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Bosphorus
Bosphorus, or the Istanbul Strait, functions not just as a border between Europe and Asia, but as one of the most beautiful sites in all of Turkey. Lined with scenic greenery, palaces, parks, and not to mention an absolutely gorgeous waterfront, Bosphorus has much more to offer than one may initially suspect.

One of its more popular landmarks, Dolmabahce Palace is one of the Ottoman Empire’s most significant and grandiose structures. With more than 240 rooms, and 43 hallways, Dolmabahce was a political hub in Turkey for the better part of one and a half centuries before the collapse of the empire.

If you’re looking to embrace the wonderful outdoors of the area, two of Bosphorus’ more beautiful parks are the Emirgan and Macka Parks. Where Emirgan contains a plethora of water-related scenery including ponds, waterfalls and the Bosphorus itself, Macka too shares views of the Bosphorus’ beauty, but is composed of charming valley terrain, providing the opportunity for energizing strolls about.

Although a bit pricey, there are many places along the Bosphorus to enjoy a proper day out and if you so desire, a night out—including a jazz club, one of Europe’s best nightclubs, and nice selection of restaurants and bars.

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Rides along the water are not for the light-walleted either, with ferry prices that chase many customers away. However, if you are looking for an opportunity to splurge on one of the world’s hidden gems, this is the place for you. 
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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Cruise along the landmark lined waters of the Bosphorus Strait and stroll through the entrancing Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar during this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the bazaar’s abundant spices such as cardamom, mint, cinnamon, and have free time to explore on your own. Then, learn about Istanbul’s history from your expert guide as you set course for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Aboard the ship, enjoy glimpses of famous Istanbul monuments like the impressive Rumeli Hisari Fortress and Dolmabahçe Palace.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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Istanbul Super Saver: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Explore Istanbul’s touted sites on the cheap by combining a cruise, dinner with Anatolian folk music and a market visit on this Super Saver tour. Select from two different times to start your tour. An professional guide will inform you about the rich history of your experiences throughout the day. See the Egyptian Spice Market, cruise the Bosphorus Strait, and conclude with a 4-course Turkish dinner, including drinks and a belly-dancing show.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Experience the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise during this private guided tour in Istanbul. Explore the lively bazaars of Istanbul and discover their fascinating history with the full attention of your private guide. Plus, you will cruise the famous Bosphorus Straight to see stunning mosques and bridges spanning two continents along the historic waters.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$44.00
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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour take you on a 2.5-hour boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. You will stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, this tour comes with a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

Sail between two continents and into the Black Sea on this full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait from Istanbul, with an onboard guide, plus a delicious included lunch on deck. Gaze over the shores of Europe and Asia as you cruise along the Istanbul Bosphorus; stop to visit the city’s pretty Ortaköy neighborhood; and enjoy guided tours of the ornate Küçüksu Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Lastly, moor at the picturesque Black Sea village of Poyrazköy with time to swim in the sea; or explore the medieval castle of Anadolu Kavağı.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$91.16
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Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this 3.5-hour tour including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic 1.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop café.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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All Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

Make the most of an evening in Istanbul with a sparkling 5-hour dinner cruise experience on the Bosphorus Strait. Admire spectacular views of Istanbul’s beautifully illuminated palaces, mosques and Bosphorus bridges, and enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner with select drinks. Glittering entertainment from belly dancers, whirling dervishes and other artistes is included, along with hotel pickup and drop-off. Upgrade to an unlimited alcoholic drinks package if you wish.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show from Istanbul

You will be able to see Istanbul at night in all its glory during a night stroll through the Bosphorus on the boat. You swim between two continents - Europe and Asia, admire the views of Istanbul at night, and while sailing under the Bosphorus Bridge, do not forget to make a wish - it will come true!During the walk you will find a delicious dinner of Turkish cuisine and an incendiary show program "Turkish Night" with live music, belly dancing, national and Caucasian folklore, and dervish dance.At the end of the evening everyone will be invited to dance to live music.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Sail between two continents and visit the extravagant Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this 2.5-hour Bosphorus sightseeing cruise in Istanbul. Learn about the sights and Istanbul’s history from the onboard guide, and admire splendid views of top Istanbul attractions as you sail the strait that divides Europe from Asia. Gaze out over the domes, towers and minarets of the historic peninsula, cruise under the vast Bosphorus Bridge, float by Dolmabahçe Palace, and go ashore for a tour of either the picturebook Rumeli (Mondays and Thursdays only) or Ottoman Küçüksu.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Tour with Cable Car from Istanbul

Explore Istanbul on a half-day tour that features the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River. Your knowledgeable guide shows you landmarks including Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, the Old Jewish Hospital, Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate and the Old City Walls of Constantinople. Take a ferry on the Bosphorous River and stop at Eyup Sultan Mosque where the Ayyub al-Ansari Mausoleum is a top attraction. Finally, hop on a cable car that whisks you uphill to Pierre Loti Cafe for panoramic views over the Golden Horn.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bosphorus and Golden Horn Full Day Tour in Istanbul

