Istanbul, Turkey
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


Discover one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Get around in comfort and style with a Mercedes minivan, and beeline with your guide to the Spice Bazaar, a historic market full of the smells and colors of Turkey. Stroll the old corridors of Dolmabahçe Palace, the final place that Ottoman emperors occupied. Then, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, taking in the sights of the Asian and European sides. This tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul’s Asian and European side including Bosphorus sightseeing cruise
  • See both faces of this captivating city, the only one to span two continents
  • Take in the waterside sights on a cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that divides the city
  • Visit the lavish Dolmabahçe Palace, the last home of the Ottoman sultans
  • Soak up the colorful Spice Bazaar and panoramic city views from Çamlıca Hill
  • Take snaps of two continents side-by-side as you cross the Bosphorus Bridge linking Europe and Asia
  • Travel by Mercedes minivan and enjoy personalized attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to 12 people
Your full-day city sightseeing tour of Istanbul begins effortlessly, with a pickup at your central Istanbul hotel. Meet your expert local guide and buckle into your luxury Mercedes minivan for a comfortable ride. Begin learning about Istanbul’s fascinating history as you cruise through the city.
Start at one of Istanbul’s main icons, the Spice Bazaar. Amble between its colorful stalls while meeting local spice dealers and taking in the exotic smells. Listen to your guide explain the significance behind the principal spices sold here as well as herbs and other goods. 
Then, board a boat for a scenic cruise down the Bosphorus Strait. Admire the views set between the city’s two continents, the Asian and European sides. Spot famous landmarks from the viewing deck, such as Yıldız Park and the Rumeli Fortress in addition to many baroque Ottoman residences and riverfront restaurants and shops. 
After, move on to the stately Dolmabahçe Palace. This opulent structure was created by one of the Ottoman Empire’s last emperors in the 19th century. Tour the magnificent grounds, taking in the history that still exudes from the walls here. Follow you guide as he details information about the construction process, including the story behind the 14 tons of gold used to decorate the ceilings alone.
Linger over lunch (own expense) at a nearby restaurants, then go to the highest point in all of Istanbul, Çamlıca Hill. Take a few moments to admire the truly stunning views, seeing Istanbul at your feet. Reflect on your favorite parts of the day, and then journey across the Bosphorus Bridge, back to your hotel where your tour ends. 
Please note: The order of the sites visited as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour. The Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. On these days, tours will go to the Beylerbeyi Palace instead.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

At the onset, I would still like to believe that viator is a professional company and our next experience/ s would be better. Not giving up on you guys.
This tour was however marred by:
1. Change of vehicle 5 times between minivans and big tour buses
2. Promised a merc minivan but made to sit thrice on the big bus
3. Accordingly, the group size kept changing from 9 to 25 as against a promised 12 max
4. Tour guide was excellent but most of the times kept speaking to the Spanish guys in Spanish leaving us to the the other tour guide who was generally addressing a bigger audience. Logistically difficult. No complaints against that tour guide specifically but this is not what we had paid for.
5. I had to raise this issue with your local support a number of times but he expressed his inability to deliver us exactly what had been promised in the package

The local support was a decent guy, gave us a complimentary night cruise but it was with 250 persons. Though it was decent however that's not why we booked our tour through viator.

, Mar 2018

This tour was very good to see the other side of Istambul. The Dolmabahce Palace is really amazing and worth to see. The tour guide could have told us more about the history of the place.

, Oct 2017

Brilliant tour! The views from the Bosporus were fantastic.Eren,our tour guide was great as he explained the history behind important buildings

, Sep 2017

Awesome tour. Dolmabahce Palace was stunning. A good way to get your bearings of the city in your first few days.

, Apr 2017

We were lucky having Unal Aydin as guide in this tour. The hall journey was so exciting and informative.
This tour was a reference for us to compare other tours and guides. It wasn't easy for the others. If we will have the chance to comeback to Istanbul, we will look for sure for City of Sultans and ask for Unal Aydin.

, Sep 2016

The Dolmabahce Palace was not available because it was closed on the day that we booked the tour. This was not the tour guides fault and we knew it in advance. We did an alternative attraction. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Would suggest that you book on the day that this palace is available.

, Apr 2016

Great tour guide, interesting sights, great cruise! Weather was perfect, group was small. So glad I chose this tour!

, Feb 2016

Excelente. Não pudemos ir Dolmabahçe porque estava fechado, mas a visita foi substituída por um almoço e pela visita ao Centro da Igreja Ortodoxa em Istambul.
O cruzeiro pelo Bósforo dispensa comentários. Tivemos a sorte de fazê-lo num dia de sol e céu azul.
Nossa guia também foi ótima. Escolha perfeita.

, Jan 2016

The tour was worthwhile and interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. My wife fell ill on our booked date. The owner very obligingly rescheduled our tour date as he turned up in the hotel lobby to pick us up.
I would definitely book through City of Sultans again.

, Nov 2015

Great tour.

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