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Istanbul Scenic Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise

1. Istanbul Scenic Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise

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.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

2. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

Get a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city by coach, boat, and cable car. Perfect for those who aim to get a sense of what makes Istanbul unique, this full-day exploration gives a varied tour of the city. It will reveal a mixture of Eastern and European influences that makes the city so unique. First, get picked up from your hotel by bus and driven along the length of the Golden Horn, the historic water that divides Istanbul. Take in the sites of the historic city center and the main port, dating back to the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Then, travel to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car, and admire panoramic views of the city as you drink coffee at the famous Pierre Loti Café, named after the French novelist who spent much of his time there.  Next, experience the splendor of Istanbul from the water. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus and take in the grand spectacle of the city’s houses and palaces from the river. Finally, enjoy a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, once the administrative heart of the Ottoman Empire.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

3. Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop-on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople, the Chora Church and the Castle of Seven Towers await. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman Empire and as the head of the Ottoman Empire.  Then, board the boat and cruise around the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

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Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

4. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Bus Tour

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.

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Istanbul: Golden Horn, Pier Loti Hill, and Bosphorus Cruise

5. Istanbul: Golden Horn, Pier Loti Hill, and Bosphorus Cruise

Your tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and the drive to Pierre Loti Hill, where you’ll take a cable car to the top. Next you’ll see the highlights of Istanbul on a panoramic Golden Horn bus tour. Follow this with a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise, following along the shores and taking in many of Istanbul’s iconic sights. A guide on board will provide full commentary. Admire the views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, the city’s 2 suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, and the stunning mansions on the Bosphorus shores. Disembark near Istanbul’s famous Spice Bazaar for the transfer back to your hotel.

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Istanbul: Bosporus and Dolmabahce Palace Shore Excursion

6. Istanbul: Bosporus and Dolmabahce Palace Shore Excursion

Discover the only city on 2 continents on a full-day guided tour of Istanbul. Cruise along the Bosporus Strait and see the vast suspension bridge that links Asia and Europe. Go to the former residence of the Ottoman sultans and Dolmabahçe Palace, and more. Following a pick-up from your hotel from 08:30, transfer to the Bosporus, and cruise through the Golden Horn, the historical heart of the city and the principal harbor of Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul for over 2,000 years. Admire Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul’s biggest fortification, from the sea. Pass Pierre Loti Hill, named after the French novelist and naval officer, Pierre Loti, who spent many years in Istanbul. Then, take the cable car to see Istanbul from a different perspective. Marvel at the city walls of Constantinople, and learn how they were only breached twice in 1600 years. Enjoy some free shopping time, before lunch at a Turkish restaurant. Continue in the afternoon with a visit to Dolmabahçe Palace, home to 6 sultans from 1856 until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. Go to the Bosporus Bridge (one of the world's largest suspension bridges) linking Europe and Asia. Next, ascend one of Istanbul’s hills by bus for a commanding view of the Bosporus and old Istanbul.

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What people are saying about Istanbul Cable Car

Very interesting tour in a small group, which we did after visiting the main sights in the center. We had the same tour guide all day and were a rather small group, which leaves more time and space for questions. The choice of sights was good for us, especially to the absolutely worth seeing Chora Church you probably would not have driven alone. The boat tour on the Bosphorus was great, although we had really great weather. For lunch there were Köfte, which I personally found rather medium, but that was rather a minor matter on the tour. Overall recommendable!

It was an amazing tour with a lot of information about the history of the lovely city Istanbul + an breath taking view from the pierre loti hill. We were picked up timely at our hotel and the tour was very good organized. Our guide and the driver were very friendly. I can recommend this to everyone!

Great experience. Our guide Mevhibe was very friendly, gave really fascinating details about the places we visited and also gave us great insight into some of the Turkish traditions, culture etc. Highly recommend.

The Bosphorus cruise, somewhat surprised about the "non existing:" Pierre Loti house

An interesting tour of the Bosphorus to reach the Golden Horn and Mount Pierre Loti