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Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour

Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour

From US$ 52.18 per person

Sail for 1.5 hours between 2 continents on a half-day cruise of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. After a visit to the fragrant Spice Bazaar, discover where Asia and Europe meet as you cruise past Ottoman palaces, wooden mansions, and modern villas.

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Duration 4 hours
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The experience
  • Wander through the fragrant Spice Bazaar
  • Cruise between Asia and Europe
  • See elegant Ottoman palaces and handsome wooden villas
  • Watch Istanbul at work and play on the lively Bosphorus Straits
Full description
Take this relaxing 4-hour tour and cruise along the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe. The tour begins with a hotel pick-up from central Istanbul and a visit to the lively Spice Bazaar. Soak up the vibrant sounds and fragrant scents of the market before you head to the Bosphorus Straits. Jump on board the cruise vessel and set sail to see the city of Istanbul from the water. The cruise will take you past historic Ottoman palaces, such as Dolmabahce Palace. Relax as you drift by Ottoman neighborhoods such as Beylerbeyi and look out for beautiful 19th- and 20th-century wooden kiosks, mansions, and villas that form the elegant waterside section of the city. Sail under the massive Bosphorus Bridge, which connects 2 continents, and watch the city’s busy river life both on and off the water as ships sail and fishermen cast off from the banks. Enjoy the wildflowers covering the hills in the spring and the minarets of mosques towering over the city all year round. This Bosphorus cruise will let you see the best of both banks in just half a day!
  • Hotel pick-up
  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Morning and afternoon tours are available
  • Please note that the Spice Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 95 reviews

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We had a nice morning!

We spent a very nice morning on the spice market and the Bosphorus. The only point of criticism is that the meeting of a large number of participants in different languages means that some time is lost. At the meeting point of all minibuses, the people are first assigned to the booked travel guide. Then it goes to the bazaar and then to a boat trip on the Bosphorus.

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June 9, 2015

A great cruise ride from Europe to Asia

We were picked up right on time in our hotel lobby and brought on a comfortable bus past the spice market to our boat. The German-speaking guide was great and explained everything in great detail, and also answered all of our questions. This trip is great and I'd recommend it to everyone.

April 7, 2013

Very good German-language tour

We booked the tour via e-mail, we confirmed the pickup times in writing, and they kept to them. The guide conveyed his historical knowledge in very good German. This tour was a round trip on the Bosporus, without any stops. I would have like to have combined this tour with a visit to the Dolmabahçe Palace.

February 25, 2013

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