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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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Fatih, Turkey
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
  • Full-day sightseeing experience featuring a Golden Horn and Bosphorus cruise and three other top attractions
  • Enjoy magnificent views on a relaxing cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait
  • Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of the Spice Bazaar
  • Explore the ostentatious Dolmabahçe Palace on a guided tour
  • Admire Rüstem Pasha Mosque and take in sweeping city views from Camlica Hill
  • Relax over a 3-course lunch at a traditional Bosphorus-side restaurant
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
English speaking licenced & professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Bosphorus Cruise
Dolmabahce Palace entrance fee
Roundtrip boat transfer between European& Asian Side
Personal expenses
Beverages in lunch

Departure Point

Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
After meeting your guide for a pickup from your central hotel in Istanbul, climb aboard your luxury coach and head to the Spice Bazaar. Along the way, hear alluring stories of Istanbul.

Arrive and wander this myriad of shops and stalls seeing a variety of fruits, nuts, vibrant spices, and enjoying captivating aromas. Try some treats and snacks and then walk with your expert guide to the small Rüstem Pasha Mosque to admire its walls covered in beautiful blue Iznik tiles.

From here, head to your boat for a sightseeing cruise at the inlet to the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn, which splits European Istanbul apart. Get your camera ready to snap selfies as your boat traverses past Istanbul’s top attractions. See the vast Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Dolmabahçe. Then, gaze over towards the Asian coastline and relish views of mosques and elegant mansions.

In the afternoon, hop off your boat in Asia on the Bosphorus coastline for a delicious 3-course lunch at a scenic restaurant. Drinks are also available (own expense). See the sample menu for details.

Next, climb by coach to Istanbul’s peak, Camlica Hill, and savor a stunning panoramic vantage point that captures the elegance of Istanbul. Continue back across the Bosphorus Bridge for a guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace. Learn about the Ottoman sultans that once lived here. Then, glimpse into a world of opulence and luxury as you saunter by chambers, the Crystal Staircase and revel at the gaudy array of the sultan’s wealth in Medhal Hall. 

Leave the palace and head back to your hotel by coach where your tour ends.

Note: Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and is replaced with a visit to St. Chora Church museum.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace is a 19th century palace that was constracted by sultan Abdulmecit. The architect is Balyan and it was styled in Baroc and Rokoko. Wonderfull paintings, handmade carpets, furniture. Your guide explains the history, legends, architecture..
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Rumeli Fortress
We see Rumeli Fortress from outside while we are on the boat.
Pass By:  
Halic
We drive on the southern shores of Golden Horn that makes this tour unique. Churches, mosques, Byzantine city walls, mousoleums to see enroute.
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Strait is the hoghlight of Istanbul. We spent 90 minutes on the boat but we see the Bosphorus most of the time during the tour
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
This Bazaar is a historical place to visit that is still use for purchasing spices, turkish coffee, herbs etc.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Semsi Pasa Mosque Complex
This 16th century mosque is designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Semsi Pasha
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yeni Valide Mosque Complex
Yeni Valide Mosque is an 18th century Ottoman mosque
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mihrimah Sultan Camii
This mosque is another masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, dedicated to the daughter of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Monday, it will be replaced with Galata Tower and its neighbourhood
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Walks

