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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
  • Full-day sightseeing experience featuring a Golden Horn and Bosphorus cruise and three other top attractions
  • Enjoy magnificent views on a relaxing cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait
  • Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of the Spice Bazaar
  • Explore the ostentatious Dolmabahçe Palace on a guided tour
  • Admire Rüstem Pasha Mosque and take in sweeping city views from Camlica Hill
  • Relax over a 3-course lunch at a traditional Bosphorus-side restaurant
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
English speaking licenced & professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Bosphorus Cruise
Dolmabahce Palace entrance fee
Roundtrip boat transfer between European& Asian Side
Personal expenses
Beverages in lunch

Departure Point

Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
After meeting your guide for a pickup from your central hotel in Istanbul, climb aboard your luxury coach and head to the Spice Bazaar. Along the way, hear alluring stories of Istanbul.

Arrive and wander this myriad of shops and stalls seeing a variety of fruits, nuts, vibrant spices, and enjoying captivating aromas. Try some treats and snacks and then walk with your expert guide to the small Rüstem Pasha Mosque to admire its walls covered in beautiful blue Iznik tiles.

From here, head to your boat for a sightseeing cruise at the inlet to the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn, which splits European Istanbul apart. Get your camera ready to snap selfies as your boat traverses past Istanbul’s top attractions. See the vast Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Dolmabahçe. Then, gaze over towards the Asian coastline and relish views of mosques and elegant mansions.

In the afternoon, hop off your boat in Asia on the Bosphorus coastline for a delicious 3-course lunch at a scenic restaurant. Drinks are also available (own expense). See the sample menu for details.

Next, climb by coach to Istanbul’s peak, Camlica Hill, and savor a stunning panoramic vantage point that captures the elegance of Istanbul. Continue back across the Bosphorus Bridge for a guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace. Learn about the Ottoman sultans that once lived here. Then, glimpse into a world of opulence and luxury as you saunter by chambers, the Crystal Staircase and revel at the gaudy array of the sultan’s wealth in Medhal Hall. 

Leave the palace and head back to your hotel by coach where your tour ends.

