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Istanbul, Turkey-port

Bridging both Europe and Asia Minor, Istanbul is literally where “East meets West.” The city was founded by Constantine the Great and the history of this capital dates back sixteen centuries to the powerful Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Many of our voyages include overnight stays in this legendary city, allowing more time to explore Istanbul’s highlights. Shop among the winding byways of the Grand Bazaar and the exotic stalls of the Spice Bazaar. Tour the magnificent courtyards of Topkapi Palace, stroll among the treasures of the Blue Mosque with its unique six minarets, then view Dolmabahce Palace, the one-time residence of the sultans. Or you may cruise along the Bosphorus for a unique perspective of the city’s numerous seaside mansions, mosques and palaces.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Beylerbeyi Palace & Asian Istanbul
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Byzantine Highlights of Istanbul
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Complimentary City Highlights Tour
    Minimal Activity Required
  • Cruise On the Bosphorus
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Dolmabahce and Tea At the Ciragan
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Hop On, Hop Off Istanbul City Tour
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Istanbul By Night - Open Air Panoramic Tour
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Magnificent Legacies With Grand Bazaar
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Magnificent Legacies With Spice Market
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Panoramic Istanbul
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Topkapi and the Blue Mosque
    Light Activity /Walking

Beylerbeyi Palace & Asian Istanbul

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Tour Code: IST-016

Your half-day excursion begins with a drive across the Bosphorus Bridge, the world's fifth-longest suspension bridge. Crossing to the Asian side of the city, you arrive at the Beylerbeyi District, home of an opulent palace of the same name.

Designed and built by Sultan Abdul Aziz in the 19th century, Beylerbeyi Palace contains 26 rooms and several large halls. The white marble structure was used as a summer palace and guest house for foreign dignitaries visiting the Ottoman Empire. The palace highlights the elegance, charm and magnificent style that characterized this period.

The first room you visit is the elaborately decorated Reception Hall. Its centerpiece is a twisting staircase surrounded by gorgeous examples of Islamic art and style. Notice the Egyptian hasir, or reed mats, on the floors and the solid marble pool and fountain. After viewing the interior, continue with your guide to the royal stables and terraced gardens that overlook the Bosphorus.

Afterwards, drive to Sakirin Mosque at Karacaahment and visit the modern version of a mosque with interesting applications. Then, travel to the shores of the Marmara Sea to Salacak for tea and enjoy views of the Old Town.

Re-board your motor coach and drive through Uskudar, crossing the Bosphorus Bridge to Europe and arriving at your ship.

Please note: As this excursion involves extensive walking and standing with steps to negotiate, it is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Conservative dress is required for visiting mosques. All female guests will be required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms and shorts above knee-length are not allowed for both male and female visitors. Flat, comfortable walking shoes. are recommended. Extremely dense traffic congestion can be anticipated and may affect the duration of this excursion. The order of sights visited may vary.