"Dolmabahce Palace, Bezm-i Alem Mosque, City Walls, Golden Horn, Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Tour on Boat, Rumeli Fortress"
Our driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the tourâ€™s starting point between 07:00 - 08:00 according to your hotelâ€™s location. You will be informed for exact time at the time of confirmation.
You will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional tour guide with this tour.
Dolmabahce Palace was ordered to be built by the Empire's 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856.. The palace has an area of 45,000 m2 (11.2 acres), and contains 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths (hamam) and 68 toilets.
The construction was originally backed by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan. After she died, Sultan Abdulmecid, her son, continued to support the construction of the mosque. Upon completion in 1851, it was opened for prayer.
The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
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 entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.
The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of various spices cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other concievable herb and spices. Shops selling spices, fruits, vegetables, flowers, turkish delights etc..
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.
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.
(FROM THE SEA - NO INTERIOR VISIT)
You will be transfered back to hotel at the end of tour.
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
Entrance Fees mentioned by the itineraries.
Professional Licenced Tour Guide.
Services Charges & Local Taxes.
Drinks at lunch
Tips and gratuities
Thank you very much for the attention and for the tour, it was unforgettable!
Our guide did a great job explaining the rich history of Istanbul. Suggested to anyone visiting this amazing city.
Owing to traffic difficulties, pickups may delay beyond our control.
FREE Pick-up & Drop-off service available only from hotels in city center.
FREE Pick-up & Drop-off available from these locations; Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Taksim, Beyoglu, Sisli, Fatih, Aksaray, Beyazit, Eminonu, Karakoy, Besiktas... or nearby..
Extra Pick up Drop off charge 40 Eur (two ways) from these locations; Ataturk Airport, Bakirkoy, Atakoy, Yesilkoy, Gunesli, Merter, Yenibosna, Levent, Maslak... or nearby..
Extra Pick up Drop off charge 70 Eur (two ways) from hotels in Asian Side; Uskudar, Kadikoy, Atasehir, Bostanci, Maltepe. or nearby..
Please Contact Us for pick up possibility and prices from the other locations.