: Full Day Princes Island Guided Tour with Lunch

2. Istanbul: Full Day Princes Island Guided Tour with Lunch

Begin your adventure on a ferry ride across the majestic Marmara Sea to the breathtakingly beautiful Islands of the Princes. Stop off at the largest of the islands, Buyukada, and explore the ancient island on a guided tour in an electric buggy. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the charming features of the island, full of historic villas nestled among the pine trees. Enjoy a delicious, locally-prepared lunch and hunt for souvenirs in the unique little shops. Finish your adventure on a return cruise across the calm Marmara sea.

Istanbul: Prince Island Trip with Lunch

3. Istanbul: Prince Island Trip with Lunch

Take a trip to Büyükada, the largest of the Princes' Islands, from Istanbul and enjoy the cool breezes and charming sights along the way. Enjoy the mild climate, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses on Büyükada. Explore the the main square of Büyükada and admire the Victorian buildings Marvel at the beautiful scenery and elegant mansions reminiscent of the past. Have lunch at one of the many seaside restaurants serving fresh fish along the waterfront while gazing across at Istanbul.

Istanbul: 4-Day City Excursion with Lodging

4. Istanbul: 4-Day City Excursion with Lodging

Discover the historic highlights of Istanbul on a 4-day guided city excursion with airport pickup and lodging included. Learn from an expert guide as you visit enchanting sites, both on and off the beaten path. Day 1, Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at the Istanbul Airport and receive a friendly welcome from your driver. Your driver will take you to your hotel to relax, rest and prepare for your excursion. Day 2: Treasures of Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch) Begin your city tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia, the largest manmade construction at the time apart from the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Next visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Sultan, and the last seat of the government for the Ottoman Empire. Continue on to the Hippodrome, built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. Next, visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque. End the day by wandering through the 4,000 shops of the Grand Bazaar, then head to your hotel in Istanbul to rest. Day 3: Princes Island Tour (Breakfast and Lunch) Embark on an adventure to Princes' Islands, and find colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens with exotic flowers, and lush forests. Admire the massive Ottoman mansions, as well as Victorian summer villas as you relax on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Day 4: Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar Tour (Breakfast) Begin the final day of your tour with a visit to the Spice Bazaar; a trading spot for herbs and spices from around Egypt and Asia. Spend the afternoon cruising on the Strait of Istanbul and learn about the culture and history of the area. Admire views of marble palaces and small fishing villages along the shores.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 315 reviews

There is no need to pay more and use the services of a guide, the main thing would be a telephone and Internet access. They themselves walked, it was on foot, without hurrying, the whole island and all the sights. Struck Trotsky's house. Thrown is simply abandoned, chickens live, and the attitude towards Orthodox Shrines leaves much to be desired.

Very nice boat trip, the visit is worthwhile for everyone who is looking for a short break in silence. Buyukada Island has no car traffic, only bicycles and electric scooters. This stillness after a week of Istanbul Faith was incredible. With a bit of luck you can also find access to the water for swimming. fantastic! We will be back.

A Nice day in BuyukAda The minibus picked us from the hotel in time. the guide was awsome, talked to us all the time, gave us all the information we could ask for. The Island was super crowded and I would recommend skipping the electric car and renting a bike.

Very enjoyable experience. The entertainment was unreal. I just wish the portion size of the meal was bigger. But overall, an unforgetable experience.

We had a wonderful experience and our guide Tanner was exceptional.