In the past the Princes’ Islands (Turkish Adalar) served as place of exile for Byzantine princes and retreat for monks. Today these beautiful islands are famous for their green pine woods and hidden coves, the perfect place to escape Istanbul’s bustle and find quiet and peace.
After pick-up from your hotel early in the morning, we will embark on a pleasant cruise. The boat will leave the Golden Horn and cross the Marmara Sea, going around the Seraglio Point, the promontory on which the splendid Topkapi Palace rises. From the sea we will enjoy magnificent views of the archipelago and of the city, with the silhouette of Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Upon arrival in Buyukada, the largest and most enjoyable island, we will make a tour of the island on board a horse-car, the only mean of transport allowed on the island. Riding among pine trees, we will admire lavish Ottoman mansions, refined Victorian style summer villas, flowered gardens and beaches.
After the ride we will enjoy a delicious lunch in a cozy sea-side fish restaurant and relax staring at the beautiful panorama. Then, we will take the ferry and return to your hotel in Istanbul in the evening.