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Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents with Bosphorus Cruise Included and Beylerbeyi Palace

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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English
Seize the unique opportunity to visit two continents in one day as you explore both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul on this full-day tour, including lunch. Tour the lavish Beylerbeyi Palace,... More
Seize the unique opportunity to visit two continents in one day as you explore both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul on this full-day tour, including lunch. Tour the lavish Beylerbeyi Palace, stroll around the vibrant Spice Bazaar, and enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour cruise along the Bosphorus, passing landmarks like the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace.

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Fully narrated tour

What To Expect

After a morning pick-up at your hotel, your half-day program starts out with the City Walls. The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204,  and the second by the cannons and troops... More
After a morning pick-up at your hotel, your half-day program starts out with the City Walls. The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204,  and the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Afterwards, you'll drive by bus to the Golden Horn. As natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has
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After a morning pick-up at your hotel, your half-day program starts out with the City Walls. The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204,  and the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Afterwards, you'll drive by bus to the Golden Horn. As natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.

You'll next visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Afterwards, it's time for a boat trip on the Bosphorus. A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. After your cruise tour, you'll have lunch at selected restaurant.

From the sea, you'll be able to observe the Rumeli Fortress. Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.

Next you'll visit Beylerbeyi Palace. This summer residence of Ottoman Sultans stands with its original furniture and magnificent gardens intact. (Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday; on those days, it will be replaced with a visit to Chora Church)

You'll be able to walk the famous Bosphorus Bridge, a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).

Afterwards you'll travel to the highest point in Istanbul, Camlica Hill. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in a traditional style.

Lastly, will be some free time provided for shopping at Bedesten before your return transfer. This bazaar exhibits the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education. You may have time to possibly see jewellery, handicrafts center and a leatherware show.

What's Included

Lunch
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan or coach
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Your centrally located hotels in the Historical Peninsula and Taksim areas

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Concludes at your centrally located hotels in the Historical Peninsula and Taksim areas

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with Chora Church
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This experience
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with Chora Church
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Could have done better on my own as...
Sabeer
, Dec 2017
Could have done better on my own as its exorbitantly expensive on VIATOR, more than twice its real price in Istanbul!!! I'll never buy from this site again!!!

Product code: 9995P9

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