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

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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 the city by coach, passing the Golden Horn, and the vibrant neighborhoods of Balat and Fener. Stroll through Istanbul’s colorful Spice Bazaar with your guide, and then take to the water to see sites like Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge from the comfort of your sightseeing boat!


  • 3-hour city tour and sightseeing cruise in Istanbul
  • See top Istanbul attractions like the Golden Horn and Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars on a coach tour
  • Walk through the Spice Bazaar with an expert guide
  • Cruise through the waters of the Bosphorus Strait aboard a sightseeing boat
  • See Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus Bridge and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace from the water
  • Hotel pickup included

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise around the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul!

Start your morning with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide at a central location on the way to the Yenkapi neighborhood. Travel by luxury coach around the Golden Horn – the inlet of the Bosphorus Strait that splits the city onto two continents – and then pass through the Jewish quarter of Balat. See the intriguing Church Of St Stephen of the Bulgars – made entirely of cast iron – and then admire the Byzantine Walls of Constantinople.

Head through the Greek neighborhood of Fener to see the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate – a church compound where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based – and then stop at the city’s legendary Spice Bazaar for a stroll. Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this colorful little market sells a concoction of wares – spices, tapestries, food and pretty much everything else in between!

Return to your coach and travel the short distance to the port for your sightseeing cruise. Then, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the ride! Relax with your camera poised, ready to capture top Istanbul attractions like Rumeli Fortress – an impressive structure that looks out over the narrowest part of the Bosphorus – and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.

Pass underneath Bosphorus Bridge, and see marble palaces sitting alongside Ottoman-era wooden villas on both sides of the water. Watch the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life taking place on the Bosphorus’ banks as you return to the port side, and then disembark your boat for the short trip back to Taskim Square where this tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

The tour was very nice and well organized. The Egyptian market was really interesting and colorful. The cruise on the Bosphorus was beautiful. Unfortunately, the weather was not very good on the day that we have done it and so the view from the boat was not optimal, but we were lucky enough to see dolphins and so we were very happy anyway.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

time was sufficient. Tours in the spice bazar was limited but worth the time spent on the Bosphorus

Pauline D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Brilliant weather for a great trip to the Spice Market and the Bosphorus Cruise. The courier was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting about the history of Istanbul. The Spice Market is absolutely brilliant, for us, better than the Grand Bazaar! This was followed by a trip over the river to the Asian side of Istanbul to join a boat cruise up the Bosphorus. The boat was not overcrowded so we were able to move around easily plus enjoy a drink from the cafeteria. The commentary was very interesting, explaining about the Golden Horn and pointing out the famous Palaces and Castles.
On our return to the European side of Istanbul we left the coach at the Spice Market and spent the rest of the afternoon browsing and purchasing teas, nougat, turkish delight and many spices. Excellent!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Picked up at time arranged at city hotel and taken on the tour. The tour was well organised and guides excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Pick up was late but understandable due to the heavy traffic. The cruise sightseeing was breath taking and the weather was gorgeous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Istanbul was a fabulous experience. Though this was only a half day tour, the guides showed us so much. They were excellent, very organized and with congenial attitudes. The boat was great as were the coaches.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

I loved this tour. The tour bus picked me up from my hotel on-time and the tour guide was wonderful. He allowed us plenty of time to take pictures and the overall tour was an A+.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

We loved it! The boat trip was excellent.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

It was good. The tour guide spoke more Spanish than English

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