• Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour take you on a 2.5-hour boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. You will stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, this tour comes with a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.

Highlights

  • Full-day sightseeing experience featuring a Golden Horn and Bosphorus cruise and three other top attractions
  • Enjoy magnificent views on a 2.5-hour cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait
  • Experience the intoxicating sights, sounds and aromas of the Spice Bazaar
  • Explore the ostentatious Dolmabahçe Palace on a guided tour
  • Admire Rüstem Pasha Mosque and take in sweeping city views from Camlica Hill
  • Relax over a 3-course lunch at a traditional Bosphorus-side restaurant

What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

Sample some local sweets at the Spice Bazaar on this Istanbul Super Saver

After meeting your guide for a pickup from your central hotel in Istanbul, climb aboard your luxury coach and head to the Spice Bazaar. Along the way, hear alluring stories of Istanbul.


Arrive and wander this myriad of shops and stalls seeing a variety of fruits, nuts, vibrant spices, and enjoying captivating aromas. Try some treats and snacks and then walk with your expert guide to the small Rüstem Pasha Mosque to admire its walls covered in beautiful blue Iznik tiles.


From here, head to your boat for a sightseeing cruise at the inlet to the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn, which splits European Istanbul apart. Get your camera ready to snap selfies as your boat traverses past Istanbul’s top attractions. See the vast Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Dolmabahçe. Then, gaze over towards the Asian coastline and relish views of mosques and elegant mansions.


In the afternoon, hop off your boat in Asia on the Bosphorus coastline for a delicious 3-course lunch at a scenic restaurant. Drinks are also available (own expense). See the sample menu for details.


Next, climb by coach to Istanbul’s peak, Camlica Hill, and savor a stunning panoramic vantage point that captures the elegance of Istanbul. Continue back across the Bosphorus Bridge for a guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace. Learn about the Ottoman sultans that once lived here. Then, glimpse into a world of opulence and luxury as you saunter by chambers, the Crystal Staircase and revel at the gaudy array of the sultan’s wealth in Medhal Hall. 


Leave the palace and head back to your hotel by coach where your tour ends.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Setsen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I had a wonderful half day tour with professional guide with deep knowledge of history and culture. Thank you,

Miguel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a great tour! My tour guide Serhat was awesome and very knowledgeable. I was lucky that I was only one who signed up for the tour, so ended up with a private tour! We covered a lot in one day without being hurried up. Highly recommended.

Krishna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We went to Topkapi palace on this day. Our guide Mohammedia is a pleasant and knowledgeable lady. The cruise of Bosporus strait is a memmorable one. Took us to a restaurant on the shores of the strait. Good food.

Sophia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The cruise was just fantastic with beautiful views of the Asian and European sides along the Bosphorus. The ostentatious Dolmabahce Palace and the view from Camlica Hill were sights to behold. We had time to shop a little at the Spice Bazaar. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

Rayan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was an amazing 2nd tour around Istanbul. Our tour guide Jan was informative and fun. He gave us good information about history and modern current life in Istanbul. Highly recommended.

Jon K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was a great second-day tour after exploring the Sultanahmet Old Town district. We found the palace absolutely stunning. The lunch was fine though not outstanding and we enjoyed the views from the hill. I was especially pleased with the guide, who struck a good balance between patiently waiting for an elderly person on our tour with difficulty walking while keeping the rest of us engaged and making sure we didn't miss anything.

FARRUKH I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Had an absolutely amazing time on this one! Our super friendly local guide was awesome and an expert on Turkish culture and history. He went out of his way to make sure we were having a great time and was always open to answering all the questions we had.

Nabeil A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Nice tour, lovely guide who was very knowledgeable.
There were 5 people on the tour all up.

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very well done, great guide only 4 of us on the tour. Great sights and very nice lunch.

Magnus R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was one of the highlights of our trip. My girlfriend and I booked this trip thinking many would be joining, but it turned out to be only us. We had wonderful day exploring the sights included and had a brilliant time with our guide who was knowledgeable, and his English was impeccable. Dolmabahce Palace was beautiful and the Spice Market vibrant and interesting. Highly recommend this trip.

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