Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Straits, and visit the Spice Bazaar on this unusual 3.5-hour Istanbul experience! After time at the bazaar and beautiful Rüstem Pasha Mosque, board a sightseeing boat to sail the Golden Horn inlet that divides European Istanbul — an unforgettable experience that many visitors miss. Absorb the sights along the Horn and enjoy great views over the Old City as you cruise into the Bosphorus. Keep your camera ready as you pass even more showstoppers, including the Bosphorus bridges, Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress.

Start your experience in the morning with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Settle into your comfortable minibus and hear fascinating facts from your guide about this vibrant city as you head for Sultanahmet, the Old City, and the Spice Bazaar.

Built in the 17th century, this atmospheric market is a feast for the senses. Wander around the stalls of colorful spices, nuts and fruits and enjoy the the exotic aromas as your guide explains the goods sold here.

Next, head for one of Istanbul’s best-kept secrets, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque. This small building is laden with blue tiles and an enchanting example of Ottoman architecture.

Continue to nearby Eminonu Pier for your sightseeing cruise. Board your boat and sail along the Golden Horn, the inlet dividing European Istanbul in two. Most Istanbul cruises focus on the Bosphorus Straits, so cruising the Golden Horn is something special.

Drink in the sights, including the elegant Aynalıkavak Palace, Eyup Sultan Mosque and Galata Tower. Then, after roughly 45 minutes, enjoy stunning views of the Old City as you leave the Horn and enter the Bosphorus. Drift along the straits for around 90 minutes, past landmarks such as the two Bosphorus bridges, the Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Along the way, get an insight into lesser-known Istanbul as you pass wooden Ottoman houses, mosques and mansions.

After your boat docks back at Eminonu, your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide at the Spice Bazaar.

  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • 1.5-hour cruise

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please provide your hotel name address and phone details

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Voucher info

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


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

Leslie P

27 Sep, 2019

This trip was very good as the cruise down the Bosphorus was not too long and the information provided by the young tour guide was superb, with lots of info on the area, history, culture and general traditions. Good value for money.

Panagiotis A

03 Jul, 2019

The tour was very well organized in two parts: one part was a panoramic bus ride along the western coast of the Golden Horn, the second part was the boat trip along the Bosphorus. Besides it being a beautiful day, our guide Diana was intelligent, very well informed and flexible in offering various suggestions to look at sites which were not on the program. We (a family of three) thoroughly enjoyed it.

Frances B

13 May, 2019

Our guide was charming and very well informed - nothing was too much trouble and we had an excellent introductory drive followed by a detailed cruise by water

Aqua R

16 Feb, 2018

Ask for Emre as your guide and you will not be disappointed. He has a university education in history and speaks great English. He was the best guide Ive ever had on a tour and I am a person who gets city tours in every city I stay in. Highly recommend this tour for simplicity and time. Wish Id booked a longer one! But I believe any tour with Emre would be packed full of great information.
We started off with a rather long drive from our hotel pick up to the Egyptian Spice Market. During the drive Emre told us everything about what we were seeing. Neighborhoods, ancient buildings, how the citizens function and gave many helpful pointers - which you need in Istanbul.
It is typical for tours here to take you to a handicraft expert or a reputable vendor and the stop in the spice market was a few minutes to use the WC as well as a fun introduction to a vendor here. Theres no particular pressure to buy but we did since we wanted to anyway. Saved time. The vendor was so charismatic and fun. It was great fun trying so many traditional treats and the tea he made us was delicious.
Moved on to the boat - I believe a sight seeing ferry - it is two level. There is a WC. The top level was semi covered which worked well for the cold wind and the need for Photos. They sell snacks but you can get Turkish tea or coffee which is lovely. The views were amazing and the informations day background history and context about what we were seeing was just so valuable! Wish we could have Emre on all our tours!

Vickie T

28 Jun, 2016

very enjoyable

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