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  • Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

    1. Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

    Explore Dolmabahçe Palace - the biggest royal residence of the sultans and the imperial family of the Ottoman Empire. Meet your licensed English-speaking guide outside the monument and enter with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Begin a guided tour of the stunning interiors. Learn about how the palace was built by the orders of Sultan Abdülmecid I and opened in 1856. Admire the greatest collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers on the planet, including the biggest Bohemian chandelier ever. Marvel at the vast collection gold inside, specifically on the ornate ceilings.  As you continue the tour, learn about the distinct differences between the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Topkapı Palace - for example, the architectural style and the way that the furniture was used. Find out about how the Dolmabahçe Palace was the last headquarter of the empire and was served until 1922.

    Great tour, the tour guide was very interesting. Beautiful palace, must see, we would recommend to bring water since it is very hot inside.

  • Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

    2. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

    Take the shortest way into the glorious Topkapi Palace of Istanbul. Choose the time that suits you best, meet your host in front of the museum, and go directly to the entrance. You can save up to 2 or 3 hours by not standing in the famous lines. Following security checks, receive a brief introduction as to what to see inside, including the council hall, arms and armory section, or holy relics. Afterwards, enjoy the palace at your own pace. You can enjoy a long coffee break in-between looking over a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. It is possible to see all of the palace within one hour, or you can choose to stay inside for several hours at your leisure.

    Easy to find meeting point , with a nice brief introduction of Topkapi palace and some of the surrounding buildings like Hagia Irene. We were not given a map for this tour so please ask if not given one by guide.

  • Istanbul Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

    3. Istanbul Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

    Skip the line and visit the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Discover how the Topkapi Palace was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400 years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans. The guide will explain to you the entire story of the Palace during a one hour tour. Marvel at the great architectural beauty of this important monument of the Ottoman Empire.

    Definitely worth it. The guide did a great job explaining all the things we probably would have just walked past and looked at. Very prompt and attentive. Highly recommended.

  • Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    4. Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    Day 1 – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipporome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full-day walking tour that covers the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia Museum, to the iconic Blue Mosque, to the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The 8-hour excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and a walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia  or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the great...

    Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

  • Dolmabahce Palace: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

    5. Dolmabahce Palace: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

    Meet your guide at the main entrance of the Dolmbahce Palace, skip the long ticket lines and enter the world's most luxurious Palace the shortest way. Save up to 2 hours by not standing in the famous ticket lines. Follow your guide through a 10-minute tour inside the garden of Dolmbahce Palace. Learn about the highlights inside the Dolmabahce Palace and find out where the best spots are to capture the most amazing pictures. Afterwards, receive your audio guide so you can explore the inside of the Palace at your own pace. Spend the whole day inside or just have a quick glance at its impressive beauty. Gaze in awe at the palace's beautiful location on the Bosphorus and its more than $1.5 billion worth of luxury decoration.

    Long queue for security before meeting guide caused delay. Guide will get you as far as main entry hall and after that it is self directed with audio guide. Narrow corridors and smaller rooms can be congested with large tour groups

  • Istanbul: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Tour with Audio App

    6. Istanbul: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Tour with Audio App

    After finishing your busy day of sightseeing around Istanbul, you can relax on this 2-hour Golden Horn and Bosphoros cruise. You will meet your guide across from the Hagia Sophia, from where you will go together down to the pier behind the building. From there you will discover the Golden Horn, including the 32-kilometer-long Bosphorus which separates Europe and Asia. You will be able to see Istanbul’s main attractions, including magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and famous hills and parks, as well as spectacular seaside residences from different centuries. All of this sightseeing will of course include your passing under Istanbul's many famous bridges. You will pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. You will also get to see some historical landmarks from a distance, such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, M...

    It was a nice experience to cruise Bosphorus and see all the attractions from the river.

  • Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

    7. Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

    Discover the only city in the world on 2 continents - where east meets west - on a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul by luxury minibus. Following a pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, visit the Hippodrome to explore the former center of sport and political activities in Constantinople. Marvel at the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its glorious blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Admire the former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, and learn how the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today, the palace is a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, along with the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Next, go to the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine Church that is considered one of the finest architectural works of a...

    Baris was great! There was no question he couldn't answer. (He majored in history!) Travelers do need to know that even though a luxury van is mentioned, there is very little riding in the van. This is mostly a WALKING tour. It was a full day. I felt like I had been "everywhere" by the end of the day. Exhausted but in a good way and full of new knowledge.

  • Istanbul: 3 Day Skip-the-Line Ticket to Main Attractions

    8. Istanbul: 3 Day Skip-the-Line Ticket to Main Attractions

    Enjoy hassle-free access to the main attractions of Istanbul. Get the most important information from a guide and benefit of an audio guide app. Meet your guide at the museums and get inside the fastest way. Inside each museum enjoy a 30 min. highlights tour with a local guide. After the tours and orientation tips stay inside the museums as long as you want and listen to the exciting stories and information in the included audio guide on your own smartphone. Saver Combo Ticket for Istanbul is valid for 3 Days: Your name will be on the list for 3 days. You can come at the available times, to the meeting points and visit with your local guide these top museums. You can visit and experience all 3 museums and the Bosphorus cruise in one or more days. Hagia Sophia Meeting Times Daily at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM Topkapi Palace Meeting Times Daily except Tuesdays at: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 P...

  • Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3 Day Private Guided Tour

    9. Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3 Day Private Guided Tour

    Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attraction you'll visit on your tour include: The Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the "Sultanahmet" Mosque has striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic at...

    Fantastic two days. The guide (Kadir) was a wealth of historical knowledge at every stop. Packs a tremendous amount in two days. Highly organized and allows time for insights at every stop. Perfect experience

  • Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

    10. Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

    Tell your friends you’ve been to Asia and Europe in one day by joining us on a guided tour of Istanbul’s most historic sites. Led by an expert guide, you’ll visit the impressive Dolmabahçe Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Built by two famous Ottoman architects, the palace houses a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art and antiquities. Then it’s off to the Bosphorus Bridge, which straddles the narrow waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Once you’ve crossed the bridge it’s time to head to Camlica HIll, which offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city from almost 300 meters above sea level. Please note, on Mondays and Thursdays the palace is closed, so the tour will make three different stops: Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk park.

    Right from the beginning when dealing with the local contractor to sort hotel pickup, this tour was a well oiled and professional feel to it. The buses we used were clean and air conditioned, plenty of seat belts available as well. Our guide was generous with information, much about the contemporary city. Visiting two continents and the Dolmanxhe Palace is an afternoon was a real treat. It was my seventh visit to Istanbul in 3 years, and definitely the best few hours I have had. I would strongly recommend half day tours in Istanbul.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Very well organised. People from all countries were welcomed and individually introduced was heart touching. Especially when they called us Kiwi and I wasn’t expecting him to be that specific.

OMG! If you want to have a great time you MUST take this boat ride! Friendly staff, amazing show, great food, great time! If you want to have great time, this is it!

This is a MUST! Amazing show food host and staff, if you want to have a great time THIS IS IT!

excelent people and service

excelent crue, nice food, good service and a great diversion environment

Amazing experience

The cruise is great. The entertainment was awesome.