After being picked up at your hotel in central Istanbul, you will head to Eminonu Pier where you embark on a 2.5-hour boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait.
In the first hour, you will explore the sights of the European side of the city, passing historical monuments such as the Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Cıragan Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the fortress of Rumelihisarı, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century.
Passing a second bridge, you will find yourself on the Asian side of Istanbul, where you will hop off the boat to visit Kücüksu Palace, (only a visit of the gardens, no interior visit) built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge for the Ottoman sultans. Make your way back to the city center, following the Asian coast, and get a look at the Anatolian Fortress (Anadoluhisarı) and Turkey's oldest military school at Kuleli Military High School. Admire the elaborate Beylerbeyi Palace, built as a summer residence for the Ottoman rulers in the1860s, and see the Maiden’s Tower guarding the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait as you get ready to disembark.