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Istanbul Basics: Dolmabahce Palace & Grand Bazaar Tour

Duration

4 hours (Approx)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

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Guide Language

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Overview

In this unforgettable tour, we are inviting you to follow the footsteps of the Ottoman sultans on a 4-hour sightseeing tour of Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. We will have the chance to learn about the administration of the late Ottoman Empire and the history of this architectural masterpiece where is also known as the last resting house of the founding leader of Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. We will also visit one of the liveliest places of Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar and wander among countless of shops selling traditional products.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow the footsteps of the last of the Ottoman sultans
  • Explore the magical architecture of Dolmabahce Palace,
  • Experience the culture of Turkey up-close at the Grand Bazaar
  • Practice your bargaining skills for some souvenirs in one of the world's oldest covered markets
  • Enjoy the private service designed only for you and your loved ones

Itinerary

This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.

Our tour starts with us picking you up from your hotel and our professional guide providing you a brief information about our day ahead.

First we will visit one of the most important architectural masterpieces of Istanbul, the Dolmabahce Palace. We will learn some information about the late Ottoman history while admiring the great decoration and magical atmosphere of this palace. We will enjoy the great Bosphorous view from this palace, beautifully situated on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. Built in the 19th century on an old bay of the Bosphorus where the Ottoman fleet would anchor, the palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and home to the last of the sultans. It is also known as the last resting home of the great founding leader of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Our licensed guide will take us on a tour of the palace complex, explaining its history and function. We will Hear some anecdotes about a youthful Ataturk, father of the Turkish Republic, and how he would welcome foreign guests for international conferences and other state functions.

Our journey continues in the Grand Bazaar. This time we are discovering one of the largest and oldest covered markets of the world. Being one of the most lively places of Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar gives us some great memories. We will wander in among various types of shops selling carpets, jewelry, leather work and other souvenirs. We can make some shopping and practice our bargaining skills before the transfer back to our hotel.
Prepare for the activity
What to bring
Comfortable shoes

Know before you go
• Pick-up is done from hotels in central areas on the European side of Istanbul. At the time of booking provide your hotel name and location. You will receive email with pick-up details.
• Please wear comfortable shoes, and bring a hat and your camera
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul

Included/Excluded

  • Licensed guide
  • Hotel transfers
  • Transportation by non smoking, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites
  • Parking fees
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Cost of additional activities

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