Route: Spice Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Camlica Hill, Ortakoy, Dolmabahce Palace
Tour Type: Regular Tour
Duration: Full day (08:30 – 17:00)
- English speaking tour guide
- Cruise with private boat
- Entrance fees to the museums
Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays; it will be replaced with Chora Museum.
This tour combines a three-hour cruise on the Bosphorus, with several land-based landmarks and lunch on the Asian side with a panoramic view of Istanbul.
The tour starts at the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The Spice Bazaar, built between 1597 and 1664, is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. Next stop is Rustem Pasha Mosque, built by Mimar Sinan in 1560 for Rustem Pasha, his son-in-law and the grand vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent. Its particular beauty lies in the Iznik tiles covering it, both inside and outside.
You will then board a boat for a Bosphorus Cruise. The Bosphorus strait connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia. The cruise will pass Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress. You will embark at Uskadar, on the Asian side, to board a mini bus for a drive along the Asian side of the Bosphorus to Camlica Hill, where you will have lunch. Camlica Hill is the highest point in Istanbul with a panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. After lunch, you will drive over the Bosphorus Bridge to the European side, stepping from from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in two minutes. The Bosphorus Bridge is 1704m long and was the 4th longest in the world when it was completed in 1973.
You will drive through Ortakoy, a cosmopolitan village on the Bosphorus, en route to your final stop for the day, a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, the first European style palace built by the Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846. It was also the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans. It has 365 rooms and 22 salons. Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), founder of the Turkish Republic, was living in Dolmabache Palace when he died.