Bosphorus Cruise – Beylerbeyi Palace
(All included tour with an expert guide and stops at Bosphorus villages)
Istanbul is a walking city but you’ll never get enough of it if you don’t take a Bosphorus ferry…(and people will think you’re mad not doing it).
As locals we are very dependent on the ferries so we have absolute command on the system: Hours could be wasted by the uninitiated trying to discover what goes from where and when and when it might return or not.
Our Bosphorus Cruise Beylerbeyi Palace Tour starts in the morning and a local boat takes us to Uskudar on the Asian side to start.
Sultanahmet, impressive as it is, is an open-air museum. You need to leave it and see the real way that we Istanbulites live. Asian side is where we grew up; it is a very residential neighborhood. We visit Sinan’s mosque dedicated for Sultan Suleyman’s daughter.
Uskudar is famous with its local market and we walk around this bustling market brimming with fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables, stellar pastry shops, simple restaurants and few tourists.
We take the opportunity to enjoy lunch samplings at Kanaat Lokantasi. This place will will spoil you with its unique and lesser-known dishes from Turkey.
The afternoon of Bosphorus Cruise Beylerbeyi Palace will take us to the Bosphorus, one of the most beautiful sights in the world. We do a great hop-on-hop-off Bosporus tour… it’s the best way to do the Bosphorus so you can see those smaller palaces… no other company stops when they do the cruise.
As the boat zigzags between Asia and Europe, you will admire the old Ottoman wooden houses, Ottoman palaces, mighty castles, small towns and two suspended bridges.
We use a different Bosporus ferry than everybody’s else’s and see some less visited Ottoman Palaces ( Kucuksu and Beylerbeyi) as the boat waits for us.
If you choose to spend more time ( generally Beylerbeyi wants you to stay more, simply because it’s beautiful) , your guide will take the next boat an hour later.
This option of using the hop-on / hop-off ferry will give you the more time discovering the actual villages along the Bosphorus. Our Bosphorus Cruise Beylerbeyi Palace Tour is a more active way to enjoy the strait and be part of the city.
You can choose to join a tour of max 8 people or enjoy a private tour for full access to an expert guide.