Since the dawn of time, humanity has been a very creative sort of species. From the making of the first wheel to quantum physics, this ingenuity has known no bounds and it has been ever expanding towards a future which our wildest dreams have trouble guessing what it will look like. Among all of that, there was is form of creativity that does not sound particularly pleasant: punishment. A widely executed method of punishment which is still carried out by states is exile. But today as Imperial Travel Turkey on Travel Booking Turkey, we have got something that will change the way you look at being exiled, forever. It is none other than a Princes Islands Tour in Istanbul.
As you may have learned throughout our Turkey tours, Istanbul has been the capital city to multiple empires and powerful states throughout history. What has drawn civilizations of so many different backgrounds to this singular location vary in number and reason, but one thing that has remained constant and common is the fact that Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities on the face of the planet Earth. This beauty is at such a level that even exile was considered a blessing here. “What kind of exile would be even possible in a mega metropolitan city like Istanbul,” you might ask – rightfully so. Our answer to that is the Princes’ Islands. This group of four large and several smaller islands are located off the coast of mainland Istanbul, standing at a reasonable distance which takes about 90 minutes to cover with a standard boat ride from Kabatas Port on the European Side. They were used as spots of exile for wayward Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman royalty for centuries – in turn developing a massive heritage of culture all around. After exile was removed as a method of punishment from these lands, the islands were open to settlers who built gorgeous, authentic Ottoman mansions, villas, pavilions and gardens throughout all four islands; Kinaliada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Buyukada in order of size, from the smallest to the largest. In time, they developed their own micro culture that included local festivities like raki (a Turkish alcoholic beverage) tasting festival. What is more is that since no motor vehicles have ever been allowed on the islands, they retained a breathtaking amount of natural ground – with dense green forests and stunning beaches. Throughout centuries, people from a number of ethnic, religious and otherwise backgrounds co-existed here in peace and prosperity which offered the comfort and beauty of an Istanbul neighbourhood without the fuss of such a large city. Our Princes Islands Tour in Istanbul graciously offers an amazing day trip to the center of Princes’ Islands, where you get to have a mini boat cruise off the coast of Istanbul, stroll through the marvelous historical streets of Buyukada, taste great samples of Turkish cuisine and take an authentic horse carriage trip around the island before you head back to the mainland just in time for dinner, with a satisfied smile on your face.
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