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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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Fatih, Turkey
Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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Overview

Gaze over land and sea on this guided Istanbul city tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Aboard a comfy coach, discover the lively neighborhoods of Fener and Balat, and drive along the Golden Horn for spectacular views. With your expert guide experience the vibrant Spice Bazaar and then board a charming sightseeing cruise to traverse the Bosphorus viewing highlights like the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress.
  • City tour and sightseeing cruise in Istanbul
  • See top Istanbul attractions like the Golden Horn and Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars on a coach tour
  • Walk through the Spice Bazaar with an expert guide
  • Cruise through the waters of the Bosphorus Strait aboard a sightseeing boat
  • See Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus Bridge and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace from the water
  • Hotel pickup included
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  • Tamara Restaurant , Sultan Ahmet, Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:14, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    Please be ready in front of Tamara Restaurant at 08:15 and look for blue and white Midibus/Minivan with the logo of Plan Tours and Gray Line

  • The Marmara Taksim , Gümüşsuyu, Osmanlı Sk. 1/B, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

    Please be ready in front of The Marmara Hotel at Taksim Square at 08:15 and look for blue and white Midibus/Minivan with the logo of Plan Tours and Gray Line

  • 9:00 AM
    This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Taksim Square , Taksim Square, Gümüşsuyu, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Tamara Restaurant , Sultan Ahmet, Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:14, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Begin your day by meeting your guide at either a central location on the way to the Yenkapi neighborhood or your central hotel in Istanbul. Hop into your comfortable coach and start with a drive around the Golden Horn which converges with the Bosphorus Strait to connect Europe and Asia. Continue through the Jewish district of Balat and observe the distinct, iron built Church Of St Stephen of the Bulgars. Then, marvel at the ancient Byzantine Walls of Constantinople.

    Next, make your way into the Greek quarter of Fener and admire the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate. Learn about the liturgical leader of the Greek Orthodox Church who resides at this established church. Then, continue to the colorful Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and walk about its lively stalls seeing an array of shopkeepers selling spices and eclectic wares, tapestries, and other diverse goods.

    Hop back on your coach for a quick ride to the port for your sightseeing adventure on the Bosphorus. Find your favorite vantage point aboard and relax for a charming cruise. As the boat picks up speed, whip out your camera for perfect panoramic shots of Istanbul’s top attractions. Marvel at the beauty of the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace and see the commanding Rumeli fortress which views the slimmest section of the Bosphorus.  

    As you duck beneath the Bosphorus bridge enjoy the illustrious marble palaces that sit cheek-by-jowl with Ottoman-era wooden villas on both east and west coastlines. As your cruise on the Bosphorus heads back to the port side, glimpse over the long shoreline and savor the picturesque scene of the city of a thousand faces. Step off the boat and take a leisurely ride back to Taksim Square where your tour ends.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    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:  
    Bosphorus Bridge
    Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes
    Pass By:  
    Bulgarian Orthodox Church
    Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian
    Pass By:  
    Historic Areas of Istanbul
    "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
    Pass By:  
    Bosphorus Strait
    Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
    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:  
    Fener Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi Kutuphanesi
    Patriarchate at Fener which is the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’ s declaration of Christianity as the religion of Roman Empire.
    • 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 20 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Plan Tours
    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 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.

    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 Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise?
    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 Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait 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 Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait 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 Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise.

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    star-3
    Nice boat trip. Guide was very good but...
    P_F
    , Sep 2016
    Nice boat trip. Guide was very good but not really the overview of the city I was expecting.
    star-5
    It was very a wonderful tour, we...
    Carlos P
    , Dec 2015
    It was very a wonderful tour, we were able to visit all places that were offered for this tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and took good care of us.
    star-4
    It was good and well managed tour...
    Richa_K
    , Nov 2015
    It was good and well managed tour. : will recommend.
    star-3
    Good value, but a little strange...
    Mark W
    , Oct 2015
    Good value, but a little strange that we were collected from our hotel, then driven a few kms to another meeting point, then back to near our hotel...45 mins later for the tour. Not sure it was necessary. Bosphorus cruise was pleasant.
    star-3
    good experience, but sad we could...
    Caroline C
    , Oct 2015
    good experience, but sad we could not visit the egyptian bazar because of Aid celebration. Only issue : we can hardly hear we the guide peak on the boat and miss interesting info. However,his level of French was very good.
    star-3
    It was good, it just seemed really...
    Leah G
    , Sep 2015
    It was good, it just seemed really rushed and chaotic and I couldn't hear anything while on the tour of the Bosphorus.
    star-4
    It was good. The tour guide spoke more...
    Kesavan N
    , Jun 2015
    It was good. The tour guide spoke more Spanish than English
    star-4
    Good value. Guide was reasonably...
    Stephen P M
    , Jun 2015
    Good value. Guide was reasonably well-informed though he recommended spending some time at Taksim Square (the actual ending point of the tour) which proved to offer very little. Boat ride was fun. Bus tour of Golden Horn informational. The highlight, however, was the stop at the spice market!
    star-2
    We were put by mistake on different...
    Jeremy S
    , Jun 2015
    We were put by mistake on different tour, not even one word of excuse. The guide issue was only time time is our ennemy repeated a hundred times rather then taking care of what we were sightseeing Shame no value for money for this tour as long as with same guide!
    star-4
    excellent especially for first time...
    MJ L
    , Jun 2015
    excellent especially for first time visitors to Istanbul as a general orientation and facts finding experience. only critic is the sound on the tour bus that was bad. On the Bosphorus Strait the sound was good

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