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Small-Group Princes' Islands Cruise & Büyükada Walking Tour

by Istanbul Walks Duration 8h Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is AU$114

The Princes' Islands, once a retreat for exiled royalty, offer a beautiful setting for you to spend a day away from the bustle of Istanbul. Take a cruise to the largest of the islands and see mansions, palaces, churches and convents from its long and storied history with a guided walking tour.

A convenient pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel takes you to the pier, where you will meet your guide and set out for a cruise to the island of Büyükada. Located just a few miles from the city in the Sea of Marmara, Büyükada is the largest and most populous of the Princes' Islands, and was used to hold exiled nobility dating back to the Byzantine era.

Walk along the paths that hosted pivotal figures of their times, from Byzantine empresses Irene of Athens and Anna Dalassena to Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Along the way, your guide shows you historic buildings like the 6th-century Aya Yorgi Church and Monastery, as well as several Ottoman-era mansions, for a look through the storied history of the great empires that held sway here.

The Princes' Islands, once a retreat for exiled royalty, offer a beautiful setting for you to spend a day away from the bustle of Istanbul. Take a cruise to the largest of the islands and see mansions, palaces, churches and convents from its long and storied history with a guided walking tour.

A convenient pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel takes you to the pier, where you will meet your guide and set out for a cruise to the island of Büyükada. Located just a few miles from the city in the Sea of Marmara, Büyükada is the largest and most populous of the Princes' Islands, and was used to hold exiled nobility dating back to the Byzantine era.

Walk along the paths that hosted pivotal figures of their times, from Byzantine empresses Irene of Athens and Anna Dalassena to Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Along the way, your guide shows you historic buildings like the 6th-century Aya Yorgi Church and Monastery, as well as several Ottoman-era mansions, for a look through the storied history of the great empires that held sway here.

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8:30 AM, Tour in English, includes Food Only

Duration 8h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
AU$113.41

Total price is AU$113.41, taxes included

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Small-Group Princes' Islands Cruise & Büyükada Walking Tour

Activity Location

Büyükada

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Istanbul City Center (Hotel Pickup)

    Istanbul


Highlights

  • Relaxing full-day expedition to the Sea of Marmara

  • Guided tour of Büyükada, the largest of the islands

  • Outstanding photo opportunities from the glittering sea

  • Byzantine architecture at the imposing church of Aya Yorgi

  • Limited capacity—maximum 15 people per group


Inclusions

  • Guided cruise to the Princes' Islands

  • Walking tour of Büyükada

  • Admission fees

  • 45-minute phaeton ride

  • Lunch

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Istanbul city centre hotel

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Drinks


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place

  • Maximum group size is 15 people.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • On Mondays and Thursdays, the tour will visit the Chora Museum instead of Dolmabahçe Palace.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Istanbul hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.


Small-Group Princes' Islands Cruise & Büyükada Walking Tour ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

Expedia-Verified Reviews

5 out of 5

5/5 1 May 2019

We loved our guide Ludwig. He answered all our questions and guided us on shopping for articles we were seeking. The Lunch was delicious with lots of options to choose from and was in a nice restaurant in a nice location. The Island was very interesting and the horse carriage tour was relaxing. The Ferry ride was an acceptable length of time and the tour reasonably priced. I would recommend this tour to any one as you could walk & shop or sit & people watch.

31 May 2016

Our guide was brilliant. His knowledge was impeccable. As I had a walking stick his concern was very much appreciated. Would love to have him as a guide again.

A verified traveller

Australia