Dolmabahce Palace , Grand Bazaar / Approximately 5 hours
Your guide is going to be ready with a board where your name is written at the Istanbul Port and Continue for a full day tour
Dolmabahce Palace construction was ordered by the Ottoman Empire’s 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, and was built between the years 1843 and 1856. Haci Said Aga was responsible for the construction works, while the project was realized by architects Garabet Balyan, his son Nigogayos Balyan and Evanis Kalfa (members of the Balyan family of Ottoman court architects.) The construction cost five million Ottoman mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tonnes of gold. Fourteen tonnes of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the 45,000 square metre monoblock palace, which stands on an area of 110,000 m². Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who is the founder of the Turkish Republic and or modern Turkey died here in 10th of november in 1938. It is still visited by enormous number of people everyday as one of the most attractive place of the city.
One of the largest covered markets in the World with 4000 shops and 60 streets and welcomes between 300.000 and 500.000 visitors Daily. Bazaar is so well known for its painted ceramics, carpets, jewellery, spices, souvenirs and antique stores. It was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of 2.Mehmet the conquerer. It has four different main gate and its not hard to get lost thats why its important to keep the name of the gate where you came in and will met with your guide at the same gate.
After the tour you will be transferred back to port.
** We guarantees that we will always get you back to your ship on-time
PLACES TO VISIT
Dolmabahce (Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Replaced with Chora Church Museum.)
Grand Bazaar (Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Replaced with Spice Bazaar.)
Transportation with fully A/C private & non-smoking vehicle
English speaking tour guide
All parking lots
Meals and drinks
Tips to guide and driver