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 pickup from your central Istanbul hotel takes you to the pier, where you meet your guide and set out for a cruise out 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 Ayia 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.

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Istanbul City Center (Hotel Pickup)


  • Relaxing full-day expedition into 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 Agia Yorgi

  • Limited capacity – maximum 15 people per group


  • Guided cruise to the Princes' Islands

  • Walking tour of Büyükada

  • Admission fees

  • 45-minute phaeton ride

  • Lunch

  • Round-trip transportation to and from your Istanbul city center hotel

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Know Before You Book

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

Policy & Terms

You can cancel free of charge until 7 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Payment Options

Credit Card - Wire Transfer - American Express - Master/ Visa Card -

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  • Cab Facilities
  • Local tax
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Cruise
  • Roundtrip Hotel Transfers
  • Driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop off


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Small-Group Princes' Islands
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Adults €85 €85
Child €65 €0

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