Note: Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and is replaced with a visit to St. Chora Church museum.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Halic
We drive on the southern shores of Golden Horn that makes this tour unique. Churches, mosques, Byzantine city walls, mousoleums to see enroute.
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
This Bazaar is a historical place to visit that is still use for purchasing spices, turkish coffee, herbs etc.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Strait is the hoghlight of Istanbul. We spent 90 minutes on the boat but we see the Bosphorus most of the time during the tour
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yeni Valide Mosque Complex
Yeni Valide Mosque is an 18th century Ottoman mosque
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mihrimah Sultan Camii
This mosque is another masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, dedicated to the daughter of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace is a 19th century palace that was constracted by sultan Abdulmecit. The architect is Balyan and it was styled in Baroc and Rokoko. Wonderfull paintings, handmade carpets, furniture. Your guide explains the history, legends, architecture..
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Semsi Pasa Mosque Complex
This 16th century mosque is designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Semsi Pasha
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Monday, it will be replaced with Galata Tower and its neighbourhood
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Walks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The Spice Bazaar is minute in comparison to the Grand Bazaar and unlike the Grand Bazaar, worth the visit." See review
  • "Highly recommended as a great way to get a flavour of this eclectic city." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Going thru the market and...
Andrew_M
, Jan 2022
Going thru the market and having some items explained to us. Also the ferry ride over to the AsiN side of Turkey. The views are great and the company of the your guide who is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Turkey.
star-5
Fantastic tour with a great tour guide.
uahmed180
, Jan 2022
Our guide Lutfullah made us feel very welcome from the start of the tour. We were lucky to have a private tour as no one else came that day. Lutfullah was knowledgeable and witty and answered all the questions we threw at him. Our favorite part was visiting Dolmabahçe palace and getting a guided tour inside the palace walls. Also, lunch was provided and it was really good. Overall we were satisfied with the tour, the only thing I would recommend is for everyone to check the weather if it is raining as umbrellas are not provided.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you again..
star-1
Brutal
Lance_R
, Dec 2021
Tour provider cancelled around 530 PM day before, leaving me no opportunity to book another outing. Had I done that, I would not have received a refund. But they do it and everything is fine. Difficult to recommend this to anyone else
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Lance, The tour has been cancelled due to pandemic restriction at the last minute. The total amount has been refunded to your account. Regards
star-5
A good tour
Alexandra_R
, Nov 2021
The tour is amazing we loved it going from Europe to Asia just crossing the Bosphorus it’s very exciting 😊😊. The only thing we dislike was our tour guide he wasn’t kind enough always in a rush, telling us hurry it’s no enough time for pictures etc.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Alexandra, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time here. Regards
star-5
A great day spent in Istanbul!
Anila_K
, Nov 2021
Tour guide was very nice and informative. I enjoyed The history we learned with each place we visited.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Anila. Hope to see you again. Sincerely
star-5
My favorite day in Istanbul!
Kevin_K
, Nov 2021
We started the tour at a small cafe overlooking the entire city! We had some coffee while our amazing tour guide Lutfi gave us a bit of the history of the city. The tour also passed through the spice bazaar where we were able to try different teas and Turkish delights. We were given some free time to roam around and then our tour guide met us for the next portion. He was very knowledgeable on teas and foods and would encourage us to try new things. My other favorite part of the tour was the Dolmabahce Palace. We were able to walk through with Lutfi giving us info throughout the palace and also sharing historical facts about the palace and the people who lived there. I also appreciate that even when we were stuck in traffic for a bit, our tour guide gave us info on surrounding neighborhoods, gave us recommendations, and also gave insight on the beautiful culture of Turkey. Lutfi was very kind and also knew when to sprinkle in some humor. He is very knowledgeable and is so excited to share this city with everyone. I highly recommend our friend Lutfi! I cant wait to keep in touch with the new friends made on this tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Kevin, Thank you so much for such a long beautiful review. It means a lot for us. Sincerely
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour of Istanbul with great guide.
Jose_M
, Nov 2021
This tour has been the highlight of our trip to Istanbul, I can't recommend it enough! Our guide Lüftfullah was waiting for us at the hotel lobby on time and promptly took us to Pierre Loti Hill for some amazing views of the city. He was very informative with many stories and anecdotes about the history of Istanbul. For luch we went to a great restaurant in Uskudar. After lunch we ended the tour at Dolmabache palace, a true wonder. Our guide Lüftfullah was amazing and made the touran incredible experience we won't forget.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Jose, Thank you for your beautiful words. We hope to see you if you come to Istanbul again. Sincerely
star-2
Double check before Booking
Wilson_W
, Oct 2021
Seriously think twice before booking. Double check with the tour operator if its a public or a private boat. seriously if you were to do the trip yourselves it wouldn't cost 2/5th of the price we are paying. Dolmabahce Entrance fee + public ferry + lunch + transportation = ?? just do the math and see. Our guide was very informative which i have to admit.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Wilson, Thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear that you thought the Bosphorus cruise is with private boat, which is technically impossible in a regular tour. We are performing our regular tours with small groups, and our main purpose has always been your satisfaction, and giving the best service of the city with the best guides. We are glad to hear from you and your guide that you enjoyed the tour. Best regards
star-5
Great way to see sites in Istanbul and understand the culture.
Nancy_H
, Oct 2021
Fascinating day. So enjoyed the spice market and Dolmabahce Palace. The cruise was interesting despite rainy weather. Our guide, Emir was delightful and so knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Nancy, Thank you for your review. Hope to see you again. Regards
star-5
Excellent
Estela_R
, Oct 2021
Oguzhan is excellent tour guide,we’re lucky to have him . He’s very knowledgeable ,patient , jolly and helpful.At the end of the tour feeling like we’re longtime friend. I strongly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for this review. See you again. Sincerely

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