Princes' Islands Tour - Summer Escapes
Journey to one of the largest of the Marmara Sea Islands, rounding Seraglio Point aboard a city tour by boat to the Princes' Island of Büyükada, a picturesque sea front town with relaxing ambience, dotted with cafes and fish restaurants - behold splendid Ottoman and Victorian summer villas with colorfully flowering gardens, while exploring this island in a tour by Horse-Drawn Carriage...
Princes' Islands Tour
This island tour starts after breakfast, when you are picked up at the hotel or port by our private tour. Take a private motor-boat to one of the Princes' Islands, Buyukada (Big Island), which served as a place of exile for disgraced princes in days gone by. Today it is a quiet sea front town and summer holiday escape from the city.
Leaving the Golden Horn you will round Sarayburnu (Seraglio Point), the headland on which the domes and minarets of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque can be seen.
Upon arrival to the island, you will see the lavish Ottoman mansions and other beautiful Victorian summer villas around the island by horse-drawn carriage tour - one of the islands only means of transport, for motor-vehicles are strictly prohibited. There are colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens, wooded areas and exotic flowers to be seen everywhere.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a delicious lunch in a cozy sea-side fish
restaurant and relax looking back at the domes and minarets among
skyscrapers of modern Istanbul's skyline.
This a perfect day for relaxing and enjoying one of Istanbul's residents' favorite summer retreats. Return by motor-boat and drop off to hotel or port.
Note: Instead of Buyukada Island, one of the other nearby Istanbul islands such as Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada may also be visited.
Rent a Boat for a Private Tour:
For a private full day cruise on your own boat just for you and your family or friends, see below: