History of Islands
During the Byzantine period, princes and other royalty were exiled on the islands, and later members of the Ottoman sultans family were exiled there too, giving the islands their present name. They were taken by the Ottoman fleet during the siege of Constantinople in 1453. During the nineteenth century, the islands became a popular resort for Istanbul's wealthy, and Victorian-era cottages and houses are still preserved on the largest of the Princes' Islands.
Buyukada(Prigkipos),is the largest of the nine islands comprising the Princes' Islands in the Marmara Sea, close to Istanbul.As on the other islands, motorized vehicles – except service vehicles – are forbidden, so visitors explore the island by foot; by riding a bicycle (numerous bicycle shops rent them with hourly prices); or in horse-drawn phaeton carriages.
Heybeliada(Halki),is the second largest of the Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara. It is a neighbourhood in the Adalar district of Istanbul. The large Naval Cadet School overlooks the jetty to the left as you get off the ferry. There are two interesting pieces of architecture on the grounds of the school. One is Kamariotissa, the only remaining Byzantine church on the island, and more importantly the last church to be built before the conquest of Constantinople.At the top of the central mountain is an eleventh-century Greek Orthodox monastery, it housed the Halki seminary, the main Greek Orthodox seminary in Turkey and Theological Seminary of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
THE PRINCE'S ISLANDS
Take a leisurely 25-kilometer cruise through the Sea of Marmara and arrive to our first stop Chalki island(Heybeliada).Visiting at the top of the central mountain is an 11th century Greek Orthodox monastery, it housed the Halki Theological School, the main Greek Orthodox seminary in Turkey and Theological Seminary of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The monastery attracts tourists from all over Greece and Turkey.
Than We take a boat for the largest of the Prince's Islands, Buyukada boasts lush foliage, pine forests, turn of the century wooden mansions and incomparable views of Istanbul. Best of all, cars are banned, so you travel by horse-drawn carriage.
There you can enjoy a ride in a horsedrawn carriage among the pine trees and pavillions.
We (licenced english speaking tour guides) pick up our guests from their hotel at 09:00,
The tour finishes around 17:00 o'clock.
Pick ups/ Drops from and to the hotel ( city hotels)
Licenced tour guide
Tips for guide/driver
GOOD TO KNOW:
For full day walking tour please,
Choose comfortable shoes
Sunglasses and hat in summer season
Umbrella and rain coat in winter season
Having some local curency could be convinient
Please contact with us because prices can change for group tours or private tours and also high/low season