Princes' Islands Boat Trip (round-trip)

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Don't forget to add the Princess Island Tour to your trip!

It used to be a refuge for exiled princes and empresses, but now it's a haven for people who are tired of the city's bustle! The Princes' Islands were a site of exile for royal families in Byzantine times. Princes' Island is the result of this.

The four primary islands that make up Prince's Island are Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Knalada. If you're not sure which one to go to, make a list of all of them and include them in your Istanbul vacation schedule!

Istanbul Tourist Pass welcomes you to see the isle where the royalty was banished!

About The Princes' Islands Boat Trip (round-trip)

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Duration - From Kabatas to Princes’ islands approximately 90 minutes.

Instant confirmation No reservation is required.

 

Highlights

Enjoy the island's perfect ambiance!

If you wish, you can also hire a horse and carriage for a real "old world" experience in the Island.

Get ready to explore amazing islands!

Enjoy a dinner at the perfect restaurant with the view of Istanbul and the sea!

Take a walk by the sea and enjoy the day. You can even swim in the sea if you want!

 

Includes

Transportation between Kabataş and Princes' islands (Büyükada) 

 

Covid-19 precautions

Safety - All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

Social - Distancing is maintained in the boat

Mask - Wearing mask is mandatory during trip

Limited Passengers - To reduce crowds, the number of pasengers is limited

 

The Princes' Islands

The Princes' Islands are a group of islands near the coast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara. There are 9 islands in total but the 4 most visited are Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada and Kınalıada. 
The Islands have a very interesting and sad history. They were inhabited by exiled princes of the Byzantine Empire and later by members of the Ottoman royal family, which is how they came to be called the "Princes' Islands".
You might be surprised to learn that Leon Trotsky lived in a house on Büyükada for 4 years! Another interesting resident was the second English Ambassador to Constantinople, sent by Queen Elizabeth I, who lived in and is buried on Heybeliada.
For architecture and history lovers there are many places to discover, starting with the mansions built by wealthy Istanbulites in the 19th century, a huge abandoned Greek orphanage and many famous monasteries such as Ayia Yorgi and the Halki Seminary.
We highly recommend that you visit the islands of Büyükada and Heybeliada. Please be aware though that they are very popular places in the summer and are often very crowded. You might also be stranded for a while in very bad weather if the ferries cannot sail!
An intersting fact about the Islands is that no motorised vehicles, except official or service vehicles, are allowed. So be prepared to enjoy a day out in nature on foot or by renting a bicycle! Alternatively, you might choose to hire a horse and carriage for a real "old world" experience.


What's Included?

Transportation to and from Princes' islands (Büyükada) is included with the Istanbul Tourist Pass.

Hours & Meeting

From Kabataş to Princes' islands (Büyükada): 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 13:00

From Princes' islands (Büyükada) to Kabataş: 14:30, 15:30

How To Get There?

Take the T1 tram line and get off at Kabataş station. The company "DENTUR" will be on your right, just after the gas station. Please collect your free round trip ticket from the small wooden window bu showing your Tourist Pass ID.

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Important Information

Your first boarding must be at the port of Kabataş.

Please note that Istanbul Tourist Pass includes a one-time round-trip admission to the Boat Tour.

No reservation is required.

Collect your free round-trip ticket from the ONLINE TICKET COLLECTION window by showing your pass ID.

This is NOT a guided tour to the islands. The boat will take you to the islands and then you are on your own to explore.

You can not board again after returning from the islands.

Keep in mind that due to weather conditions, boats to or from the islands may be delayed or canceled.

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All About Princes' Islands Boat Trip (round-trip)

Once a place for the exiled princes and empresses, it is now a getaway for those tired of the hustle and bustle of the city! Princes' Islands, in Byzantine times, were a punishment place for royal families. Hence, it's called Princes' Island.

Consisting of 9 islands in the Sea of Marmara, Princes' Islands have become very popular and have been one of the best destinations to break away from the city's rush.

Prince’s Island consists of four large islands, which are the most popular ones: Büyükada (Big Island), Heybeliada (Saddlebag Island), Burgazada (Fortress Island), and Kınalıada (Henna Island). If you are wondering which one you should visit, you should add all of them to your Istanbul travel itinerary!


Boat Trip to the Princes’ Islands: Hop on!

Get ready for the best journey that you will experience on your way to paradise! With your Istanbul Tourist Pass, take your boat trip on the bluest waters of the Bosphorus! Enjoy your Turkish tea during the voyage, feed seagulls with freshly baked Simit, a crunchy circular bread covered with sesame, and take the best photos of your life! For another mesmerising boat trip, you can also have a look at the Bosphorus dinner cruise!

However, a boat trip doesn't take much time; it's better to get on the very first boat of the day and make the most of the islands. So many historical and natural wonders await you on the islands; each has unique structures, historical houses, museums, and natural beauties. 

If you are an adventurer and looking to explore a cool place, you will be satisfied. You will be content if you want to learn from history by experiencing the museums or historical places such as museums and architecture wonders of houses. If you wish to retreat in a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, swim and soak up some sun, watch the sunset, ride a bike around the island. You will feel lucky to have this boat trip and have a refreshing trip to the islands!


