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.

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


  • As a solo female traveler, I will admit I was a little nervous visiting Istanbul to attend a wedding. Ertunga quickly put my mind at ease. The people of Turkey were very kind and I felt very safe. Eutunga was a wealth of information with regards to both history and culture. I greatly enjoyed my time with him and can’t recommend him more! I look forward to returning for touring more of the country with his guidance.
    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.
    Bestweb - Modesto, Kaliforniya
  • We used Turkey Private tours to do a day tour of Istanbul. We had an excellent guide, Oz, who was so knowledgeable. With only three in our group, we were able to get around the crowds. We were in Mini van with air con. & saw all the top sights, and were given options during the day, so we could change itinerary to suit what we wanted to see, and stay as long as we wanted. It was excellent
    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.
    Barb D Hamilton, Kanada


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.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2   pax. 190 euros (222 usd)
  • 3 to 4   pax. 210euros  (246 usd)
  • 5 to 8   pax. 250 euros (295 usd)
  • 9 to 12 pax. 280 euros (328 usd)

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

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.

What’s Included

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


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

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.

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.