This morning, your guide will take you on a tour of the opulent Dolmabahce Palace on the banks of the Bosporus. This palace more resembles the grand palaces of Europe in the 19th century and was built by Sultan Abdul Mecit to rival the greatest palaces of St. Petersburg, Paris and London. Don’t miss the crystal staircase, the unique alabaster baths and the enormous Ceremonial Hall, designed to hold 2,500 guests. (Harem section is optional, please let your guide know at the gate before and the additional admission fee is 30 TL per person )
Thereafter, you will take tram ride to visit the Istanbul Modern Museum, the first private museum devoted to modern and contemporary art in Turkey was founded in 2004 in order to promote wider enjoyment and understanding of modern art among the public. Located on the shores of the Bosphorus… the museum brings together the Istanbul cityscape with the production of arts ranging from painting, sculpture, and photography to video and new media.
From there, walk to the Tunel in Karakoy and take the funicular which is the second oldest metro in the world after London, to visit Old Galata and Pera neighborhoods, which were inhabited since the Byzantine Empire. During the 19th century Ottoman Empire, the street was known as Grande Rue de Pera and the district became a center for foreigners, Levantines, Ottoman intellectuals and western culture admirers.
- Licensed guides throughout Istanbul tours
- Local taxes and service charges
- Arrival/departure transfers
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Customary tips to guide and drivers
- On Thursdays, when Dolmabahce Palace is closed, it will be replaced with the Naval Museum in Besiktas.
- On Mondays, Istanbul Modern Museum is closed. This tour is not operated.