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Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace Tour

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Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Starting Time:   @ 08:30 pm
Finishing Time: @ 17:00 pm
Tour Days:   Everyday

 

You will be collected you right from your hotel in Istanbul.
Please not that hotel pick up service is available from European side Istanbul and city-center hotels.
Our professional tourist guide will give you general information about places to visit and then start your wonderful day trip.
Moving from the meeting point, we are seeing the old city walls remaining from Byzantine as we drive by the sea and passing through the historical Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn. We are visiting Dolmabahce Palace, our first stop. Dolmabahçe Palace was ordered by the Empire’s 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856. After visiting Dolmabahce Palace continu to Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque. The construction was originally backed by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan.  After she died, Sultan Abdülmecid, her son, continued to support the construction of the mosque. After spending sometime at the Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan mosque, we drive to restaurant.
We will have lunch at our local restaurnt.
After the lunch, we continue our day tour by boat cruise on the Bosphorus. Drive to Bosphorus Strait harbor. Embark to the sightseeing boat cruise and sail on the amazing Bosphorus in Istanbul between Eurepean & Asian Continets shores. Our boat goes up to second Bosphorus bridge and while you are on the boat cruise passing the waterfront palaces of Sultans, their Pasha’s villas and historical structures. You will have the unique and magnificent view of Istanbul from the Bosphorus. Drung the afternoon Bosphorus Cruise tour, our professional and experienced guide will give you information all the palaces and historical structures you have seen. The only thing you need to do is to sit back and enjoy with the amazing ambiance. You will be able to see from the boat cruise Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridges, Ortakoy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, old villas and more.
Boat cruise will end at the same Bosphorus pier where we started, disembark from the boat. We will continue drive to Golden Horn and Pierre Loti Hill.  Prierre Loti Hill has lovey view of Golden Horn and we will have free time to watch from the highest point of Europe side of Istanbul.
We will take Cable Car combination down. Arrival to down by cable car will be our last stop. We continue drive back and transfer you back to your hotel.

Places to See

  • Istanbul Old City Walls
  • Dolmabahce Palace Museum
  • Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque
  • Bosphorus Boat Cruise Sightseeing
  • Rumeli Frotress (from the Sea)
  • Beylerbeyi Palace (from the Sea)
  • Pierre Loti Hill & Cable Car
  • Bosphorus Bridges (from the Sea)
  • Leander’s Tower (from the Sea)
  • Ciragan Palace (from the Sea)
  • Golden Horn(from the Bus)
  • Villas & Historical Structures (from the Sea)

Brief Information About The Sights:

Byzantine City Walls : The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople (today Istanbul in Turkey) since its founding as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great. The first breach of the walls was by the Fouth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Dolmabahce Palace Museum : Dolmabahçe Palace was ordered by the Empire’s 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856. Previously, the Sultan and his family had lived at the Topkapı Palace, but as the medieval Topkapı was lacking in contemporary style, luxury, and comfort, as compared to the palaces of the European monarchs, Abdulmecid decided to build a new modern palace near the site of the former Besiktas Palace, which was demolished.

Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque: The construction was originally backed by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan. After she died, Sultan Abdülmecid, her son, continued to support the construction of the mosque. Upon completion in 1851, it was opened for prayer.

Bosphorus Cruise Sightseeing: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.

Golden Horn : One of the best natural harbours in the world, it was once the centre for the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests. As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrence from the Bosphorus.

The Rumeli Fortress (From The Sea): Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453,but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.

The Leander’s Tower (from the Sea): This is a small and attractive tower built on an islet at the entrance to the Bosphorus. It is one of the symbols of İstanbul. Used in the past as a watchtower and a lighthouse, it has been preserved in its 19th Century appearance.

Bosphorus Bridge (from the Sea): It also called the First Bosphorus Bridge (Turkish: Bogazici Koprusu or 1. Bogazici Koprusu) is a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey spanning the Bosphorus strait (Turkish: Bogaziçi). The bridge is located between Ortaköy (European side) and Beylerbeyi (Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck is hanging on zigzag steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. It was the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world when completed in 1973, and the longest outside the United States of America.

Golden Horn (from the bus) : The arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Ä°stanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, 21 kms. long City Walls(from the bus), the strongest fortification of the middle age.

Pierre Lotti Hill & Cable Car : It was named after the famous French writer, you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city after you take a cable car drive for the hill.

  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off (from central Hotels)
  • All Transportations in the tour
  • Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise
  • Professional Guide
  • Entrance Fees to the Historical Sights
  • Lunch
  • Cable Car
  • Parking Fees
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the Lunch
  • Optional Istanbul Dinner & Show Cruise
  • Hotel pick up is available from central towns and hotels.
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking.
  • Child Discount: 3-7 years %30 discount / 0-2 years Free
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday, replaced with Chora Museum (St. Savior in Chora).
  • You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time.
+ Includes
  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off (from central Hotels)
  • All Transportations in the tour
  • Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise
  • Professional Guide
  • Entrance Fees to the Historical Sights
  • Lunch
  • Cable Car
  • Parking Fees
  • Local Taxes
+ Excludes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the Lunch
  • Optional Istanbul Dinner & Show Cruise
+ Impostant Notes
  • Hotel pick up is available from central towns and hotels.
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking.
  • Child Discount: 3-7 years %30 discount / 0-2 years Free
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday, replaced with Chora Museum (St. Savior in Chora).
  • You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time.
Specification
Outdoor Seating Smoking Area Waiter Service Dance Floor Rooftop Belly Dancing Show Cultural Folk Dance Air-Conditioned Sommelier Open Air Venue Unlimited Local Alcohol Unlimited Soft Drinks Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off All Inclusive
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