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Time8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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
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

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Lentil, tomato or chicken soup

Main course:
  • Grilled meatballs with fresh green salad or bean salad

Dessert (choice of one):
  • Rice pudding
  • Baklava (filo pastry parcel stuffed with nuts and soaked in honey)
  • Figs with cream
  • Semolina halva (sesame seeds with honey or sugar) with ice cream
  • Revani (semolina cake soaked in light syrup)

Reviews

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R
, May 2018

I was a solo traveler and really enjoyed the tour. I would definitely recommend it. I've forgotten my tour guide's name, but he was really good and made the tour quite enjoyable. He gave us time to explore and take photos. The tour wasn't rushed at all. Everyone was dropped off at there hotel. As the roads were quite busy, the van was parked close by to my hotel and the tour guide walked me to my hotel. He also helped me find a money exchange place.

E
, Mar 2018

Sight seeing was great but Emre-the tour guy was even better. He was on point with every site to explain and go into details and kept on asking if we had any questions for him :-
Thank you Emre!!!

R
, Mar 2018

Worst tour I have experienced. We were left out on the Istanbul street in cold pouring rain about 100 meters from our hotel. The tour operators were well aware of the usual street closure daily 9 am to to late evening. We were never advised of the street closure until we were told to get off the bus. I am on crutches and there was no offer to assist me in getting back to our lodgings. The guide was poor. I would not recommend this company in the future.

S
, Dec 2017

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

M
, Nov 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.

K
, Oct 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.

S
, Oct 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.

K
, Aug 2017

This tour was great however the Dolmabahce Palace was closed so unfortunately didn't get to see it.
Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and good was delicious.

C
, Aug 2017

Easy to go around by local guide. Greattttt

K
, Aug 2017

The tour was really nice and well organized. Even the sudden swim competition that cut the planned Bosphorus boat ride to the 'second bridge' Fatih Sultan Mehmet was made up by an excursion into the Marmara see. We enjoyed the excellent information and discussions with our guide she was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and shared her insights readily. The visit to Üsküdar with lunch was especially noteworthy because of the beautiful and unusual sight of many towers and antennas and a beautiful park. The Asian side of Istanbul is less 'advertised' but has so much to offer. This tour provided excellent insight into an ancient but dynamic city full of splendid architecture and incredible diversity.


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