TOUR 8: Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Cruises

From marble palaces to ancient villas, trace the remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, to modern day architecture on this full day tour. You'll drive along the Golden Horn, visit an ancient spice bazaar, travel by boat along the mythological Bosporus, visit the Dolmabahce Palace and step between Asia and Europe on the Bosporus Bridge.

Dolmabahce Palace

The large, lavishly furnished building is the last official post and residence of Ottoman sultans; with its 365 rooms and 22 halls. Famous with its great European antiquity, furniture and 4,5 tons chandelier. The rooms are kept with their original furniture; and visitors feel like house guests of the Imperial family.

The Bosphorus Bridge

Built in 1973, the bridge connects the European and the Asian sections of Istanbul. While travelling over 60 meters above the sea level, an immaculate sight of the city's both modern and ancient sites can be seen.

Çamlica Hill

The highest point in Istanbul, with a panoramic command over the city. Provided that Istanbul chooses to show its beauties and blesses the visitors with a clear day, one can see (and picture) forever.

Bosphorus Cruise

A poet once described the Bosphorus as "God's beautiful calligraphy written by an ink made of sapphires".

This straıt, separating (and connecting) two continents that form the two faces of the city, takes its name from a mythological legend. Ever since those ancient times, it has marveled people with its beauty.

The cruise of the Bosphorus will start at Kabataş pier and while cruising along the Asian and European shores, you will be surprised to see the harmony of Ottoman and modern architecture; as well as having an opportunity to see the major highlights of the city's fairy tale-like skyline from the sea.

Along the cruise, you will pass by;

The Rumeli Fortress; Built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.

Ortaköy; A very famous area for handicrafts and nightlife.

Bebek; It was a popular wealthy residential district under the Ottoman rule, and continues to be so today.

Beşiktaş; Commercial district of the new city.

Dolmabahçe; Magnificent 19th century palace, which had been the home of the Ottoman Sultans in the last century of the Empire.

Çıragan Palace; This magnificient marble palace, built by Sultan Abdulaziz, was designed and constructed by the Balyan family between 1863 and 1867. Today, it serves as luxury suites for the five star Kempinski hotel.

Kızkulesi (Maiden's Tower); An ancient lighthouse, which has inspired many legends.

Yalı / Wooden Houses of the Wealthy: Houses constructed immediately waterside in Istanbul and usually built with an architectural concept that takes into account the characteristics of the coastal location, mostly dating from 19th century.

Beylerbeyi Palace; One of the largest, most lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman Sultans.

A short visit to the Spice Market is the surprise of the tour. In this oriental shopping area, where you experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold. (Aphrodisiacs are available too!)

After the short break in Spice Market, we will take a wonderful ride through the Golden Horn, among the walls of ancient Constantinople.


Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.

Number of Guests Prices per person
1 1,010 €
2 535 €
3 376 €
4 297 €
5 250 €
6 220 €
7 195 €
8 180 €
9 165 €
10 up 155 €


  • • Transportation by air conditioned vehicles.
  • • Fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide.
  • • Admission fees, Lunch.
  • • Private Motoryacht.

    • Drinks and all personal expenses.


    Please note that the Spice Market is closed on Sundays & Dolmabahce Palace is closed on every Monday and Thursday.


  • • Cancellation can be done a night before for half day morning and full day tours in Istanbul and 4 hours prior to afternoon tour avoid penalty, otherwise full tour rate will be charged.
  • • Children 11 and younger receive 50% discount.
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