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Istanbul: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Tour from Old City

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Tour from Old City

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.79 per person

Join the only boat tour in Istanbul where you will see the Golden Horn as well as the Bosphorus. Over the duration of 2 hours, you will travel along the river which separates Asia and Europe, passing various highlights along the way.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Admire the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus
  • Enjoy the highlights between Europe and Asia
  • See historical sights and the Bosphorus Bridge
  • Take amazing pictures throughout your journey
Full description
After finishing your busy day of sightseeing around Istanbul, you can relax on this 2-hour Golden Horn and Bosphoros cruise. You will meet your guide across from the Hagia Sophia, from where you will go together down to the pier behind the building. From there you will discover the Golden Horn, including the 32-kilometer-long Bosphorus which separates Europe and Asia. You will be able to see Istanbul’s main attractions, including magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and famous hills and parks, as well as spectacular seaside residences from different centuries. All of this sightseeing will of course include your passing under Istanbul's many famous bridges. You will pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. You will also get to see some historical landmarks from a distance, such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden Tower, and Galata Tower. 
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 2-hour boat tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet your Grand Boat Line tour guide at the News Kiosk across the exit of the Hagia Sophia. The meeting point is crowded, so please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start to find your guide. Together with your guide, you will walk in 5 to 10 minutes to the pier behind the Hagia Sophia.

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3.7 /5

based on 133 reviews

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Great value but meeting spot/delay with a hurried walk to dock. Probably better to meet on dock to avoid the push and shove getting to top of the boat. Cruise was nice but a little hard to hear the speaker describing the buildings seen. Overall for the money, I would take again.

October 13, 2022

The start od the trip wasn't convenient. First we waited around 20 minutes after the meeting time and than we had to go very fast with our tour guide. It was almost a run within a crowd and I really didn't find it safe. The tour itself was nice, great views and interesting comments. Istanbul at night is simply astonishing. Not to forget, initially our tour should happen on Friday 7PM. Jen we waited there for half an hour, the guy from the agency told us that two weeks ago the schedule has been changed to 6PM. Despite it he allowed us to join the tour next day.

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September 30, 2022

Relaxing couple of hours with great views. Meet staff at the permanent news/drinks kiosk as described. They have a red flag and yellow sign so you can see and follow them. Refreshments available on board the boat and a loo! Tannoy style commentary was ok but you can download an app if you prefer. If you have a guide book the sights are in there too - pretty obvious. We really enjoyed our trip.

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July 29, 2022

Product ID: 271927