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Istanbul: True Discovery Full-Day Tour and Cruise

Istanbul: True Discovery Full-Day Tour and Cruise

Activity provider: VELENA TRAVEL

From US$ 84.52 per person

Go beyond Istanbul’s top attractions and discover more of the city on this multi-faceted full-day Istanbul bus and boat sightseeing tour. The full-day tour and cruise of Istanbul includes an exploration of Dolmabahce Palace and the Bosphorus.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick-up from your Istanbul accommodation, generally between 8:30 am and 8:45 am


  • Discover the magnificence of Dolmabahçe Palace on a walking tour
  • Admire incredible panoramic city views from Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe
  • Visit Pierre Loti Hill and enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car
  • Take a sightseeing cruise with guide
  • Enjoy a lunch of grilled chicken and traditional meze
  • Swim in the Black Sea at Anadolu Kavagi
Full description
Visit Dolmabahçe Palace, the richest palace of the entire Ottoman period, in the peaceful morning period before tour groups arrive. See the Bosphorus Bridge, one of the world's largest suspension bridges, linking Europe and Asia. This bridge overshadows Istanbul's traditional architecture. Next we climb a Bosphorus side hill by bus for a magnificent view that embraces the Bosphorus and old Istanbul. Pierre Loti Hill was named after the French novelist and naval officer Pierre Loti who visited Istanbul several times and stayed many years. Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car all the way down the hill. We will also see Constantinople's great city walls, which were breached only twice in 1600 years; the first occurred in 1204 during the fourth Crusade. There will be time for some shopping before we head to our boat and the Black Sea. Lunch onboard will be an open buffet of seasonal salads, delicious hors d'oeuvre, chicken Shish Kebap, rice and fruit. During low season we serve lunch on the calm water of Golden Hom before heading up to the Black Sea. From the water we will see the legendary Rumeli fortress as well as where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. We will stopover in Anadolu Kavagi, at the northern tip of the Bosphorus and the intersection of the Marmara and Black seas.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off services from centrally located hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Buffet lunch served on the boat
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Cable car ticket
  • Fully guided tour with an experienced and licensed English-speaking guide.
  • Tours in other languages are available upon request.
  • Tip (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday. On these days we will instead visit Chora Museum (Church).

Product ID: 162755