See top attractions in Istanbul by land and boat on a full-day tour. See ancient Byzantine walls, Chora Church, Topkapi Gate, and Yedikule Fortress (Fortress of Seven Towers). Then cruise along the Bosphorous River and around the Golden Horn, taking in sweeping views of this historic city and waterway.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul

Ensure your spot on a Bosphorus River dinner cruise for a memorable night out in Istanbul. The dinner cruise includes a 4-course meal of Turkish fare, and live entertainment that features traditional music and belly dancers. Soak in the sights of the city at night during your cruise on a tour that includes the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

Go beyond Istanbul’s top attractions and discover more of the city on this multi-faceted 5-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling between the sights by air-conditioned coach, visit Çamlıca Hill on the Asian side to witness the breathtaking panoramas over the Bosphorus, European side and old city. Then, drive across the Bosphorus Bridge, the vast suspension bridge that connects Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus Strait. Finish with a guided tour of the 19th-century Dolmabahçe Palace. Stuffed with lavish chandeliers, gold and marble, this ornate sultans’ residence will astound you with its opulence!
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

Witness the beauty of Istanbul at dusk on this 1.5-hour evening sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides. The on board loud speaker will highlight all the sights as you sail past, so keep a look out for Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Ortaköy & Mecidiye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Cıragan Palace.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Admire beautiful architecture and capture stunning views of illustrious palaces during a full-day tour in Istanbul including a Bosphorus cruise. Aboard a cozy coach explore the highlights of Istanbul including the Walls of Constantinople, views of the Golden Horn and witness the lively Spice Bazaar on foot. You will then experience a must-do in Istanbul, a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. The cruise concludes with a visit to the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace where Istanbul’s late sultans once resided. Plus, you will gaze over this east-meets-west city for eye-popping views at Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Istanbul Two Continents Tour Including Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

Discover one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Get around in comfort and style with a Mercedes minivan, and beeline with your guide to the Spice Bazaar, a historic market full of the smells and colors of Turkey. Stroll the old corridors of Dolmabahçe Palace, the final place that Ottoman emperors occupied. Then, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, taking in the sights of the Asian and European sides. This tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Guided Tour of Istanbul, from Antalya including Domestic Flights

During your stay in Antalya, fly to Istanbul for a full-day tour of the top attractions in the old city of Sultahnamet. Visit Topkapı Palace, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, then have the option to take a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River and have dinner before your return flight. Includes round-trip plane tickets, guide, entrance fees to Topkapi Palace, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

Enjoy a night on the Bosphorus Strait filled with belly dancing and Anatolian folk music during this 3.5-hour dinner cruise from Istanbul. This Bosphorus dinner cruise traverses over the strait’s beautiful evening waters and passes Istanbul’s best sights. See the illuminated Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Blue Mosque as you watch a traditional performance and savor great food and drinks.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market in Istanbul

Time at Istanbul’s Spice Market and a Bosphorus cruise top many people’s agendas when they visit the city, and this 3.5-hour trip combines them into one afternoon. Explore the spice, herb, and food stalls at the 17th-century Spice Market, also called the Egyptian Bazaar. Then, sail between Europe and Asia on a cruise along the Bosphorus, passing the Dolmabahce Palace, Ottoman villas, bridges, and other sights. Central hotel and port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Istanbul Two Continents in One City Tour

See Istanbul on a full-day coach tour that includes a cruise on the Bosphorous River, which divides the continents of Asia and Europe. Cross the water by driving over the Bosphorus Bridge then take in the views from Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul. Visit Beylerbeyi Palace — an architectural gem from the Ottoman Empire, then take in fragrant and colorful spices and other goods of the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Cruise the Bosphorus River by boat for great views of Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, waterfront mansions and the stunning city skyline.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Istanbul Two Continents, Bosphorous, Spice Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill

Go sightseeing at some of Istanbul’s top locales on a tour that includes the Spice Market, a Bosphorous cruise, and visits to Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill. Your guide leads you around the huge and fascinating Spice Market, where jewelry, textiles, perfumes, spices and more can be found. Next, admire the beauty of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then take a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorous River. After lunch, head to the Ottoman rulers’ summer residence, Beylerbeyi Palace, then stop at Camlica Hill for panoramic views of the Golden Horn.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise

Experience a beautiful boat ride along the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and wander the Spice Bazaar on this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the colorful Spice Bazaar and elegant Rüstem Pasha Mosque before spending the rest of the day sightseeing on the Bosphorus, a must-do in Istanbul. Explore the inlet to the Golden Horn which separates European Istanbul and capture amazing sights of Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus bridge and Dolmabahçe Palace. With serene coastal views of the Old City it’s no wonder people can’t seem to put their camera down as they cruise the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bosphorus Sightseeing Boat Tour

See the major attractions of Istanbul as they were meant to be seen: from the water.  Comfortable transportation takes you from the Sultanahmet district to the docks, where you’ll enjoy a slow paced 1.5-hour boat tour along the Bosphorus. Listen to commentary as you photograph sights, such as Dolmabahce Palace and Rumeli Fortress, without your shots getting crowded by tourists or street traffic.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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