Büyükada (Big Island): The Largest One of the Princes' Islands

How about doing the most popular activity: taking a boat trip with your Istanbul Tourist Pass? It's very favorable to take a boat trip to Princes' Island on the weekends. As a metropolis, Istanbul's city life can sometimes be challenging and tiring. Fortunately, it has the best getaways nearby where urbanites can get enough fresh air, a serene atmosphere, and be one with the beautiful nature of the islands. Büyükada (Big Island), a top-rated touristic attraction, is the largest of the Princes' Islands! When your boat comes aboard, you will immediately feel the warm ambiance of Büyükada. At first sight, you will come across bakeries famous for their local cookies and the ice cream shops where you can taste Büyükada's renowned ice creams! It's a classic to have a bike to wander around Büyükada, so it's highly recommended to rent one of the cute and colorful bikes with a basket. Let the soft breeze of the isle wave your hair when you are on your bike! The postcard-like streets and picturesque pavilions take you to the dreamy place during your tour around the island.

Remember to visit Adalar Müzesi (Museum of the Princes' Islands) on Büyükada. It is the best place to learn more details about the Princes' Islands. You can even watch the animation of these marvelous islands in the museum!

Aya Yorgi Church (Greek Orthodox Church St. George) is one of the two pilgrimage points of Christians in Turkey. A must-see place located at the very top of the island is YüceTepe. If you like hiking, you definitely should take the road to this culturally significant monument. If you are not a huge fan of hiking, remember that it is worth it because it takes only 10-15 minutes to go up there. Furthermore, at the top, a breathtaking scenery welcomes you along with a local coffeehouse where you can taste Turkish tea and coffee.

The Prinkipo Greek Orphanage, also known as Prinkipo Palace or Büyükada Greek Orphanage, is another best place to visit on this island. It's considered one of the most prominent wooden buildings in Europe and the second-largest in the world! 


Heybeliada: The Greenest Island of the Princes’ Islands

Heybeliada (Saddlebag Island) is famous for its pine forests; therefore, its nature which embraces all shades of green, is the first thing in sight. Let’s make a bucket list in Heybeliada for a fun trip! Having a tour of the island on an electric automobile is one of the popular things to do on this island! As in Büyükada, you will find beautiful pavilions with amazing architecture while wandering around. The beautiful beaches and clean turquoise waters of Heybeliada offer you to enjoy your summer and soak up some vitamin D! You can also do some activities such as sailing and rowing for a fun day.

When you step on Heybeliada, the Naval High School, which is one of the symbols of this island, stands in front of you and welcomes you. If you like historical buildings, you can visit it. The War Academy and the Sanatorium are essential components of Heybeliada, as well.

Heybeliada also hosts many historic churches and monasteries. Hagios Georgios tou Kremnou, which is Hagia Yorgi Monastery, is one of the famous monasteries in Heybeliada. "Tou Kremnou" comes to the meaning "on the verge off a cliff." Between the greenest pine trees and on the verge of the cliff, this monastery presents its visitors an incredible scenery to take their breath away. 


Burgazada: the Most Peaceful of the Princes' Islands

Burgazada is another destination for those who like to spend a calmer, quieter, and more peaceful day! It's the best place to escape from the rush, crowds, and noise of Istanbul; being the third largest one of the Princes' Islands, Burgazada is inhabited by very low number of people which is why it is so peaceful to spend a day there. Burgazada bears history traces and demonstrates a characteristic that has hosted different cultures, nations, and ethnicities. Mosque and synagogues, Greek churches tell the visitors about the past! If you are into making your day peaceful, Burgazada is the most serene island amont the rest! It's so much fun getting lost in the narrow streets of Burgazada; hiking up on the island will be the most favorable thing to do because the panoramic view of the Princes' Islands will paint your eyes with the best colors! 


Kınalıada (Henna Island): The Closest Island to Istanbul

Kınalıada (Henna Island), which gets its name from its red soil, is the smallest of the Princes' Island! It's known that Kınalıada has hosted mostly Armenians in the past, so you can find traces of Armenian culture. Kınalıada is a place where you can socialize with the locals. You can also swim in the serene waters of its bays and enjoy a peaceful day!

 

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Princes' Islands Boat Trip (round-trip) Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Visit the Princes’ Island?

The Princes' Islands are the peerless parts of Istanbul; every one of them is a getaway to have a break, at least a day, from busy city life! History to learn, delicious snacks to taste, nature to refresh, beautiful and cosy bays to enjoy a warm day!

Which Island Should I Visit First?

If it is your first time, Büyükada may be the best choice for you because it is the largest island of the Princes' Islands; hence it has a lot more to offer compared to the rest!

Should I Make a Reservation to Have a Princes' Islands Boat Trip?

No reservation is required. All you need is your Istanbul Tourist Pass to board the boat and sail away!

Where are the Princes' Islands?

Princes’ Islands are a cluster of islands near Istanbul.

Is this A Guided Tour?

No. There are no guides. The boat will take you and will bring you to the islands, and then back to Istanbul.

How To Get To The Boats?

Use the T1 tram line and go to Kabatas station. At the port, show your Istanbul Tourist Pass to the wooden window.

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