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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    - Complimentary hotel pick up and drop of from centrally located Istanbul hotels.
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Local guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Lunch - 3-course lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays, we will replace this visit with St. Chora Church museum visit instead of Dolmabahçe Palace visit on Mondays
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed August 4, 2019 via mobile

    Amazing! Our guide Changez was great and informative !We did the Bosphorus cruise/ spice bazaar/ and Dolmabahçe palace. Highly recommended! Will be telling my friends in Boston.

    1  Thank docnafa
    Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

    Booked this after looking at the reviews. Our Guide Diana was lovely and moved the tour on at the right pace as we like to move relatively quickly. Spice market interesting the golden horn and palace also nice albeit think we were too long at...More

    1  Thank cautiousoptimist123
    Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

    We booked them wanting to do the Bosphorus cruise and we got so much more! Kazim helped us organize the day to be exactly what we wanted, the pick up and driver/car were great too. And then I have to talk about Meltem; she is...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Jessyca P
    Reviewed May 8, 2019

    I really wanted to visit the Dolmabahce Palace, but it was closed on Monday. I wish this had been clear in the description of the tour. There was only one other couple with us and they had the same complaint. We would have booked for...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Stephanie Miche... L
    Reviewed August 24, 2018

    This tour was great fun. It made for an interesting and exciting day. Starting with the drive up the Golden Horn, and then the Spice Market, and then the Bosphorus cruise, with the wonderfully informative explanations of what we were seeing. And then we had...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank KO2010
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    September 8, 2019|
    Response from sgreen37 |
    I don’t know, but you can request a pick up and drop off and they will confirm. My hotel was a small hotel in the Sultanahamid area so I would guess that your hotel, being a Raddison would be a pick up location.
    August 24, 2019|
    Response from sgreen37 |
    WE boarded the boat about 11 am But I don’t know the name of the boat.
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