Dolmabahçe Palace & Cruise on Bosphorus with Küçüksu Palace

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Dolmabahçe Palace & Cruise on Bosphorus with Küçüksu Palace

Visiting Küçüksu and Dolmabahce Palaces. Having rich information during the tour while passing the significant architectural points.

Duration: 6 Hours
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick-up service is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Discover the city and learn about Istanbul’s famous landmarks.

Full Description

In the morning while you wait at your hotel lobby our transferman will meet you and you will begin your tour. Our first station will the 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. Then we will be taken by bus to go to Kasimpasa Pier to get on our boat. When we embark to boat our tour will start from Golden Horn where hides the secrets of the Byzantine Empire and continue circa 2,5 hours to Bosphorus. During your Bosphorus Cruise proceeds, your guide will inform you about some historical attractions like Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, Süleymaniye Mosque, etc... Then on our break, 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 you finish your visit your guide will give you free time to walk around and have nice photos. Once again we will embark on our boat to go home back. While we are on the boat we will pass the famous architectural spots of Istanbul like Beylerbeyi Palace, Uskudar, Maiden’s Tower, etc. The boat cruise ends at Eminönü Pier where has in a few minutes walking distance to Spice Bazaar. If you like to finish your day with just a small supplement you continue to our tour by bus to Oldtown.



  • Pick up and Drop off shuttle service.
  • Cable car ticket.
  • Entrance fees of the historical sites (Dolmabahce and Kucuksu Palace).
  • English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • This tour does not operate on Mondays & Thursdays.
  • 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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Garry - August 17, 2019

During Bosphorus cruise you watch Istanbul like it is in a showcase. You are able to see almost every big historical and modern buildings.

Keith - July 09, 2019

I found a very modern architectural approach for Dolmabahce Palace when we thought its build period. Armenian architects worked detailed. Good job. Espcially its heating system on that period.

Sonya - December 10, 2018

Very similar 2 places. Dolmabahce and Kucuksu. When we listened their history we saw same architect.

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