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Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

3.8 / 5

70 reviews

Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card
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From US$ 10.56 per person

Escape the hustle of Istanbul with return ferry tickets across the Marmara Sea to the Princes' Islands. Arrive at Büyükada (Big Island) where you can admire the magnificent old villas, rent a bike, and explore the historic sights at your own pace.

About this ticket

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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Audio guide included
German, English, French, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a walk and get used to the silence that reigns on the island
  • See a pharmacy from 1870 and feel like being in a time tunnel
  • Visit the ruins of Trotsky house and St. George Church
Full description

Exchange your voucher at the ticket office in Kabatas and get access to the boat. The boat departs from Kabatas ferry station in the morning and returns in the evening. A Marine Officer will welcome you at the departure pier, help you onto the boat, hand you a Bosphorus cruise plan, and explain to you what you will see during the crossing. Set off for the Princes' Islands, which in Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times were used as exile sites and as a monastery region. Today only 4 of the total 9 Princes’ Islands are open to public settlement. Arrive at the most famous and beautiful of these islands called Büyükada, or 'Big Island'. Spend the day exploring the island at your own pace. Take a walk through the center and get used to the silence that reigns on the island. See the Merkez Eczanesi, a pharmacy from 1870, and feel you have stepped back in time.

Go to Hamlaci Street 4 and see the ruins of the villa where Trotsky lived in exile between 1929 and 1933, writing his autobiography and 3 volumes on the "History of the Russian Revolution". Alternatively, rent a bike and cycle around the island admiring the magnificent old villas lining the streets. Explore the Greek Orthodox St. George Church on top of the island's tallest hill where you can also admire fantastic views of Istanbul, the Marmara Sea, and the neighboring islands. 

Stop over and visit the former Greek Orphanage, Europe’s largest and the world's 2nd largest wooden house. Enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the many restaurants around the harbor. Go to one of the public beaches (Halk Plaji) or beach clubs for swimming and sunbathing. If you like hiking, you can also walk around the island on foot. When you have finished exploring, take the return ferry to Istanbul at your leisure. The boat departs Büyukada (Big Island) to return to Kabatas ferry station at 3:30 PM.

Includes
  • Round-trip ferry ticket
  • Self-guided tour via an app
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Ferry Departure Point: the pier is located in Kabatas, across tram line number 1 and funicular, close to Dolmabahce Palace. Make your way to the activity provider's ticket counter behind the red petrol station. Is it recommended that you use public transport to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Directions: • From Taksim: by foot or via funicular F1 (5 minutes) • From Dolmabahce Palace: by foot (5 minutes) • From Sultanahmet: tram T1 (15 minutes) • From Besiktas: by foot or via bus (5 minutes) • From Galataport: by foot (5 minutes) • From Galata Tower: by foot or tram T1 (10 minutes)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The ferry departs at 9:45 AM
  • The last boat returns from the Island is 15:30. (Our guides give you the most up-to-date informations before the tour start)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.5/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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There is no need to pay more and use the services of a guide, the main thing would be a telephone and Internet access. They themselves walked, it was on foot, without hurrying, the whole island and all the sights. Struck Trotsky's house. Thrown is simply abandoned, chickens live, and the attitude towards Orthodox Shrines leaves much to be desired.

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November 23, 2021

The guys at the ticket office were excellent, very helpful, and friendly. The trip was good but it wasn't clear on the information that the boat stopped at the other islands first so this was, at first confusing. It would help on the map to have an indication of how long it takes to walk both the short and long routes and where there are useable toilets on those routes. The Island Museum was very informative and interesting, the kind gentlemen that runs it was extremely friendly and helpful, it's a pity that not many people went there.

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October 21, 2021

The landscapes are magnificent, all the same, be careful when you get on the ferry, you are "offered" juice and sandwich to come and ask you to pay for them after without having previously informed that it is not free and the price of each thing, personally it does not me. don't mind paying for a service that I chose not that one imposes dishonestly on me

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October 30, 2020

Product ID: 260867