The picturesque Princes’ Islands are an archipelago of nine islands off the Istanbul coast, in the Marmara Sea. So named because princes and other royalty were banished to them in Byzantine times, they are especially tranquil as cars are banned. Each rewards you with beautiful scenery, and a tour of three of the four islands open to the public, Kınalıada, Heybeliada and Büyükada, is a relaxing break from Istanbul city. Sail across gleaming coastal waters, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of Turkish delicacies and learn about the history of the islands from your guide. This nine-hour tour finishes with a horse-drawn carriage ride on Büyükada – the perfect end to an exhilarating day. You can start this tour from Bosporus Tour Pier or Taksim Square.