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Istanbul: Bosphorus by Boat, Cable Car & Dolmabahce Palace

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Explore Istanbul in three fascinating ways with a boat trip on the Bosphorus, a ride on a cable car and a visit to Dolmabahce Palace on this full-day tour with lunch.
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Duration 8 hours
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Free pick-up from hotels in Sultan Ahmet, Taksim, Sisli, Laleli, Beyazi or Sirkeci.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Istanbul on a cruise along the Bosphorus
  • Take a cable car to Pierre Loti Hill for a magnificent view
  • Visit the last residence of the Ottoman sultans - the Dolmabahce Palace
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One of the best ways to get a feel for Istanbul is to take a cruise on the legendary Bosphorus for a breathtaking cruise between the two continents. From your cruise boat, view the dramatic sights lining the wooded shores of the Bosphorus, including mosques, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, the massive Rumelihisar Fortress, the 19th-century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

The Rumeli Fortress can only be viewed from the sea, and there will be no interior visit. İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453, but it managed to defend itself with the help of its Roman city walls. The Leander's Tower is a small and attractive tower built on an islet at the entrance of the Bosphorus. As one of the symbols of İstanbul, it was used in the past as a watchtower and a lighthouse and has been preserved in its 19th-century appearance. Pierre Loti Hill was named after the Famous French writer. Enjoy magnificent scenery of the Golden Horn Bay and the city.

The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. Drive by bus to the Golden Horn. The Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of İstanbul as a secure harbor. About 8 kilometers long, the widest part is located at the entrance from the Bosphorus. Dolmabahçe Palace was ordered by the empire's 31st sultan, Abdülmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856. It was the last residence for Ottoman sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. It is famous for its great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Enjoy a panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the best point of view from Camlica Hills. Have some free time for shopping at Bedesten.
  • Guiding
  • Transportation
  • Museum entry tickets
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch

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Important information
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• Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and will be replaced by the Chora Church
• Guaranteed departure everyday
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Product ID: 65819