Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise And Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Please note: You must contact your local service provider 24 hours prior to the tour to reconfirm your departure point and time
  • Departure Details :
    Yasmak Sultan Hotel, Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:12, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbuls Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! After traveling to the bazaar by coach and learning about the city from an onboard guide, enjoy some free time to explore and browse stalls selling fresh mint, cardamom, cinnamon and more. Follow up the market visit with a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and see a collection of sights including the decadent Dolmabahe Palace and Rumeli Hisar Fortress.

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Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your experience with a pickup from your European-side Istanbul hotel. As you travel through the city, sit back and relax as your onboard guide talks about Istanbuls Spice Bazaar your first destination of the tour. One of the citys 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 Istanbuls showpiece sights. Look out for Dolmabahe Palace with its decadent faade as well as 15th-century Rumeli Hisar 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 Istanbuls big-name attractions, the cruise also passes some of the citys lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more.

Having admired the sights of the Bosphorus strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a hotel drop-off.

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Meeting point for pick up

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

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Gratuities

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children aged 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult

During religious holidays on July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014, the Spice Bazaar will be closed

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Traveler Reviews

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  • 01-Mar-2020

    Was supposed to be with another three people but my guide told me they cancelled at last minute so it's only me. My guide is very knowledgeable and seems to know a lot of people in Istanbul. I like the cruise, only wished the weather would be nicer (but this is not something to do with the tour itself). We didn't spend too much time in the bazaar as its not very big and everybody there tries to get you buy something.

  • 12-Oct-2019

    This was a well put together trip, the guide was very knowledgable and made the tour interesting, great value for money

  • 28-Sep-2019

    Excellent trip to the spice market and nice easy site seeing cruise along the bosphorus. Only slight niggle was no air con in the transfer bus. Would still not hesitate to go a again.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    Although this was my second visit to Istanbul and also my second Bosphorus cruise, I enjoyed it as much this year as I did last year. The guide , Ali, was extremely professional and well documented, he taught us a lot about Istanbul's history and present. As for the Bazaar, it's amazing, everything inside smells so good, sellers are friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming, you just don't know what to choose...I think I could do this every year and never regret it for one second. Highly recommended to all visitors.

  • 19-Feb-2019

    We were blown over by The Egyptian and Spice and The World Biggest Bazaar The Grande Bazaar the atmosphere of these Bazaars is Hypnotic

  • 22-Oct-2018

    This tour was the perfect addition to my Istanbul afternoon! The driver picked me up at the hotel and ended up having to walk us over the bridge because of street closures due to a bike race (think Turkey's answer to the Tour de France). Weather was good and the walk was nice, although it meant our time in the Spice Market was cut very short. No one in the group complained -- I made note of what I wanted to get on the return and came back the next day. Plus, our guide offered directions for individuals who wanted to return so we could find it easily. Once on the boat, we sat together as the guide narrated our trip up the European side. Our return trip took us down the Asian side. The guide was friendly and informative, offering details on Turkish culture and history, including the architecture we saw. After our ride, the driver took us back to our hotels, and in total, the trip was about 3 hours (~2h on the water). I'd definitely recommend this to other visitors, especially those looking for a relaxing way to see both sides of Istanbul and sail a bit on the Bosphorous.

  • 24-Jun-2018

    We did the afternoon tour as had a morning walking tour. Pickup from hotel was on time and very good guide who explained about the region and life in general. Only had about 20 minutes at the Spice Bazaar as election due in a couple of days and lots of noise and things happening. The river cruise was great - it was on a hop-on hop-off cruise, but we stayed on board as we viewed both the European and Asian sides of the river. Good value for money.

  • 24-Jun-2018

    We did the afternoon tour as had a morning walking tour. Pickup from hotel was on time and very good guide who explained about the region and life in general. Only had about 20 minutes at the Spice Bazaar as election due in a couple of days and lots of noise and things happening. The river cruise was great - it was on a hop-on hop-off cruise, but we stayed on board as we viewed both the European and Asian sides of the river. Good value for money.

  • 24-Mar-2018

    Very fun day

  • 18-Feb-2018

    Worked out well, but can easily be done on your own.

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