• Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover Istanbul's best highlights in one day on this 3.5-hour guided shore excursion. After docking, you’ll promptly meet your friendly expert guide and set off to explore this historic city by coach. Tour the world-famous Spice Bazaar, then sail the calm waters of the Bosphorus River where you will have great photo opportunities with the Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, Dolmabahçe Palace and grand mosques as your backdrop. Along the way, your guide will illuminate the sites with information about the history and significance of each. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour. When the tour is over, head back to your ship for a worry-free, on-time departure.


  • 3.5-hour Istanbul shore excursion including the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Bosphorus Cruise
  • Learn about the spice souk’s 17th-century history while traveling from the port
  • Explore independently and browse local spices, herbs, honey and nuts at colorful stalls
  • Hop aboard a sightseeing boat and enjoy a Bosphorus Strait cruise
  • See legendary Istanbul landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress from the water
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

Explore Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Your 3.5-hour Istanbul shore excursion kicks off upon docking at the Port of Istanbul. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, then, once you disembark your ship, meet your expert local guide and get going. Board your comfortable coach bus and absorb the guide’s insightful narration as you kick back en route to the day’s first destination, Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, which has been in operation since the 17th century. As one one of the city’s main attractions, you’ll want to be sure you bring your camera for this overload of color. 

Step off of the bus and meaner the market, perusing its array of spices and herbs. Learn about its history from your guide, then take advantage of 45 minutes of free time to explore at your own delight. 

Next, depart the souk and board your coach bus, then head the iconic Bosphorus Strait. Here, you’ll get to embark on a relaxing cruise along this historic river that separates the Asia and European continents. 

Find a prime sightseeing seat inside the cabin or in the fresh air on the deck. Keep a keen eye out for the stunning Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, built in the 15th-century, and for the breathtaking Dolmabahçe Palace, as well as Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations. This sightseeing cruise also passes plenty of hidden gems that line the banks of the Bosphorus as well. 

When your cruise is done, get back on the coach bus and head back to Istanbul Port, where you will board your original cruise ship in time for departure to continue your journey elsewhere. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to  Istanbul's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Istanbul  is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details.

Customer Reviews

Elisabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a great tour. The combination of land and sea tours was fantastic. Our guide was very well spoken had great knowledge of the city and gave us great advice when we went to the spice bazar.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a fascinating place Istanbul is.We were very pleased with our short tour,particularly with the Bosphorus cruise.

Helen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour to see the Bosphorus and Istanbul from a different perspective. Love the Egyptian Bazaar - smaller than the Grand Bazaar so easier to get around. Wonderful spices and Turkish Delight! Friendlt locals but not pushy!

anne m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

You have to travel along the Bosphorus to see the beautiful areas and houses of Istanbul otherwise you would miss so much Our guide was excellent


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Your local contractor was very professional. We arrived early, and they were there for us, so we left early. Seckin was a great guide who was very informational.

david o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Tour guide was very accommodating with our tight schedule

Christy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful tour guide. Very friendly and helpful.

Kenna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was great seeing Istanbul from the Bosphorus River. It's amazing to think that Istanbul is on 2 continents~~Asia and Europe! This was a nice, relaxing cruise

Walter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very nice morning tour. Picked up on time with a small group. Almost like a private tour. Nice cruise on the Bosphorous and a good trip to the Egyptian spice market. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour is great. We really enjoyed the Spice Market. Our guide explained the difference between the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar so we could be smart shoppers. The Bosphorus cruise is beautiful and relaxing.

We were very pleased with our guide. We were picked up on time at the port and were brought back to the port. We were told that we could be dropped off someplace else if we wished to explore on our own. That was a kind offer.

We were surprised and pleased that the tour was not cancelled as there was only one other couple on the tour. Great for us, but not so great for the company

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