Welcome to Büyükada

You'll disembark the ferry at the island's attractive Ottoman Revival–style iskele (ferry dock) building, which dates from 1915 and features attractive Kütahya tiles. The museum, monastery, forests and beaches are a pleasant, although often uphill, walk or a short fayton (horse-drawn carriage) ride away.

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$77.10 Day Trips & Excursions

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Leave your central Istanbul hotel by air-conditioned coach and head to the port with your guide to board your boat to the Princes’ Islands. The largest and most interesting one is Büyükada – your destination of the day! While cruising, look back on the sights of Istanbul, seeing iconic landmarks like Topkapi Palace and pretty Kiz Kulesi (also known as Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough.Dock in Büyükada and then amble through the streets with your guide, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of island life. Vehicles are notably non-existent here, and the pretty roads resonate with the pleasing clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages. Hop aboard your own carriage and explore Büyükada at a fittingly relaxed pace. Your guide will explain the island’s history as you travel, talking about its time as a place of exile for banished statesmen and royalty, and of its life as a monastic settlement during Turkey’s Byzantine-Christian period. Pass the lovely wooden mansions that exemplify the island’s late Ottoman-era architecture, and look out over the sparkling sea lapping on the shores. Seagulls are everywhere in Büyükada, and if you want to feed them your guide will give you simits (bread with sesame seeds) so you can throw them a treat. Stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant and then spend the rest of your day at leisure on the island. Bring your bathing suit if you want to swim, or perhaps explore the island’s craft shops and waterfront cafés. Meet your guide at a pre-arranged time for your boat ride back to Istanbul. The last leg of your journey is made by coach to your Istanbul hotel, where your tour ends.

$46 Tours & Sightseeing

Istanbul Prince's Island Full-Day Tour with Horse Carriage

This island tour starts after breakfast, when you are picked up from the hotel. You take a cruise on the Marmara Sea to the Princes' Islands, once the pleasure islands of Byzantine Princes and now a popular city get-away with sandy beaches, lush pinewoods, and beautiful old wooden Ottoman homes. Tour includes a visit to Buyukada, the largest of the three main islands and a popular summer resort with beautifully decorated old wooden houses, pine trees and wonderful panoramic views. Take a relaxing tour through the quiet narrow streets of the island by horse-drawn carriage. There will be time for you to relax or explore at your leisure. Lunch is also included at a local restaurant.

$72 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Prince Islands Tour Including Lunch From Istanbul

It is hardly believable that one would ever be willing to escape from Istanbul. But the queen of all cities of the world is not a jealous lady, and she enables her lovers to take a short time off. One of the best places to spend this time is the Princes’ Islands, once a solitary place for monks and now a vivid summer attraction.The cruise to Buyukada, the largest and most famous among the Prince Islands, has short stop over in all the inhabited ones, so the travelers have a chance to see the unique composition of each island. Upon arrival at the Island, you will enjoy a short guided walking tour through the streets decorated with beautiful wooden houses. Lunch is served in a local fish restaurant, with an awesome view of Istanbul’s shores. In the afternoon guests will have the opportunity to make their own ways either by renting a bike, shopping around the local stores or renting a phaeton (a comfortable carriage pulled by two horses) around the island.

$859.65 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Istanbul Muslim Best of Tour Package

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul, Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport and met on arrival.You will be transferred to your hotel. Free Day in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 2: Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour  After breakfast at 08:30 we have Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour.We will visit 25 Sahabe in Eyup Sultan Area. Tour will start with the Pierre Lotti Hill , we will take a cable car to Pierre Lotti Hill. After Pierre Lotti Hill we will visit Eyup Sultan Mosque and free time for pray . then start to Visiting Companions of Prophet Muhammad in İstanbul. Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B,L) Start the day a driving journey along the Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosphorus peninsula which separates the old and new cities of Istanbul. Ahrida Synagogue, Eyup Sultan Mosque and see the 21km long City Walls of Istanbul. Next stop, the Egyptian Market (Spice Bazaar), with different aromas of various spices From here, join a cruise along the Bosphorus on one of the iconic ferries of Istanbul giving you the chance to see the two bridges that link Europe and Asia. Disembark the ferry and enjoy a trip over the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill, the highest hill in Asiatic Istanbul to enjoy breathtaking views of both shores. Travel back to Europe with a stop at Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the imperial residence of the last six Sultans. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4: Princess' Islands Cruise Tour (B, L) After having breakfast at hotel, you will have another full day Istanbul tour. Today you will cruise in Marmara Sea to Princes\' Islands, stop at Buyukada, the popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood scenery, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes. Here you will tour the island with horse-drawn carriages before lunch at a fish restaurant. Also visioned during the cruise: Topkapi Palace, Leander\'s Tower, Uskudar from the sea. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 5: Green Bursa Tour (B, L) After having breakfast at hotel, departure by ferry-boat via Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. Drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital and lunch of famous "Kebap of Alexander The Great". Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by Teleferik (Cable Car), visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 6: Istanbul / Departure (B) Breakfast, check-out & transfer to Istanbul International Airport as per your onward flight schedule.

$563.89 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Days Istanbul Package Tour

Day 1 : When you arrive to Istanbul we will pick you up from airport and transfer to your hotel. Day 2 : We will pick you up from your hotel after your breakfast on 08:30, for full day Istanbul Classic Walking Tour. This tour covers the most famous historic monuments and sights in Old City area. These are; 1500 year old Hagia Sophia Museum, gigantic Blue Mosque with its famous blue tiles, Hippodrome area where the Byzantium era chariot races were held, Topkapi Palace and world’s oldest indoor market, Grand Bazaar. After the tour, we will take you back to your hotel .Day 3 : You will be taken the Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents on 08:30 for full day tour. You will cruise along the Bosphorus Strait by boat. Also, you will visit Spice Bazaar, the last residence of Ottoman Empire’s, Dolmabahce Palace and Rustempasha Mosque. We will also cross the Bosphorus Bridge and have the lunch at Camlica Hill to see the two sides of Istanbul better. After the tour, we will take you back to your hotel.Day 4 : After breakfast we will pick you up on 08:30 for Princes Islands tour. Cruise in Marmara Sea to Princes islands, stop at Buyukada, the popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood scenery, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes.Tour of the island with horse-drawn carriages before lunch at a fish restaurant.Also visioned during the tour: Topkapi Palace, Leanders Tower, Uskudar from the sea. After the tour, we will take you back to your hotelDay 5 : After breakfast we will pick you up on 08:30 for half day Golden Horn Tour. Visiting Golden Horn by Boat, The City Walls of Constantinople.The Castle of Seven Tower  ( from outside )’Topkapi Gate’’ takes its name from the period when Fatih the Great Sultan placed the cannon there when he conqured the city.Chora Church is where you will see the best mosaics and frescos decorating the interior carried out during the XIV th century are considered as the most beautiful examples about Byzantine Arts.Pierre Loti Hill by cable-lift where you can catch the beautiful view of Istanbul..After tour return to hotel and free afternoon.And stay hotel.Day 6 :Transfer to airport for your return flight. Includes:  Hotels, English speaking guide, Entries fee, Transportation A/C, Breakfast and Lunch.

$478.73 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Istanbul Tour Package

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Blue Mosque, IstanbulBlue MosqueDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), IstanbulHagia sophiaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), IstanbulHippodromeDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Topkapi Palace, IstanbulTopkapiDuration: 1 hourStop At: Dolmabahce Palace, IstanbulDolmabahceDuration: 1 hourPass By: The Bosphorus Bridge, IstanbulBridgeStop At: Spice Bazaar, IstanbulSpice bazaarDuration: 30 minutes