Istanbul, Turkey

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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Gaze over land and sea on this 3-hour guided Istanbul city tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Aboard a comfy coach discover the lively neighborhoods of Fener and Balat and drive along the Golden Horn for spectacular views. With your expert guide experience the vibrant Spice Bazaar and then board a charming sightseeing cruise to traverse the Bosphorus viewing highlights like the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress.
  • 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
Begin your day by meeting your guide at either a central location on the way to the Yenkapi neighborhood or your central hotel in Istanbul. Hop into your comfortable coach and start with a drive around the Golden Horn which converges with the Bosphorus Strait to connect Europe and Asia. Continue through the Jewish district of Balat and observe the distinct, iron built Church Of St Stephen of the Bulgars. Then, marvel at the ancient Byzantine Walls of Constantinople.

Next, make your way into the Greek quarter of Fener and admire the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate. Learn about the liturgical leader of the Greek Orthodox Church who resides at this established church. Then, continue to the colorful Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and walk about its lively stalls seeing an array of shopkeepers selling spices and eclectic wares, tapestries, and other diverse goods.

Hop back on your coach for a quick ride to the port for your sightseeing adventure on the Bosphorus. Find your favorite vantage point aboard and relax for a charming cruise. As the boat picks up speed, whip out your camera for perfect panoramic shots of Istanbul’s top attractions. Marvel at the beauty of the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace and see the commanding Rumeli fortress which views the slimmest section of the Bosphorus.  

As you duck beneath the Bosphorus bridge enjoy the illustrious marble palaces that sit cheek-by-jowl with Ottoman-era wooden villas on both east and west coastlines. As your cruise on the Bosphorus heads back to the port side, glimpse over the long shoreline and savor the picturesque scene of the city of a thousand faces. Step off the boat and take a leisurely ride back to Taksim Square where your tour ends.

Reviews

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f
, Sep 2016

Nice boat trip. Guide was very good but not really the overview of the city I was expecting.

E
, Feb 2016

It was good.

K
, Jan 2016

wunderschön und gut organisiert nur der reiseführer hätte mehr auf die touristen eingehen können.viele sprachen sprechen ist ein vorteil ,wenn man nicht alle sprachen gleichzeitig spricht!

C
, Dec 2015

It was very a wonderful tour, we were able to visit all places that were offered for this tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and took good care of us.

k
, Nov 2015

It was good and well managed tour. : will recommend.

M
, Oct 2015

Good value, but a little strange that we were collected from our hotel, then driven a few kms to another meeting point, then back to near our hotel...45 mins later for the tour. Not sure it was necessary.
Bosphorus cruise was pleasant.

C
, Oct 2015

good experience, but sad we could not visit the egyptian bazar because of Aid celebration. Only issue : we can hardly hear we the guide peak on the boat and miss interesting info. However,his level of French was very good.

L
, Sep 2015

It was good, it just seemed really rushed and chaotic and I couldn't hear anything while on the tour of the Bosphorus.

K
, Jul 2015

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

S
, Jun 2015

Good value. Guide was reasonably well-informed though he recommended spending some time at Taksim Square (the actual ending point of the tour) which proved to offer very little. Boat ride was fun. Bus tour of Golden Horn informational. The highlight, however, was the stop at the spice market!


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