Just an hour’s cruise on the Sea of Marmara will take you to beautiful Prince’s islands of Istanbul. Islands famous for their beautiful wooden mansions, lush pine growths and beaches make a perfect day of retreat to escape the city.
During the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, prince’s and sultan’s families were exiled on the islands giving the islands their present name. During the 19th century, the islands became a popular resort for Istanbul’s wealthy. Islands have many beautiful Victorian -era cottages and wooden Ottoman style mansions which are still very well-preserved.
Büyükada, the biggest one of the Princes’ Islands, is large enough to easily tour around by bike. Therefore, no matter on which island you are, you can easily cycle around the island and make your day enjoyable. We can arrange a biking tour or walking tour for you in the islands.
Places that will be seen & visited
Boat ride to and back from the Islands – Total of 2 hours boat ride going and coming back.
Aya Yorhi Church on Aya Yorgi Hill - Greek Orthodox Monastery which was built for St. George in 1751. There are two days in the year when the church is full – April 23rd and September 24th with people from all walks of life who come here to make wishes
Magnificent Mansions of Buyukada – Splendid Palace Hotel and Historical Anatolian Club among them