• Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: Varies
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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.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Small-Group 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

Judith B Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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

Kushal S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

thoroughly enjoyed

Kushal S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Great 3hours afternoon tour. Group consists of only a fellow tourist from USA, my friend and I. It started with a mini tour of the Spice Market, small compare with Grand Bazaar!. Then we relax and cruise for about 90 mins. Good view to take photos of the European and Asia side of Istanbul along the river. There is distinct difference in terms of buildings, palaces, mosques and greens on both side of the river. This Bosphorus cruise with Viator is a must go to in Istanbul. Thank you

Monica United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well worth it, guide was attentive and knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent guide, well worth it

Patricia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour, very knowledgeable and charming guide

Honeybee United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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

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