Day trip

Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus & Ottoman Splendors Tour

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel
Day trip

Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus & Ottoman Splendors Tour

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel

From US$ 106.71 per person

See the Spice Bazaar, Golden Horn, Boat trip on the Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene and Gulhane Park with an official guide, entrance fees as per itinerary, lunch and transportation.

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Duration 8 hours
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Pickup included
City center hotels on the European side of Istanbul.


  • Visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market), the New Mosque and the Golden Horn
  • Cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia, along the Bosphorus
  • Enjoy your Lunch
  • See Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries
Full description
Cruise the Bosphorus and from the deck of your cruise boat, take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, lined with historic villages, grandiose waterfront mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisari, and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After your cruise, travel along the breathtaking Golden Horn to the Spice Bazaar, a thrilling riot of colors, sounds and the smells of exotic spices.  Enjoy your Lunch. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families, miniatures, the Holy Mantle and the Chamber of Sacred Relics. (The harem is not included in the program and visit will require an extra entrance fee.)  Duration for Topkapi Palace: 1 hour 45 minutes Our next stop, Hagia Irene, the Church of the Holy Peace, is one of the few churches in Istanbul that was never converted into a mosque. Hagia Irene reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple and has the distinction of being the first church built in Byzantium as it was converted into the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. From there, we visit Gülhane Park, once a part of the outer gardens of Topkapı Palace, where the Edict of Gülhane, a declaration of rights and liberties that played an essential role in the modernization of the Ottoman Empire. After the proclamation of the Republic, Gülhane Park was for many years home to the Istanbul Zoo.
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off (city center hotels on the European side only)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guide and air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
  • 4-course lunch (vegetarian menu is available) (sample menu: soup and seasonal appetizers and salad, main course like meatball or chicken, dessert)
  • Gratuities/ tip (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children 18-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays, the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
  • On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour will not be offered
  • 20 to 25 persons for each group
  • The harem is not included in the program and will require an extra entrance fee
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

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Auf Grund des Wetters wurde die Tour mächtig verändert. Es begann mit einem nicht geplanten Basar-Besuch, der eine Stunde dauerte. Anschließend haben wir an der Bootsfahrt auf dem Bosporus teilgenommen, leider viel zu kurz. Das Mittagessen war in Ordnung. Die anschließende Besichtigung des Sultan-Palasts hat uns gut gefallen. Der Reiseleiter informierte uns umfassend und ist auf uns eingegangen.

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February 23, 2020


A super tour, well worth doing

A super tour, great guides with an in depth knowledge of the city and its history. This is a tour well worth doing if you have the time

April 3, 2019

Product ID: 98601