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Overview

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.
  • 3.5-hour Istanbul experience including a trip to the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise
  • Listen to a guide while traveling and learn about the history of the 17th-century souk
  • Explore the Spice Bazaar’s stalls independently and shop for a selection of edible treats
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus, the famous stretch of water that borders two continents
  • See top Istanbul attractions from the water including Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress
For either the morning or afternoon tour, meet your guide for a pickup at your Istanbul hotel (European-side only). Then, begin your adventure with a drive to Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. During the ride, listen to commentary about this lively and fragrant marketplace that has been in operation since the 17th century. 

Arrive and start with a walk through the colorful corridors filled with stalls emanating aromatic herbs and spices. Then, listen to insightful information from your guide to help you find the best stalls as you venture off for 45 minutes of free time. During your stroll, experience why the Spice Bazaar is popular with both visitors and locals.

Depart the marketplace and drive to the waterfront for your Bosphorus Strait cruise. Hear how this historic expanse of water links the European and Asian continents. Then, climb aboard, find a seat, and set off for your memorable journey. As your vessel cruises by the Dolmabahçe Palace admire its elegant façade. Then, see one of the largest Ottoman palaces Beylerbeyi Palace and learn about the sultans who spent time off here. Continue along the European side and observe the impressive 15th century Rumeli Hisari. As the boat U-turns and strolls back along the Asian side, enjoy glimpses of less visited fortresses, mosques, palaces, and more that speckle the Bosphorus Strait’s coastline.

After the boat has docked hop back in your vehicle for a simple transfer to your hotel where your tour finishes.

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M
, Jun 2018

We did the afternoon tour as had a morning walking tour. Pickup from hotel was on time and very good guide who explained about the region and life in general. Only had about 20 minutes at the Spice Bazaar as election due in a couple of days and lots of noise and things happening. The river cruise was great - it was on a hop-on hop-off cruise, but we stayed on board as we viewed both the European and Asian sides of the river. Good value for money.

L
, Mar 2018

Very fun day

J
, Feb 2018

Worked out well, but can easily be done on your own.

J
, Jan 2018

A great afternoon tour that allowed us to have a wee taste of what was to be found in this wonderful city. Our guide was informative and had a great knowledge of the history of Istanbul. The tour was done at a leisurely pace with time to wander the Spice market before the cruise down the Bosphorus.

G
, Dec 2017

Went o the tour of the caves. Take a windbreaker with you. Beautifully maintained. Very impressed.

C
, Oct 2017

Since we had been to the Grand Bazaar, I don't think we really needed to tour the Egyptian Bazaar. We enjoyed the boat tour and found the European and Asian sides of Istanbul so interesting. It was about 3 hours and that was perfect.

J
, Oct 2017

We Did The Half Day Tour Which Includes The Egyptian Bazaar Spice Market And Bosphorus Cruise.
Tour Guide Was Informative And Explains All The Sights, With Aid Of A Map, That Will Be Seen On The Cruise. Great Views From The Boat Of Both The European And Asian Side

K
, Sep 2017

thoroughly enjoyed

K
, Sep 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed

a
, Aug 2017

Not happy with the experience. The guide was decent but everything beyond that was not good. Got only 20 mins for Spice Bazaar and 1.5 hours on cruise. 20 mins is not enough for Spice Bazaar.


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