Dolmabahce Palace with Bosphorus Cruise

Taste of Istanbul…

Dolmabahce Palace: It was built by Sultan Abdulmecid (1839-1861) who was the thirty first Ottoman Sultan. It has a usable floor area of 45,000 square meters, 285 rooms, 44 reception rooms and 6 hamams. The palace was used as Presidency office between 1927-1949. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, used Dolmabahce Palace for his studies in Istanbul between 1927-1938. He died in this palace.

City Walls : The first city walls of Istanbul were built during in the 5th century by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II. They extend 6-7 km starting from the Marble Tower on the Marmara shore up to the Golden Horn.

Golden Horn: The Golden Horn was the ancient harbor of Istanbul during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Bosphorus is the 32 km (20-mile) long north-south strait that joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul, and separates the continents of Europe and Asia. During our two hour Bosphorus boat tour you will see the bridges of Istanbul, Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Anadolu and Rumeli fortresses and beautiful houses around the strait.

Spice Market: It is one of the must-see places in Istanbul. It was buit in 1660. Foreign visitors to Istanbul called it the Spice Bazaar because the structure housed the majority of the city’s spice trade.

Piere Loti Hill: Named after the well-known French novelist Pierre Loti, this hill offers perfect views of the Golden Horn.


Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

1 to 4 pax: 210 euros (250 usd)
5 to 10 pax: 250 euros (300 usd)

Please contact us if there is more than 10 pax in your group.


Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.


Itinerary

After you meet your guide, you will first visit Dolmabahce Palace.
After a two hour palace tour, there is a short drive to Eminonu where your Bosphorus cruise strait.
During a two hour cruise, your guide will give you all the necessary information about the strait.
After the cruise you can have lunch in one of the local restaurants in the area and after the lunch you can walk to the Spice Market and enjoy one of the oldest covered bazaars in the World.
Afterwards you will be taken to Piere Loti Hill where you can have tea in a local teahouse and enjoy the spectecular view of Istanbul.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.


What’s Included

Professional guiding service, transport in a cozy van with a driver. Parking fees and fuel.


What’s Extra

Entrance fees (free for children until the age of 12; please do not forget to bring an id or passport copy as age proof), lunch . Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.


Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Istanbul (port pier or hotel lobby)
End location: Istanbul (port pier or hotel lobby)
Duration: 8 hours
This is average tour duration; tour is tailor made so guests are free to decide about its duration.


Transportation

An air-conditioned, modern and comfortable van.
You can see our vehicles


Estimated Local Cash Needed

65 Turkish Lira – We will need Local currency for entrance fees.
You can either purchase entrances yourself with credit card or cash or your guide can purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.


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