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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Product ID: 49349
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
Duration: 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul available on request
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Cost of additional activities

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
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

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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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

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

Ten out of ten. Exceptional

June 19, 2019

May 22, 2019

Organized by

Ephesus Tour Company

Product ID: 49349