Ciragan Kempinski Palace

Now a 5-star hotel, the former palace along the Bosphorus has an exterior made entirely of marble and maintains its original baroque architecture.

Nearby Attractions

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Taksim Square
Discover the vibrant Taksim Square, the central point of metropolitan Istanbul.
Dolmabahce Palace
Built for the Ottoman sultans to live in once the Topkapi Palace was considered out of fashion, the Dolmabahce Palace lies on the water's edge of the Bosphorus.
Yildiz Park
Yildiz Park is a historical, urban park in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. It is one of the largest park in Istanbul with diversity of flowers, plants and beautiful trees.
Ortakoy Mosque
Ortakoy Mosque overlooks the Bosphorus and was built in 1853 by the order of Sultan Abdülmecid I.
Ortakoy neighbourhood
Ortakoy is a lively suburb in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, on the European side of the city, located below the suspension bridge.
Bosphorus Bridge
Connecting Europe and Asia, the Bosphorus Bridge is a spectacular engineering feat and was the longest suspension bridge in Europe when it was completed in 1973.

Related Tours

All-Inclusive, Bosphorus Strait Cruise in a Private Yacht
Enjoy an all-inclusive, private sail of the Bosphorus, where you’ll see the best of the city’s spectacular skyline. Your tour comes complete with a captain, skipper, tour guide, food and drinks. On your private boating trip, you will:

  • Step into a world of luxury on a two-hour cruise down the Bosphorus Strait on a private yacht.
  • Enjoy the history of the magnificent strait from your private guide, who will point out the best of the sights, and engage with you according to your preference. 
  • Find out the impact of the strait on Turkey’s foreign policy, since the strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and the Mediterranean, and serves as the geographical border between Europe and Asia, and the world's narrowest strait used for international navigation. 
  • Admire the striking Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces, the stunning jewel-like Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, the medieval Rumelian Castle, the Maiden's Tower, and colourful Yali Mansions. 
  • Engage all your senses as you taste beautifully prepared appetisers made with local Turkish product (includes 1 glass of wine, a or bottle of beer per person, soft drinks, dried fruits, hams and cheeses, and bread).
  • Relax into the beauty of the city, and see some of the most iconic and beautiful views of Istanbul, with its fairytale skyline marked by the minarets of Haghia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.
  • Please note: This cruise is particularly stunning at sunset, so please contact us if you would like to make your trip a sunset cruise. 
As the world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, the importance of the Bosphorus Strait—and thus Istanbul’s existence—cannot be overstated. Still, the best way we know to learn about this critical waterway is simply to enjoy it in a luxurious way, at your own leisure on a private yacht. 

Your guide will be sure to show you the city’s key highlights, including the stunning Dolmabahçe Palace, with its ostentatious façade, as well as the 15th century Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace, where Ottoman sultans spent their summers. 

During the cruise, you will get the chance to truly experience the meeting of East and West, which comes together in the great city of Istanbul. While differences have been rooted within Turkish history, and have at times resulted in tension, the mix of different cultures and faiths in Istanbul has indeed fuelled the creation of the amazing, and utterly unique city that you see today. After two hours, your captain will dock in your original port, where you can then step off into the cool neighbourhood of Karaköy and enjoy the rest of your day or evening at your leisure. 


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