Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace TourBosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour
 

After breakfast at the hotel we pick you up from your hotel by our coach and professional guide. We drive to Eminonu district. Our first stop is Spice Market , dates back to 1664 and is the second-oldest covered shopping area in Istanbul. The Spice Bazaar is not only a great place to buy spices, but it's also where you can pick up dried fruits and nuts, tea, candy and caviar.

  • Rate is per person in U$ Dollars

Includes:

  • Prices are based on Regular / Seat-In-Coach tours on Daily Departures
  • Prices are subject to change in accordance to seat availability
  • Prices are valid till 15-March-2017
  • Children Policy is 0-3 years : FOC , 4-11 years : Adult Price
  • Veg / Indian / Chinese / Thai  Meals are available for Private Tours only with supplement cost
  • Pick up times will be informed by Operation team upon arrival
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Half Day tours end in the city without return drop to the hotel

Exclude:

  • Tipping
  • Personal Expenses
Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Day 1

After breakfast at the hotel we pick you up from your hotel by our coach and professional guide. We drive to Eminonu district. Our first stop is Spice Market , dates back to 1664 and is the second-oldest covered shopping area in Istanbul. The Spice Bazaar is not only a great place to buy spices, but it's also where you can pick up dried fruits and nuts, tea, candy and caviar. Then we walk to the port to embark our boat for a cruise of 1,5 hrs.

The cruise by regular ferry crosses the Bosphorus visiting both Europe and Asia with stops en route to take photos of the natural beauties; At the Southern side we will see ; Topkapi Palace, the mid-Bosphorus Maiden's Tower, the Selimiye Barracks (where Florence Nightingale worked), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Yildiz Park & Palace, the chic art-boutique-and-cafe scene in the village of Ortakoy, the pretty Ottoman baroque Mecidiye Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge. At the Northern side we will see ; Beylerbeyi Palace, the village of Cengelkoy, Kuleli Naval Academy, Arnavutkoy with its photogenic Ottoman mansion , Rumeli Fortress , the town of Bebek with its pretty bay, and Bosphorus University. North of the Fatih Bridge, second to be built across the Bosphorus, is Anadolu Fortress , Kucuksu Kasri (a fine little rococo palace), the Hidiv Kasri (fine Art Nouveau villa built in 1900 for the Khedive of Egypt), the pretty restaurant village of Tarabya, the town of Buyukdere (with its excellent Sadberk Hanim Museum), and Sariyer (with a fish market and several seafood restaurants on the shore).

We disembark for having our lunch at local restaurant before driving to Dolmabahce Palace.

Dolmabahce Palace was designed by Ottoman Armenian architects Karabet and Nikogos Balian for Sultan Abdulmecit in 1856. It's the grandest of Ottoman imperial palaces with 285 rooms, 43 large salons, a 4000 kg Bohemian glass chandelier, and a Bosporus-shore façade nearly a quarter mile long. 4.500 square meters area covered by the carpets. It is said that 40 tons of silver and 14 tons of gold were used for the decoration of the palace.

Dolmabahce Palace has a great meaning for Turkish people since the supreme leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had used the palace as a residence and spent the most serious period of his illness and passed away in this palace on 10th of November 1938 at 9:05 AM, all the clocks in the palace are stopped at this time. In the afternoon, tour ends and we drive back to your hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel we pick you up from your hotel by our coach and professional guide. We drive to Eminonu district. Our first stop is Spice Market , dates back to 1664 and is the second-oldest covered shopping area in Istanbul. The Spice Bazaar is not only a great place to buy spices, ...more