Escape the bustle of Istanbul to the relaxed archipelago of Princes’ Islands, scattered in the Sea of Marmara to the south-east of the city. Known in Turkish as Kızıl Adalar, or “Red Islands”, it was here that Byzantine princes and Ottoman royalty were once exiled, giving them their present name – Princes’ Islands. With no motorised transport on the islands, the only way to get around is either on foot or by horse and cart, creating a tranquil atmosphere for exploring its rich legacy.
Led by an expert local guide, you can soak up the architecture and multicultural history of the Princes’ Islands as you explore Buyukada, or “Big Island”, by horse and cart and sample freshly caught seafood at one of the local restaurants. You will have plenty of time to explore the island at your leisure, and enjoy a cruise along the Sea of Marmara, taking in some of Istanbul’s most impressive sites from the water.
Cruise along the Sea of Marmara to Princes’ Island
Witness the Topkapı Palace, Leander’s Tower and Uskudar en route
Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of Buyukada
Feast on fresh seafood at a local island restaurant
Spend time exploring Princes’ Islands at your leisure
Istanbul Princes’ Islands Tour Itinerary
You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00-8:30 in the morning and transported to the pier where your Maritime Lines boat awaits. You will slowly cruise along the Sea of Marmara towards Princes’ Islands, docking at the popular summer resort of Buyukada. Surrounded by pine trees and with fresh sea breezes, it was here that Byzantine Princes were once sent to exile.
Tour the island by horse-drawn carriage to soak up its sights, then stop for lunch at a local seafood restaurant. In the afternoon you will have plenty of time to explore the island at your leisure, before cruising back towards Istanbul. You will pass by the Topkapı Palace, Leander’s Tower and Uskudar en route, and learn all about impressive significant Istanbul sights. On arrival in Istanbul, you will be driven back to your hotel of choice.
Available days: Everyday.
Available from: Old City | Taksim Area.
Price includes: Transport | Insurance | Guided Service | Entry Fees | Lunch | Ferry | Horse Car carriage
Duration: Full day 8 hours
Pick up time: Old City 08:30 | Taksim Area 08:15
Drop off time: Approximately 17:00