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The Princes’ Islands refer to a chain or cluster of nine islands southeast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. The Islands are mainly vehicle-free best known for their horse-drawn carriages (phaetons) and home to some of the world’s glamorous and expensive buildings.

The Islands are among the two major tourist attractions in Istanbul next to the Bosphorus. Each will take almost the whole day out of your holiday: a visit to one or more of the Princes’ Islands and a boat tour on the Bosphorus.

One of the main features of any of the Princes’ Islands is the quietness making the Islands an Oasis of Silence as all motorised vehicles are banned from the Islands. The only sounds one will hear are the sounds of horse hoofs, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles being the main sources or means of transportation on the islands.

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