Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

When your cruise ship docks in Istanbul, head out on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to visit the city’s famous Spice Bazaar and then cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Travel between each site by coach as an onboard guide talks about the city’s history, and make the most of free time at the bazaar to browse its colorful and aromatic produce at leisure. Then, hop aboard a sightseeing boat and admire Dolmabahçe Palace, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and other grand mosques and fortresses that line the Bosphorus’ shores.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your shore excursion with a pickup from the Port of Istanbul. As you travel through the city, sit back and relax as your onboard guide talks about Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar — your first destination of the tour. One of the city’s most colorful and bustling attractions, the market has operated since the 17th century and remains as popular with locals as it is with visitors.

Hop out of your coach and head inside the market while breathing in its heady aromas of fragrant spices and herbs. Hear tips for interesting stalls to visit from your guide, and then enjoy roughly 45 minutes of free time to explore and shop at leisure.

After shopping and sightseeing around the famous souk, travel by coach to the banks of the Bosphorus Strait for your cruise. Learn about the famous stretch of water that straddles both the Asian and European continents as you travel, and then board your sightseeing boat for the cruise.

Take a seat out on deck or inside the cabin, and cruise past an impressive selection of Istanbul’s showpiece sights. Look out for Dolmabahçe Palace with its decadent façade, 15th-century Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations. Your route takes in sights on both the European and Asian shores and, in addition to Istanbul’s big-name attractions, the cruise also passes some the city’s lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more.

After admiring the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a port drop-off.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Istanbul for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

spice bazaar

Duration: 45 minutes

Inclusions
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under, but you may taken them if you wish. They will pay the child rate
  • Children aged 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
Departure Point

Port of Istanbul


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 14 Jan 2019 -

Jurij K

After a boat ride we've upgraded our tour to full day. Lunch was great, hotel pick up/dropp off as agreed. Ali, the guide, was great. Provided a lot of info and funny. All and all, worth paying for.

Image - 25 Nov 2015 -

Elisabeth G

It was a great tour. The combination of land and sea tours was fantastic. Our guide was very well spoken had great knowledge of the city and gave us great advice when we went to the spice bazar.

Image - 05 Nov 2015 -

nickc

What a fascinating place Istanbul is.We were very pleased with our short tour,particularly with the Bosphorus cruise.

Image - 11 May 2015 -

Helen W

Excellent tour to see the Bosphorus and Istanbul from a different perspective. Love the Egyptian Bazaar - smaller than the Grand Bazaar so easier to get around. Wonderful spices and Turkish Delight! Friendlt locals but not pushy!

Image - 04 May 2015 -

anne m

You have to travel along the Bosphorus to see the beautiful areas and houses of Istanbul otherwise you would miss so much Our guide was excellent

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Istanbu from the Bosporus

Wonderful way to see Istanbul!

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SPICE BAZAAR

Lots of spices!

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Egyptian Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar

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Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Bridge

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