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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Admire beautiful architecture and capture stunning views of illustrious palaces during a full-day tour in Istanbul including a Bosphorus cruise. Aboard a cozy coach explore the highlights of Istanbul including the Walls of Constantinople, views of the Golden Horn and witness the lively Spice Bazaar on foot. You will then experience a must-do in Istanbul, a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. The cruise concludes with a visit to the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace where Istanbul’s late sultans once resided. Plus, you will gaze over this east-meets-west city for eye-popping views at Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill.
  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour including a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise
  • Explore the city by coach, seeing top Istanbul attractions like the Golden Horn and the Walls of Constantinople
  • Walk around the Spice Bazaar with an expert local guide
  • See Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge on a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Discover the magnificence of Dolmabahçe Palace on a walking tour
  • Admire incredible panoramic city views from Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe
Meet your coach at your centrally located Istanbul hotel and begin your tour with a drive along the Golden Horn which converges with the Bosphorus Strait to connect Europe and Asia. Continue on to Balat, a Jewish neighborhood, and observe the memorable cast iron church of Stephen of the Bulgars. Nearby, marvel at the historical Byzantine Walls of Constantinople. Next, let the fragrances of the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) fill your nose as you stroll past shops selling spices, draperies and an abundance of diverse goods.
Journey to the coast and board your Bosphorous boat for a cruise that encompasses Istanbul’s best waterside sights. Let the city’s charm sink in as you view Ottoman-era timber chateaus that rest adjacent to stunning marble etched palaces. Enjoy sights of the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, the historic Rumeli Fortress, and gaze up at the vastness of the Bosphorus Bridge.
Disembark from your ship back ashore and (time permitting) head to one of Istanbul’s prominent leather stores to observe handsome leatherwork. Relax for lunch at a restaurant serving classic Turkish fare and then continue on to your walking tour at Dolmabahçe Palace.
Step into this regal establishment and see how the Ottoman Empire constructed their last palace. Observe the confluence of European Neoclassical and Ottoman architectural styles as you walk alongside your guide. Revel at the opulent Victorian furnishings that blend in with the glossy marble and copious number of stunning chandeliers. Then explore the best of the palace including the Crystal Staircase, Secretariat’s Rooms, and the Medhal Hall.
Exit the palace and hop back aboard your coach for your last cruise through Istanbul. Finally, pass over the Bospohorus bridge and head up to Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill (pending day of traffic conditions) for a memorable vantage point of the city.
As dusk sets in, return to your centrally located hotel where your tour concludes.
Note that Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and will be changed to Pierre Loti Coffee House, Eyüp and Miniatürk.

Reviews

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A
, Jan 2017

I had a wonderful day on this tour, I felt like we saw so much. It felt like we spent a lot of time waiting for the bus to pick other people up or drop them off though because the full day tour was combined with the half day tour. I was afraid the cruise would be too cold in the winter but it was quite spacious and warm on the below deck and you could just go to the open upper deck intermittently to take all the pictures you wanted. I really enjoyed to Dolmabahce Palace, it was absolutely beautiful and I absolutely recommend it if you are visiting Istanbul.

M
, Jan 2016

The guide was informative and the tour was appropriate in length. It was a great way to see Istanbul from the water. The Dolmabahce Palace was great. We have toured several of the great palaces of Europe. It ranks up there with the best of them.

o
, Dec 2015

The palace is incredible with all the history, the art, and the treasure.

R
, Nov 2015

Interesting, beautiful view, very knowledgebile Guide, well organized.

G
, Nov 2015

Excellent tour guide. Very pleasant tour.

A
, Sep 2015

The trip itself was great, the only snags where that we were a large group of multi nationals speaking different languages. The appointed guide could not cope with the larger numbers and we felt that we were being rushed though all the historic sites and cruise. The tour touched on all the advertised sites, but the transfers between the Asian and European based sites were haphazard and somewhat disorganized. The luncheon served was somewhat below standard. The non use of individual headsets were noticible.

B
, Sep 2015

Tour was OK however we were disappointed not to be advised that certain parts of it would not be visited due to Ramadan. The date for this event would have been known well in advance and we would have gone to see those items on the days prior to the tour if this had been known.

j
, Aug 2015

Tour was good, I enjoyed the cruise far more than the rest of the itinerary. Our guide was helpful only when asked a direct question, otherwise he did not offer much information at all.

J
, Aug 2015

GOOD INFORMATIVE TOUR. SMALLER GROUPS/COACHES WOULD HAVE MADE FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE

G
, Aug 2015

The Tour was really good with the sights you see, Dolmabache Palace was amazing. The fashion show is like oh yeah nothing special. But the part that ruined the entire tour was at the end of the day cause the driver didnt want to drive through the traffic he started just dumping us at locations near the hotel, saying just walk that way and youll see your hotel, Thankyou for just dropping me off in a random location and allowing me to have to try and find my way back to the hotel when you picked me up from my hotel door to begin with!


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