Guided tour

Istanbul Scenic Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise

3.8 / 5

19 reviews

Istanbul Scenic Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise

From US$ 40.68 per person

Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s unique culture. Enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus, visit the Spice Bazaar, drive along the Golden Horn, and stop at Pierre Loti Hill for a panoramic view of this vibrant city.

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Duration 4 hours
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Pickup included
Your hotel/accommodation in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul.


  • Visit Istanbul's famous Spice Bazaar
  • Drive along the Golden Horn and be enchanted by the historic heart of the city
  • Marvel at the mix of Asia and Europe as you enjoy a Boat Cruise along the Bosphorus
  • Take in a panoramic view of the city from Pierre Loti Hill
Full description
Explore the spice bazaar, located next to New Mosque (Yeni Camii) in Eminonu. The unique bazaar evokes fantasies of the mystical East and is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and many other herbs and spices. Be driven along the Golden Horn and gaze at the historical heart of Istanbul and the principal harbor of the Byzantium and Ottoman periods for hundreds of years. Enjoy snacks and refreshments at Cafe Pierre Loti, a quaint cafe at the end of the Bosphorus with a beautiful view of the Golden Horn that was named after the famous French writer Pierre Loti. After this you will gain an entirely different perspective of the Golden Horn whilst driving down from the nearby hill with the Cable Car. Relax on a cruise along the great Bosphorus river which separates Asia and Europe. This voyage enables you to see the delightfully surprising mixture of past and present, Asian and European influences, grand splendor and simple beauty.
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat cruise
  • Cable car
  • Pickup from your hotel/accommodation in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Luggage or large bags
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Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

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Bosphorus tour half day

Very positive, a great experience !! Not only the fantastic pictures of the surroundings but the brilliant tour by Mr. Zeki Yücel make this tour an unforgettable experience. If we had known about Mr. Zeki Yücel's great entertainment beforehand, we would have booked the full-day tour !! Don't forget on the boat, jacket and stockings, despite the warm temperatures it is always windy and cool on the Bosphorus.

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June 6, 2013

Guide very nice and capable

Unfortunately it was raining so naturally the cruise wasn't too great. However our guide was really nice and accommodating. His language skills were very good and he knew lots of things to tell us. We arranged to be driven to the spice market to do a bit of shopping, so then being practically forced to stop at a rug shop at the end of the trip was overkill.

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October 14, 2011


Ozy was wonderful and I will use him/you again when I return to Turkey, hopefully in the fall for a trip to Cappadocia.

January 30, 2019

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