This fantastic group tour with local guide offers a cruise on the Bosphorus, a drive along the Bosphorus Bridge between two continents, lunch on the Camlica Hill, and a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, which served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.
After a pick up at your hotel, you will embark on a Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus strait, which connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia. This helps to make 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 Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges, and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.
After your cruise, take a drive along the Bosphorus Bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing the bridge from Europe to Asia. It is over 5500 feet (1704m) long, and was the 4th longest in the world when completed in 1973. Seize this unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
Enjoy lunch at the top of Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, exposing a panoramic view of the city of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the best point of view.
Next you're off to Dolmabahce Palace, which was the first European-style palace built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846. This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 285 rooms and 68 toilets. It is famous for the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and a 4.5 ton chandelier. Mustafa Atatürk lived the final part of his life in the residential area of the palace and died there.
Note: Dolmabahce Palace is closed Monday. Tour is replaced with one of Galata Tower, which is a medieval stone tower that is one of the city's most striking landmarks.