Princes Island

Princes Island

If you find yourself feeling the need to escape from the bustle of Istanbul for a day, absolutely nothing could be easier. You simply join us aboard a ferry bound for the idyllic Princes Islands, enjoying cool breezes and charming sights along the way.


Our destination is Buyukada, the largest of the island chain, but we will pass by four other islands on the way. All these islands are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses, and on all of them cars are strictly prohibited.

On the Princes Islands, the preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the phaeton, which we will use on our circular tour of Buyukada, passing through delightful scenery studded with elegant mansions drapedin brilliant purple bougainvillea.

You will feel as though you have suddenly stepped back into a bygone era that is more leisured and gracious, finding yourself almost expecting to see elegant 19th century ladies and gentlemen come strolling toward you down the waterfront as they take their afternoon promenade.

We will enjoy our lunch at the best of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing, as we enjoy succulent delicious meze appetizer and resh fish, across the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away.