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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

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Fatih, Turkey

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this tour, including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop cafe.
  • Cruise the Bosphorus Strait to see top Istanbul attractions including the Rumeli Fortress and Yildiz Palace
  • Catch a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill for jaw-dropping views over the city
  • Explore the former Jewish quarter to see its cobbled streets, old houses and stepped sidewalks
  • View the cast-iron Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars and Byzantine City Walls
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Cable Car ride
Gratuities
Drinks and food

Departure Point

Tamara Restaurant, Sultan Ahmet, Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:14, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered
Please be ready 10 minutes before the given time

Guests who do not want an early pick up, they need to come to the meeting point which is in front of Tamara Restaurant at 13:45

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Leave your central Istanbul hotel by air-conditioned coach, or alternatively, join up with your coach in central old Istanbul. Settle aboard and travel to a portside for your sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. This famous stretch of water divides Europe and Asia, so as you sail it you can look out over two continents.

Find a comfortable spot on board, and have your camera ready as you sail by an array of famous Istanbul landmarks. Waft under the vast Bosphorus Bridge and take pictures of the extravagant palaces, Ottoman-era villas and other sights ranged along the European and Asian banks.

See the crenelated 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, the bustling cafes on the Asian waterfronts, and pass the Beylerbeyi Palace and elaborate gardens of Yildiz Palace.

After your cruise, enjoy a panoramic coach drive around the neighborhoods that line the Golden Horn, the inlet that separates old and new European Istanbul. Pass through the former Jewish quarter of Balat with its synagogues, balconied townhouses and stepped sidewalks; and see the Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, a church built entirely from cast iron.

Glimpse other sights such as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Jewish Hospital, and the remains of Istanbul’s Roman- and Byzantine-built city walls, and then continue to the Eyup neighborhood to Pierre Loti Hill. 

Ride the cable car up the hillside, and savor a drink (own expense) at the hilltop cafe as you admire the unbroken views down to the Golden Horn below. 

Your tour then finishes back at the original start point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Rumeli Fortress
Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.
Pass By:  
Halic
Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.
Pass By:  
Beylerbeyi Palace
Beylerbeyi Palace, summer residence of the sultans, is located at Beylerbeyi neighborhood on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus
Pass By:  
Balat
Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.
Pass By:  
Bosphorus Bridge
Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
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Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Cruise on Plan Tours’ private boat enjoying the straits of both Europe and Asia with a possibility to photograph the unique beauties of the Bosphorus.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls)
Byzantine City Walls surrounded the Acropolis of Byzantium with 22 kms. long fortification with 96 towers and 9 main gates dating back to the 5th century
Pass By:  
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
The Patriarchate at Fener, by the Golden Horn, is the heart of Orthodox Christianity. After Constantine the Great' s declaration of Christianity as the religion of Roman Empire, the capital was moved from Rome to Byzantium. With the conquest (1453) of Ottoman Empire, the seat of Patriarchate remained in İstanbul.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours

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  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "They say drinks are complimentary but will charge you afterwards - dont order unless you want to pay 6 lira for a small glass of orange juice and a not so great cheese sandwich." See review
  • "On the flip side, There is not much to the cable car/hill and it also takes a lot of time to get there, wait and return." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Cruise and cable car
Elizabeth_W
, Mar 2020
We got picked up and the traffic was bad it took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the pier from our hotel..The tour itself was good, the cruise was a nice optional view of the city. The cable was a nice short ride. We got dropped off .9 of a mile from our hotel they said in the old city you would be dropped off as close as they could. I do believe we could have been dropped off much closer as big tour buses went on our street daily.
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star-5
Beautiful tour
seberdai
, Oct 2019
This tour was very interesting very friendly and skilled staff and very brave driver to deal with a mad traffic. I really enjoyed my day out. It was a good history lecture which I am glad to live the golden past history time. I love Turkey which is rich of history and the top of civilisation who brought a lot of knowledge to the dark ages Europe that time. .
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star-4
Awesome views
Awasone
, Sep 2019
I took this tour to relax and enjoy the views. It was so wonderful, you can even buy drinks and some food at the boat. If you want a detailed explanation of the different sites you have to take a waking tour. Our tour guide was always very attentive. Highly recommended.
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Incomplete
Tour45609855391
, Apr 2019
Cruise and the Coach Tour were good. It was just disappoiting that the Cable Car was not availablem. It was under renovation. It was a scheduled one. Viator and its company must have known about this. Thus they should have adjusted the price of the package. It is unfair that they just say on the spot that we can't ride the cable car. We availed the package because of that. Hope we get a partial refund for the disappointment.
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star-5
Bosphorus Tour
Roam20477451843
, Dec 2018
The tour guide is amazing and explained very well. Though it was a short trip able to see most of the places.
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star-1
Bosphoros tour, coach tour and cable car ride
kevrev950
, Oct 2018
We were picked up from our hotel one hour before the boat ride. It turned out that the boat landing was less than 2km from our hotel. The coach stopped repeatedly, and we arrived late at the boat landing and we missed our scheduled departure time, and then waited a further 50 minutes to depart. A gentleman offered soft drinks and a sandwich (which many people assumed were a reward for the delay) however we were later charged for them. The boat tour itself was fine. We then boarded the coach again, which was boring, with very little information of note. We were given 20 minutes to tour the area local to the cable car, and when we met back with the guide were informed that there would be at least a 30 minute wait for the cable car ride... he also mentioned that the ride itself was only 2 minutes and 10 seconds, and therefore recommended that we walk down the hill to the waiting coach... which the group agreed to. The walk was down a steep cobbled footpath and took 30 minutes. We then boarded the coach and waited another 20 minutes. In summary the trip was a disaster, and I would warn people to not bother.
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star-3
The tour guide was really great and her...
Yves D
, Oct 2018
The tour guide was really great and her English was very good. The Bosporous cruise is a terrific way to see the views from both sides while relaxing onboard. On the flip side...There is not much to the cable car/hill and it also takes a lot of time to get there, wait and return. This is magnified by a city with that much traffic. To and from, you spend 90 minutes for a 1minute ride down a small hill. If not for our friendly guide, I would normally suggest to just do the boat tour as a stand alone activity...
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star-3
Too commercial, too long, cable car...
Omer M
, Jul 2018
Too commercial, too long, cable car ride not needed as its not a great experience. Watch out for overselling while on the boat. They say drinks are complimentary but will charge you afterwards - dont order unless you want to pay 6 lira for a small glass of orange juice and a not so great cheese sandwich. The views are incredible. The tour guides are nice but language is an issue. Couldnt understand much of the commentary on the boat as well.
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star-4
The bosohurus cruise was great...
ASMA C
, Mar 2018
The bosohurus cruise was great. However the cable car was a bit disappointing and time was limited because we started tour late as it took time to gather everyone. Although we were picked up late it was still worth It!!
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Personally I wouldn’t recommend we...
Janet W
, Mar 2018
Personally I wouldn’t recommend we ended up swapping guides as we had a French couple who couldn’t understand English (so they said) yet booked on a English speaking tour ? So we had a guide who spent more time rambling on in French this was very disappointing as we missed key points.
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