Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahçe Palace & Two Continents

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Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahçe Palace & Two Continents

You will discover the Golden Horn and seven hills of Istanbul with a wonderful Bosphorus Cruise and have lunch like a local! Old town discovery and more!...

Duration: 3 Hours
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic.
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.

Highlights

  • Experience panoramic views of the Golden Horn.
  • Cross over from Europe to Asia in two minutes by bus, using the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait from Camlica Hill.

Full Description

     On the coastline of the Golden Horn's Balat side, we will see the Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian which is known as the Iron Church, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 km of Byzantine City Walls, which was the strongest fortification of the middle ages. 
When you enter the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, you will smell the perfect mixture of spices. With these spices, the Bazaar also sells many dried fruits & vegetables, flowers, and fish. If you like coffee you have to visit the coffee shop by one of the Bazaar's exits. On the Bosphorus Cruise, you will sail between two continents and get the chance to see the beautiful waterside mansions. During the cruise, you will also see the Rumeli Fortress (no interior visit), a building where an Ottoman Sultan worked personally on its construction. It is a unique sample of military architecture which took nearly 5 months to complete. It was built to prevent ships from sailing to the Byzantine Empire and protect the Bosphorus and, if there is enough time, we will also visit a leather showroom. At noon, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Turkish restaurant.
Dolmabahce Palace, the recent residence of the Ottoman Dynasty, was built by 2 Armenian architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 sqm area. It was used as the communication headquarters of the Ottoman Empire. There are many great antique collections, furnishings and even the largest chandelier in the world weighing 4,5 tons. The palace itself has 285 rooms and 46 halls. After your peerless Dolmabahce Palace tour, you will see the Bosphorus Bridge which is known as the diamond necklace of Istanbul. You can cross from Asia to Europe in around 2 minutes. 
Camlıca, one of seven hills of Istanbul,  is the best place to watch the sunset over Istanbul, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus with the best panoramic view.

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Includes

  • Free pick up and drop off from/to city center hotels.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guiding services.
  • A/C transportation.
  • Drinks.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.

About your Host

Plan Tours

Plan Tours, licenced “A Group” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is a major tour operator in Türkiye, based in İstanbul since 1984. (licensee for City Sightseeing Worldwide and Gray Line Worldwide, official travel agency of Turkish Airlines, member of TÜRSAB – Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and ICVB – İstanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau)...
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Customer Reviews

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Westin - January 27, 2019

We had a very nice time on this tour.

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Will - February 09, 2019

The activity was fun and enjoyable 

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Chris - February 22, 2019

There was just one negative thing during the tour. When i look at the scenery from camlica mountain i saw lot of skyscrapers. The black points of Istambul.

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Sheldon - January 13, 2019

What a chandelier. Stays well in my saloon, if i take all my furnitures and us outside. :))

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Misty - July 22, 2019

The Nile for Egypt, the Bosphorus for Istanbul. The life sources.

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