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Sightseeing Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

Product ID: 17356
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Venture out into the clear blue waters of the Bosphorus, Istanbul's magnificent river separating Europe from Asia. View the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, and more, all from the comfort of your own boat.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pick-up included

Your hotel's front desk. Please provide full details of your location.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See Istanbul's many landmarks from the comfort of a cruise boat
  • Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the magnificent Bosphorus River
  • Pick up local delicacies at the spice market
  • Tour the Golden Horn, the Byzantine and Ottoman Ports
Full description
Your tour begins at your hotel, where your friendly guide will pick you up and transfer you to the boat in an air-conditioned coach. Then take a trip up the Golden Horn, the horn-shaped estuary that divides the European side Istanbul. One of the best natural harbors in the world, this area was once the commercial and shipping center of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Today, you can still see entire streets lined with old wooden houses, churches and synagogues dating back to this time.

You will then have a chance to give your sea legs a break at the world famous Spice Market, a gigantic indoor hall selling a a wide variety of goods, including locally manufactured sweets, herbs, and spices.

After the Spice Market, you will have the chance to truly discover the unique wonders of the Bosphorus. This wonderful stretch of water, which sweeps down from the Black sea to the sea of Marmara, passes straight through Istanbul and marks the border between Asia and Europe. From your boat, take in magnificent views of the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, and more. On the Asian side, you will be able to spot the twin towers of the Kuleli Military school.

Your last stop will be the City Walls, one of Istanbul’s most impressive sights. These land walls, built during the reign of the emperor Theodosius, still stand to a considerable height despite the battering they have received over the years. 
  • Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul
  • Licensed guided full-day tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Regular Cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Lunch

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Duration: 4 or 5 hours depending on the season (Cruise will take about 1.5 hours, depending on weather conditions).