Half day morning tour with a small group (semi-private tour) operated in winter times to make a Bosphorus Boat Tour and visit Dolmabahce Palace together in a half day time period. The tour enables you to save your time with private land transport including hotel pick up and drop off service. The boat having both open and covered areas is safe and operated by one one the major public companies. The tour is guided in English giving you detailed information about the Palace itself, Ottoman Empire and Bosphorus.
Trip Profile : The Excursion includes hotel pick up&drop off service (Old City and Taksim hotels), professional tour guidance, enterance fee to Dolmabahce Palace and public boat fee.
Code : BPIST34
Tour Name: Bosphorus on Boat & Dolmabahce Palace Tour
Duration : Half Day in the morning
Itinerary : Pick up from your hotel (**Old City and Taksim hotels) in the morning about 08.30 am. We will drive first to Dolmabahçe Palace which was home to six sultans from 1856, when it was first inhabited, up to 1922. The Palace is one of the major highlights of Istanbul and one of the most visited places with a great location along the shores of Bosphorus. The costruction of the palace costed five million ottoman mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tonnes of gold. Turkey's largest monoblock palace, 45000 square meters, which stands on an area of 110000 square meters. The design contains Eclectic elements from Baroque, Rokoko and Neoclassical styles. The Museum-Palace has golden gilded ceilings, crystal staircases and the largest Bohemian and Baccarat Crystal Chandelier collection in the world. Your tour guide will inform you while you are walking through the ornate building.
After visiting the magnificient palace, we will walk ( less than 10 minutes) to the port where we will meet the boat. The Bosphorus boat tour starts at 10:45 and takes about 1hr 15 minutes. The boat is safe and operated by one one major public companies having both open and covered areas. There is also coffee and WC facilities on board. Bosphorus is a 33 km long strait being a natural border between Asia and Europe. The narrowest part is only 660 meters.The boat will go up to the narrowest part where Rumeli and Anatolian Fortress' are. During the cruise, you will see the most impressive sights along the shores of the Bosphorus including Ciragan Palace, Maiden´s Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses and million dollars sea-side mansions. At the end of the tour we will drop you off to your hotels. The tour ends around 12:30.
** Please note that there will be an extra charge for pick up service from other locations which will be informed you separetely when we get your hotel details. The extra pick up service cost payable to the driver in cash change please.
Price : 45 Euros per person for cash payments. 8% tax will be added for credit cards payments.
The tour is not operated on Modays and Thursdays as Dolmabahce Palace is closed. The tour is operated through November to March. The tour departs with minumum 4 people. Please check for the available departure dates in accordance with your travel dates.