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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

Enjoy spectacular views from the Pierre Loti cable car

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.

Customer Reviews

JACQUELINE ROSS USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A good relaxed half day tour introducing you to the Bosphorus and Istanbul. Recommended.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was great for a half day excursion. Friendly for Americans and bus and abilities were in nice shape. Folks were very accomidating to pick up at hotel for a bit more money if you are outside the regular area they operate in. The boat cruise pushes food a bit but it is cheap. It does walk a bit.

Betty T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very fun and interesting. All the essentials in a short time. The guide did an excellent job.

teresitapedraza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour.

Leann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing..very well organized. .small group highly recommended. .

Leia V

4 star rating: Recommended November 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.

gwoof

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Wonderful afternoon.

Lee T

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

You cant visit Istanbul and not take a cruise on the Bosphorus. This tour offered not only that, but a trip to the lookout point over the Golden Horn. Like most things in Istanbul, you could have done this yourself, without a tour guide, but the boat was quite large, uncrowded, and the commentary quite thorough. It was a beautiful day, which added to the enjoyment and, having booked ahead of traveling, it meant we could ignore all the ticket touts near the ferry terminal and there were lots!. The guide was older than we expected, and though knowledgeable, his English wasnt up to the standard wed expected from Viator we often struggled to understand what he was trying to explain. Not much more to say. It was a good tour, and Id recommend it to others.

Gina A

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

i love the fact that it is a half day tour so i am able to take it easy as i was travelling with my elderly mom and 4-year old son. the guide was good and the buses were comfy.

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