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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 four times a day from Kabatas ferry station and returns in the afternoon and 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'. The size of the island is 5.4 km2 and there are 7,300 inhabitants. No traffic except emergency services, carriages and bicycles are allowed there. Spend the day exploring the island at your own pace. Take a walk through the center and get use...

    The service was very good, especially handling our check-in to the boat, because my mother and I arrived half an hour earlier and they offered a complementary soft drink. Also, the staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this experience.

  • From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    2. From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    Explore Büyükada, 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 Büyükada, 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 Büyükada and then take a stroll through the ...

    The tour guide was a very fun guy and helped pass the ride with lots of fun and knowledge, it was just shorter then expected and due to corona, everything was closed up.

  • Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    3. Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    Day 1 – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipporome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full-day walking tour that covers the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia Museum, to the iconic Blue Mosque, to the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The 8-hour excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and a walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia  or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the great...

    Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

    4. Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

    From the central meeting point in Sultanahmet, you will be transferred to the boat dock to embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus Strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. The cruise will afford you the unique opportunity to view both sides of the city. During this cruise, your guide will provide commentary and answer questions as you admire sights like Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace and Rumeli Fortress as well as the ancient wooden villas, bridges and maritime landscapes. After the Bosphorus cruise, transfer to the original meeting point.

    It was a amazing experience. The boat goes around Sultanahmet and golden horn It was slow and close to thinks I wanted to see. Thank you very much

  • Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

    5. Istanbul: Day Trip to the Princes' Islands

    Only an hour’s ferry ride from the city center, the Princes’ Islands consist of 9 small islands that will transport you back in time and away from hectic city life. Spend a day exploring 2 of these islands, Heybeliada and Buyuk Ada, to gain insight into a multicultural society in modern Turkey, akin to the multicultural society that existed here during the Ottoman Empire. Start with a cruise over the Marmara Sea to Heybeliada for a charming tour by horse-drawn carriage. Ride through the pine forests next to picturesque bays and past old villas.   Then, take a ferry over to the largest island, Buyuk Ada, and have lunch in a seaside restaurant. Spend the afternoon enjoying the cheerful local life near the village square. Admire the well preserved Victorian-era cottages that are covered in colorful flowers all summer.

    We were picked up at the hotel, walked around the Spice Market before getting on the ferry to the smaller island. We walked around, drank some tea and then took the ferry to the large island. We rode an electric golf cart on a tour of the island, and ate fish by the seaside. There was nice shopping and we enjoyed some delicious ice cream and coffee before getting on the ferry back to the city. A van drove us back to the hotel. Sulaiman was an excellent tour guide and companion for the trip.

  • Princes' Islands Full Day Tour

    6. Princes' Islands Full Day Tour

    Let the various aromas and colorful sights overwhelm you on this full day tour of the Princes' Islands. And cruise along the Marmara Sea to the beautiful Princes' Islands by Maritime lines boat. The tour will take you to the isles via the popular summer resort Büyükada. This summer resort was once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes, and it boasts stunning pinewood scenery. From here you will experience a tour of the island, as well as lunch at a local fish restaurant. In the afternoon you will be treated to the breathtaking scenery of Topkapi Palace and Leander's Tower, topped off by the unique sights of the Uskudar. See all this and beautiful sea views from the convenience of a luxury ship. Finally we will arrive back in the evening to Istanbul where you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Bursa Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

    7. Bursa Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

    Explore the first capital of the Ottoman Empire; Enjoy a full-day excursion from Istanbul to explore this city situated on the slopes of Mount Uludag. Following a pick-up from your hotel on Istanbul’s European side, transfer to the port to catch a ferry. Cross the Sea of Marmara.  Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2-hour drive to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. Upon arrival, Visiting the Green Mausoleum and Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami).  See historic bazaars, sample some of the local produce of the region, such as chestnuts, honey, olives, Turkish Delight and more.  Next, climb a mountain for a barbecue lunch.  Enjoy some free time to enjoy an ATV safari, or take a minibus to the ski slopes for a spot of ski-ing (own expense). You will see gorgeous old three which is more than 600 years old. Return to Istanbul in the evening, for a drop off at your hotel and the end of the...

    This was the highlight of my trip to turkey, very organized, very enjoyable, the tour guide mohammad was very friendly and kept checking on us, very beautiful schedule,

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

    8. Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

    Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop-on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople, the Chora Church and the Castle of Seven Towers await. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman Empire and as the head of the Ottoman Empire.  Then, board the boat and cruise around the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

  • Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

    9. Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

    Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) was built between 1597 and 1664, also it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. You can find exotic aromas and various spices. It contains fruit vegetable, flower and fish shops inside. Rustem Pasha Mosque, for a tour. It was built by a famous Bosnian, Rüstem Pasha and designed by -one the most famous architect in history- Mimar Sinan. One of the most famous mosque in Istanbul for her interior design. Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Also famous with the great collection of European antiquity. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in the palace and died there. Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. Bosphorus Bridge, ...

  • Istanbul: Home-Cooked Dinner with a Local Family

    10. Istanbul: Home-Cooked Dinner with a Local Family

    With your local guide you’ll wander through the streets of the historical Sultanahmet district on the way to visit a local family for a home-cooked dinner. The Turkish sense of hospitality is well known and tonight you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy it firsthand on this 3.5-hour tour. There is little English spoken but your bilingual guide is there to help with any awkward moments. You can chat informally with all members of the family and hear what it’s like to live in Turkey today, while enjoying a typical dinner with a local family. After feasting on the delicious food it’s time to take a stroll through the back streets. You’ll see lovely wooden houses in various states of repair, and get a sense of the communal life lived in Istanbul. Head to a local hangout to enjoy fabulous views of the Marmara Sea and spend the rest of the evening hanging out like an ordinary Turk! There may ...

    Our guide Suleyman was very friendly. We were a big group of 11 people and we learned a lot from him. Dinner at family's place was cozy, while game and water pipe at a tea house was fun. A price is a bit high, but all in all great experience.

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What people are saying about Sea of Marmara

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We had the best experience ever with Yasin! He did a phenomenal job showing us all of Istanbul & giving us history lessons on all the areas we went too. We also got to skip the long lines for tickets which saved us so much time! He also took us to a incredible restaurant with authentic Turkish cussine! I highly recommend this for anyone trying to see Istanbul in one day!!

Our guide was great. The first tour i have taken that is private. From the beginning, we immediately felt that we weren't taking a tour. We were spending time with a friend who is knowledgeable and passionate about the history of this beautiful place.

The service was very good, especially handling our check-in to the boat, because my mother and I arrived half an hour earlier and they offered a complementary soft drink. Also, the staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this experience.

Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

It was a amazing experience. The boat goes around Sultanahmet and golden horn It was slow and close to thinks I wanted to see. Thank you very much