Istanbul tour by Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace full day

Golden Horn from Pierre Loti, Istanbul

Tour Details

This tour will start with a cruise on Golden Horn (Halic) which is an estuary in Bosphorus that extends 7.5 km towards south-west. The Northern shore of Golden Horn is the Pera shore and the Southern one is the natural frontier of the Old City. Golden Horn is not the Bosphorus but an inlet of Bosphorus and it is always a favorite natural port.

You will also visit the Pierre Loti cafe, named after the famous French writer, on top Eyup Hill by the Golden Horn. Pierre Loti was in fact stationed in Istanbul around 1876-77 and has written a book that was inspired by his experiences in the city.

While you cruise on Bosphorus you will get to see Rumeli Hisari (Rumeli Fortress), Beylerbeyi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Kiz Kulesi (Maiden's Tower) and beautiful old water front mansions along with the breathtaking natural beauty of this sea passage blessed with surrounding rolling hills, groves and sea gulls.

Your visit to Dolmabahce Palace will introduce you to a fine example of the Ottoman-Western fusion architecture. This palace was built as a second residence to the Sultan Abdulmecid and completed in 1856. The palace commands a nice view right on the Bosphorus and its gardens are very pretty, especially in spring and summer. The founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has died in this palace on November 10, 1938 at 9.05 AM.

You will also driven up to Camlica Hill on the Asian side of Istanbul. With an altitude of 288 meters, you will have the best perception of Istanbul with an uncut and clear view of Old City, Pera, Bosphorus shores, bridges, main roads and other hills. Cross your fingers for clear skies !

Please note Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays.

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