Cruise & Sightseeing - Dolmabahçe and Old City

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Cruise & Sightseeing - Dolmabahçe and Old City

Visiting Dolmabahce Palace and enjoying Bosphorus Cruise with Cable Car experience.

Duration: 1 Day
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick-up service is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Discover Dolmabahce Palace
  • Explore Bosphorus with the boat tour
  • Enjoy the Cable Car ride.

Full Description

Your blue tour will begin in the morning with your transfer from your hotel lobby. Our first station will the Great Dolmabahce Palace. Dolmabahçe Palace, a recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with a great collection of European antiquity, furniture, and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls. In order to get on the boat, our route will show Kasımpasa Pier. When we begin our tour from Golden Horn we will have a chance to see from the boat the important landmarks of Istanbul like St. Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Cıragan Palace... Also, you will time to get off the boat and visit the Kucuksu Palace. We will enjoy seeing Kucuksu Palace which is located between Göksu and Kucuksu Rivers. With the order of Sultan Abdulmecit, it has been built by the Armenian architect Nikogos Balyan in 1856. When we finish our visit of Kucuksu Palace we will go back to our boat to continue on Asian shore than we will see the historical and deluxe houses known as Yali. while we pass Beylerbeyi Palace, Uskudar, Maiden's Tower our cruise will end at Eminonu Pier that we will be taken by busses for a short tour around Golden Horn area with seeing some historical places outside like mosques, churches, and synagogues. We will also visit the most famous hill in Old Town, Pierre Lotti. After we enjoy our free time for lunch we will take the cable car. When we leave the cable car experience we will continue to see the city walls. The walls where have been structured on the Byzantine Empire period by the emperor Theodosius the second. As every beautiful thing has an end our tour finishes on Sultanahmet Square.



  • Pick-up from hotel
  • Entrance fees of Dolmabahce and Kucuksu Palaces
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Private Boat and Bus for our groups
  • Cable car ticket
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • Kucuksu Palace closed on Mondays and Thursdays and replaced with Rumeli Fortress instead
  • Dolmabahce Palace closed on Mondays and Thursdays and this days are tour is not operating
  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.

About your Host

IBO Tour

IBO Tours was founded in 2010 by Muzaffer Ibrahim “Ibo” Şamcı. Ibrahim had worked in the tourism industry in Turkey for over ten years, and from his experience, he saw that he could offer a better experience to tourists coming to Istanbul...
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Customer Reviews

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Verna - July 14, 2019

Happened an interesting tour. Some old city, some new city plus Boat tour.

Kimberly - June 29, 2019

Inside of Dolmabahce Palace there is nice cafes. After tour we plan to have some drinks there towards to Bosphorus.

Jeffrey - May 05, 2019

When it is given some numbers we began to get bored but later guide spoke same languages with us and mention some old stories about the historical places. When i got back home i will not remember the square meters, number of room etc… But i will remember whose last residence was here.

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