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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • 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 :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Yenikapi Port
    Yenikapi Port
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


When your cruise ship docks in Istanbul, head out on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to visit the citys famous Spice Bazaar and then cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Travel between each site by coach as an onboard guide talks about the citys 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 Dolmabahe Palace, Rumeli Hisar Fortress and other grand mosques and fortresses that line the Bosphorus shores.

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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 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, 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 the citys 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.


Port pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle

Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee



Food and drinks

Additional Info

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

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  • 14-Jan-2019

    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.

  • 25-Nov-2015

    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.

  • 24-Oct-2015

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

  • 22-Jun-2015

    Good tour. Excellent guide. Wear a jacket

  • 21-Jun-2015

    Could not hear tour guide during Bosphorus cruise

  • 30-May-2015

    Very good tour.

  • 22-May-2015

    The Bazaar was OK, though not anywhere near the variety you get at the Grand Bazaar. Mostly spices and jewelry--that's about it. The Bosphorus Cruise was disappointing. The boat was a ferry boat, not very comfortable. But the real problem was that only the few people sitting closest to the guide could hear what she was saying! For the rest of us, it was just a long ferry boat ride with some nice scenery but no narration at all, so we didn't know what we were seeing.

  • 10-May-2015

    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!

  • 04-May-2015

    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

  • 05-Nov-2014

    Your local contractor was very professional. We arrived early, and they were there for us, so we left early. Seckin was a great guide who was very informational.

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