(Prices are per person and in USD)
Note: The Bosphorus Strait cruise starts from Ortakoy (April through November) and may originate near Dolmabahce Palace or the Spice Market. Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday.
Visits include: Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy, and Bosphorus Strait Cruise.
Duration: 4 Hours
Our Service Includes: Private tour with a professional guide and a chauffeur driven air-conditioned, non-smoking van. Entrance fees to museums and sites, pick-up & drop-off from the port or your hotel, as needed.
Our tour begins at Dolmabahce Palace. Residence of the last six Ottoman Sultans, this palace was built in the 19th century and is one of the largest and most ornately-decorated palaces in the world. From the royal grounds, 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 a delicate mosque on the water's edge.After wandering the lively streets, we board the public ferry and start our Bosphorus Strait cruise.
The Bosphorus is a narrow waterway that marks the border between Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is a busy hub of ships, and as we move among them, we'll pass back along Dolmabahce, followed by the late-Ottoman Beylerbeyi Palace. Gliding by Istanbul's famous wooden mansions, or yali, we'll pass many villas of the 19th and 20th centuries, the styles of different eras and centuries mingling. In Istanbul, the historic and contemporary thrive side-by-side.