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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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
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Overview

Cruise along the landmark lined waters of the Bosphorus Strait and stroll through the entrancing Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar during this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the bazaar’s abundant spices such as cardamom, mint, cinnamon, and have free time to explore on your own. Then, learn about Istanbul’s history from your expert guide as you set course for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Aboard the ship, enjoy glimpses of famous Istanbul monuments like the impressive Rumeli Hisari Fortress and Dolmabahçe Palace.
  • 3.5-hour Istanbul experience including a trip to the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise
  • Listen to a guide while traveling and learn about the history of the 17th-century souk
  • Explore the Spice Bazaar’s stalls independently and shop for a selection of edible treats
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus, the famous stretch of water that borders two continents
  • See top Istanbul attractions from the water including Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

For either the morning or afternoon tour, meet your guide for a pickup at your Istanbul hotel (European-side only). Then, begin your adventure with a drive to Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. During the ride, listen to commentary about this lively and fragrant marketplace that has been in operation since the 17th century. 

Arrive and start with a walk through the colorful corridors filled with stalls emanating aromatic herbs and spices. Then, listen to insightful information from your guide to help you find the best stalls as you venture off for 45 minutes of free time. During your stroll, experience why the Spice Bazaar is popular with both visitors and locals.

Depart the marketplace and drive to the waterfront for your Bosphorus Strait cruise. Hear how this historic expanse of water links the European and Asian continents. Then, climb aboard, find a seat, and set off for your memorable journey. As your vessel cruises by the Dolmabahçe Palace admire its elegant façade. Then, see one of the largest Ottoman palaces Beylerbeyi Palace and learn about the sultans who spent time off here. Continue along the European side and observe the impressive 15th century Rumeli Hisari. As the boat U-turns and strolls back along the Asian side, enjoy glimpses of less visited fortresses, mosques, palaces, and more that speckle the Bosphorus Strait’s coastline.

After the boat has docked hop back in your vehicle for a simple transfer to your hotel where your tour finishes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
spice bazaar
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dolmabahce Palace
will be seen from the boat
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rumeli Fortress
will be seen from the boat
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
cruise on the bosphorus
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Neon Tours
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your experience with a pickup from your European-side Istanbul hotel. As you travel through the city, sit back and relax as your onboard guide talks about Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar— your first destination of the tour. One of the city’s most colorful and bustling attractions, the market has operated since the 17th century and remains as popular with locals as it is with visitors. Hop out of your coach and head inside the market while breathing in its heady aromas of fragrant spices and herbs. Hear tips for interesting stalls to visit from your guide, and then enjoy roughly 45 minutes of free time to explore and shop at leisure. After shopping and sightseeing around the famous souk, travel by coach to the banks of the Bosphorus Strait for your cruise. Learn about the famous stretch of water that straddles both the Asian and European continents as you travel, and then board your sightseeing boat for the cruise. Take a seat out on deck or inside the cabin, and cruise past an impressive selection of Istanbul’s showpiece sights. Look out for Dolmabahçe Palace with its decadent façade as well as 15th-century Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations. Your route takes in sights on both the European and Asian shores and, in addition to Istanbul’s big-name attractions, the cruise also passes some of the city’s lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more. Having admired the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a hotel drop-off.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children aged 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays on July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014, the Spice Bazaar will be closed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar?
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
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar?
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 Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Only had about 20 minutes at the Spice Bazaar as election due in a couple of days and lots of noise and things happening." See review

Reviews

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We did the afternoon tour as had a...
Murray J. H
, Jun 2018
We did the afternoon tour as had a morning walking tour. Pickup from hotel was on time and very good guide who explained about the region and life in general. Only had about 20 minutes at the Spice Bazaar as election due in a couple of days and lots of noise and things happening. The river cruise was great - it was on a hop-on hop-off cruise, but we stayed on board as we viewed both the European and Asian sides of the river. Good value for money.
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Went o the tour of the caves. Take a...
Gavin V
, Dec 2017
Went o the tour of the caves. Take a windbreaker with you. Beautifully maintained. Very impressed.
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Since we had been to the Grand...
Curtis W
, Oct 2017
Since we had been to the Grand Bazaar, I don't think we really needed to tour the Egyptian Bazaar. We enjoyed the boat tour and found the European and Asian sides of Istanbul so interesting. It was about 3 hours and that was perfect.
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We Did The Half Day Tour Which...
Jaco
, Oct 2017
We Did The Half Day Tour Which Includes The Egyptian Bazaar Spice Market And Bosphorus Cruise. Tour Guide Was Informative And Explains All The Sights, With Aid Of A Map, That Will Be Seen On The Cruise. Great Views From The Boat Of Both The European And Asian Side
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Great 3hours afternoon tour. Group...
RONNIE SIM
, Jun 2017
Great 3hours afternoon tour. Group consists of only a fellow tourist from USA, my friend and I. It started with a mini tour of the Spice Market, small compare with Grand Bazaar!. Then we relax and cruise for about 90 mins. Good view to take photos of the European and Asia side of Istanbul along the river. There is distinct difference in terms of buildings, palaces, mosques and greens on both side of the river. This Bosphorus cruise with Viator is a must go to in Istanbul. Thank you
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For the most part, this tour...
Michael R
, Apr 2017
For the most part, this tour provided interesting venues. I particularly disliked the stop at a specific spice store which was over-priced.
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Our tour guide was very knowledgeable...
Stacy H
, Feb 2017
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our time very much.
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star-5
Well worth it, guide was attentive and...
Monica
, Jan 2017
Well worth it, guide was attentive and knowledgeable.
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Great tour, very knowledgeable and...
Patricia K
, Aug 2016
Great tour, very knowledgeable and charming guide
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It was very pleasant to ride on the...
Honeybee
, Jul 2016
It was very pleasant to ride on the Bosphorous, and the Egptian Bazaar inside smelled wonderfully!
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