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

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

When your cruise ship docks in Istanbul, head out on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to visit the city’s famous Spice Bazaar and then cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Travel between each site by coach as an onboard guide talks about the city’s history, and make the most of free time at the bazaar to browse its colorful and aromatic produce at leisure. Then, hop aboard a sightseeing boat and admire Dolmabahçe Palace, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and other grand mosques and fortresses that line the Bosphorus’ shores.


  • 3.5-hour Istanbul shore excursion including the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Bosphorus Cruise
  • Learn about the spice souk’s 17th-century history while traveling from the port
  • Explore independently and browse local spices, herbs, honey and nuts at colorful stalls
  • Hop aboard a sightseeing boat and enjoy a Bosphorus Strait cruise
  • See legendary Istanbul landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress from the water
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

Explore Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your shore excursion with a pickup from the Port of Istanbul. 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, 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 the city’s lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more.

After admiring the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a port drop-off.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Istanbul for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour to see the Bosphorus and Istanbul from a different perspective. Love the Egyptian Bazaar - smaller than the Grand Bazaar so easier to get around. Wonderful spices and Turkish Delight! Friendlt locals but not pushy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

You have to travel along the Bosphorus to see the beautiful areas and houses of Istanbul otherwise you would miss so much Our guide was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Your local contractor was very professional. We arrived early, and they were there for us, so we left early. Seckin was a great guide who was very informational.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Tour guide was very accommodating with our tight schedule

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful tour guide. Very friendly and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was great seeing Istanbul from the Bosphorus River. It's amazing to think that Istanbul is on 2 continents~~Asia and Europe! This was a nice, relaxing cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very nice morning tour. Picked up on time with a small group. Almost like a private tour. Nice cruise on the Bosphorous and a good trip to the Egyptian spice market. Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour is great. We really enjoyed the Spice Market. Our guide explained the difference between the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar so we could be smart shoppers. The Bosphorus cruise is beautiful and relaxing.

We were very pleased with our guide. We were picked up on time at the port and were brought back to the port. We were told that we could be dropped off someplace else if we wished to explore on our own. That was a kind offer.

We were surprised and pleased that the tour was not cancelled as there was only one other couple on the tour. Great for us, but not so great for the company

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

A wonderful tour and our guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

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