• 6 Hours
  • Small Group Tour
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age : 10+

Tour Overview

Introduction:

Set sail to the Princes Islands on our comprehensive day tour. This awe-inspiring journey offers a unique, must-see experience! Benefit from the insights of a professional guide onboard, delving into the intriguing history of the islands. Capture memorable photos and take pleasure in viewing landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Maiden’s Tower, and Uskudar from the boat. This tour is sure to provide an indelible memory of your travels.

Content: 

Between 07:00 and 08:00, our driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby and escort you to the gathering spot where you’ll meet the other attendees of the Princes Islands Cruise tour. You will visit the following attractions, led by a professional tour guide licensed by the ministry of tourism:

Marmara Sea Cruise to Princes’ Island: We’ll embark on a ferry ride to Buyukada (Big Island), one of the tranquil Princes’ Islands and a popular summer escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. As we set sail from the Golden Horn, you’ll catch sight of the picturesque Sarayburnu (Seraglio Point), adorned with the domes and minarets of landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque. En route, we’ll pass four charming islands, adorned with quaint Ottoman houses, before reaching our destination, Buyukada, the largest of the islands.

Princes’ Island (Buyuk Ada): Once on the island, you’ll be greeted by the sight of opulent Ottoman mansions and Victorian summer villas dotting the landscape. Our walking tour will guide you past these elegant old wooden residences amidst stunning natural scenery. Savour a delectable lunch at a quaint sea-side fish restaurant while taking in views of Istanbul’s distinctive skyline, a mix of modern skyscrapers and historic domes and minarets. Spend a relaxing day just as many Istanbul residents do, retreating to the peaceful surroundings of this favored summer spot. We will return by ferry and ensure you are dropped off at your hotel.

Detailed Itinerary

This built Basilica, ancient by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century is one of the architectural marvels of all time. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453.

One of the best examples of classical Turkish art, built between 1609 and 1616 by the Architect Mehmet Aga the mosque takes its name the blue Iznik (Nicea’s) tiles which decorate splendidly its walls.

The ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races took place was the center of Byzantine political life, standing in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque, the area is now called as Sultanahmet.

Of the monuments which once decorated it, only three remain, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

In this labyrinth of streets and passages, there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; selling mostly gold and silver jewelry, copper and brass items, leather, coats, carpets, and many other beautiful Turkish art and handicrafts such as handpainted ceramic plates, etc.

The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and china porcelain, caftans are worn by the Sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of Prophet Mohammed.

What's Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off (on the European side of Istanbul only)
  • English-speaking professional licensed tour guide
  • Return ferry cruise to/from Princes’ Islands
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Service charges and local taxes

What's Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (optional) to the guide and driver
  • All kinds of beverages

Additional Info

  • Includes free pick-up service from hotels in Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. There will be an extra charge for other locations.
  • Children aged 0-2 are free of charge, 30% discount is applied for children aged under 7 years old.
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is regular. Please contact us for private tour options.

Meeting and Pickup

  • Hotel pick up is at 08:15-08:45
  • Hotel drop off is at 17:00-17:30

Cancelation Policy

  • You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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