Princes Islands Tour with Lunch (2 Islands)

Normal ticket value: €40

Reservation Required
Free with Istanbul E-pass

Istanbul E-pass includes a Full Day Princess Tour with an English and Russian speaking Professional Guide. Tour starts at 09:00, ends at 16:30.

Discover the Enchanting Princes' Islands: A Captivating Tour in Istanbul

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Princes' Islands, a hidden gem nestled just a short ferry ride away from the bustling city of Istanbul. These captivating islands offer a serene retreat from the city's vibrant energy. Boasting picturesque landscapes, charming streets, and a rich historical legacy.

The sample itinerary is like below

  • Depart around at 09:30 from port
  • 1 hour ferry ride to Princes Islands
  • 1,5 hour free time in Buyukada
  • Lunch on Boat
  • 45 minutes free time in Heybeliada
  • Back to Istanbul at 16:30

This tour doesn't include pick up and drop-off from/to hotels. 
Boat departs on time. Guests need to be ready at the meeting point on departure times
Lunch is served on boat included, beverages are served extra

Escape the hustle and bustle of Istanbul by immersing yourself in the tranquility and natural beauty of the Princes' Islands. These car-free islands are a haven for pedestrians and cyclists, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Take leisurely strolls through fragrant pine forests, marvel at colorful flower gardens. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the azure sea. 

The Princes' Islands are an archipelago of nine islands located in the Sea of Marmara, off the coast of Istanbul. Among these islands, Buyukada, Heybeliada, and Kınalıada are the most popular and easily accessible. The islands have a captivating history and were once a favored destination for exiled princes during the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. 

The Princes' Islands are home to numerous historical landmarks that reflect the islands' rich past. You can visit the stunning Aya Yorgi Church on Büyükada, a Byzantine-era monastery perched atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the island. Explore the Naval High School on Heybeliada, an impressive red-brick building that once served as a naval academy. Don't miss the historic waterfront mansions, known as "yalıs," which showcase the island's grandeur. Plan your visit to these mesmerizing islands and unlock a world of beauty, culture, and serenity. 

Princes Island Tour Times

Princes Island Tour starts around 09:30 until around 16:30

Pick up and Meeting Informations

Boat Departs from the port accross the Kadir Has University. Guests need to be at the depart point 10 minutes before the departure time. Return will be different port.

 

Important Notes:

  • It is required to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Lunch is included with the tour and beverages are served extra.
  • Buyukada and Heybeli Islands will be visited during tour. Tour company has right to change itinerary due to unexpected situations.
  • Participants need to be ready at departure point before departure time.
  • Tour will finish at Ahırkapi Port
Know before you go

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any restrictions or rules for visitors on the Princes Islands?

    While there are no strict restrictions, visitors are expected to follow certain rules on the Princes Islands. Some common guidelines include respecting the natural environment and keeping the islands clean, avoiding excessive noise or disturbances, and complying with local regulations. Additionally, it's important to be mindful of the historical sites and buildings, following any guidelines or restrictions regarding access or preservation.

  • Can you visit the Princes Islands in winter?

    Yes, you can visit the Princes Islands in winter. Although the islands are more popular as a summer destination, they have a unique charm during the winter months. The atmosphere is quieter, and you can experience a different side of the islands' natural beauty. Some cafes and restaurants may have limited operating hours during this period.

  • What is the history of the Princes Islands?

    The history of the Princes Islands can be traced back to ancient times. The islands have served as a getaway destination for various civilizations throughout history. They gained prominence during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, when wealthy families and royalty built summer houses and mansions on the islands. In the 20th century, the islands became a popular vacation spot for Istanbul's elite.

  • Are there any hiking trails on the Princes Islands?

    While the Princes Islands are not known for extensive hiking trails, they offer scenic paths and walking routes that allow you to explore the islands' natural beauty. You can enjoy leisurely walks along the coastline, venture into the pine forests, or hike up to vantage points for panoramic views.

     

  • Are there any historical landmarks on the Princes Islands?

    The Princes Islands are home to several historical landmarks. Some notable ones include the Aya Yorgi Church (St. George's Church) on Buyukada, which dates back to the 12th century and offers panoramic views from its hilltop location. Heybeliada is known for the Greek Orphanage, a magnificent wooden building that served as an orphanage until the mid-20th century.

