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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

See grand palaces and mosques on a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait!

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.

Customer Reviews

Honeybee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was very pleasant to ride on the Bosphorous, and the Egptian Bazaar inside smelled wonderfully!

Debra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really great half day tour. The Egyptian bazaar was an amazing overload of sights sounds and scents!!! The Bosphorus cruise was very interesting- loved seeing Istanbul from the river.

Len W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent cruise.

Jane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great half day tour. It ends up being about a 45 min tour of the Spice Market. Enough time to buy some baklava and Turkish delight. Then onto a boat cruise for about 90 mins. Good chance to get some pics along the river. Great afternoon!

Anan Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, the Bosphorus cruise is a must if you go to Istanbul, it gives you a different perspective of the city and is very relaxing, the group was small and we had a boat only for us!

Tehmurasp A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour, and a wonderful experience. Bulit, my guide walked me through the streets, introducing me to typical Turkish fare. The whole experience was delectable. A must do if you like to try and experience new and different cuisines.

Shel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

i'm giving it five stars because it was so well organized. We arrived from the US in the morning and were picked up promptly at 1 o'clock. This was the perfect way to start our vacation in Istanbul after traveling about 24 hours and not wanting to waste a moment. Views from the Bosporus were incredible. The tour was an excellent value. I recommend.

Vik S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great experience. everyone is really friendly at the bazaar. our tour guide, Omar, was great.

robert d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

driver arrived promptly at hotel for pick up....met our our guide very professional friendly and knowledgeable realy enjoyed tour...good value.

Cristina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour, the Bosphorus cruise is a must if you go to Istanbul, it gives you a different perspective of the city and is very relaxing, the group was small and we had a boat only for us!

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