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Istanbul: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Commentary

1. Istanbul: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Commentary

Explore the beautiful city of Istanbul at your own pace with this hop-on-hop-off bus ticket including audio commentary in 8 languages. Your ticket is valid for 1 day and will let you spend more time discovering the highlights that most interest you. Jump aboard your double decker bus and enjoy a tour designed for those who want flexibility during their sightseeing exploration of Istanbul. With additional commentary from your audioguide, you will learn interesting facts about key sights whilst savoring delicious complimentary snacks on board. During the route you can stop at locations like Sultanahmet Square, Eminönü, Karaköy, Galataport, Dolmabahçe Palace, Naval Museum, Beylerbeyi Palace, Taksim Square, Beşiktaş Bazaar, Şişhane, and Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

Istanbul: Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table

2. Istanbul: Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxurious cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, while dining from a 3-course menu of Turkish meze and local drinks. Sail past some of Istanbul's greatest monuments, while watching traditional entertainment along the way. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the yacht for the start of your journey. Get a welcome cocktail on deck as you begin to sail as far as the Black Sea. Cruise between Europe and Asia, passing under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the grand Ottoman fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle. Soak up some of Istanbul’s legendary nightlife as you pass famous nightclubs, such as Reina and Sortie. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas that line the European and Asian coasts. As you feast on a meal of typical meze dishes and mains, watch live folk dances from different regions of Turkey. Be seduced by the sensual moves of a belly dancer, and relax to international music by the on-board DJ. Back on dry land, enjoy a free shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Stopover On The Asian Side

3. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Stopover On The Asian Side

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in central Istanbul, and then go to Eminonu Pier to embark on a boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait. Explore the sights of the European side of the city for around 1 hour, passing historical monuments such as Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the fortress of Rumelihisarı, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century. Continue to the second bridge to head to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit Küçüksu Palace, built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge for the Ottoman sultans. Make your way back to the city center, following the Asian coast, and get a look at the Anatolian Fortress (Anadoluhisarı) and Turkey's oldest military school at Kuleli Military High School. Admire the elaborate Beylerbeyi Palace, built as a summer residence for the Ottoman rulers in the1860s, and see the Maiden’s Tower guarding the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait as you get ready to disembark.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

4. 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.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

5. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

Explore the Bosphorus narrows in Istanbul on a half-day guided cruise. As you ride along the European side, pass by the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, and more. Once you reach the second bridge, return along the Asian coast, with a stop at Beylerbeyi for shopping and discovery. Embark on your guided journey from the Old City in Eminonu and discover the Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait. Sail along part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe, catching sight of Istanbul's biggest architectural monuments. Admire what was once the center of the Ottoman Empire, the Dolmabahce Palace. Check out the pillars of the Ortakoy Mosque, and look up at the suspensions that support the Bosphorus Bridge. Once you reach the second bridge, turn around to take in the sights of the Asian side of the narrow. Make a stop in Beylerbeyi area and take an hour to explore on your own, go shopping, or relax. Afterward, head back to the Old City, with sights of the Maiden Tower and seaside houses along the way.

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.

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.

Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

8. 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, Tekfur Palace 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 Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

Istanbul: Romantic Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

9. 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

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Beylerbeyi Palace

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,449 reviews

The organisation is perfect! You have the feeling that you are invited on a luxary party:) I just did not like the 3 photografs who were desturbing us annoying with with their pictures with the aim to sell them later!!!!

Super super nice experience and the food was also delicious. Service top and friendly and what a show and don't forget the view is beautiful! Really worth it!!!

Very enjoyable evening. The food was excellent, the views were stunning and the belly dancer was OUTSTANDING. Highly recommended

It was fun. I enjoyed every activity, tour guide spoke english and the Yacht was very neat. Staffs were polite also.

Amazing ..staff, music, food and view ,the best .. we came back