Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents

  • 6 Hours
  • Small Group Tour
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age : 10+

Tour Overview

Embark on a guided boat excursion navigating the currents of the Bosphorus. Behold the distinctive vistas of both the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, marvel at the grandeur of palaces, charming wooden villas, impressive bridges, and the unique seascapes. Explore the captivating Dolmabahce Palace, the stunning Camlica Hill, the vibrant Ortakoy district, the historic Rustem Pasha Mosque, and the renowned Spice Bazaar, all under the insightful guidance of an expert tour leader.
Content:
Our driver will meet you at your hotel lobby between 07:00 – 08:00 and the following sites will be visited with an experienced tour guide licensed by the ministry of tourism.
Spice Bazaar One of the oldest bazaars in Istanbul, known in Turkish as the Egyptian Bazaar. There are many shops where you can buy spices, sweets, dried fruits and nuts, teas and coffees.
Rustem Pasha Mosque A wonderful mosque, known for its beautiful interior decorated with amazing Iznik tiles. It was built after Rustem Pasha’s death, in 1563. Hea was not only the Grand Vizier during the reign of Sultan Suleiman, but also the husband of Suleiman’s beloved daughter, Mihrimah.
Bosphorus Cruise Taking a cruise on Bosphorus is one of the best ways to discover the elegance of Istanbul. From Bosphorus, you can enjoy the whole city from a new viewpoint! Travel between the two continents and get enchanted by the all the beauty you will see.
Rumeli Fortress (from sea) It was built by Mehmet the Conqueror to cut off any food supply or weapons to Constantinople in 1452. The castle currently functions as a museum and open-air theater for various concerts at festivals.
Bosphorus Bridge The first bridge that connected the two continents for the first time in the history. Live this unique and memorable experience of crossing the bridge which connects Europe and Asia while enjoying the breathtaking view of Bosphorus
Camlica Hill Situated on the Asian part and one of the highest point of Istanbul with 268 meters. Beautiful spot to have the best photos of Istanbul, over looking at Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge, Historical Peninsula, Galata Tower and Beyoglu.
Dolmabahce Palace Built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 19th century. After Topkapi Palace was serving as the residence of Ottoman sultans for about 400 years, Sultan Abdulmecid moved and started to live at Dolmabahce Palace which is a beautiful mix of many European architectural styles.
You will be transferred back to hotel at the end of tour.

Detailed Itinerary

This built Basilica, ancient by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century is one of the architectural marvels of all time. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453.

One of the best examples of classical Turkish art, built between 1609 and 1616 by the Architect Mehmet Aga the mosque takes its name the blue Iznik (Nicea’s) tiles which decorate splendidly its walls.

The ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races took place was the center of Byzantine political life, standing in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque, the area is now called as Sultanahmet.

Of the monuments which once decorated it, only three remain, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

In this labyrinth of streets and passages, there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; selling mostly gold and silver jewelry, copper and brass items, leather, coats, carpets, and many other beautiful Turkish art and handicrafts such as handpainted ceramic plates, etc.

The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and china porcelain, caftans are worn by the Sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of Prophet Mohammed.

What's Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off (on the European side of Istanbul only)
  • English-speaking professional licensed tour guide
  • Fast-track entries to the museums and natural parks
  • Non-Smoking A/C tour midi-bus transport with driver, fuel, road tolls, and parking fees
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Service charges and local taxes

What's Excluded

  • Admission to Harem sections in Dolmabahce Palace
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (optional) to the guide and driver
  • All kinds of beverages

Additional Info

  • Includes free pick-up service from hotels in Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. There will be an extra charge for other locations.
  • Children aged 0-2 are free of charge, 30% discount is applied for children aged under 7 years old.
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited.
  • This tour is regular. Please contact us for private tour options.

Meeting and Pickup

  • Hotel pick up is at 08:15-08:45
  • Hotel drop off is at 17:00-17:30

Cancelation Policy

  • You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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