Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar information and booking

from
$39
Duration
4 hours
Departs from
Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul (European only)
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 1:00pm
Time of departure
9am
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Tour description provided by Viator

Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From your cruise boat, you can view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world's longest and the massive Rumeli Hisari, a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul and the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Egyptian Bazaar:Built in 1660 with the taxes collected from the trade of Egyptian herbs and spices, the exotically domed bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme. Browse the stalls and compare the prices!

Rumelihisar Fortress:Built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, the castle was built at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus in order to isolate the city of Istanbul, prior to its invasion in 1453. Following the fall of Istanbul, the north tower was used as a prison.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • River cruise
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Transport by private vehicle

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified