Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise
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See Istanbul from dry land and water on this 3-hour sightseeing experience that combines a coach tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then travel round the city by coach, passing the Golden Horn, and the vibrant neighborhoods of Balat and Fener. Stroll through Istanbul’s colorful Spice Bazaar with your guide, and then take to the water to see sites like Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge from the comfort of your sightseeing boat!
Start your morning or afternoon with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide at a central location on the way to the Yenkapi neighborhood. Travel by luxury coach around the Golden Horn – the inlet of the Bosphorus Strait that splits the city onto two continents – and then pass through the Jewish quarter of Balat. See the intriguing Church Of St Stephen of the Bulgars – made entirely of cast iron – and then admire the Byzantine Walls of Constantinople.
Head through the Greek neighborhood of Fener to see the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate – a church compound where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based – and then stop at the city’s legendary Spice Bazaar for a stroll. Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this colorful little market sells a concoction of wares – spices, tapestries, food and pretty much everything else in between!
Return to your coach and travel the short distance to the port for your sightseeing cruise. Then, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the ride! Relax with your camera poised, ready to capture top Istanbul attractions like Rumeli Fortress – an impressive structure that looks out over the narrowest part of the Bosphorus – and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.
Pass underneath Bosphorus Bridge, and see marble palaces sitting alongside Ottoman-era wooden villas on both sides of the water. Watch the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life taking place on the Bosphorus’ banks as you return to the port side, and then disembark your boat for the short trip back to your hotel by coach.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Coach tour
- Sightseeing cruise
What isn't included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks