Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Sail along the beautiful Golden Horn and Bosphorus and visit three other top Istanbul attractions on this variety-packed full-day sightseeing tour! Enjoy stunning views over the mosques, bridges, palaces and fortresses of Istanbul on your 2.5-hour cruise, and take a guided visit of the lavish Dolmabahçe Palace. Immerse yourself in the colors and aromas of the Spice Bazaar; admire Rüstem Pasha Mosque and enjoy stirring panoramas over the city from Camlica Hill. A tasty 3-course lunch by the lapping waters of the Bosphorus completes the whole, unforgettable experience.
Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays, we will replace this visit with St. Chora Church museum visit instead of Dolmabahçe Palace visit on Mondays


  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Settle on your comfortable coach and listen to intriguing tales about Istanbul on your way to the Spice Bazaar.
Here, roam around the stalls piled with colorful spices, fruits and nuts, and soak up the aromas. Discover more about the bazaar from your guide and perhaps sample some of the treats on offer.Then, walk to nearby Rüstem Pasha Mosque, to marvel at this diminutive building, whose walls are laden in exquisite blue Iznik tiles.
Next, board your sightseeing boat and sail the Golden Horn, the inlet dividing European Istanbul in two, to see landmarks such as the Aynalıkavak Palace and Galata Tower. Take photos as your boat then cruises along the Bosphorus Strait past some of Istanbul’s greatest sights. Marvel at the Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress, and admire the elaborate mansions and mosques on the Asian shores.
Around midday, leave your boat on the Asian side and savor an included 3-course lunch at a Bosphorus-side restaurant, accompanied by drinks (own expense). See the itinerary for a sample menu.
Continue by coach to Camlica Hill, Istanbul’s highest point, for spectacular views over the city. Next, cross the Bosphorus Bridge for a guided visit around the Dolmabahçe Palace, the former home of the Ottoman sultans. Ogle its sumptuous chambers and Crystal Staircase and Medhal Hall — all ostentatious displays of the sultans' imperial wealth.
Afterward, return to your coach and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

Sample Menu:
First course:
• Lentil, tomato or chicken soup
Main course:
• Grilled meatballs with fresh green salad or bean salad
Dessert (choice of one):
• Rice pudding
• Baklava (filo pastry parcel stuffed with nuts and soaked in honey)
• Figs with cream
• Semolina halva (sesame seeds with honey or sugar) with ice cream
• Revani (semolina cake soaked in light syrup)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch - 3-course lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays, we will replace this visit with St. Chora Church museum visit instead of Dolmabahçe Palace visit on Mondays
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
- PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR HOTEL NAME ON TIME OF YOUR BOOKINGS - Complimentary hotel pick up and drop of from centrally located Istanbul hotels.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

Image - 01 May 2018 -


I was a solo traveler and really enjoyed the tour. I would definitely recommend it. I've forgotten my tour guide's name, but he was really good and made the tour quite enjoyable. He gave us time to explore and take photos. The tour wasn't rushed at all. Everyone was dropped off at there hotel. As the roads were quite busy, the van was parked close by to my hotel and the tour guide walked me to my hotel. He also helped me find a money exchange place.

Image - 28 Mar 2018 -

Edin L

Sight seeing was great but Emre-the tour guy was even better. He was on point with every site to explain and go into details and kept on asking if we had any questions for him :-
Thank you Emre!!!

Image - 21 Dec 2017 -

Setsen B

I had a wonderful half day tour with professional guide with deep knowledge of history and culture. Thank you,

Image - 05 Nov 2017 -

Miguel C

This was a great tour! My tour guide Serhat was awesome and very knowledgeable. I was lucky that I was only one who signed up for the tour, so ended up with a private tour! We covered a lot in one day without being hurried up. Highly recommended.

Image - 18 Oct 2017 -

Krishna K

We went to Topkapi palace on this day. Our guide Mohammedia is a pleasant and knowledgeable lady. The cruise of Bosporus strait is a memmorable one. Took us to a restaurant on the shores of the strait. Good food.

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