About Dolmabahce Palace with Bosphorus Cruise

Enjoy some of the best views in Istanbul

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.

Dolmabahce Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid, the thirty first Ottoman Sultan. The palace was used as Presidency office between 1927-1949. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of our Republic, used Dolmabahce Palace for his studies in Istanbul between 1927-1938. He died in this palace.

The first city walls of Istanbul were built during 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.

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.

Spice Market 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 was named after the well-known French novelist Pierre Loti, and it offers perfect views of the Golden Horn.

Our Private Boats

If you prefer, we can arrange a tailor-made private tour in Istanbul for you. Contact us for details.


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    Nicola H
  • With only a limited amount of time in the morning before a 2pm flight, we wanted to have a taste of Istanbul before leaving. Turkey Tours arranged a personalized tour to suit our time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made extra efforts to tell us about the history we were seeing. His English was very good. Thank you for making our brief visit very memorable.
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    John A Sidney, Avustralya
  • We had a private guide, Ugur, who was very knowledgeable and took us to all the places he thought he would see. We learned a lot about the culture and history of Turkey and it was fascinating. It was much cheaper than the excursion through the ship and we got personal attention and being older, our guide worked at our pace instead of trying to keep up with the ship excursion. I would definitely recommend you look into this before going to Turkey as it worked out wonderfully for us.
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Bosphorus Cruise Itinerary And Further Details

Annual Average Temperature Humidity Graph for Istanbul

The hottest months in Istanbul are July and Agust, with an average temperature of 25 °C. The coldest month is January with a lowest temperature of 5°C. On average, January is the most and November the least humid month. Please click on the Graph to zoom in