GOLDEN HORN is arm of the Istanbul strait and a natural harbor separating European shore into two; old city and the new İstanbul. Golden Horn was a residential area of non-muslim minorities like Byzantine Jews or Italian traders. During this panoramic drive through Golden Horn you’ll see; Byzantine City Walls, strongest defensive walls of the middle age, Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, The seat of Orthodox Christianity, Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian which was built in a night and Jewish Hospital Or-Ahayim.
SPICE BAZAAR was the center of the spice trade is İstanbul during the Ottoman period and it still is. Now you can also find Turkish delights and small souvenirs like devil eyes, Turkish coffee pots and cups.
BOSPHORUS CRUISE is a must In order to complete your İstanbul experience. Cruise on the İstanbul Strait, separating two continents Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take pictures of suspension bridges connecting Europe to Asia, marble summer palaces, wooden villas of Ottoman architecture, modern luxury residential and apartments.
RUMELI FORTRESS, situated at the narrowest part of the İstanbul Strait, was built by the Conqueror to control Bosphorus and prevent aid from the Black Sea during the Turkish siege of the city.
Lunch at a Turkish restaurant.
DOLMABAHÇE PALACE, last residence of Ottoman Sultans, was built in Ottoman-European style in order to dispel rumors of the empire’s bankruptcy. Interiors done by the designer of Paris Opera. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, also used the palace as his İstanbul base during the early years of republic. He dies at the palace in 1938. If you want to visit the palace individually you might have to wait long minutes, maybe hours. You need to join a guided tour in order to kip the line.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE, located between Ortaköy and Beylerbeyi, connects not only these two neighborhoods but also Europe and Asia continents. During your 2 minutes drive from Europe to Asia on Bosphorus Bridge, you’ll have a chance to see and also took photos of one of the best views of Bosphorus.
ÇAMLICA HILL, 268 meters above the sea level, one of the highest points of the city with a splendid Bosphorus view.
also visioned during the tour
IMPERIAL GARDENS OF ROYAL YILDIZ PALACE
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents * BEYLERBEYİ PALACE
from the boat
This tour ends approximately at 17:00
Bosphorus Tours are practiced with regular boat if minimum number of attendants
is not provided for the private boat