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  • Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    1. Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    See all the sights of Istanbul on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between flexible Classic and Premium tickets. Save money with a family ticket and take the kids to child-friendly sites such as the Dolphinarium or the Miniatürk model village, where Turkey’s most important monuments are recreated in miniature. You will have access to 2 routes. Buses come regularly and frequently on both routes. Informative recorded commentary is available in 8 different languages, including English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary earphones are provided. Jump off at any of the stops on the Red Route and see architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia to see the Beylerbeyi Palace and watch all the activity of the Bosphorus Straits. Marvel at the old city wall of Constantinople and the Roman Aqueduct on the G...

    Good and affordable way for first time visitors to see Istanbul. Relaxing. You can follow your own pace and get off and on buses at the different stops.

  • Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

    2. 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.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

    3. Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour with Local Guide

    From the central meeting point in Sultanahmet, you will be transferred to the boat dock to embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus Strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. The cruise will afford you the unique opportunity to view both sides of the city. During this cruise, your guide will provide commentary and answer questions as you admire sights like Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace and Rumeli Fortress as well as the ancient wooden villas, bridges and maritime landscapes. After the Bosphorus cruise, transfer to the original meeting point.

    It was a amazing experience. The boat goes around Sultanahmet and golden horn It was slow and close to thinks I wanted to see. Thank you very much

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

    4. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

    Get a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city by coach, boat, and cable car. Perfect for those who aim to get a sense of what makes Istanbul unique, this full-day exploration gives a varied tour of the city. It will reveal a mixture of Eastern and European influences that makes the city so unique. First, get picked up from your hotel by bus and driven along the length of the Golden Horn, the historic water that divides Istanbul. Take in the sites of the historic city center and the main port, dating back to the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Then, travel to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car, and admire panoramic views of the city as you drink coffee at the famous Pierre Loti Café, named after the French novelist who spent much of his time there.  Next, experience the splendor of Istanbul from the water. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on th...

    The tour guide was great. but unfortunately the weather was pretty bad and the river cruise was cancelled. and because it was booked on a Sunday most things where closed. if I knew that before I would have changed the day. but it was still a great day experiencing Turkey the Palace is absolutely stunning

  • Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

    5. Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

    Meet your tour guide in the historical neighborhood of Balat, in the European side of the city. Choose your bike for the day then board the public boat to Uskudar. From the boat, admire views of the city skyline and take photos of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Maiden Tower, Süleymaniye Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, and more. Arrive in Uskudar, which is on the Asian side of the city, and admire the cultural influences that surround you. Hop on your bike and pedal to Fenerbahce Park, stopping along the way to take in the sights and listen to your guide share information about the area’s history and culture. Once you’ve worked up a sweat from the bike ride, enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee at a local cafe and admire the view of Princes’ Islands while you relax. Jump back on your bike and pedal to Kadıköy Pier for a boat ride to Karakoy. Next, cross over the Golden Horn Bay via ...

    Ramo is a friendly guide who speaks English well. It was a bit scary cycling against heavy traffic but that is apparently ok in Turkey. Bikes were good and Ramo made sure we were comfortable.

  • Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise

    6. Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise

    After being picked up from your hotel, set off on a full-day tour of Istanbul. Begin with a cruise along the Bosphorus River and admire the shoreline of one of the most beautiful cities in the world built astride 2 continents. The cruise will afford you the unique opportunity to view both sides of the city. Next, disembark in Sultanahmet and take a stroll through the Spice Bazaar. Marvel at the colorful array of market stalls selling fruits, vegetables, and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, cross over the bridge and head to Camlica Hill which offers panoramic views of the city from almost 300 m above sea level. Make a stop at the Dolmabahce Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Learn about how the palace was built by 2 famous Ottoman architects. Discover a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art, and antiquities housed in the palace. Finally, take a look...

    The tour was very well conducted by Hilal. She proved to be a very experienced guide who could help the group navigate the crowds of tourists at the various sites. She knew when to give members some time to wander around to admire the places and when to gather everyone to elaborate more on the historical backgrounds. I could sense that everyone felt relaxed and comfortable with Hilal and that in turn contributed to a wonderful sense of camaraderie within the group. I would certainly go through this tour again when I revisit Istanbul provided it is conducted by Hilal. Thank you and hope to see you again, Hilal! The "skip-the-queue" arrangement that is provided with this tour is an absolute God-send in terms of avoiding the snaking long queues!

  • Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

    7. Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

    Embark on a journey of historical discovery with this one-day tour of Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Place. Experience the majesty of one of the grandest palaces on earth, as well as first-hand history and culture of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Start your tour with a narrated walk through the Spice Bazaar of Istanbul. Then take a leisurely 90-minute cruise, fully narrated by a professional tour guide. From here you can see the city from the unique point of view of the Bosphorus and get perfect photo opportunities with such landmarks as Leanders Tower and Rumell Hisari Fortress. After a relaxing lunch, you will move on to Dolmabahce Palace. With 285 rooms, 6 baths (hamam), 68 toilets and a ceiling made of 14 tons of gold, this is truly a sight to behold. With strong French influences as well as the richness of the East, this is a must-see on any tour. Expert guides will take you through t...

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents and Bosphorus Cruise

    8. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents and Bosphorus Cruise

    Experience the best of Istanbul's architecture, culture, and food on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in the city center, meet your guide and the rest of your group and make your way to the first stop of the day, the Old City Walls. Here, admire the remains of the defensive walls that protected the former city of Constantinople. Next, head to the Golden Horn, where you can admire panoramic views of the city and pick up a bite to eat for lunch. After a visit to the Spice Bazaar, where you can pick up some Turkish delights and spices to bring home to your friends, head to the pier where you will embark on a cruise around the Bosphorus. Take in unique views of sights such as the Bosphorus Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Camlica Hill. After your cruise, get dropped off back at your hotel.

  • Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Asia: Full-Day Tour

    9. Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Asia: Full-Day Tour

    Begin the tour with a stroll around the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and take in the magical scents of spices, fruits, and flowers. Continue with the Bosphorus Cruise and pass through the waterway separating the European and Asian continents. Marvel at the marble palaces and the ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture alongside modern luxury apartments and houses. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the last residency of the great Ottoman sultans. Peek into some of its 365 rooms and 22 saloons, famous for its great collection of European antiquities, furniture, and the 4.5 ton chandelier. Step from one continent into another within 2 minutes as you pass along the Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia. Then head up onto the Camlica Hill and take in the panoramic view over Istanbul and Bosphorus, before returning to your Cruise Ship.

  • Full Day Bosphorus Cruise & Asia Tour

    10. Full Day Bosphorus Cruise & Asia Tour

    After a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar (closed on Sunday), an unforgettable excursion starts between two continents, Europe & Asia. The cruise takes you along the latest palaces of Ottomans, The Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi, as well as 19th and 20th century, beautiful wooden Kiosks. Mansions and modern villas which form the elegant section of the city. Beylerbeyi Palace : A pleasant drive to the Asian part of Istanbul through suspension Bosphorus Bridge. The palace was the famous summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans with its magnificent gardens and breathtaking richness. The Beylerbeyi Palace lying on the beautiful shores of the Bosphorus is fully furnished and it is a perfect example of the late Ottoman architecture. Camlica Hill : Drive up to the highest hill of Istanbul called Camlica where you will enjoy a very impressive ...

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What people are saying about Üsküdar

Overall rating

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based on 2 reviews

Best decision I made! The tour was fantastic; I believe that there is no better time during the day to do a Bosphorus tour than this period, 6.30-8.30 pm. The guide Haluk was an incredible man who knows the history very well but presents it objectively. His level of English is super comprehensive. Always pick this type of tour instead of the crowded boat because you get one of a kind experience for not much of a price difference.

Actualy it was the best decision. All the crew was amazing, we learnt a lot from the guide because he was born in a bosphoros near site, good food and treats, great iate and they prove us that Istanbul is better seen at the night from bosphoros. For the price, i would always choose this instead of a public or big bosphoros trip. Amazing memory and experience. Highly recommend!

Great experience. Our guide Mevhibe was very friendly, gave really fascinating details about the places we visited and also gave us great insight into some of the Turkish traditions, culture etc. Highly recommend.

Wonderfully organized walk with amazing views !!! I recommend this particular variant of a trip to the Bosphorus to everyone!

The greatest trip that you can buy! Our guide Haluk was a very nice and funny guy! I recommend this to everyone!