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Istanbul Island Tours

Istanbul Island Tours

Ancient Byzantine used the islands as a place of relaxation in summer time. during Ottoman times is one of the most preferred places. Both historic fabric, and natural beauty makes it most visited travel destinations, especially in the summer, where people enjoy beautiful days around the beach.

There are also sightseeing tours to the islands for a day departing from Istanbul, can be booked private or with a group . Generally tours departing from Kabatas port  provides a tour with the fairy offering a sea view of Istanbul marmara sea coast on the way to the island.

Things to Do in Heybeliada

  • Take a small or big tour of the island in a horse-drawn carriage or phaeton.
  • Rent a bicycle and make a small or big tour of the island.
  • Explore the island with its leafy lanes and exquisite wooden Victorian houses on foot.
  • visit the St George’s Monastery after climbing up the steep cobblestone path
  • Relax on one of the many private beaches and take a dip in the sea.
  • Enjoy a dinner, drink or ice-cream in one of the many cafes and restaurants in the town center before hopping on the ferry back to Istanbul.

With an area of 2.35 km2 Heybeliada is the second largest island. The average population was around 5,500 during the year, this summer the number rises up to 30,000 due. The Greek name of the island and “copper” meaning comes from the ancient copper mines operated on the island; Aristotle speaks of this island in his ancient works. The island, Heybeliada name in Turkish,means hills and the valleys of the hills.