Meet your guide at the hotel lobby.
Before embarkation on the boat, visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar), the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The bazaar was (and still is) the center for spice trade. Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar have a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East.
Then, embark on a ferry boat for an excursion on the Bosphorus, which is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. The name comes from Greek Bosporos, which the ancient Greeks analyzed as bous (means ox) and poros (means "passing a river, ford"); thus meaning ox-ford. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, citadels, centuries-old mansions and old and new faces of Istanbul on the European and Asian shorelines at the same time.
After lunch, cross the first Bosphorus Bridge and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, this affords panoramic view of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. Being the highest point of Istanbul, Camlica Hill is the best place you can see the whole picture of Istanbul.
Then visit the Beylerbeyi Palace on the shore of the Bosphorus. Beylerbeyi Palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdul-Aziz and built between 1861 and 1865 as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state.
After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
- Pick up from and drop off at hotels.
- Professional English speaking guide, entrance fees and transportation in air-conditioned & non-smoking vehicle.
- Lunch in a local restaurant.
- Local taxes.
- Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
- Any drinks.