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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  3-4 hours
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! After traveling to the bazaar by coach and learning about the city from an onboard guide, enjoy some free time to explore and browse stalls selling fresh mint, cardamom, cinnamon and more. Follow up the market visit with a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and see a collection of sights including the decadent Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress.


  • 3.5-hour Istanbul experience including a trip to the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise
  • Listen to a guide while traveling and learn about the history of the 17th-century souk
  • Explore the Spice Bazaar’s stalls independently and shop for a selection of edible treats
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus, the famous stretch of water that borders two continents
  • See top Istanbul attractions from the water including Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress

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What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

See grand palaces and mosques on a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait!

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your experience with a pickup from your European-side Istanbul hotel. As you travel through the city, sit back and relax as your onboard guide talks about Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar— your first destination of the tour. One of the city’s most colorful and bustling attractions, the market has operated since the 17th century and remains as popular with locals as it is with visitors.

Hop out of your coach and head inside the market while breathing in its heady aromas of fragrant spices and herbs. Hear tips for interesting stalls to visit from your guide, and then enjoy roughly 45 minutes of free time to explore and shop at leisure.

After shopping and sightseeing around the famous souk, travel by coach to the banks of the Bosphorus Strait for your cruise. Learn about the famous stretch of water that straddles both the Asian and European continents as you travel, and then board your sightseeing boat for the cruise.

Take a seat out on deck or inside the cabin, and cruise past an impressive selection of Istanbul’s showpiece sights. Look out for Dolmabahçe Palace with its decadent façade as well as 15th-century Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations. Your route takes in sights on both the European and Asian shores and, in addition to Istanbul’s big-name attractions, the cruise also passes some of the city’s lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more.

Having admired the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour, and a wonderful experience. Bulit, my guide walked me through the streets, introducing me to typical Turkish fare. The whole experience was delectable. A must do if you like to try and experience new and different cuisines.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

i'm giving it five stars because it was so well organized. We arrived from the US in the morning and were picked up promptly at 1 o'clock. This was the perfect way to start our vacation in Istanbul after traveling about 24 hours and not wanting to waste a moment. Views from the Bosporus were incredible. The tour was an excellent value. I recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great experience. everyone is really friendly at the bazaar. our tour guide, Omar, was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

driver arrived promptly at hotel for pick up....met our our guide very professional friendly and knowledgeable realy enjoyed tour...good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour, the Bosphorus cruise is a must if you go to Istanbul, it gives you a different perspective of the city and is very relaxing, the group was small and we had a boat only for us!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Intersting way to learn someting about Istanbul in a short time and enjoyig yje views down the Bosphorus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This is must see when you are in Istanbul. The perspective of the city from the boat is a different.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Fantastic guide, really informative and engaging. Spice market was eye opening! A must see in Istanbul, followed by a leisurely and enjoyable cruise. All in all a great tip and decent value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour guide and an interesting choice of places to show us in the spice bazaar. Enjoyed the pet supplies area and the birds, even big jars of leeches, which locals were buying for medicinal purposes, don't ask! The cruise was scenic and relaxing. Well worth your time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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