The Bosphorus Tour will make you discover some of the most fascinating places of Istanbul, located in the old and in the modern parts of the city. We will visit the beautiful Rustem Pascha Mosque, the refined Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Sultans, the lively Spice Bazaar and the folkloric Street of the Artisans (Tahtakale). Morevoer, you will admire the splendid views of Istanbul from the sea on an unforgettable Cruise on the Bosphorus.
- Dolmabahce Palace (closed on Mondays and Thursdays)
- Bosphorus Cruise
- Rustem Pasha Mosque
- Street of the Artisans
- Spice Bazaar
Duration: 6 h approx.
Included: guide service
Not included: entrance fees, transport, lunch
The DOLMABAHCE PALACE (Dolmabahçe Sarayı) was built by the 31st Ottoman Sultan, Abdülmecid, between 1843 and 1856. The building combines the European architectural styles, baroque, rococo and neo-classic, with the traditional elements of the Ottoman art and culture.
The structure, for instance, is closely related to the features of the Ottoman court and of the Ottoman house. Spreading over a surface of 15 acres, it is the largest one-block building in Turkey. The palace has two floors besides an underground floor and the attics. It comprises 285 rooms, 44 halls, 64 bathrooms and 6 hamams.
Between 1856 and 1924, year of the dissolution of the caliphate, six sultans and the last caliph, Abdülmecid Efendi, lived here. Afterwards, the palace became property of the new-born Turkish Republic. The building served as presidential office between 1927 and 1949. Also Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lived in Dolmabahce Palace and here he passed away at 9:05 am, of the 10th November 1938. In 1984 the palace was turned into a museum and open to the public.
The visit includes four parts: the Selamlık, the Harem, the Museum of Clocks and the Crystal Pavilion.
Visiting hours: 9 – 16. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays