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.