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The Spice Bazaar is minute in comparison to the Grand Bazaar and unlike the Grand Bazaar, worth the visit." See review
  • "Highly recommended as a great way to get a flavour of this eclectic city." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Highly recommended!
Francisco
, Aug 2021
A Bosporus cruise is a must while in Istanbul. I highly recommend this one, we had a great day with Furkan who was a wonderful guide!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Francisco, Thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you again. Sincerely
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star-1
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY- poor service from operator and Viator/Trip Advisor
Amy_J
, Aug 2021
Would give 0 stars if I could. Full-day tour was only a couple of hours. They told us to be ready at 8 am but did not show up until nearly 10 am (we were the only people on the tour). They told us that, per the govt, the boats were not running. We asked if they could recreate the experience to the fullest extent possible--e.g. still go to Uskudar via car or boat since we had a van and THERE WERE MANY BOATS running on the Bosporus. They seemed annoyed when we said we did not want to go to the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia instead (we had future bookings for those). We asked if we could still see Uskudar. They ignored our request. We went to the palace and lunch and stopped for 5 minutes at another church-- started around 10 and over around 1:30 pm. After the tour was over we found a boat that took us on the Bosphorous (plus our guide told us he took the ferry to meet us) --so "no boats running per the government" cannot be true. Not only that, but Viator/Trip Advisor never responded to my request for a partial refund. When I followed up they said it was denied for quite some time. I let them know that the information from the tour operator was inaccurate, and they denied the request a second time because I "consented to the new plan." Dishonest and not interested in customer service. I have taken a lot of tours with Viator. Never again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Amy, Thanks for your review. We would like you to know that we are so sorry to hear we could't match your expectations. Istanbul was under curfew on that Sunday for Turkish citizens, and we tried to do our best by taking special permission to organise the tour. There were only one company who was allowed for cruise tour, and they also cancelled it at very last moment. The boats running in the Bosphorus were not for cruise, but just to pass from one side to another. We received positive feedback from our tour guide on the tour day, so we couldn't have time to do anything to compensate this situation. Your reviews are very important for us. Best regards
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star-5
The Best of the Bosphorus
garnerbl2
, Apr 2021
We had an amazing time even on a cloudy day! Our guide, Lutfallah, was very knowledgeable, caring, and friendly. Bring a sense of humor and you'll enjoy it even more. He really tries to get to know you while showing you some amazing sites. The cruise was fun and ver scenic. We had a great time taking pictures and laughing. We loved Dolmabahce Palace the most. You can't take pictures inside the building itself, but Lutfallah made sure we had a great time anyway. He knew so much about everything in the palace! I highly recommend him if you need a guide for the around the Bosphorus.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hello Garner, Thank you for such a beautiflu review. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Istanbul Walks
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star-5
Amazing guide!
Angela_T
, Nov 2020
Lutfi is an amazing guide. He is personable, polite, and fun. He is very knowledgeable. He is very hygienic and made sure we always had hand sanitizer. I am very grateful to have had this experience with him and he made my trip to Istanbul one that I will never forget. I am so thankful to have had a guide like him!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Angela, We are so glad to hear these compliments for our guide. We hope to see you again. Best regards
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star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Tory
, Oct 2020
This was an excellent tour. My guide Lutfu picked me up from the hotel, right on time. He gave such personal attention. He was so knowledgeable about the history and taught me so much about the culture. It was more than a tour, it was like hanging out with a good friend. As we were walking, he pointed out the best photo opportunities and took some great pictures for me. I had so much fun! Afterwards, he gave me some great advice and tips on things to do in Istanbul. 100 STARS. I highly recommend this tour with Lutfu.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hello Tory, It's great to hear such a fantastic comment for our guide Lütfü. See you next time. Ali
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star-5
Dolmabahçe Palace - a must
Andrew_K
, Sep 2020
Really excellent guide. Dolmabahçe Palace was amazing, an excellent lunch and the boat tour is very worthwhile.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hello Andrew, We are so happy to hear your valuable compliment for our guide. We hope to see you again in Istanbul. Sincerely
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star-5
The Best Tour Guide Ever!
vermontology
, Jan 2020
Our small group of 2 people was led by a truly professional tour guide. His sense of humor was phenomenal. As a fellow tour guide and owner of a small tour company, I value his sense of humor among the tour guides the most. He delivered 200%. Professional, carrying, funny and just a simply super nice human being, created memories of a lifetime for us. Istanbul was on my radar for a very long time and now my heart is full of gratefulness and happiness!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
First of all thank you for your great comments and compliments to our guide. We glad to see you happy with your tour. We would like to see you again in İstanbul. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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star-5
A tour worth doing
Joe B
, Dec 2019
A very well planned tour with a first class guide. My wife and l enjoyed the whole tour which was intense but at the same time not tiring
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Joe, we are glad to see you happy with your tour and we hope to see you again for discover more this magnificent city. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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star-4
Bosphorous Full Day Sight Seeing Tour
Thomas Z
, Nov 2019
1) The Bosphorous Sight Seeing is by a normal boat loaded with passengers - so even though the title of the tour sounds great you have to jostle with others for a view. The top deck is a mess. The lower cabin was better. Suggest to go straight to lower deck and carry out the guide's discourse there rather than go to to the overcrowded top deck. This is a suggestion 2) Visit to St. Stephen's church was interesting 3) Lunch was good 4) Camlica Hill is a waste of time The guide Dianna was good and was the redeeming feature of this tour
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Thomas, First of all thank you for your time, and your comments, we would like to see you again in the near future. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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star-5
Well organised and interesting tour
Philip H
, Nov 2019
I would definitely recommend this tour. They collected us from our hotel in a high quality minibus to start our day. Our guide was informative and fun. You get a lot for your money - several sights around the city, both on the European side and the Asian side. Your cruise ticket, lunch and entry to the Dolmabahce Palace are all included. Highly recommended as a great way to get a flavour of this eclectic city.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
We glad to see you are happy with your tour. We hope to see you again in the near future. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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