1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour and Two Continents with Lunch

Product ID: 128538
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Enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise on the Bosphorus. Take a drive along the Bosphorus Bridge and see Camlica Hill. Enjoy lunch on top of the hill and then visit the great Dolmabahce Palace
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English

Pick-up service

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the great Dolmabahce Palace
  • Take a 1.5 hour cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Drive along Bosphorus Bridge
  • Enjoy lunch at the top of Camlıca hill with wonderful Bosphorus view
Full description
Depart your hotel at 8:30AM and visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market). Built between 1597 and 1664, it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. There you will find mystical smells of different aromas of various spices, shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and more. Afterwards, visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Mimar Sinan built this mosque in 1560 for Rüstem Pasha, the son-in-law and the grand vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent. Its particular beauty lies in the Iznik tiles covering it, both inside and outside.

After the mosque, take a 1.5 hour cruise on the Bosphorus. This natural 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. This romantic cruise will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

Take a drive on the Bosphorus Bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing from Europe to Asia. At 1704 meters (approximately 1-mile) long and was the 4th longest in the world when completed. This is a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2-minutes. Afterwards, have lunch at the top of Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul and enjoy a beautiful view over the city. Arrive at Great Dolmabahce Palace, the first European style palace built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846. This is the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans, featuring 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Atatürk lived the final part of his life in the residential part of the palace where he also died. Afterwards enjoy a transfer back to your hotel. Please note, that Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and it is replaced with a visit to Galata Tower.
Includes
  • Museum entrance tickets
  • Local expert guide
  • Transport
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note, that Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and it is replaced with a visit to Galata Tower
Organized by

TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

Product ID: 128538