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In a nutshell An excursion that takes us to discover Istanbul’s Asian part: we cross the bridge over the Bosphorus, drive through the Fenerbahce district and along Bagdat Street, admire the breathtaking views from the Little Çamlıca Hill viewpoint and visit the elegant Beylerbeyi Palace.

Main stops
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Bosphorus Bridge
  • Fenerbahce
  • Bagdat Street
  • Çamlica Hill
  • Tasting of Turkish tea and coffee
  • Beylerbeyi Palace*

The programme
  • An enchanting excursion to discover the eastern side of Istanbul. The tour starts with a panoramic tour by coach headed towards the Asian continent: we spot the door of the amazing Dolmabahce Palace on the European part of the city overlooking the Bosphorus before crossing the bridge taking us to the Asian side. The tour then takes us to the Fenerbahce residential district and along the lovely tree-lined Bagdat Street boasting elegant restaurants, cafés and shops.
  • We continue towards the viewpoint on Çamlica Hill, which is only 229 metres high and is also known as Kucuk (little) Çamlica to distinguish it from the nearby slightly higher hill with the same name offering enchanting panoramic views of the city. A short break enables us to visit one of the local cafés to savour Turkish teas and coffees.
  • After this pleasant relaxing break, we continue towards our next stop: Beylerbeyi Palace, built between 1861 and 1865 and commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz. It is smaller than the Dolmabahçe Palace and was the Sultans’ summer residence. As there was no heating, the floor was covered with hay brought especially from Egypt.
  • The panoramic tour ends as we return to the European part of the city and the port.

Good to know
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • We recommend paying the utmost attention to avoid tripping. 
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or wheelchair users.
  • Some halls of the palace may be closed for maintenance work.
  • Only a limited number of visitor may enter the palace, so guests may have to wait.
  • The palace is closed on Mondays, Thursdays and during religious festivities (Ramadan Feast, End of Ramadan, Sacrifice Feast).