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Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Vegetarian meal option available
Led by a local guide
The tour will begin on land, with stops along the way including, the Bosphorus Bridge, built in 1974 and connects the European and Asian sections of Istanbu,Camlıca Hill, the highest point in Istanbul with a panoramic city views, Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman sultans and Bağdat Street, a popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul with elegant boutiques and shopping alternatives that was once the grouping point for merchants who were set to travel the ancient Silk RoadA lunch of Turkish cuisine will be served at a local restaurant. Then, it's time to take to the sea!
A poet once described the Bosphorus as “God’s beautiful calligraphy written by an ink made of sapphires”. This straight that separates and connects two continents also forms the two faces of Istanbul, and takes its name from a mythological legend. Ever since ancient times, it has marveled people with its beauty.
The cruise of the Bosphorus will start at Sarıyer or Kabataş pier. While cruising along the Asian and European shores, you will be surprised to see the harmony of Ottoman and modern architecture, as well as major highlights of the city’s fairy tale-like skyline from the sea.
Along the cruise, you will pass by Tarabya, one of the lovely bays of the Bosphorus, Yenikoy, the site of luxurious wooden houses, the Rumeli Fortress built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, Ortaköy, a very famous area for handicrafts and nightlife, Besiktaş, commercial district of the new city, Dolmabahçe, magnificent 19th century palace, which has been the home to the Ottoman Sultans in the last century of the Empire and Kızkulesi (maiden’s tower), an ancient lighthouse, which has inspired many legends.
Finally, a short visit to the Spice Market is the surprise of the tour. In this oriental shopping area, where you experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers and aphrodisiacs are sold.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Transport is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Centrally located meeting points (Please contact your local supplier)
08:10 or 08:30 (depending on pick up point)
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.