Meet your professional guide at your central Istanbul hotel in the morning, and hop inside a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Then, sit back and relax as you travel to the waterfront of the Bosphorus for your 2-hour breakfast cruise.
Step aboard your modern and comfortable yacht, and take a seat on deck. Then, soak up the views as your skipper pilots your craft along the Bosphorus, the strait that divides Asia and Europe, and the Asian and European sides of the city.
Savor a delicious Turkish breakfast of traditional dishes such as eggs, cold meats, cheese, bread and preserves, all served with coffee and tea, as you admire the sights. Glide past iconic landmarks such as the Dolmabahce Palace and Rumeli Fortress, and gaze out at the vast suspension bridges and colorful waterfronts of the European and Asian shores.
Waft by Ottoman mansions, tea gardens, markets and ornate mosques, and admire the wooden ‘yali’ palaces and vibrant fish restaurants along the watersides. Listen as your guide points out famous and lesser-known landmarks, and learn about the way of life in the different waterside neighborhoods, each with its own distinct village atmosphere. As this is a private tour, chat, too, about the areas you’d like to see more of on your walking tour.
Then, after around two hours on the water, step ashore and explore your chosen areas on foot. Perhaps stroll around bustling markets and waterside mansions, or delve into the patchwork of districts along the water for a better insight into the Istanbul that exists beyond the main sights.
When the time comes, your tour then concludes with a drop-off at your hotel by foot, public transport or private vehicle.