Guided Tour

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise And Dolmabahce Palace Private Tour

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Explore the Spice Bazaar in Eminönü Square with a professional guide and take a boat tour of the Bosphorus. Visit Dolmabahçe Palace, experience Taksim Square, Çiçek Passage, and end your tour at Galata Tower and İstiklal Street.

About this activity

Duration 7 hours

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Free cancellation

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German, English, Russian, Turkish

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Pick-up service

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  • Discover diverse offerings at Eminönu Square's vibrant Spice Market.
  • Cruise the Bosphorus, marvel at landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace.
  • Experience Dolmabahçe Palace's luxury and exquisite décor.
  • Traverse Taksim Square, witness pivotal moments in Turkey's history.
  • Explore the fusion of Ottoman and modern architecture at Çiçek Passage.
  • Conclude on Istiklal Street, featuring Galata Tower and European embassies.

Full description

Begin your exploration at the vibrant Spice Market, an indoor bazaar offering a myriad of products, from spices and teas to Turkish delight and ceramics. Located in Eminönu Square, the market is a colorful gateway to the connection point of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

Embark on a Bosphorus Cruise via public ferry, revealing the beauty of Istanbul's European and Asian sides. Marvel at iconic landmarks such as Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and the enchanting Rumeli Fortress, creating lasting memories along the Bosphorus.

Next, immerse yourself in the luxury of Dolmabahçe Palace, adorned with exquisite chandeliers, rugs, and ceramics, overlooking the Bosphorus. Traverse Taksim Square, a witness to crucial moments in modern Turkey's history.

Explore Çiçek Passage, a fusion of Ottoman architecture and modern construction, offering a vibrant array of food joints, cafes, shops, bars, and nightclubs around Taksim. Conclude your journey on Istiklal Street, adorned with Galata Tower and European embassies, encapsulating the essence of Istanbul's charm.


  • Licensed Tour guide
  • Hotel/Port transfers
  • Transportation by non smoking, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Lunch and personal expenses

Meeting point

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower

Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Important information

  • This tour can be operated as Shore Excursion Tour from GalataPort for cruise passegers.
  • Not wheelchair accessible, but accessible with a stroller.
  • Expect substantial walking; thus, wear comfortable shoes and be ready for an extended day on foot.
  • Free museum entry for children aged 7 and under requires presenting copies of their passports for age verification.
  • For last-minute bookings and late departures, note that museums and some sites usually close around 5:30 pm. Your tour guide will suggest alternative sites during the tour.
  • The tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or Galata Port. If the hotel is not centrally located, the meeting point is in front of Dolmabahce Palace.
  • If you choose not to use the van service, your guide will pick you up at centrally located hotels on foot.

The annual closing dates for all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2024 are as follows:

-January 1: New Year
-April 9, 10, and 11, 2024: Ramadan Celebrations
(Eid Al Fitr 2024)
-June 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2024: Eid Celebrations
(Eid Al Adha 2024)
-October 29: Republic Day