Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus & Ottoman Splendors Tour

Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus & Ottoman Splendors Tour

From $99.72 per person

See the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market), Golden Horn, have a boat trip on the Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace and New Mosque with an official guide including entrance fees as per itinerary, lunch and transportation on this full-day small group tour.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
City center hotels on the European side of Istanbul.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market), the New Mosque and the Golden Horn
  • Cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia, along the Bosphorus
  • Enjoy lunch at a rooftop restaurant with Bosphorus views
  • See Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries
Full description
Cruise the Bosphorus and from the deck of your cruise boat, take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, lined with historic villages, grandiose waterfront mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisari, and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After your cruise, travel along the breathtaking Golden Horn to the Spice Bazaar, a thrilling riot of colors, sounds and the smells of exotic spices. Enjoy your lunch at a rooftop restaurant with Bosphorus views. The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, Topkapi Palace houses an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families, miniatures, the Holy Mantle and Chamber of Sacred Relics. Then visit the New Mosque, completed in 1665. Originally named Valide Sultan Mosque, the construction was ordered by Safiye Sultan, the wife of Sultan Murad III and the mother of his successor Sultan Mehmed III, hence the name Valide Sultan meaning Queen Mother. The mosque is an Imperial Mosque and one of the famous architectural landmarks of Istanbul. At the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market), the air here will be filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the Spice Bazaar, you will take a short tour of the Golden Horn and go to Kabatas for a Bosporus tour on a private boat. Not only does the Bosporus connect the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, it also separates the continents of Asia and Europe from one another. As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 kilometers long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end. Enjoy an amazing cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress. The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. View the Rumeli Fortress from the sea (no interior visit). Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453 but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.
Includes
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off (city center hotels on the European side only)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guide and air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
  • 4-course lunch (vegetarian menu is available) (sample menu: soup and seasonal appetizers and salad, main course like meatball or chicken, dessert)
  • Gratuities/ tip (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
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

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    Know before you go

    • Children 18-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult
    • During religious holidays, the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
    • On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour will not be offered
    • 20 to 25 persons for each group
    • The harem is not included in the program and will require an extra entrance fee
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 2 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      3/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4/5
    • Safety
      5/5
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    A super tour, well worth doing

    A super tour, great guides with an in depth knowledge of the city and its history. This is a tour well worth doing if you have the time

    April 3, 2019

    Due to the weather, the tour was changed a lot. It started with an unscheduled visit to the bazaar that lasted an hour. Then we took part in the boat trip on the Bosphorus, unfortunately too short. The lunch was fine. We liked the subsequent tour of the Sultan Palace. The tour guide informed us comprehensively and responded to us.

    February 23, 2020

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    Product ID: 98601