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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: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

5. Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

Meet your tour leader in the historical neighborhood of Balat, in the European side of the city. Choose your bike for the day then board the public boat to Uskudar. From the boat, admire views of the city skyline and take photos of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Maiden Tower, Süleymaniye Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, and more. Arrive in Uskudar, which is on the Asian side of the city. Hop on your bike and pedal to Fenerbahce Park, stopping along the way to take in the sights and listen to your guide share information about the area. Once you’ve worked up a sweat from the bike ride, enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee at a local cafe and admire the view of Princes’ Islands while you relax. Jump back on your bike and pedal to Kadıköy Pier for a boat ride to Karakoy. Next, cross over the Golden Horn Bay via the Metro Bridge then head back towards the tour’s meeting point in Balat. Tours usually finish around 1PM, depending on the group’s cycling tempo. Afterwards, spend the day exploring the vibrant streets of Balat at your own leisure, and enjoy some fresh, local cuisine from one of the many street-side food vendors.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

6. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

Enjoy magical views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Sail on a yacht and view a show which includes traditional Turkish Folk Dancing. Sip on unlimited soft drinks while seeing sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge.  Have the option to choose from a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in Istanbul. With this option, enjoy being transported to the boat in an air-conditioned van. Select from tour options with or without unlimited alcoholic drinks. Savor an appetizer plate with options like a seasonal salad or hot starters. Choose a main course like mixed grilled meat, seasonal fish, or a vegetarian menu. Savor fruit and finish your meal with a sweet dessert.  Dine on your tasty food while watching live entertainment like Turkish folk dancing, Latin flamenco dancing, and a DJ. Gaze out the window at the Maiden's Tower, which has stood since the medieval Byzantine period and the imposing Galata Tower.  Capture pictures of the stunning Baroque Revival architecture or Dolmabahçe Palace and Ortaköy Mosque. Admire the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges which span the Bosphorus strait. Take in the waterside Ottoman architecture of the Beylerbeyi Palace.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

7. 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 Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

8. Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

Tell your friends you’ve been to Asia and Europe in one day by joining us on a guided tour of Istanbul’s most historic sites. Led by an expert guide, you’ll visit the impressive Dolmabahçe Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Built by two famous Ottoman architects, the palace houses a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art and antiquities. Then it’s off to the Bosphorus Bridge, which straddles the narrow waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Once you’ve crossed the bridge it’s time to head to Camlica HIll, which offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city from almost 300 meters above sea level. Please note, on Mondays and Thursdays the palace is closed, so the tour will make three different stops: Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk park.

Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

9. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

Get a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city by coach, boat, and cable car. Perfect for those who aim to get a sense of what makes Istanbul unique, this full-day exploration gives a varied tour of the city. It will reveal a mixture of Eastern and European influences that makes the city so unique. First, get picked up from your hotel by bus and driven along the length of the Golden Horn, the historic water that divides Istanbul. Take in the sites of the historic city center and the main port, dating back to the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Then, travel to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car, and admire panoramic views of the city as you drink coffee at the famous Pierre Loti Café, named after the French novelist who spent much of his time there.  Next, experience the splendor of Istanbul from the water. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus and take in the grand spectacle of the city’s houses and palaces from the river. Finally, enjoy a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, once the administrative heart of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Tour

10. Istanbul: Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Start your tour going over the Bosphorus Bridge. Drive on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing the bridge from Europe to Asia. It is 1704 meters long and was the 4th longest in the world when it was completed. This is a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in just 2 minutes. Then take a short break for lunch at the top of Camlica Hill. Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, invites you to a beautiful panoramic view of Istanbul city and the Bosphorus. Then drive through Ortakoy, a cosmopolitan area near the waters of the Bosphorus. Turks, Greeks, Armenian's and Jews are live here and the neighborhood hosts many different religions. it is also a popular spot for locals with art galleries, night clubs and restaurants. Arrive at your final stop, Dolmabahce Palace, the first European style palace in the Ottoman Empire. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846. It is the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. It is also famous for its great collection of European art. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in this palace and died there. On Mondays the palace is closed and is replaced with a visit to the Galata Tower. This Tour departs daily with departure at 11:30AM and return at 5:00PM.

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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!!!!

Mevhibe was extremely helpful in the tour and I highly recommend her being tour guide wherever you go in Istanbul. We did the Bosphorus cruise and cable car with Dolbahmace Palace and it was very informative.

The tour was very nice but we suffer from traffic jams and wasted time. we got to the Spices Bazar late. Mev was sooo nice all day long and interested on our life. She was very professional.

The tour was amazing! My guide (Mev) was well informed and made the experience very personal. the sights, the food, and the cruise made the day something unforgettable!

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