1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Bulgarian St Stephen Church

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

Product ID: 42212
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.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Booklets
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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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Adequate. Beware of the guy working on the boat and handing sandwiches

The tour itself was adequate in its duration, organization and quality of transporation (buses, boat and drivers).We enjoyed it. However, there was an incident on the boat that I would like to mention. During the cruise, a guy working on the boat came out and handed to all the travellers some simple cheese toast sandwiches and orange juice. He never asked if we wanted them or not but just handed them to us promptly without saying anything. We all assumed that was a courtesy of the tour operator. Then 20-30 minutes later, he comes back to collect money. When I complained that he was supposed to say the sandwiches were actually for sale and give us choice if we wanted to purchase them or not, not just trick us into unwantedly buying something that wasn’t even worth the money he was asking for, there was no apology, no explanation, no shame whatsoever. He was just impatiently insisting on the money. It’s not even about the money but about principle and we all felt we were extortioned.

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October 7, 2018

Not as expected from Gray Line affiliate

Hey - what's happening probably sums up most of the experience. Traffic impacted on start time. Pick up from hotel 13h for 14h tour that didn't start until 1430 and then rush to boat trip which must have been curtailed. Little atmosphere on boat cruise and problems with P.A system too loud, crackling or not working. Staff being more proactive would have been positive.

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September 12, 2018

After taking a cable car, the guide did not wait for us. He left us alone in a very secluded place and we could not continue the excursion A disaster Nothing recommended

February 2, 2020

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Gray Line Turkey

Product ID: 42212