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Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

Product ID: 42212
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See the panoramic sights of the Golden Horn and get a glimpse of Balat, the Jewish Hospital, and much more on this 4-hour cruise in Istanbul. Cruise through the Bosphorus, see the Rumeli Fortress, and visit Pierre Loti coffee house.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience panoramic views of the Golden Horn
  • See beautiful views of the Bosphorus
  • Admire the magnificent Rumeli Fortress from the boat
  • Explore the neighborhood of Balat
  • View the Bulgarian St Stephen Church, the Jewish Hospital, the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and the Byzantine City Wall
Full description
Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments.

See the Rumeli Fortress from the boat, a historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. It is a unique example of military architecture.

Visit the Golden Horn by bus, the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine Empire. This was a residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders, and other non-Muslim minorities.

Drive along the traces of history in Balat and view the Bulgarian St Stephen Church, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and the 22-kilometer Byzantine City Wall, the strongest fortification of the Middle Ages. You then take a cable car ride to Pierre Loti coffee house.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Free pick-up and drop off service from/to centrally located city hotels
  • 1.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tamara Restaurant Sultanahmet

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
At the time of booking, provide your hotel name and location. You will receive an email with meeting point and pickup details.

Pick-up is only available from main hotels in the center of Istanbul or other meeting points in the European side.

If the minimum number of participants is not reached for a private boat tour, you will go on the regular boat tour.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
3.6 / 5
based on 38 reviews
Review summary
Service
3.8/5
Organization
3.3/5
Value for money
3.6/5
Safety
4.2/5

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Gray Line Turkey

Product ID: 42212