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Bosphorus Cruises

By Viator, April 2014

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One of the best ways to get a feel for Istanbul is to take a cruise on the legendary Bosphorus. Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then hop aboard your ferry for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From your cruise boat, you can view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world's longest, the massive Rumelihisar fortress, the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Built in 1660 with the taxes collected from the trade of Egyptian herbs and spices, the exotically domed Egyptian bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme. Browse the stalls and compare the prices! The Rumelihisar Fortress was built  by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus in order to isolate the city of Istanbul, prior to its invasion in 1453. The Sadberk Hanim Museum is an art collection originally collected by  an Armenian civil servant. It fills two charming 19th-century wooden villas. The museum has recently expanded to include a new collection of archeological exhibits, including ancient statues, artifacts, clothing and jewelry.

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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

See Istanbul’s ornate palaces and architecture from land and water on this exciting full-day tour! From the comfort of a coach, you'll see top Istanbul ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.16

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Spend your evening in Istanbul cruising around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.19

Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $37.80

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

See Istanbul from dry land and water on this 3-hour sightseeing experience that combines a coach tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Travel round ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.08

Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Combine a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise with a tour of Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this exciting 2.5-hour Istanbul experience! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.06

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

Take a leisurely afternoon cruise along Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, and enjoy an onboard lunch and visit to the Black Sea, too! After savoring delights such ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.10

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

Explore Istanbul on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and the waters of the Black Sea! With an onboard guide, learn about Istanbul and enjoy three ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.78

Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then take an unforgettable cruise ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.70

Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Sightsee in Istanbul and save the pennies, too, on this exciting Super Saver that combines a market visit and cruise with an evening folklore show and dinner! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $114.30

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