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What To Expect
Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing the Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and the 21-km-long Byzantine City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age.
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), inhale mystical smells and the different aromas of various spices. Shops for fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
Bosphorus Cruise, pass through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Take photographs of marble palaces, and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture beside modern residences and luxurious apartments.
Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.
Pause for a short while to have lunch at a Turkish restaurant, before proceeding on with the tour.
Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence of Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110,000 square meter area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous for its great collection of European antiques, furniture and a 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls.
Bosphorus Bridge, this is your chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
Camlica Hill or Yeditepe, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus.
Guidance in multiple languages
Drinks with lunch
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
On days when the Dolmabahce Palace is closed, it will be replaced by Eyüp, a visit to the Pierre Loti Coffee House, and the Miniatürk.
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.
Bosphorus Tours are run with a regular boat if minimum number of attendants is not provided for the private boat.
Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request.
The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Those who stay in hotels out of the city center can be transferred from/to their hotels with an extra fee upon request.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.