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EXCELLENT CUSTOMIZED TOUR
There are no words to express the excellent service of the guide in the private tour that takes to know Istambul. It is the first time I used the service of this agency and was a little reaction. , but after the tour I recommend it 100%
Arnolfo V. | Panama
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Dolmabahce Palace With Cruise Ship
Very good tour, punctual and beautiful the Palace and the Cruise, highly recommended
Mariela R. | Argentina
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Excellent service
It was a formifiable experience. They complied with everything agreed. I recommend it!
Julia C. | Argentina
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Acceptable
They indicated a place where they would pick us up, which was several blocks away from the hotel and then they went to find someone 1 block from our hotel. The guide in the morning seems to have no desire to talk, after noon they changed it and it was better
Maria C. | Uruguay
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Very good experience.
Hi. The guide had studied the subject. The cruise and the food were very good. Greetings.
Karina F. | Argentina
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Excellent
The bad, they did not take us to the Black Sea or to the Pierre Loti hill, which were included in the program. They should comply with what is offered.
Johnny A. | Costa Rica
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recommendable
very good punctual
Pablo J. | Argentina
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BREACH OF THE PROGRAM
The tour that I hired included the cable car to Pierre Loti and no change was fulfilled or I was notified of any change, the guide delayed lunch 30 minutes to take us to a fur shop with parade included and the restaurant he took us to was the same as the one from the day before with an even worse menu
Juan G. | Spain
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The best choice
Excellent tour, we got to know all the parts of Istanbul that we wanted, with a very clear and complete explanation, the large and comfortable bus, the excellent cordial and friendly guide Emel made us the best choice in time and quality, recommended 100%
Diana . |
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Informative
The tour is quite good, sometimes you pass very quickly through the places for example the palace, but in general it is good, the guide speaks Spanish.
Kimberly G. |
4.3
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QUINTESSENTIAL ISTANBUL WITH BOSPHORUS CRUISE

Full Day - 8 hours
Free Cancellation

Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus and Camlica Hill

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What is included in this tour

  • Pick-up from the hotel.
  • Visit of the Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Visit of the Egyptian Bazaar
  • Sailing on a cruise through the Bosphorus.
  • Official English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fees to all the sites visited.
  • Transport by luxury A/C bus
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant.

Not included & Optionals

  • Gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Drinks.
  • Transfer back to your hotel.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Hotel pickup

The tour includes pick up and drop off from/to the majority of the hotels in city center. In step 1/3 of the booking process, we will inform you about the pick up time from your hotel or the closest pick up point.

Approximate duration

This tour lasts 8 hrs. Please note that the tour ends in the Sultanahmet area.

When to book?

We recommend booking as early as possible in order to ensure availability.

Payment Method

Reservations can be paid by credit and debit card via our website.

Cancellations

Full refund for cancellations at least 48 hours in advance. In case you want to modify the date, check that the tour is operative on the desired date.

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Once the reservation is made you will receive an email with your booking number or receipt. Printed vouchers are not essential for this tour.

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Excursion Itinerary: Quintessential Istanbul With Bosphorus Cruise

DOLMABAHCE PALACE WITH A CRUISE
DOLMABAHCE PALACE WITH A CRUISE

At the indicated time and place, we will pick you up to start a day dedicated entirely to the architectural and historical jewels of Istanbul and brought to life by the commentary of your official English-speaking guide.

Your tour begins at the the visit of the Golden Horn by bus, the Bosphorus arm and a natural port in the historic peninsula that separates the old and new parts of Istanbul, where the first colonies were established during the Byzantine Empire. This was a residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian merchants, and other non-Muslim minorities. We will travel through the footsteps of history in Balat and the Bulgarian Church of St. Stephen, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and the 22-km large Byzantine wall, the strongest fortification of the Middle Age. 

We continue our walk in the Egyptian Bazaar, or Spice Bazaar, which has been open since the middle of the 17th century and has since then fulfilled exactly the same function. Its importance comes from the times when Istanbul marked the end of the Silk Road and was a distribution center throughout Europe. Napoleon Bonaparte confirmed its importance to us, with the phrase: "If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital." After testing our skills as a bargainer in the Bazaar, enjoy the magical smells of spices, nuts, cheeses and flowers, our guide will accompany us to the port where we will embark to continue our adventure by sea. We will navigate the Bosphorus through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe from Asia, where we will be able to enjoy the great beauty of the Istanbul forests, its palaces and the yali, wooden palaces built on both banks and we will have the opportunity to photograph the Horn from our boat of the Topkapi Palace, the Galata tower, the Rumeli Fortress historical armament built by Mehmed the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. (Visit to a leather showroom if time permits)

At the end of the boat ride, we will taste a classic Turkish lunch in a typical restaurant.

With renewed energy, we will begin the visit to the Dolmabahce Palace, located on the Bosphorus coast, the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire for more than 3 decades. This incredible palace was commissioned by the thirty-first Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Abdülmecid I. It took 30 years to build and cost the modest sum of 35 tons of gold that contributed to the Empire becoming insolvent years later. It was inhabited by 6 sultans until the abolition of the caliphate in 1924, including Ataturk, considered the founder and father of the republic. The majestic palace will delight us with its Barrócos, Rococó, and Neo-Classic touches distributed in its more than 45,000 square meters, 285 rooms and 6 Turkish baths.
After our visit to the Palace, we will cross from Europe to Asia to enjoy the views offered by the Camlica hill, which dominates and offers us an unparalleled panoramic view of the Bosphorus and part of Europe. We will have free time to observe the landscape or simply stroll through its beautiful parks.
After the visit to the hill, we will comfortably continue on our bus to the Sultanahmed area where our tour will end. Before, our guide will answer our questions and explain in detail the various elements that will surprise us, such as the city walls that began to be built in the 4th century by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius and that extend for almost 7 kilometers.

 

Greca Tip: The tour finishes in Sultanahmet, the neuralgic area of the city. Take this opportunity to try some of the local foods, such as Kofte (meatballs made with lamb or beef), Pide (Turkish pizza), Sis Kebab (skewers of cooked meat) and lokum (Turkish delight) or baklava for a sweet aftertaste.

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