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Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Market

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum

Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Market

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum
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Enjoy a guided group tour of the Bosphorus District, the most authentic and charming part of the city of Istanbul.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
For hotel pickup, please wait in your hotel lobby. Please reconfirm your pick-up time with the local provider.
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  • Explore the lively Bosphorus district on a guided tour
  • Experience shopping with locals in the Spice Bazaar
  • Learn history of Byzantines, Ottomans and modern Turks with your expert guide
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
  • See Ottoman mansions, Dolmabahce Palace and Ortakoy Mosque
Full description

Enjoy a half-day guided group tour of the Bosphorus District which is the most charming part of the city of Istanbul. Visit the Spice Market, and enjoy the magnificent sights on a Bosphorus Straight cruise.

Upon your pick-up from the hotel, you will first visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Smell the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and every other conceivable herb and spice as you wander through its busy passageways.

Then, enjoy a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and further along with the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace.

  • Guided tour
  • Pickup from and drop-off to city hotels (only Sultan Ahmet and Taksim hotels)
  • Land transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bosphorus cruise
  • Tips to the guide & driver (optional)
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Know before you go

  • The Spice Market is closed on Sundays
Customer reviews

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The best part of the tour was the car-a really nice Mercedes van. Otherwise, our guide was punctual and accommodating, but we would have been better off with the audio Guide in the cruise, since he said very little over the course of the cruise. He did not go to the Spice Bazaar with us and waited outside. We did not feel that we had enough time there. The most annoying part was when they took us to the rip-off place where the sellers were trying to push all kinds of merchandise on us. We almost felt obligated to buy something. This made us feel very uncomfortable.

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September 1, 2019

Product ID: 139722