Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

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Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

From US$ 106.62 per person

Explore the only city built on 2 continents on a 7-hour sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Cruise down the Bosphorus River between Asia and Europe. Savor the fragrant scents of the Spice Bazaar, feast your eyes on ornate Ottoman palaces, and more.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick up from your hotel on the European side of Istanbul available on request
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Cruise down the Bosphorus River and see where 2 continents meet
  • Marvel at the ornate motifs of Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Catch the scent of spices at the Egyptian Bazaar
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Camlica Hill
  • Step between 2 continents in a matter of minutes
Full description
Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of the Ottoman palaces and Byzantine neighborhoods of Istanbul, including a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait between Asia and Europe. Transfer from your hotel to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), a bustling marketplace constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex. Rents from the shops went towards the upkeep of the mosque and its charitable activities. Next, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, looking at Asia on one side and Europe on the other. Marvel at the marble palaces, wooden villas and luxury apartments that line the waterway. Pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and see Beylerbeyi Palace, built by Sultan Abdulmecid on the site of a wooden mansion. Admire its blend of eastern, Turkish, and western motifs. Step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in just 2 minutes, and go to Camlica Hill for panoramic views of the city and its famous body of water.
  • Licensed guide
  • Hotel transfers
  • Transportation by non smoking, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites
  • Parking fees
  • Pickup and drop-off for hotels on the European side of Istanbul
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Cost of additional activities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes, and bring a hat and your camera
  • Please note, Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Thursdays. If you book onto a Thursday tour, you will not be able to go into the Palace, however it can be seen from the sea
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 3 reviews

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May 22, 2019

Eren was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to meet. Ten.

Ten out of ten. Exceptional

June 19, 2019

A relaxed journey

It was a guide in English, but he explained it carefully and intelligibly. As it was Sunday morning, there were few people and I could sightseeing slowly.

June 26, 2019

Product ID: 49349