Istanbul, Turkey

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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

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.
  • 3.5-hour Istanbul sightseeing tour with Bosphorus cruise, coach tour and cable car ride
  • Cruise the Bosphorus Strait to see top Istanbul attractions including the Rumeli Fortress and Yildiz Palace
  • Catch a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill for jaw-dropping views over the city
  • Explore the former Jewish quarter to see its cobbled streets, old houses and stepped sidewalks
  • View the cast-iron Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars and Byzantine City Walls
Leave your central Istanbul hotel by air-conditioned coach, or alternatively, join up with your coach in central old Istanbul. Settle aboard and travel to a portside for your sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. This famous stretch of water divides Europe and Asia, so as you sail it you can look out over two continents.

Find a comfortable spot on board, and have your camera ready as you sail by an array of famous Istanbul landmarks. Waft under the vast Bosphorus Bridge and take pictures of the extravagant palaces, Ottoman-era villas and other sights ranged along the European and Asian banks.

See the crenelated 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, the bustling cafes on the Asian waterfronts, and pass the Beylerbeyi Palace and elaborate gardens of Yildiz Palace.

After your 1.5-hour cruise, enjoy a panoramic coach drive around the neighborhoods that line the Golden Horn, the inlet that separates old and new European Istanbul. Pass through the former Jewish quarter of Balat with its synagogues, balconied townhouses and stepped sidewalks; and see the Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, a church built entirely from cast iron.

Glimpse other sights such as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Jewish Hospital, and the remains of Istanbul’s Roman- and Byzantine-built city walls, and then continue to the Eyup neighborhood to Pierre Loti Hill. 

Ride the cable car up the hillside, and savor a drink (own expense) at the hilltop café as you admire the unbroken views down to the Golden Horn below. 

Your tour then finishes back at the original start point.

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Y
, Oct 2018

The tour guide was really great and her English was very good. The Bosporous cruise is a terrific way to see the views from both sides while relaxing onboard.

On the flip side...There is not much to the cable car/hill and it also takes a lot of time to get there, wait and return. This is magnified by a city with that much traffic. To and from, you spend 90 minutes for a 1minute ride down a small hill.

If not for our friendly guide, I would normally suggest to just do the boat tour as a stand alone activity...

O
, Jul 2018

Too commercial, too long, cable car ride not needed as its not a great experience. Watch out for overselling while on the boat. They say drinks are complimentary but will charge you afterwards - dont order unless you want to pay 6 lira for a small glass of orange juice and a not so great cheese sandwich. The views are incredible. The tour guides are nice but language is an issue. Couldnt understand much of the commentary on the boat as well.

A
, Mar 2018

The bosohurus cruise was great. However the cable car was a bit disappointing and time was limited because we started tour late as it took time to gather everyone. Although we were picked up late it was still worth It!!

J
, Mar 2018

Personally I wouldn’t recommend we ended up swapping guides as we had a French couple who couldn’t understand English (so they said) yet booked on a English speaking tour ? So we had a guide who spent more time rambling on in French this was very disappointing as we missed key points.

T
, Mar 2018

A lovely informative trip . Would highly recommend .

J
, Mar 2018

What can I say...a tour of Bosphorus coastline with a guide historic view of landmarks along the shores...palaces, million dollar homes...historic Byzantine and ottoman ruins. Our Spanish speaking guide was a very sweet and historically precise with his presentation and delightful affect. Go !!!

R
, Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

L
, Nov 2016

Tour was a nice way to get a tour of the Bosphorus and a nice view from top of Golden Horn. Not really a must do, but good enough for what was promised.

J
, Sep 2016

The Bosphorus cruise was interesting and worth doing. The Cable Car Ride was disappointing as it was very short perhaps 2 minutes. It would have been better if we could have had more time at the place the Cable Car leaves from as there are markets and a nice cliff top restaurant, this was all a bit rushed. Our guide also had both French and English people on the tour and needed to translate to both.

J
, Sep 2016

Fun tour and informative. My only complaint was that we didn't have time to have a coffee before the cable car ride.


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