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Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See all the sights of Istanbul on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between flexible Classic and Premium tickets. Save money with a family ticket and take the kids to child-friendly sites such as the Dolphinarium or the Miniatürk model village, where Turkey’s most important monuments are recreated in miniature. You will have access to 2 routes. Buses come regularly and frequently on both routes. Informative recorded commentary is available in 8 different languages, including English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary earphones are provided. Jump off at any of the stops on the Red Route and see architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia to see the Beylerbeyi Palace and watch all the activity of the Bosphorus Straits. Marvel at the old city wall of Constantinople and the Roman Aqueduct on the Golden Horn/Blue Route, which also includes the iconic Blue Mosque. The City Tour (Red) Route: • Sultanahmet Square • Galata Bridge • Tophane • Port • Dolmabahçe • Naval Museum • Beylerbeyi Palace • Akaretler / W Hotel • Taksim Square • Egyptian Spice Bazaar Golden Horn/Blue Route: • Sultanahmet Square • Galata Bridge • Patriarchate • Cable Car • Dolphinarium • Miniatürk • Transport Museum / Rahmi Koç Museum • Egyptian Spice Bazaar

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Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

2. Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

From the central meeting point in Sultanahmet, you will be transferred to the boat dock to embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus Strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. The cruise will afford you the unique opportunity to view both sides of the city. During this cruise, your guide will provide commentary and answer questions as you admire sights like Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace and Rumeli Fortress as well as the ancient wooden villas, bridges and maritime landscapes. After the Bosphorus cruise, transfer to the original meeting point.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

3. Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop-on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople, the Chora Church and the Castle of Seven Towers await. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman Empire and as the head of the Ottoman Empire.  Then, board the boat and cruise around the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Asia: Full-Day Tour

4. Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Asia: Full-Day Tour

Begin the tour with a stroll around the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and take in the magical scents of spices, fruits, and flowers. Continue with the Bosphorus Cruise and pass through the waterway separating the European and Asian continents. Marvel at the marble palaces and the ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture alongside modern luxury apartments and houses. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the last residency of the great Ottoman sultans. Peek into some of its 365 rooms and 22 saloons, famous for its great collection of European antiquities, furniture, and the 4.5 ton chandelier. Step from one continent into another within 2 minutes as you pass along the Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia. Then head up onto the Camlica Hill and take in the panoramic view over Istanbul and Bosphorus, before returning to your Cruise Ship.

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Istanbul: Romantic Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

5. Istanbul: Romantic Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

You’ll be picked up at your Istanbul hotel at around 19:15-20:00 and transferred to the pier for your luxurious 4-hour Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. Enjoy delicious gourmet food while you take in panoramic views of the Bosphorus, which separates the continents of Europe and Asia. Cruise the Bosphorus and see historical sites such as Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Ortakoy area, Rumeli Fortress, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, the Maiden's Tower and more as you wine and dine the night away. No other Istanbul experience can match the romantic ambiance of this dinner cruise. Fresh food combines with unparalleled views of Istanbul and live entertainment for an evening to remember. After dinner you can enjoy entertaining music provided by the professional DJ, as well as traditional shows, or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the views along the Bosphorus. Dinner Menu • Welcome cocktail • Mixed appetizers • Mixed chips • Green olives • Sliced carrots and cucumbers in lemon sauce Cold Mezes • White cheese • Yellow cheese • Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers • Fried eggplant with special sauce in olive oil • Olive oil with stuffed vine leaves • Borlotti beans in olive oil • Curry sauced potato salad • Cooked mashed chickpeas blended with sesame oil, lemon, and spices • Spread made of yogurt seasoned with garlic and cheese • Soy sauced mushroom salad • Salami Hot Starters • Savory pastry with white cheese Main Courses • Special meatballs with sauce and rice with garnishes • Grilled chicken with special sauce and rice • Grilled sea bass • Grilled sea bream with garnishes Fresh Seasonal Salad Desserts • Baklava honey pastry filled with pistachio nuts • Small Turkish cake with syrup • Fresh seasonal fruits

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Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

6. Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of the Ottoman palaces and Byzantine neighborhoods of Istanbul, including a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait between Asia and Europe. Transfer from your hotel to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), a bustling marketplace constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex. Rents from the shops went towards the upkeep of the mosque and its charitable activities. Next, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, looking at Asia on one side and Europe on the other. Marvel at the marble palaces, wooden villas and luxury apartments that line the waterway. Pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and see Beylerbeyi Palace, built by Sultan Abdulmecid on the site of a wooden mansion. Admire its blend of eastern, Turkish, and western motifs. Step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in just 2 minutes, and go to Camlica Hill for panoramic views of the city and its famous body of water.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents and Bosphorus Cruise

7. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents and Bosphorus Cruise

Experience the best of Istanbul's architecture, culture, and food on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in the city center, meet your guide and the rest of your group and make your way to the first stop of the day, the Old City Walls. Here, admire the remains of the defensive walls that protected the former city of Constantinople. Next, head to the Golden Horn, where you can admire panoramic views of the city and pick up a bite to eat for lunch. After a visit to the Spice Bazaar, where you can pick up some Turkish delights and spices to bring home to your friends, head to the pier where you will embark on a cruise around the Bosphorus. Take in unique views of sights such as the Bosphorus Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Camlica Hill. After your cruise, get dropped off back at your hotel.

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Bosphorus, Spice Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Camlica

8. Bosphorus, Spice Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Camlica

Your 6-hour tour begins in the morning with a short drive from your hotel to the Spice Market, an Egyptian-style bazaar heaped with sweets and spices. One of the world’s largest spice bazaars, it has been in operation since 1665. Following this, you’ll visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Take a cruise on a Bosphorus ferry, the legendary strait that separates Europe from Asia. Enjoy the views on both sides of Istanbul from the water. After a break for lunch (included in the tour price) you’ll continue on to the Beylerbeyi Palace via the Bosporus Bridge. The last stop on the tour will be Camlica Hill, where you’ll be able to take in the amazing views. At the end of the program you’ll be transferred back to your Istanbul hotel.

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Istanbul: Food and Sightseeing Tour

9. Istanbul: Food and Sightseeing Tour

The tour will start with a visit to Ortaköy Mosque where you can get some great views of the Bosporus Straight. Enjoy a tasting of local filo pastry delicacies (börek) as well. Travel a little further to the Rumeli fortresses. Then, cross the Bosphorus Bridge from the European to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit a 19th-century Ottoman summer house, which is nestled to the side of the Bosphorus and listen to stories of royal life from your guide. Drive a little further to Kadıköy Food Market and sample some local street food. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch, which your guide can order for you. Then, drive to the Çamlıca Hill and enjoy the breathtaking views of Instanbul before you visit the Çamlıca Mosque, an incredible building with a capacity of sixty thousand. To finish the tour, cross back from the Asian side to the European side of Istanbul by ferry.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

10. Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century A.D. and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. Enjoy your lunch at a rooftop restaurant with Bosphorus views. Begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Çamlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here, a short drive will take you to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultan's guests at the palace included the Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia.

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What people are saying about Beylerbeyi Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 628 reviews

It was a amazing experience. The boat goes around Sultanahmet and golden horn It was slow and close to thinks I wanted to see. Thank you very much

Despite the rain, I still liked it very much. It was a different nice experience. I recommend to everyone when in Istanbul.

I had a perfect memories. I am so glad to be in this tour. I am sure, i will be back to Istanbul again.

хорошие автобусы, все понятно, остановки находишь быстро, но ожидание автобуса 1 час слишком долго

Amazing experience. It worked wonderfully. Thanks GYG