Princess Island Tours & Tickets

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Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide

€12
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Flexible Duration
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  • Your boarding point is at Kabatas Pier. There will be a Marine Officer there who will welcome you, give you the cruise plan, and brief you on your journey.
  • Make your way to Büyükada, or 'Big Island,' an island that has no vehicles other than emergency transportation, bicycles, or carriages.
  • Explore the ruins of Trotsky’s house, St. George’s Church, and a 19th-century pharmacy.
  • Listen to the Bosphorus audio guide on your own smartphone, available in 10 languages.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip ticket to the Princes' Island
  • Fast-track entry on the boat from the online ticket window
  • Bosphorus audio guide app for IOS and Android in 10 languages
  • Tip: The Princes' Islands offer breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding landscape, so be sure to take your time and enjoy the scenery!
  • The audio guide is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Princes' Islands Cruise with Buffet Lunch & Transfers

€23
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6 hr.
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  • Hop on a boat ride from Istanbul port to the serene islands of Büyükada and Kınalıada and enjoy a guided tour with a delicious buffet lunch.
  • Sit back and relax as you enjoy hotel transfers too.
  • Take a walking tour of Kınalıada with a professional guide as you marvel at the beauty around you.
  • Ride electric scooters or bikes at Büyükada, the largest of the nine islands, to see the old-world mansions with their typical balconies.
  • Relax on the serene beaches of Büyükada or take an energizing swim in the azure blue waters of the Marmara Sea.

Inclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Boat trip
  • Professional tour guide
  • Buffet lunch

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Optional electric vehicle (to be paid on location)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Tip: The best time to visit Princes’ Islands is between April and October to beat the crowds.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Full Day Tour of Princes Island

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€28
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  • Set sail from the serene shores of Golden Horn, on a private boat from Istanbul, and head towards Heybeliada, the first of 2 islands.
  • An expert tour guide will accompany you, giving you deeper insight into the islands visited and their historic relevance to Istanbul.
  • At Heybeliada, gasp at narrow (and relatively deserted) beaches, massive pine forests, and iconic 19th-century villas.
  • Finally, visit Büyükada, the larger of the 2 islands, which is also the most crowded and popular (for good reason).
  • Spot Ottoman-Victorian mansions, and learn about princes of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires who once relaxed on these islands.
  • A 2-course luncheon will be served on the private boat, comprising of chicken Shish kebabs, cold appetizers, rice, and salad.
  • Round-trip hotel transfers are available, provided your hotel is centrally located in Istanbul.

Inclusions

  • Boat trip
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to islands
  • 2-course open buffet lunch
  • Hotel transfers (from the European side & centrally-located hotels only)
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus

Exclusions

  • Drinks at lunch
  • Bike rental (optional)
  • Electric Buggy ticket (available to purchase)
  • Tips
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility and Guide Dog Accommodation.
  • The hotel pickup and drop-off services are applicable for centrally-located hotels alone.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Princess Islands | Where Historical Charm Meets Natural Beauty

The Princess Islands, a short ferry ride from the heart of Istanbul, offers a perfect escape from the hustle-bustle of city life. The Prince’s Islands are an archipelago of 9 islands in the Sea of Marmara, that do not have motorized vehicles. You can cycle or use horse-drawn carriages to explore its beautiful beaches and historical landmarks. Each of the 9 islands has its unique character, like the Heybeliada are known for their narrow beaches, and the Buyukada for their 19th-century ruins. When visiting the Princess Islands, make sure to sample the local delicacies and respect their local customs. 

Why Visit the Princess Islands?

Why Visit the Princess Islands?
  • Scenic Beauty: The Prince’s Islands offer beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and crystal-clear waters. It is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether it's biking along scenic paths, taking a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride, or swimming in the clear waters, the Princess Islands also offer a range of outdoor activities for all ages.
  • Rich History: Each island has a unique history, with traces of Byzantine and Ottoman influence. You can explore historic sites, churches, and charming villages that reflect the Prince’s Islands’ cultural heritage.
  • Serene Atmosphere: The Princess Islands offer a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. With no cars allowed, these islands provide a peaceful environment to unwind and recharge.
  • Delicious Local Cuisine: When exploring the Princess Islands, make sure to taste their local Turkish delicacies. Choose eateries and restaurants with a sea view for an even more memorable experience. 

Which Princess Islands Tour is Best For You?

Princess Island Fast-Track Tickets

If You Are Short on Time

Go For: Fast-track tickets

Duration: Flexible

Guide: Bosphorus audio guide for IOS & android in over 10 languages

  • These fast-track tour tickets allow you to make the most of your visit to Buyukada Island. You can see the ruins of Trotsky’s Home, St. George’s Church, and a 19th-century pharmacy.
  • A marine officer will welcome you on board from Kabatas Pier. 

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Princess Island Fast-Track Tour Tickets

If You are on a Budget

Go For: Fast track tickets

Duration: Flexible

Guide: Bosphorus audio guide for IOS & android in over 10 languages

  • These tour tickets range around €12 and include round-trip ferry transfers to and from the Princess Islands and an audio guide available in over 10 languages.  
  • With these tickets, you can also enjoy priority access to the boat. 

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Princess Islands Full-Day Tour Tickets

If You Want to Explore In-Depth

Go For: Full-day guided tour tickets

Duration: 9 hours

Guide: Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • These full-day tour tickets are perfect for a day out in the Prince’s Islands. It includes a boat trip, transfers to and from the Islands, and a 2-course open buffet lunch.
  • Listen to their expert English-speaking tour guide and learn more about the rich history and vehicle-free lifestyle of the Princess Islands. 

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Prince's Islands Tours with Buffet Lunch & Transfers

If You Are a Foodie

Go For: Guided tours with lunch options & transfers

Duration: 6 hours

Guide: Professional tour guide

  • This ticket is best for visitors who want to indulge in local Turkish cuisine while experiencing the tranquil atmosphere of the Princess Islands. 
  • With this ticket, you can also take advantage of the hotel transfers and their professional tour guide to have a more enjoyable experience. 

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Flexible Cancellation Policy

You can cancel these tour tickets up to 24 to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase. 

Princess Islands & their Highlights

Buyukada in the Princess Islands

Buyukada

Also known as the ‘Big Island’, the Buyukada features the Aya Yorgi Church, known for its panoramic views. You can also spot splendid Victorian-era mansions, wooden houses, and horse-drawn carriages on this island. Go to the Nizam beach to relax by the sea.

Heybeliada in the Princess Islands

Heybeliada

The Heybeliada also offers pristine waters and lush greenery. The Halki Seminary is a renowned theological school with impressive architecture. You can also visit the Hagia Triada Monastery and swim on beaches like Degirmenburnu and Nakibey. 

Burgazada in the Princess Islands

Burgazada

Also known as Antigoni Island, the Burgazada is known for its historic sites. Make sure to visit the Kalpazankaya and Aya Yani Church when exploring this Island. You can relax and unwind away from the hustle-bustle of city life on beaches like the Burgaz Ada Plaji.

Kinaliada in the Princess Islands

Kinaliada

Explore the grand wooden structure of the Kinaliada Greek Orthodox Orphanage. Most of these islands offer beaches and have a rustic, historic charm. On Kinaliada, you can swim on beaches like the Kinaliada Beach or the Surreya Beach. 

Sedef & Yassiada in the Princess Islands

Sedef & Yassiada

Also known as the Mother of Pearl Island, Sedef Island is the perfect destination for a quiet day of swimming and sunbathing. You can explore historical remains at Yassiada, the site of the infamous Prince’s Islands exile. 

Maltepe in the Princess Islands

Maltepe

Home to the popular Maltepe Water Park, this island is perfect for nature lovers. They offer tons of green spaces and nature trails, which are ideal for those seeking a stroll with beautiful sea views.

Plan Your Visit to the Princess Islands

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Best Time to Visit the Prince's Islands

Spring & Fall: The mild spring and fall months of March to May and September to November are the best months to visit the Prince’s Islands. The weather is mild and pleasant, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Spring and early autumn are also great for nature enthusiasts. You'll find blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in the fall, making for excellent hiking and sightseeing. 

Summer: While the water is warmer from June to September and ideal for swimming and water activities, it can also become quite crowded, especially on weekends. Outdoor cafes and restaurants are open during the summer season, allowing you to dine with sea views and enjoy fresh seafood and local cuisine.

