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Istanbul: Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table

1. 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.

Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

2. Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

Embark on a journey of historical discovery with this one-day tour of Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Place. Experience the majesty of one of the grandest palaces on earth, as well as first-hand history and culture of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Start your tour with a narrated walk through the Spice Bazaar of Istanbul. Then take a leisurely 90-minute cruise, fully narrated by a professional tour guide. From here you can see the city from the unique point of view of the Bosphorus and get perfect photo opportunities with such landmarks as Leanders Tower and Rumell Hisari Fortress. After a relaxing lunch, you will move on to Dolmabahce Palace. With 285 rooms, 6 baths (hamam), 68 toilets and a ceiling made of 14 tons of gold, this is truly a sight to behold. With strong French influences as well as the richness of the East, this is a must-see on any tour. Expert guides will take you through the most fascinating aspects of the palace, and answer any questions you may have on 19th century Ottoman history. Enjoy a journey of discovery through the stories, myths and great works of art related to this special place. Including religious sites such as Dolmabahce Mosque, this one day tour covers the full range of culture, history, and art of Istanbul in a relaxed, informative environment.

Istanbul: All-Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show

3. Istanbul: All-Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show

Have a unique and authentic dinner while cruising along the Bosphorus. Take in the magnificent views of the coastal shores of Istanbul, complimented by the delicious flavors offered by a rich variety of Turkish food. The boat trip offers multiple landmarks of great cultural importance; the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, the Ciragan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, seaside mansions, and the Maidens Tower. Centuries old, they are still magnificent and original today. After dinner, you will witness an impressive dance show including folk and belly dancing, as well as international songs played by the night's DJ.

Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

4. 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.

From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

5. From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to Evsen Hotel. The next day, you will have a tour of the old city of Istanbul including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul at Evsen Hotel. On day 3, embark on a Bosphorus boat trip and see the city walls, Dolmabahce Palace or Chora Church and tour the Spice Market. After your tour, you will transfer back to the airport and fly to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer from your airport to a hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Ilayda Avantgarde. Visit Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House and the Temple of Artemis. Overnight in Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde. On day 5, tour Pamukkale and Hierapolis with an overnight stay at the same location. The next day, tour the Pergamon and Asklepion or Priene, Miletos and Didyma.  Transfer to Izmir Airport and fly to Cappadocia. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer from the airport to your hotel and overnight stay in Elysee Cave House. Your tour of Cappadocia over the span of 2-days will include the following sights: Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Göreme Open Air Museum, Derinkuyu Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastry. After the tour, transfer to the airport to fly to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to your hotel with an overnight stay at Evsen Hotel. Finally, transfer the to airport for your return flight.

Istanbul: 3-Night/4-Day City Tour with Airport Transfers

6. Istanbul: 3-Night/4-Day City Tour with Airport Transfers

Day 1: Get picked up from the airport and transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Check-in and stay overnight here. Day 2: Begin your full-day of sightseeing at 9 AM when you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel. Spend the day exploring all of Istanbul's top attractions and sights including the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar). After the tour, transfer back to your hotel at around 6 PM ready for your second overnight stay.  Day 3:  Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 8:15 AM and enjoy another full day of sightseeing. Visit the Spice Market then take a boat cruise along the Bosphorus River. Explore Beylerbeyi or Dolmabahce Palace, and Camlica Hill. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel at around 6 PM ready for your third and final overnight stay.  Day 4:  After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the airport ready and in time for your onward departure.

Bosphorus Boat Cruise & Two Continents Tour with Lunch

7. Bosphorus Boat Cruise & Two Continents Tour with Lunch

From the Golden Horn to the arm of the Boshorous you will experience the beautiful sights of the historical peninsula which separates the old and new parts of Istanbul. You will be a part of history as you take an in-depth look at the residential areas for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Get a true sense of the history behind the Balat and the Metal Church. Stop at the sights of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, and get a glimpse of what life was really like at the Jewish Hospital. You can take a break from the historic sights by taking a stroll along the Byzantine City Walls. Another charming feature of the tour is the array of colorful shops that you will see at the Spice Bazaar. We'll make a stop at the stalls selling fruits, vegetables and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, the tour takes you to the Bosphorus Cruise and through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Marble palaces, ancient wooden villas and the sights of the luxurious residential apartments provide the perfect photo opportunity. From here it is on to Rumell Fortress by boat, where the historical armament can be viewed clearly from the boat. The armament is a unique example of military architecture, and was built by the conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. If time permits, the tour will also take you on to visit a leather showroom. Lunch. 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: Bosphorus Boat Tour and Two Continents with Lunch

8. Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour and Two Continents with Lunch

After departing your hotel at 10:00 AM, head to 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.

Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Market

9. Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Market

Enjoy a half-day guided group tour of the Bosphorus District which is the most charming part of the city of Istanbul. Visit the Spice Market, and enjoy the magnificent sights on a Bosphorus Straight cruise. Upon your pick-up from the hotel, you will first visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Smell the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and every other conceivable herb and spice as you wander through its busy passageways. Then, enjoy a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and further along with the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace.

Istanbul Full-Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Palaces and More

10. Istanbul Full-Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Palaces and More

After having your breakfast at hotel, meet your guide at your hotel's reception area and start this unforgettable tour. Your first stop will be an Egyptian-style spice bazaar. The spice bazaar is a particularly popular stop on most tours of Istanbul. The spice market doesn't stop at herbs and spices. A wide variety of goods fill these stalls, and you're likely to pick up a wonderful souvenir. Following your visit to the spice market, discover the nature of Bosphorus. Sweeping from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, the waters of Bosphorus are one of Istanbul's most awe-inspiring sights. Bospherus passes through the town center, dividing Asia from Europe as it goes. The amazing views continue. Soon after beginning your tour, you will have views of the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque. As you approach the Bosphorus Bridge, you will look out over Ortakoy, one of Istanbul’s liveliest nightlife hotspots. Immediately beneath the bridge, discover Beylerbeyi Palace. Traveling by cable car to the Pierre Loti Hotel, you will acheive an amazing view of the gloomy plain of Eyoub. Beyond a forest, the marble whiteness of its sacred mosque rises in the distance. The city walls are one of Istanbul’s most impressive sights. They still stand at a considerable height despite the battering they have received over the centuries. Finally, discover the baroque beauty of the Bosphorus at Dolmabahce Palace. The palace reveals the interest of Ottoman sultans in the West and features extensive gardens. Thank you very much for choosing Booking Tours Turkey.

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What people are saying about Dolmabahce Palace

A fantastic evening- good food, great service, an entertaining show and lovely views outside. Would thoroughly recommend.

It was a very nice tour, great food, nice show, everything was great, I can only recommend it.

Very great experience! Delicious food and very nice waiters. Highly recommended!!

The show was excellent and the food was delicious I enjoyed my time too much.

This was such a fun and relaxing trip. I would even do it again.