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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the many renowned sites of Istanbul on this small-group, half-day tour of its historical landmarks. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a plush Mercedes minivan. Travel in style with you expert guide to the enchanting Dolmabahçe Palace, then venture to other city highlights, like the Spice Bazaar, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Jewish quarter known as Balat. Throughout the day your guide will educate you on the rich history of this unforgettable city. To ensure a quality experience, this group is limited to 14 people.
  • Half-day Istanbul art and history tour, led by an expert local guide
  • Learn about the city’s fascinating history, from the Byzantine era to the present day
  • Enjoy tours of Dolmabahçe Palace, Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the Spice Bazaar
  • Explore Balat and see the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate, home to the head of Turkey’s Greek Orthodox Church
  • Travel around Istanbul by luxury, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures personalized attention from a guide
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

1:00 PM
Your small-group Istanbul city tour kicks off with with a fashionable pickup by Mercedes minivan from your central hotel located on the European side. Strap into your luxury air-conditioned vehicle and let your local guide inform you of Istanbul’s fascinating history. Hear of the storied Byzantine and Ottoman empires as you cruise through the city en route to the trip’s first stop.

Once at Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the Ottoman Empire’s final architectural projects, follow your guide inside the opulent building. Learn about the classic Ottoman and Neoclassical style apparent throughout and hear of its history as you stroll beneath grand chandeliers and intricate décor. 

From there, stroll the Jewish quarter of Balat, as your guide whisks you past the fascinating Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based, and other points of interest. Before your tour ends, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque is not to be missed. Brace your camera for a beautiful interior and intricate tiles, a fine example of Istanbul’s stunning Islamic architecture. Enjoy one last stop at the famed Spice Bazaar, where your nose will lead you through the smells of Turkish cooking, before your tour ends and you bid farewell to your guide.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dolmabahce Palace
Start your tour with a pickup from your European-side hotel in Istanbul by luxury Mercedes minivan. Settle back in air-conditioned comfort as your guide talks to you about Istanbul’s rich history — from Byzantine and Ottoman eras to the current day — on the way to your first stop. Hop out of your minivan at Dolmabahçe Palace and head inside to explore. The grandiose building was one of the last Ottoman Empire palaces to be built, and its architectural style presents a medley of influences, blending opulent Ottoman and Neoclassical design. Learn about its history while walking amid chandeliers, marble and gilded furnishings.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Balat
Then, head out on a walking tour around the Balat area, the cultural heart of Istanbul’s Jewish community. Stroll along the streets, and look out for the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate, an intriguing church compound where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Leave Balat and travel to Rüstem Pasha Mosque, one of the city’s gems. Small yet spectacular, the mosque boasts an eye-catching interior with incredible tiles that adorn the walls and ceiling.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
After admiring the interiors, travel onward to Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. Scout out the most interesting stalls to visit, hear bargaining tips, and then bid your guide a fond farewell as your tour finishes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport.

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Alla_S
, Sep 2020
The program was good, the sites we wanted to see, the car was very comfortable, however the tour guide was not the best. He did not know that some sites were closed and did not provide enough information.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Alla, Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately it's not possible to know in advance closures after corona pandemic. They decide to close sites suddenly without a notice. Hope to see you again when this chaotic time is over. Neon Tours
star-5
The tour was amazing. Our guide...
Nasrina Issa M
, Jan 2018
The tour was amazing. Our guide Selivay was very accommodating and made our tour very memorable. The Dolmabahce Palace and Golden Horn worth it!
star-5
very knowledgable and pleasant guide...
thamer a
, Nov 2017
very knowledgable and pleasant guide and very interesting sites
star-5
excellent tourist guide. Very...
Gustavo B
, Oct 2017
excellent tourist guide. Very professional and knowledgable. Its a must seen palace in Istanbul.
star-5
A Super Fantastic Experience We Had...
Aman G
, Jul 2016
A Super Fantastic Experience We Had In Istanbul. Our Tour Guide Gulay Was Just Brilliant!!! Very Knowledgeable, Which Made This Tour A Big Massive 10/10
star-5
We enjoyed the small-group tour! Tour...
411.p.fid
, Dec 2015
We enjoyed the small-group tour! Tour guide extensive knowledge added greatly to the tour!
star-5
Excellent tour. There were only the...
Edwin L
, Oct 2015
Excellent tour. There were only the two of us with a guide. He was knowledgable and had good English.
star-5
Our guide, Tibet, was enthusiastic...
Cheryl P
, Oct 2015
Our guide, Tibet, was enthusiastic, well informed, and lovely to deal with...everything you could ask for from a tour guide. We talked, we laughed and we learned. The Dolmabahce Palace and grounds are stunningly beautiful and not to be missed. The only place that we have ever seen to favourably compare it to is the Palace of Versailles. Tibet also skillfully guided us through the Modern Art Museum and a beautiful little mosque and a Greek Orthodox church. This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I also must mention how important it was to have a luxury air-conditioned van, with a very skillful driver in heavy traffic, on a hot Autumn day. I would highly recommend this tour package.
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We had a highly enjoyable afternoon...
Nigel S
, Sep 2015
We had a highly enjoyable afternoon tour, and as we were the only two people on it, we had the undivided attention of our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and spoke faultless English. The highlight of this tour was undoubtedly the Dolmabahce Palace, which is a stupendous building, full of the most beautiful ceilings and tiles, enormous chandeliers and staircases with amazing glass banisters. We also visited the Istanbul Modern art museum, which was well worthwhile, as the art is very well presented, and the Rustem Pasha mosque, which is an absolute gem with the most perfect blue tiling, and incredibly peaceful despite being very near the very busy waterfront in Eminonu. This was a superb tour and not to be missed.
star-5
The guide was very knowledgable...
Robert M
, Jul 2015
The guide was very knowledgable about the various locations. She was professional and friendly. The Dolmabahce Palace must be seen to be believed. Gorgeous European Palace! Greek Orthodox Church and Pasha Mosque were also beautiful. Enjoyed this tour immensely.

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