Istanbul, Turkey
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Overview

See Istanbul’s fairy-tale skyline from the water on a 4-hour afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus, taking in ancient and modern sites along both sides of the strait. Spot elegant homes on the shoreline and Ottoman fortifications, the neighborhoods of Ortaköy, Bebek and Beşiktaş, deep bays and rambling palaces. Watch slender minarets and soaring domes drift by, then hear ancient legends about Kizkulesi, a Byzantine lighthouse on a tiny Bosphorus islet.
  • 4-hour Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Learn about local history
  • Capture unobstructed images of Istanbul sights
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Bonus visit: Istanbul's spice market
Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point, then set out from Sariyer or Kabataş pier to join the bustling, colorful boat traffic on the Bosphorus Strait. Pass the deep Tarabya Bay, where an exclusive marina is edged by grand homes and hotels, then see the distinctive wooden houses at Yenikoy.
Learn why Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror built the dramatic Rumeli Fortress, whose stone parapets run all the way to the water’s edge. Cruise past two dramatic Ottoman palaces—Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi—where sultans lived in luxurious style until the end of the empire, and take in the ancient lighthouse that stands guard at the southern end of the strait.
Make a bonus visit to the Spice Market, where you’ll get a taste of everyday life in Istanbul. Browse vivid displays of spices and dried herbs, ripe fruit, flowers, produce and a remarkable variety of aphrodisiacs. Finish the day at the market, which is convenient to Old City restaurants, cafes and sights.
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