Meal : Lunch
Our staff will come and pick you up from your hotel then drive to meeting point to meet with other tour participants and tour guide. First we will drive along the sea side road, pass through theGolden Horn Bridge of Istanbul and you will have panoramic view of Golden Horn and Bosphorsu. When we pass the Golden Horn Bridge we drive allong the Bosphorus and stop at Dolmabahce Palace which was one of the best modern palace of Ottoman, visit interior of the Dolmabahce Palace then drive to Yıldız Royal Garden where will see the beatiful color of the nature. After spending sometime in Yıldız Royal Garden we drive to restaurant. We will have lunch in a local restaurant the continue the tour of Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise. First we will drive to Eyup where we will take the cabe car upto Pierre Lotti Hill. We will have break here to take picture then drive to boat. Embark to boat and we will sail between Asia and Europe. While we are sailing, we will see the Ottoman Villas and mansions, Rumeli Fortress. At the end of the tour drive back to hotel and you will be droped off at you hotel aroun 17:30.
Brief Info about the sites
Dolmabahce Palace : The Dolmabahce Palace, a blend of various European architectural styles, was built between 1843-1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid. The tree-stooried palace built on a symmetrical plan has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The Palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture, and the silk carpets and curtains. It surpasses all other palaces in the world in wealth and magnificence.
Yildiz Royal Garden : Here it’s a nice oxygen break from the noise and rat-race of the city. Take a walk in the imperial gardens ornamented with some kiosks and beautiful vegatation in the middle of Istanbul. Witness of the beauty of Yıldız Royal Garden as reminder of the farmdable Ottoman Empire.
Golden Horn (from the bus) : The arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, 21 kms. long City Walls(from the bus), the strongest fortification of the middle age.
Pierre Lotti Hill : It was named after the famous French writer, you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city after you take a cable car drive for the hill.
Bosphorus Cruise by Boat : 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.
- Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Cruise Port
- Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
- Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
- All entrance fees to the archaeological sites
- Museums, parking and road tolls
- Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
- Local taxes
- Tips to driver and Guide
- Personal Expense
- Drinks at Lunch
You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday,