Bosphorus Jewels

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Note: The Bosphorus Strait cruise generally starts its route from Ortakoy (April through November), but may originate near Dolmabahce Palace or from the Spice Market in Eminonu. Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays.

Included sites: Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy, and Bosphorus Strait cruise
Duration: 4 Hours

Our tour begins at the dramatic waterfront Dolmabahce Palace, seat of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 – 1922. One of the most ornately-decorated palaces in the world, it has a mixed aesthetic, with Rococo, Baroque and neo-classical influences.  It is also where the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died in November 1938. Afterwards, we take a short drive to the picturesque seafront quarter of Ortakoy, a spot favored by locals and tourists alike.  This charming district is filled with historical buildings, craft vendors, restaurants, and cafes, winding around the iconic Ortakoy Mosque.   After wandering the lively streets, we board the public ferry and begin our Bosphorus Strait cruise.

The Bosphorus is a narrow waterway that marks the border between the European and Asian continents, connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is a busy hub of ships, and, as we move amongst them, we'll pass Dolmabahce Palace once again; we will also see the charming late-Ottoman Beylerbeyi Palace and the Bosphorus Bridge.

You’ll glide past the iconic Ottoman-era wooden mansions (yali) from the 19th and 20th centuries, sitting comfortably alongside multi-million dollar contemporary homes.

This private tour includes:

  • Licensed, professional, English-speaking guide
  • Private transfer in a comfortable, air-conditioned, non-smoking van
  • Entrance fees to all museums and sites
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or port (as needed)


  • Tips and gratuities to guide and driver