Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3795LC3428
Discover Istanbul’s artistic and historical gems on a half-day city tour with luxury transport by Mercedes minivan included! With a local guide, tour the opulent Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy visits to Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the famous Spice Bazaar. Learn about the city’s history from Byzantine times to the modern day, and explore Balat, the Jewish quarter. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Get inside tips from a local
Start your tour with a pickup from your European-side hotel in Istanbul by luxury Mercedes minivan. Settle back in air-conditioned comfort as your guide talks to you about Istanbul’s rich history — from Byzantine and Ottoman eras to the current day — on the way to your first stop.

Hop out of your minivan at Dolmabahçe Palace and head inside to explore. The grandiose building was one of the last Ottoman Empire palaces to be built, and its architectural style presents a medley of influences, blending opulent Ottoman and Neoclassical design. Learn about its history while walking amid chandeliers, marble and gilded furnishings.

After your tour of Dolmabahçe Palace, travel to the artsy neighborhood of Beyoğlu where the prestigious Istanbul Modern Art Museum awaits. Focusing on contemporary Turkish artwork, the museum covers two floors of a converted warehouse and is home to an array of temporary exhibitions as well as a cinema and arts library. Learn about the art, and admire highlights such as the permanent art history exhibition.

Then, head out on a walking tour around the Balat area, the cultural heart of Istanbul’s Jewish community. Stroll along the streets, and look out for the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate, an intriguing church compound where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based.

Leave Balat and travel to Rüstem Pasha Mosque, one of the city’s gems. Small yet spectacular, the mosque boasts an eye-catching interior with incredible tiles that adorn the walls and ceiling. After admiring the interiors, travel onward to Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. Scout out the most interesting stalls to visit, hear bargaining tips, and then bid your guide a fond farewell as your tour finishes.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your European-side Istanbul hotel
Departure Time:
1pm
Return Details:
Concludes at Istanbul Spice Bazaar at 5pm

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Pricing information

Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

Half-day Small Group Wonders Tour of Istanbul

Inclusions:
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Entrance fees: Dolmabahçe Palace and Istanbul Modern
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Barry S, December 2014

It turned out that this tour was just us and our guide. Our guide was very accommodating, knowledgeable of the places we visited and toured, and very pleasant.

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Tour code: 3795LC3428