Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
Full-day sightseeing experience featuring a Golden Horn and Bosphorus cruise and three other top attractions
Enjoy magnificent views on a relaxing cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the Spice Bazaar
Explore the ostentatious Dolmabahçe Palace on a guided tour
Admire Rüstem Pasha Mosque and take in sweeping city views from Camlica Hill
Relax over a 3-course lunch at a traditional Bosphorus-side restaurant
After meeting your guide for a pickup from your central hotel in Istanbul, climb aboard your luxury coach and head to the Spice Bazaar. Along the way, hear alluring stories of Istanbul. Arrive and wander this myriad of shops and stalls seeing a variety of fruits, nuts, vibrant spices, and enjoying captivating aromas. Try some treats and snacks and then walk with your expert guide to the small Rüstem Pasha Mosque to admire its walls covered in beautiful blue Iznik tiles. From here, head to your boat for a sightseeing cruise at the inlet to the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn, which splits European Istanbul apart. Get your camera ready to snap selfies as your boat traverses past Istanbul’s top attractions. See the vast Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Dolmabahçe. Then, gaze over towards the Asian coastline and relish views of mosques and elegant mansions. In the afternoon, hop off your boat in Asia on the Bosphorus coastline for a delicious 3-course lunch at a scenic restaurant. Drinks are also available (own expense). See the sample menu for details. Next, climb by coach to Istanbul’s peak, Camlica Hill, and savor a stunning panoramic vantage point that captures the elegance of Istanbul. Continue back across the Bosphorus Bridge for a guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace. Learn about the Ottoman sultans that once lived here. Then, glimpse into a world of opulence and luxury as you saunter by chambers, the Crystal Staircase and revel at the gaudy array of the sultan’s wealth in Medhal Hall. Leave the palace and head back to your hotel by coach where your tour ends.
Sample Menu: First course: • Lentil, tomato or chicken soup Main course: • Grilled meatballs with fresh green salad or bean salad Dessert (choice of one): • Rice pudding • Baklava (filo pastry parcel stuffed with nuts and soaked in honey) • Figs with cream • Semolina halva (sesame seeds with honey or sugar) with ice cream • Revani (semolina cake soaked in light syrup)
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Jul 2019
My guide met me at the hotel for pick up and it turned out to be just me and him for the day! I enjoyed the personal attention and interesting information about the city.
The variety and pace of the day long tour was perfect, but the highlight was the knowledge and attention of our two guides, Atahan and Ozhan. Their range and understanding of history and culture is amazing. Their outlines and explanations kept our attention and they were both willing and able to answer our questions.
Overall we enjoyed the tour, but found it to be a bit rushed particularly for the Dolmbache palace. This was the last stop on the tour and the guide pretty much forced us to rush through the building. It was the last stop on the tour so would have appreciated if the guide had provided the group the option to spend more time there.
Also with regards to the lunch provided we found the quality of the restaurant selected to be below average given the price paid for this tour. Also very little attention or care was made to accommodate vegetarians.
Our guide met us at our hotel. He was very attentive, had good knowledge and could answer all our questions. Spoke good English as well. He had a relaxed way about him and didn't seem rushed, which meant that we could relax and enjoy. The cruise offers beautiful views of the attractions and buildings from the river. The guide even told us what side of the boat would be the best to get the best views. The Spice Bazaar is minute in comparison to the Grand Bazaar and unlike the Grand Bazaar, worth the visit. Prices are fair, goods are fresh and shop owners are friendly and inviting. Camlica Hill offers breathtaking views and is a good spot to take photos. Dolmabahche Palace are very luxurious inside, with beautiful furniture and art. Words fail me to explain the beauty of the chandeliers in the palace. The crystal staircase is something to behold. Lunch was delicious and served at a restaurant with a view of the Maiden Tower. This is so worth it. Thank you to our guide for this great experience. I think his name was Enus (hope i spelled it correct)
Good way to see more of Istanbul but could be better
, Apr 2019
The Dolmabahce palace was by far the highlight of the tour and not to be missed. However, due to the crowds we were really rushed through the place to keep up with the guide, sometimes not even getting a chance to see inside each room. The hotel pickup was 10 mins late and the contact number on the ticket was incorrect or disconnected. The guide was really friendly and did his best, but he was unsure of his English and remained silent for large parts of the boat tour and bus trip. Regardless, this tour was a great way to see parts of Istanbul we wouldn't have otherwise visited like the Asian side of the city and Camlica Hill.
I was a solo traveler and really enjoyed the tour. I would definitely recommend it. I've forgotten my tour guide's name, but he was really good and made the tour quite enjoyable. He gave us time to explore and take photos. The tour wasn't rushed at all. Everyone was dropped off at there hotel. As the roads were quite busy, the van was parked close by to my hotel and the tour guide walked me to my hotel. He also helped me find a money exchange place.
Worst tour I have experienced. We were left out on the Istanbul street in cold pouring rain about 100 meters from our hotel. The tour operators were well aware of the usual street closure daily 9 am to to late evening. We were never advised of the street closure until we were told to get off the bus. I am on crutches and there was no offer to assist me in getting back to our lodgings. The guide was poor. I would not recommend this company in the future.