Morning Bosphorus And Golden Horn Cruise - Istanbul

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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 Rstem 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, Dolmabahe Palace and Rumeli Fortress.


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

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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 Istanbuls best-kept secrets, the Rstem 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 Aynalkavak 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 Dolmabahe 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.

Inclusions for Morning Bosphorus And Golden Horn Cruise

  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • 2.5-hour cruise

Exclusions for Morning Bosphorus And Golden Horn Cruise

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • 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!

  • very enjoyable

  • It is quite a complete tour, with overviews of the main spots in the city, along with lots of information both historical and current. The cruise trip is beautiful, I recommend it. However, I do not recommend making any purchases on the quick visit to the Spice Bazaar Egyptian Bazaar since you can find much better prices outside.
    This tour is mostly useful for a first view of the city, early in your trip.

  • The van tour of the Golden Horn was a tour of the congested highways of Istanbul. We didnt leave the car once. It would of been good if we had planned photo opportunities.

    This tour also ran an hour late which i was only informed by our guide once we were on the boat on the Bosphoros. I had my flight home booked in the afternoon. Since it ran overtime, it caused me a lot of stress to get to the airport on time.

  • We took the half day Bosphorus cruise and it was all that it promised to be. The guides - both of them - could explain the history of all the monuments which we passed. The ride was comfortable, with enough space to move around and watch both sides. Great trip.

  • Was ok

  • Good Tour Guide
    Excellent views of European and Asian Sides
    Comfortable transportation

  • It was Fantastic.The Bosphorous was amazing.

  • Had an amazing time. Our guide knew his craft well.

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