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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Istanbul, Turkey

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icon4 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

Experience the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise during this private guided tour in Istanbul. Explore the lively bazaars of Istanbul and discover their fascinating history with the full attention of your private guide. Plus, you will cruise the famous Bosphorus Straight to see stunning mosques and bridges spanning two continents along the historic waters.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Istanbul
  • Cruise down the Bosphorus, admiring the sights along the shore
  • Explore the Egyptian Bazaar
  • Choice of two departure times
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Local guide
Transport by private vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Start your Bosphorus cruise and Egyptian Bazaar tour by meeting your private guide for a pickup at your Istanbul hotel (European side only). Then, set off in your vehicle to the Spice Bazaar and witness this 17th century lively marketplace chalked full of colorful shops. 

Next, coast to the beautiful Bosphorus River for a serene cruise along the famous strait that connects Europe to Asia. During your ride, admire majestic mosques, expansive bridges and other monuments spotting the verdant coastline. See the grandeur of Rumeli Hisari, a fortification erected by Fatih the Conqueror in a mere three months. Learn how Faith had hoped to crush Istanbul’s Ottoman aristocrats and their 19th century mansions, hunting lodges as well as the Sultan’s fanciful gingerbread palaces. 

Continue on to the Egyptian Bazaar and wander with your guide past stalls experiencing alluring aromas of caraway, cinnamon, mint, saffron and thyme. Learn how this astounding dome structure was constructed in 1660 using taxes raised from the spice trade with Egypt. 

Finally, visit Rumelihisar Fortress, a castle nestled along the narrowest juncture of the Bosphorus, built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452. Listen as you guide explains how the castle’s location was strategically placed here to isolate Istanbul from invaders until 1453 when Istanbul fell and the north tower was converted to a prison.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
Sipce Bazaar
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
cruise on the bosphporus
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014 the Spice market and Grand Bazaar will be closed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours

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 Private Tour: 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 Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: 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 Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: 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 Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar.

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do not fall for this
brigid3
, Aug 2019
Voucher gives you the impression that the tour includes admission to sights along the cruise. It does not. All it is a driver to take you to the ferry, a "guide" who sits with you (yet describes nothing) and a walk through the spice market. We certainly could have done this on our own with a taxi from the hotel. I tried to complain to viator but they denied my request for a refund.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Brigid, We're sorry to hear that our program didn't satisfy your expectations. Our program includes cruise on the Bosphorus and visit to Spice Bazaar as stated on title too. Unfortunately interior visits not possible to sites we see during the cruise. Neon Tours
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star-5
Highly recommended, so much better than...
Patricia H
, Jun 2016
Highly recommended, so much better than a group tour !
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Excellent!!! Our 2 days spent with...
Denise O
, Oct 2015
Excellent!!! Our 2 days spent with Hakin was perfect!!! He answered all of our questions and was pleasant to be with. He was professional, knowledgeable and delightful. We saw everything that we wanted to see and felt very comfortable at all times. The van and driver was 5 star as well. I highly recommend Viator and will definitely use them again! our tour and guide went beyond our expectations!
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Our tour guide was ilker ulus. He is...
cynthia a
, Sep 2015
Our tour guide was ilker ulus. He is very personable and is English was very easy to understand. His knowledge of the the sights and local culture is excellent. It provided us with an in depth knowledge of istanbul that we could not have gotten on our own. I would highly recommend ilker as your tour guide while traveling in istanbul.
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We probably could have booked ferry...
Pamela G
, May 2015
We probably could have booked ferry ride without guide, but it was enjoyable.
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This was an exceptional tour and our...
James H
, Mar 2015
This was an exceptional tour and our guide, Gülay was amazing. She knew every detail, every date, and the full history of every landmark on the cruise. She guided us where to sit on the boat for the best view of everything. The length of the cruise was just right. Honestly, I enjoyed the Egyptian spice bazaar just at much. Our guide knew the booths to take us to that were reputable and had quality products. It was a leisurely afternoon. We stopped for lunch at a small place recommended by Gülay. It was tasty, quick, and very reasonably priced. I'm a woman, so my favorite part was the shopping and Gülay was great with knowing the best spots for what I was looking for and talking to those shop owners who were no English-speaking.
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This was a great day out and good...
Derek T
, May 2014
This was a great day out and good value for money. Picked up from our local hotel and dropped back after the afternoon cruise and spice market visits.
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This tour was actually great! We...
José Antonio C
, Jan 2013
This tour was actually great! We took other tours with the same group after the Viator booking and it wasn't as trustworthy or safe as the one we book through Viator. In the future, I would advise people to book through this channel only.
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star-4
It was exccellent except that we...
Sa M
, Nov 2012
It was exccellent except that we couldn't visit the Egyptian Bazaar I don't know why maybe our guide was in a hurry
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The tour was quite poor. The guide...
Anna U
, Nov 2012
The tour was quite poor. The guide provided us very little information. The tour was only 2 hours instead of 4.
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