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Gaze over land and sea on this 3-hour guided Istanbul city tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Aboard a comfy coach discover the lively neighborhoods of Fener and Balat and drive along the Golden Horn for spectacular views. With your expert guide experience the vibrant Spice Bazaar and then board a charming sightseeing cruise to traverse the Bosphorus viewing highlights like the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress.

Highlights

  • 3-hour city tour and sightseeing cruise in Istanbul
  • See top Istanbul attractions like the Golden Horn and Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars on a coach tour
  • Walk through the Spice Bazaar with an expert guide
  • Cruise through the waters of the Bosphorus Strait aboard a sightseeing boat
  • See Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus Bridge and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace from the water
  • Hotel pickup included

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise around the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul!

Begin your day by meeting your guide at either a central location on the way to the Yenkapi neighborhood or your central hotel in Istanbul. Hop into your comfortable coach and start with a drive around the Golden Horn which converges with the Bosphorus Strait to connect Europe and Asia. Continue through the Jewish district of Balat and observe the distinct, iron built Church Of St Stephen of the Bulgars. Then, marvel at the ancient Byzantine Walls of Constantinople.

Next, make your way into the Greek quarter of Fener and admire the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate. Learn about the liturgical leader of the Greek Orthodox Church who resides at this established church. Then, continue to the colorful Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and walk about its lively stalls seeing an array of shopkeepers selling spices and eclectic wares, tapestries, and other diverse goods.

Hop back on your coach for a quick ride to the port for your sightseeing adventure on the Bosphorus. Find your favorite vantage point aboard and relax for a charming cruise. As the boat picks up speed, whip out your camera for perfect panoramic shots of Istanbul’s top attractions. Marvel at the beauty of the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace and see the commanding Rumeli fortress which views the slimmest section of the Bosphorus.  

As you duck beneath the Bosphorus bridge enjoy the illustrious marble palaces that sit cheek-by-jowl with Ottoman-era wooden villas on both east and west coastlines. As your cruise on the Bosphorus heads back to the port side, glimpse over the long shoreline and savor the picturesque scene of the city of a thousand faces. Step off the boat and take a leisurely ride back to Taksim Square where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Carlos P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was very a wonderful tour, we were able to visit all places that were offered for this tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and took good care of us.

Leonid B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great tour

Diego D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

The tour was very nice and well organized. The Egyptian market was really interesting and colorful. The cruise on the Bosphorus was beautiful. Unfortunately, the weather was not very good on the day that we have done it and so the view from the boat was not optimal, but we were lucky enough to see dolphins and so we were very happy anyway.

Ghada A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

time was sufficient. Tours in the spice bazar was limited but worth the time spent on the Bosphorus

Pauline D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Brilliant weather for a great trip to the Spice Market and the Bosphorus Cruise. The courier was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting about the history of Istanbul. The Spice Market is absolutely brilliant, for us, better than the Grand Bazaar! This was followed by a trip over the river to the Asian side of Istanbul to join a boat cruise up the Bosphorus. The boat was not overcrowded so we were able to move around easily plus enjoy a drink from the cafeteria. The commentary was very interesting, explaining about the Golden Horn and pointing out the famous Palaces and Castles.
On our return to the European side of Istanbul we left the coach at the Spice Market and spent the rest of the afternoon browsing and purchasing teas, nougat, turkish delight and many spices. Excellent!!!

christinementiply

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Picked up at time arranged at city hotel and taken on the tour. The tour was well organised and guides excellent.

Bina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Pick up was late but understandable due to the heavy traffic. The cruise sightseeing was breath taking and the weather was gorgeous.

annie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Istanbul was a fabulous experience. Though this was only a half day tour, the guides showed us so much. They were excellent, very organized and with congenial attitudes. The boat was great as were the coaches.

Tiny Traveler USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

I loved this tour. The tour bus picked me up from my hotel on-time and the tour guide was wonderful. He allowed us plenty of time to take pictures and the overall tour was an A+.

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

We loved it! The boat trip was excellent.

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