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The Princes’ Islands (in turkish - Adalar) is a tour of four islands, each of which has its own special character. It is located 20 km from Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara, officially considered part of Istanbul.
The name of the island dates back to the time of the Byzantine Empire. Unwanted princes or other important persons close to the emperor were sent there. Due to the fact that Greeks, Armenians and Jews lived in the Princes, the islands are rich in monuments of different cultures and times.
The islands have their own rules – no car and motorbikes, only beautiful landscapes, walks in coaches and delicious ice cream. Real oasis of silence and tranquility; ideal conditions for a holiday, right?
How Do We Get to The Islands?
As mentioned above, the Princes’ Islands are part of Istanbul, so there is public transport between the mainland and the islands - ferries.
The schedule of ferries depends on the season and the day of the week, for example, in the summer, there are 15 ferries per day going directly to the Princes’s Islands.
The duration of the crossing is approximately 1.5 hours to the farthest island. During this time you will enjoy a sea walk along the Bosphorus Strait and the Marble Sea, and drink Turkish tea. There is a bathroom.
However, our guests don’t have to worry about ferry tickets, because ferry tickets are included to the price.
Heybeliada is the second largest island among the Princes’ Islands, whose characteristic feature is its «greenness», it represents 4 hills covered with pine forests.
Previously, the island of Heybeliada belonged to Greece and was called "Hulk". On the island rested mostly Istanbul entrepreneurs, rich Greeks and Jews, having built their luxurious country villas.
Heybeliada is a less crowded and tourist-friendly island, compared to Buyukada, where you can fully enjoy the quiet and natural beauty.
The island of Heybeliada is known both for its natural beauty and for its monasteries and temples. The island’s main Orthodox shrine lies on the hill of Hope. The Monastery of the Holy Trinity (Ayatriada Manastırı) was founded in the 9th century by Patriarch Photius. Inside the monastery is very beautiful and well maintained. Entry is free.
There are also two Greek Orthodox temples: the Temple of Saint Nicholas (1857) in the port area and the Skeet of Saint Spiridon (Terki Dünya Manastırı) on the southwest coast.
Buyukada is the largest and most visited of the islands. Thanks to the fact that very rich and high-ranking officials lived on the island at the beginning of the 20th century, many luxury villas were built on the island of Buyukada. They can be seen on the right side of the port.
Buyukada has several monasteries, the most visited of which are the Monastery of Saint George (Aya Yorgi) and the Monastery of the Transfiguration of God (Hristos). On the way to the monastery of St. George, they tie ribbons and make wishes. There is also a synagogue, nine Greek Orthodox churches, a Latin and Armenian church, and a mosque.
Important Russian Figures
Guests from Russia will be interested to know that exactly on the Buyukada island, 4 years lived Lev Trotsky, after his expulsion from the USSR. His house is still at: Çankaya Caddesi, 55.
Prince Dmitry Borisovich Golitsyn - hero of the Russian-Turkish war, lived on the island of Buyukada after the revolution. He is buried here, in the church of Saint Dimitri (Ayios Dimitrios).
Take a walk, enjoy the beauty of the island, and after a walk with a guide, you will have dinner at the local fish restaurant.
Must seen! MyStambul® highly recommends.
Important! In the summer of 2020, due to protests by animal rights activists, phaetones were banned.
Places to Visit
Below is a complete list of the places we will visit.
- Princes’ Islands
- Lunch at a fish restaurant
What is Included in The Price?
Included in the price of the tour:
- Ferry tickets
- Professional guide
- Free service from / to the hotel
- Horse-drawn carriage tour
- Availability of air conditioning in the service car
- TURSAB insurance, which covers the costs of services accepted and performed by a travel agency
- Drinks during lunch
- Additional Tips