Getting Around the Prince's Islands
  • Walking: Walking is the primary mode of transportation on the islands, especially on Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kinaliada. The islands have well-maintained paths and roads, making it easy to explore on foot.
  • Biking: Renting a bicycle is a popular way to get around, and you'll find bike rental shops near ferry terminals. Make sure to explore Buyukada's ‘Phaeton Road,’ a dedicated route for horse-drawn carriages and cyclists.
  • Phaetons: On Buyukada and Heybeliada, you can take a traditional horse-drawn carriage, also called Phaetons, to explore the islands.
  • Electric Buggies: Some islands, like Buyukada, have introduced electric buggies as an eco-friendly alternative to horse-drawn carriages. These can be a comfortable way to tour the island, especially if you have limited mobility.
  • Local Ferries: To hop between the Princess Islands, you can use the regular local ferries that connect the larger islands. These ferries are an affordable way to explore multiple islands in a single day.
Tips to Note When Visiting the Princess Islands
  • Carry Cash: It is best to carry some Turkish Lira since most eateries and establishments in the remote areas of the Prince’s Islands do not accept card payments. 
  • Check for Local Events: Before visiting the Princess Islands, make sure to plan your itinerary well. Check for local events or festivals happening during your visit, as they can provide unique cultural experiences.
  • Check for Restaurant Opening Hours: When exploring the Princess Islands, make sure to check restaurant timings in advance, as some of them remain closed during the afternoon. 
  • Invest in a Language App: We recommend you learn a few basic Turkish phrases or have a translation app handy, as English may not be widely spoken in some areas.
  • Respect Local Customs: When visiting religious sites within the Islands, cover your knees and shoulders. Be mindful of local etiquette and customs when exploring the Islands. 
Where to Eat in the Princess Islands?
Attractions Near the Princess Islands
  • Hagia Sophia: Located in the heart of Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia stands as a testament to Byzantine and Ottoman history. Originally built as an orthodox church, it later served as a mosque, then a museum, and has now been functioning as a mosque in the present day.
  • Dolmabahce Palace: Nestled along the Bosphorus River, the Dolmabahce Palace is known for its Neo-classical architecture and lavish interiors. It once functioned as the official administrative center for the Ottoman Empire. 
  • Basilica Cistern: Below the bustling streets of Istanbul lies the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground water reservoir. You can stroll around its columns and observe its infamous Medusa Heads. 
  • Topkapi Palace: This magnificent palace served as the primary residence of Ottoman sultans for centuries. It houses a treasure trove of artifacts, including jewelry, robes, and weaponry. 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Princess Islands

How much is a ticket to the Princess Islands?

Princess Island tours range around €12 and €23. You can either choose a tour with an audio guide in over 10 languages or an expert, English-speaking guide to explore the Prince’s Islands. These tours also include round-trip ferry transfers and fast-track entry into the Island.

How to book tickets to the Princess Islands?

We recommend you purchase Princess Island tours online to enjoy fast-track access and save time and money. Online ticket bookings ensure that your spot is reserved upon payment confirmation and you do not have to wait in long lines on the day of your tour. 

Why should I book Princess Island tours online?

It is best to book Princess Island tours online. It is convenient and also saves time and money. If you purchase your tickets online in advance, you no longer have to worry about the logistics and transportation and can have a relaxing touring experience. 

What do Princess Island tours include?

Most Princess Island tours offer fast-track access to the Islands, hotel transfers, and either an audio guide in over 10 languages or an English-speaking tour guide. They range around €12 and €23. You can also choose between full-day and half-day tours. 

Are discounts available on Princess Island tours?

Yes, you can enjoy discounts and great offers on Princess Island tours, if you book them online. The fast-track entry tickets to the Princess Islands include ferry transfers and an audio guide and cost around €12, while the full-day tours start from €23.

What is the cancellation policy for Princess Island tours?

If you book Princess Island tours online, you can cancel these tickets up to 24 to 48 hours before the experience begins to get a full refund on your purchase.

How long does it take to explore the Princess Islands?

If you have a few hours handy and want to explore the Princess Islands in-depth, you can choose the full-day Princess Island tour tickets. They include an expert, English-speaking tour guide, a 2-course open buffet lunch, hotel transfers, and transportation in an air-conditioned bus, and run for around 9 hours. You can also choose a shorter, 6-hour guided tour of the Princess Islands with a buffet lunch and transfers