Dolmabahçe Palace Tour & Cruise on Bosphorus &Küçüksu Palace

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Dolmabahçe Palace Tour & Cruise on Bosphorus &Küçüksu Palace

Enjoy a Bosphorus Cruise and explore Dolmabahce Palace on the European side and Kucuksu Palace on the Asian side.

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


  • Explore palaces on the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus and admire the scenic views.
  • Learn the fascinating history of the city and its historic landmarks from your expert guide.

Full Description

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to our first stop - Dolmabahce Palace!

Dolmabahce Palace was the final residence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It is a grand palace, highly influenced by European architecture, with 285 rooms, 46 halls and a chandelier that weighs 4.5 tons! It's the largest chandelier in the world! 

After the tour of Dolmabahce Palace, you'll be taken to Kasimpasa Pier to board the boat for the cruise! You'll start in the Golden Horn and continue to the Bosphorus at which time you'll get a great view of Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Hisari Fortress and the Anadolu Fortress.

Hop off the boat to explore Kucuksu Palace on the Asian side of Istanbul. It's located in the neighbourhood of Kucuksu which was often featured in old Turkish movies. The Palace, sometimes called Kucuksu Pavillion, was designed by the Armenian architect Nikogos Balyan on the orders of Sultan Abdulmecid and completed in 1857. This is the same architect who designed the beautiful Ortakoy Mosque and you can easily see similarities in the design. The Palace was restored in 1994 and is now a museum. Your ticket allows you entry to the garden so you can admire the beauty of the Palace from the outside. You will have free time here to take pictures and explore a little for yourself. 

Hop back on the boat for the return journey and learn some interesting facts from your guide about the famous landmarks you see. You'll get a particularly good view of the Maiden's Tower, Uskudar and Topkapi Palace on your way back to the Golden Horn. The tour will finish at Eminonu which is a short walk away from the Spice Bazaar.



  • Pick up service.
  • Entrance fees of the historical sites (Dolmabahce Palace ticket and Kucuksu Palace garden ticket).
  • 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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