BOSPHORUS CRUISE TOUR BY A PUBLIC FERRY
Start your day tour in Istanbul with the Bosphorus Cruise by a public ferry (also some known as Gypsy Boats) in an extremely captivating scenery. The shoreline on both sides is adorned with well-kept groves, half a dozen Ottoman imperial palaces, traditional Yalis (waterside villas) and shore villages before a background patched with recent ultra-modern skyscrapers.
Continue the exciting day with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace from the 1800's and home to six Sultans. This flamboyant imperial palace is a synthesis of late Ottoman Architecture and Rococo, Baroque and Neoclassical styles, has got two main sections Selamlik (Official Part) & Harem (Privy Chambers) in addition to magnificent gardens. Its golden ceiling gilds, priceless paintings, unique furniture and the rich collection of Bohemian crystals are worth seeing as great examples of the splendor in recent Ottoman Dynasty.
After a nice lunch, you drive south by a private minivan to visit the Castle of Rumeli from the 15th century, built by Mehmet the Conqueror to control the strait while he was preparing for his campaign of Constantinople.
Rest of the day is at leisure…
You will have chances for superb pictures and videos all day long in Istanbul also after the Bosphorus Ferry Tour.
This tour is recommended for visitors on a budget.
Please mention it to your operator for extra transportation cost if you are staying on the Asian side or Taksim Square.