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Maiden's Tower: Our most recommended tours and activities

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

Enjoy magical views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Sail on a yacht and view a show which includes traditional Turkish Folk Dancing. Sip on unlimited soft drinks while seeing sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge.  Have the option to choose from a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in Istanbul. With this option, enjoy being transported to the boat in an air-conditioned van. Select from tour options with or without unlimited alcoholic drinks. Savor an appetizer plate with options like a seasonal salad or hot starters. Choose a main course like mixed grilled meat, seasonal fish, or a vegetarian menu. Savor fruit and finish your meal with a sweet dessert.  Dine on your tasty food while watching live entertainment like Turkish folk dancing, Latin flamenco dancing, and a DJ. Gaze out the window at the Maiden's Tower, which has stood since the medieval Byzantine period and the imposing Galata Tower.  Capture pictures of the stunning Baroque Revival architecture or Dolmabahçe Palace and Ortaköy Mosque. Admire the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges which span the Bosphorus strait. Take in the waterside Ottoman architecture of the Beylerbeyi Palace.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Stopover on Asian Side

2. Istanbul: Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Stopover on Asian Side

Set sail on a cruise between Europe and Asia on Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait. See the wonders of both East and West from the water while accompanied by a multilingual guide. Stopover on the Asian side and explore Kanlica, a district that stands in defiance of time. On board the yacht, hear stories of this mesmerizing city as you set out to pass sights on both continents, including Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, the Leander Tower, and Istanbul's most posh areas, Ortakoy and Bebek. Pass under the two suspended Bosphorus bridges that connect Europe and Asia and Admire the thick walls of the medieval Rumeli Fortress. Snap photos of the city skyline and hear about the confluence of cultures that exists at this meeting point between Europe and Asia. During the cruise, you'll be free to wander between decks to capture the best shots of Istanbul's attractions. Your guide will illustrate the history of what you see during the cruise; Bosphorus has a storied past and your guides know the fun facts you can't find in a tourist handbook. The Bosphorus separating two continents has always been crucial to life in Istanbul. Once a prime channel to move fearsome armies through, it now serves more peaceful functions. Seeing this important trading route is a must-do for travelers.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

3. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

Explore the Bosphorus narrows in Istanbul on a half-day guided cruise. As you ride along the European side, pass by the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, and more. Once you reach the second bridge, return along the Asian coast, with a stop at Beylerbeyi for shopping and discovery. Embark on your guided journey from the Old City in Eminonu and discover the Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait. Sail along part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe, catching sight of Istanbul's biggest architectural monuments. Admire what was once the center of the Ottoman Empire, the Dolmabahce Palace. Check out the pillars of the Ortakoy Mosque, and look up at the suspensions that support the Bosphorus Bridge. Once you reach the second bridge, turn around to take in the sights of the Asian side of the narrow. Make a stop in Beylerbeyi area and take an hour to explore on your own, go shopping, or relax. Afterward, head back to the Old City, with sights of the Maiden Tower and seaside houses along the way.

Istanbul: Private Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Yacht Cruise

4. Istanbul: Private Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Yacht Cruise

Experience the incomparable opportunity to see two continents at once private yacht tour along the Bosphorus Strait, which runs between the beautiful shorelines of Europe and Asia. You'll also get to see the city of Istanbul from the water, gliding by some of the most famous sights and monuments. Take your time to unwind with your group of friends as you sit back and take in the most unforgettable views from your personal sundeck. Enjoy the trip as the friendly crew looks after the rest. Navigate past the waterfront palaces of Sultans and their Pasha’s villas. From the European Side, discover the Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, and the Bosphorus Bridge. Meanwhile, from the Asian Side, get a glimpse of the Anadolu Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, and more.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Show

5. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Show

Have a unique and authentic dinner while cruising along the Bosphorus. Take in the magnificent views of the coastal shores of Istanbul, complimented by the delicious flavors offered by a rich variety of Turkish food. The boat trip offers multiple landmarks of great cultural importance; the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, the Ciragan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, seaside mansions, and the Maidens Tower. Centuries old, they are still magnificent and original today. After dinner, you will witness an impressive dance show including folk and belly dancing, as well as international songs played by the night's DJ.

Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

6. Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

Experience the perfect immersion to the wonderful history and culture of Istanbul with this comprehensive sightseeing tour of the busy city. In the morning, get picked up at your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle, then immediately head off to the Blue Mosque, which is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and check out the blue tiles of the interior that gave the mosque its current name. Next, spend some time shopping for memorable souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets, before you rest and recharge with a delicious lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon, explore famous sites that were preserved from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and learn fascinating facts and stories from your English-speaking guide. Stop by the Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, along with the Tombs of the Sultans in Hagia Sofia. See several small buildings that look like miniature mosques and contain lavishly decorated tombs of five different sultans and their extended families. Next, cross the busy Galata Bridge, which has restaurants and cafes underneath it open all day and night, to get to the Golden Horn, a magnificent inlet bordered by city's domes and mosques. Finally, stop at Leander's Tower, one of the most iconic images of Istanbul, before you get dropped off back at your accommodation.

Istanbul: Maiden's Tower, Çamlıca Hill, & Asian Side Tour

7. Istanbul: Maiden's Tower, Çamlıca Hill, & Asian Side Tour

Explore some of Istanbul's most iconic spots on this guided tour. See Maiden's Tower and scenic views from Çamlıca Hill. Explore the Asian/Anatolian Side of Istanbul including Bağdat Avenue. Complete your experience with a shopping tour at the high-ceilinged Emaar Mall. Meet your tour guide at your accommodation, then head to your first stop, Çamlıca Hill. Çamlıca Hill got its name from the pine trees in the area (Çamlıca means “pine” in Turkish). Take a walk while surrounded by the hill’s historic trees and local, colorful flora. Marvel at the panorama views of the Bosporus (Straight of Istanbul) and the rest of the city. Next, visit Maiden's Tower, found on a small island at the southern entrance of the Bosporus. No one knows who built this tower or why, but your tour guide will fill you in on what is known about this site. Afterward, head to Bağdat (Baghdad) Avenue. The one-way avenue with old plane trees is a large, open-air shopping center filled with shopping malls, department stores, fashion stores, elegant shops offering world-famous brands, restaurants of international and local cuisine, pubs, and cafes. Learn about Bağdat Avenue’s special spots with the help of your guide. Your tour guide can also guide you anywhere to have an optional lunch. Later, head to Emaar Mall, one of the newest malls of Istanbul on the Asian Side. It features high ceilings and wide shopping areas with many stores selling high-quality brand names. There is also a cinema complex, art gallery, and large food hall. At the conclusion of the tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation.

Istanbul: Maiden's Tower Yacht Tour

8. Istanbul: Maiden's Tower Yacht Tour

Get a chance to take up-close photos of Maiden's Tower and other iconic spots of Istanbul on this yacht tour along the Bosporus Strait. Sightsee from the water and visit one of the most instagrammable places in Istanbul. Board the yacht at the Karaköy ferry station, then head toward the Maiden's Tower. Get up close to this famous landmark, which is steeped in the most fascinating myths and legends. After circling around the tower and capturing the enchanting scenery in unique photos, start to head back. On your journey back, see more attractions from the water, including the Golden Horn, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque.

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What people are saying about Maiden's Tower

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 166 reviews

We would recommend highly, staff was excellent and friendly, detailed description of places plus served snacks, even one of the staff helped us to take the tram back to our hotel in a quick manner as taxi can get caught in traffic, would love ❤️ to visit again!

Great experience for the price! Hotel pickup & drop off made things very convenient. 3 course meal was delicious with good portion sizes. Several entertainment performances throughout the night were wonderful. Incredible views of the Bosphorous river too.

I had a great time I recommend it but the only thing that was bad our driver never gave us our bus number and we walked back to our hotel for an hour no taxi would take us

A very nice spebt night (duration app 3 hours), with a 3 course meal and live dancing/singing. Acces to the rooftop of the boat. Nice personel.

Perfect trip and great team. A big applause to our guide. A must to be done in Istanbul.