  • Is it possible to visit the Princes Islands in a day trip?

    Yes, it is possible to visit the Princes Islands on a day trip. Many people choose to visit Buyukada, the largest and most popular island, for a day excursion from Istanbul. The ferry ride takes about one to two hours each way, allowing you to explore the island's attractions, enjoy a meal, and experience the island's ambiance before returning to Istanbul. Istanbul E-pass includes ferry ride from Eminonu and Kabatas port. Also full day tour with lunch from Balat port.

  • Are there any restaurants or cafes on the Princes Islands?

    There are numerous restaurants and cafes on the Princes Islands, offering a variety of cuisines ranging from traditional Turkish dishes to international options. You can find seafood restaurants, cozy cafes, and waterfront dining establishments where you can enjoy the island's ambiance and local flavors.

  • What are the popular activities to do on the Princes Islands?

    Popular activities to do on the Princes Islands include exploring the historic buildings and landmarks, renting bicycles to tour the islands, enjoying leisurely walks, swimming in the sea, and savoring local cuisine in restaurants and cafes.

  • What are the popular activities to do on the Princes Islands?

    Popular activities to do on the Princes Islands include exploring the historic buildings and landmarks, renting bicycles to tour the islands, enjoying leisurely walks, swimming in the sea, and savoring local cuisine in restaurants and cafes.

  • Can you rent bicycles on the Princes Islands?

    Yes, you can rent bicycles on the Princes Islands. Bicycle rental services are available on Büyükada and Heybeliada, allowing visitors to explore the islands at their own pace. It's a popular way to get around and enjoy the scenic views.

  • Are there any hotels or accommodations on the Princes Islands?

    Yes, there are hotels and accommodations available on the Princes Islands. Buyukada, Heybeliada, and Burgazada offer a range of options, including boutique hotels, guesthouses, and rental apartments. It's advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the peak tourist season.

  • How long does it take to explore the Princes Islands?

    The time it takes to explore the Princes Islands depends on your interests and the activities you choose to engage in. A day trip to one or two islands can be sufficient to visit the main attractions, while spending a few days allows for a more relaxed exploration and immersing in the island's atmosphere.

  • What is the best time to visit the Princes Islands?

    The best time to visit the Princes Islands is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) seasons. The weather is mild, and the islands are less crowded compared to the peak summer months. However, each season offers a unique experience, and the islands can be visited throughout the year.

  • Are there any cars on the Princes Islands?

    Private cars are not allowed on the Princes Islands, with the exception of some service and government vehicles. The islands are primarily pedestrian-friendly, and transportation is mainly by foot, bicycle, or electricity mini bus carriages.

  • Are there any beaches on the Princes Islands?

    Yes, there are beaches on the Princes Islands. Buyukada and Heybeliada, in particular, have designated public beaches where you can relax and swim. Additionally, some hotels and beach clubs on the islands provide private beach access for their guests.

  • Can you swim at the Princes Islands?

    Yes, you can swim at the Princes Islands. The islands have several swimming spots and beaches where you can enjoy the clear waters of the Sea of Marmara. However, it's important to note that the water can be cooler compared to other popular beach destinations in Turkey.

  • What are the main attractions on the Princes Islands?

    The main attractions on the Princes Islands include historical buildings, picturesque landscapes, and a relaxed atmosphere. Some popular attractions are the Aya Yorgi Church on Buyukada, the Greek Orphanage on Heybeliada, and the Ottoman-era mansions scattered across the islands.

  • How do I get to the Princes Islands from Istanbul?

    To reach the Princes Islands from Istanbul, you can take a ferry from various points in the city, such as Kabatas, Eminonu, or Bostanc,. The ferry ride typically takes around one to two hours, depending on the destination island. Istanbul E-pass includes ferry ride from Eminonu and Kabatas ports and full day tour from Balat port with lunch.

  • How many Princes Islands are there in Istanbul?

    There are a total of nine Princes Islands in Istanbul, namely Buyukada (the largest and most popular), Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedef Island, Yassiada, Sivriada, Kasik Island, and Tavsan Island.

  • What are the Princes Islands in Istanbul?

    The Princes Islands in Istanbul are a group of nine islands located in the Sea of Marmara, just off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. They are known for their beautiful landscapes, historical sites, and their tranquil and car-free atmosphere.

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