4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
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 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 and the massive Rumeli Hisari, a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul and the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Highlights

  • Private sightseeing tour of Istanbul
  • Cruise down the Bosphorus, admiring the sights along the shore
  • Explore the Egyptian Bazaar
  • Choice of two departure times

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour:  Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Traditional spices at the Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul

Egyptian Bazaar:
Built in 1660 with the taxes collected from the trade of Egyptian herbs and spices, the exotically domed bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme. Browse the stalls and compare the prices!

Rumelihisar Fortress:
Built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, the castle was built at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus in order to isolate the city of Istanbul, prior to its invasion in 1453. Following the fall of Istanbul, the north tower was used as a prison.


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was an exceptional tour and our guide, Gülay was amazing. She knew every detail, every date, and the full history of every landmark on the cruise. She guided us where to sit on the boat for the best view of everything. The length of the cruise was just right. Honestly, I enjoyed the Egyptian spice bazaar just at much. Our guide knew the booths to take us to that were reputable and had quality products. It was a leisurely afternoon. We stopped for lunch at a small place recommended by Gülay. It was tasty, quick, and very reasonably priced. I'm a woman, so my favorite part was the shopping and Gülay was great with knowing the best spots for what I was looking for and talking to those shop owners who were no English-speaking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

This was a great day out and good value for money. Picked up from our local hotel and dropped back after the afternoon cruise and spice market visits.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

This tour was actually great! We took other tours with the same group after the Viator booking and it wasn't as trustworthy or safe as the one we book through Viator. In the future, I would advise people to book through this channel only.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Visited amazing places without having to wait in any lines with a fantastic guide (Onur) who was very knowledgable, competent and friendly. It was like having a good friend show you around his town. Very impressed and our family of three could not have asked for more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Our tour guide was very attentive and informative. We loved the slower pace of this tour and the relaxing ride down the Bosphorus.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

It was exccellent except that we couldn't visit the Egyptian Bazaar I don't know why maybe our guide was in a hurry

4 star rating: Recommended October 2012

The tour was very interesting and the guide was certainly knowledgable. We bought some very tasty nuts at the Bazaar.

Gareth C
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended April 2012

Lovely trip well worth it. Cabin Crew Freindly, our guide Ali was amazing, helpful, knowledgable

4 star rating: Recommended May 2010

Guide was very good and enthusiatstic. Bot trip was just so so. Too bad we couldn't make one stop off the boat.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

I wish we had a little more time at the Bazar. Great tour.
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