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Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
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
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Get around in comfort and style with a Mercedes minivan, and beeline with your guide to the Spice Bazaar, a historic market full of the smells and colors of Turkey. Stroll the old corridors of Dolmabahçe Palace, the final place that Ottoman emperors occupied. Then, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, taking in the sights of the Asian and European sides. This tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul’s Asian and European side including Bosphorus sightseeing cruise
  • See both faces of this captivating city, the only one to span two continents
  • Take in the waterside sights on a cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that divides the city
  • Visit the lavish Dolmabahçe Palace, the last home of the Ottoman sultans
  • Soak up the colorful Spice Bazaar and panoramic city views from Çamlıca Hill
  • Take snaps of two continents side-by-side as you cross the Bosphorus Bridge linking Europe and Asia
  • Travel by Mercedes minivan and enjoy personalized attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to 12 people
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
Bosphorus sightseeing cruise
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide Free Pick up from all Cruise Ship Ports, and Hotels in Sultanahmet - Fatih - Taksim - Beyoglu - Sisli - Besiktas - Harbiye - Ortakoy areas.

Ports

  • Sarayburnu
  • Salipazari
  • Istanbul Port


Your full-day city sightseeing tour of Istanbul begins effortlessly, with a pickup at your central Istanbul hotel. Meet your expert local guide and buckle into your luxury Mercedes minivan for a comfortable ride. Begin learning about Istanbul’s fascinating history as you cruise through the city.

Start at one of Istanbul’s main icons, the Spice Bazaar. Amble between its colorful stalls while meeting local spice dealers and taking in the exotic smells. Listen to your guide explain the significance behind the principal spices sold here as well as herbs and other goods. 

Then, board a boat for a scenic cruise down the Bosphorus Strait. Admire the views set between the city’s two continents, the Asian and European sides. Spot famous landmarks from the viewing deck, such as Yıldız Park and the Rumeli Fortress in addition to many baroque Ottoman residences and riverfront restaurants and shops. 

After, move on to the stately Dolmabahçe Palace. This opulent structure was created by one of the Ottoman Empire’s last emperors in the 19th century. Tour the magnificent grounds, taking in the history that still exudes from the walls here. Follow you guide as he details information about the construction process, including the story behind the 14 tons of gold used to decorate the ceilings alone.

Linger over lunch (own expense) at a nearby restaurants, then go to the highest point in all of Istanbul, Çamlıca Hill. Take a few moments to admire the truly stunning views, seeing Istanbul at your feet. Reflect on your favorite parts of the day, and then journey across the Bosphorus Bridge, back to your hotel where your tour ends. 

Please note: The order of the sites visited as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour. The Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. On these days, tours will go to the Beylerbeyi Palace instead.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dolmabahce Palace
The last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Rumeli Fortress
No interior visits. Pass by without stopping.
Pass By:  
Bosphorus Bridge
Pass by without stopping.
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Camlica Hill
Exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
Mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City of Sultans

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

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 Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • 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 Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise?
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 Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise?
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 Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise.

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Bosporus views are epic!
Jamel_W
, Nov 2020
Great tour! The Bosporus cruise turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the trip. I wasn’t expecting it to have such great views and be so enjoyable. The dolmabahce palace was breathtaking! It’s on another level and has some similarities to palace of Versailles so get ready to be amazed! Going to the tallest lookout point in Istanbul gives you great panoramic views as well. This tour gave me so many great pictures for Instagram and my own memories I’m really glad I chose this tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you very much for your great review. We hope to see you again in Turkey with a longer trip..
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Wonderful!
justzsa
, Sep 2019
From Ismael's very cordial introduction at our hotel right until the very end of the trip, this was a wonderful experience that I have since recommended to everyone who is/will be visiting Istanbul. What a true pleasure it was to meet with Ismael, gain a social/economic/political background on Istanbul's rich history and see the incredible sights it has to offer. The experience began with a hotel pick-up (on-time, private luxury vehicle, no issues whatsoever) and off we went to the Spice Bazaar which was a true delight in each and every sense. Next, we hopped on the Bosphorus Cruise which took us along the key landmarks on Istanbul's coastline for 90 minutes after which, we visited the Dolmabahce Palace. A magnificent array of beautiful ornaments and stunning architecture greeted us and we were given the opportunity of an audio tour guide which provided a more than sufficient understanding of the Palace and its history. Next, we went to the highest point in Istanbul, namely Camlica Hill which provided a vantage point across the city with views to kill for! Ismael was kind, friendly, extremely knowledgeable about Turkey's history and I would not hesitate to recommend this particular excursions to others. Worth every penny! Thank you for an unforgettable experience!!
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Tour delivered did not match Description
merrin r
, Aug 2019
We did the Istanbul two continents tour and unfortunately, what was delivered was not what was advertised in the tour description. They ended up showing up 45 minutes late when picking us up from the hotel in the morning and did not call or email to notify us of the late pick up. There was a holiday on the day we booked the tour and they could not take us to Dolmabace Palace. There was no notification that this would not happen and we should have been given the option to cancel or book something else. Additionally, we did a huge budget cruise with hundreds of people. the tour guide did not explain anything we sat alone. Very disappointing. We ended up leaving early after the boat cruise because they were bringing us to a random church which was never outlined in the description.
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At the onset, I would still like to...
Deepak M
, Mar 2018
At the onset, I would still like to believe that viator is a professional company and our next experience/ s would be better. Not giving up on you guys. This tour was however marred by: 1. Change of vehicle 5 times between minivans and big tour buses 2. Promised a merc minivan but made to sit thrice on the big bus 3. Accordingly, the group size kept changing from 9 to 25 as against a promised 12 max 4. Tour guide was excellent but most of the times kept speaking to the Spanish guys in Spanish leaving us to the the other tour guide who was generally addressing a bigger audience. Logistically difficult. No complaints against that tour guide specifically but this is not what we had paid for. 5. I had to raise this issue with your local support a number of times but he expressed his inability to deliver us exactly what had been promised in the package The local support was a decent guy, gave us a complimentary night cruise but it was with 250 persons. Though it was decent however that's not why we booked our tour through viator.
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This tour was very good to see the...
Matilde W
, Mar 2018
This tour was very good to see the other side of Istambul. The Dolmabahce Palace is really amazing and worth to see. The tour guide could have told us more about the history of the place.
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Brilliant tour! The views from the...
Mohammed sabeel A
, Oct 2017
Brilliant tour! The views from the Bosporus were fantastic.Eren,our tour guide was great as he explained the history behind important buildings
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Awesome tour. Dolmabahce Palace was...
basskitty
, Sep 2017
Awesome tour. Dolmabahce Palace was stunning. A good way to get your bearings of the city in your first few days.
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We were lucky having Unal Aydin as...
Jamil
, Apr 2017
We were lucky having Unal Aydin as guide in this tour. The hall journey was so exciting and informative. This tour was a reference for us to compare other tours and guides. It wasn't easy for the others. If we will have the chance to comeback to Istanbul, we will look for sure for City of Sultans and ask for Unal Aydin.
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The Dolmabahce Palace was not...
Vickie R
, Sep 2016
The Dolmabahce Palace was not available because it was closed on the day that we booked the tour. This was not the tour guides fault and we knew it in advance. We did an alternative attraction. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Would suggest that you book on the day that this palace is available.
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Great tour guide, interesting...
Barbara K
, Apr 2016
Great tour guide, interesting sights, great cruise! Weather was perfect, group was small. So glad I chose this tour!
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