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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide at your central Istanbul hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to the port for your full-day Princes' Island tour. Hop aboard your boat and cruise to the biggest and most popular Princes Island, Büyükada. During your boat cruise, admire views of Topkapi Palace as the city shrinks behind you. Plus, capture views Kiz Kulesi (also known as Leander’s Tower or Maiden’s Tower) which was shot in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
    Disembark in Büyükada and stroll along with your guide enjoying the ambiance of this quiet island. Notice the lack of vehicles here and gain insight from your guide as to why. Then, take the best form of transportation on the island, a horse-drawn carriage. As you relax to the sounds of clip-clopping hooves, learn about the island’s history such as how former royalty and statesmen were once banished here. Plus, hear about the Christian monasteries that resided here during Byzantine-era rule.
    Next, see prime examples of Ottoman-era architecture as you pass by elegant wooden mansions. Then, soak up gorgeous sea views and the surrounding landscape that’s highlighted by dazzling blue waters. During free time with your guide, grab a simit (bread with sesame seeds) and have some fun feeding the abundance of seabirds that happily live here.
    Take a break at a restaurant for lunch and enjoy tasty seafood before your spend the remainder of your day on your own. After lunch, grab your swimsuit and head to the beach to swim or catch some rays. Or perhaps, duck into a coastal café or craft shop to check out the local scene. Finally, rendezvous with your guide at predetermined time and board your return boat to Istanbul. Once back on land, head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Well, I've had memories in this buyukada island 30+ years ago when I was a kid. I wanted to do it this trip again but it wasnt that great. Don't be mad if you didn't find the time to go. The horse carriage is over-priced...More

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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    It was a relaxing trip The guide was very nice: Amal It is not a cultural tour, just enjoying the cruise in the sea and the island without cars.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Wadih A
    Reviewed 18 May 2019 via mobile

    Frankly speaking, one may not need an entire day here, a good half a day should be suffice if you choose to ride the horse drawn carriage or cycling around. Though the island is not big but would be too tiring and time consuming for...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Reviewed 26 March 2019 via mobile

    This tour was the worst I have ever been on..... Tour started 2 hours late. We were to be picked up at our hotel. After 3 calls by staff at our hotel (each time they were told 10 more mins) we had to walk to...More

    2  Thank maxene2019
    Reviewed 4 March 2019

    The island is beautiful, no doubt, but dont waste your money by taking this tour. You can do it by yourself. It is a complete rip off. The local guide was busy on her phone the whole time, hardly gave us any information and was...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    4  Thank padmkris
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    21 December 2018|
    Response from aminephily | Reviewed this property |
    trust me if you like to walk on a cloudy and wet day its worth it to go there you will see nature on a full beauty
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    18 September 2018|
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    Response from arash1389 | Reviewed this property |
    depends on your company.they could easily change the program
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