Get a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city by coach, boat, and cable car. You will be 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. In the district of Eminonu, you will stop to explore the delights of Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. Take in the scents of cinnamon, saffron, and thyme. Marvel at the beauty of the Yeni Mosque, opposite the Bazaar and across a monumental courtyard.
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.
Experience the splendor of Istanbul from the water. In the afternoon you will enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus and take in the grand spectacle of the city’s houses and palaces from the river. You will also be taken on a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, once the administrative heart of the Ottoman Empire.
Your day will be complete with a visit to the Bosphorus Bridge and a trip to the top of Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul. Perfect for those who aim to get a sense for 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.