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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

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Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Istanbul's best highlights in one day on this 3.5-hour guided shore excursion. After docking, you’ll promptly meet your friendly expert guide and set off to explore this historic city by coach. Tour the world-famous Spice Bazaar, then sail the calm waters of the Bosphorus River where you will have great photo opportunities with the Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, Dolmabahçe Palace and grand mosques as your backdrop. Along the way, your guide will illuminate the sites with information about the history and significance of each. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour. When the tour is over, head back to your ship for a worry-free, on-time departure.
  • 3.5-hour Istanbul shore excursion including the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Bosphorus Cruise
  • Learn about the spice souk’s 17th-century history while traveling from the port
  • Explore independently and browse local spices, herbs, honey and nuts at colorful stalls
  • Hop aboard a sightseeing boat and enjoy a Bosphorus Strait cruise
  • See legendary Istanbul landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress from the water
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

Additional Details

Option 1: Starts at 9am<br/>Pickup included
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Port pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Yenikapi Port

Ports

  • Yenikapi Port


Your 3.5-hour Istanbul shore excursion kicks off upon docking at the Port of Istanbul. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, then, once you disembark your ship, meet your expert local guide and get going. Board your comfortable coach bus and absorb the guide’s insightful narration as you kick back en route to the day’s first destination, Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, which has been in operation since the 17th century. As one one of the city’s main attractions, you’ll want to be sure you bring your camera for this overload of color. 

Step off of the bus and meaner the market, perusing its array of spices and herbs. Learn about its history from your guide, then take advantage of 45 minutes of free time to explore at your own delight. 

Next, depart the souk and board your coach bus, then head the iconic Bosphorus Strait. Here, you’ll get to embark on a relaxing cruise along this historic river that separates the Asia and European continents. 

Find a prime sightseeing seat inside the cabin or in the fresh air on the deck. Keep a keen eye out for the stunning Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, built in the 15th-century, and for the breathtaking Dolmabahçe Palace, as well as Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations. This sightseeing cruise also passes plenty of hidden gems that line the banks of the Bosphorus as well. 

When your cruise is done, get back on the coach bus and head back to Istanbul Port, where you will board your original cruise ship in time for departure to continue your journey elsewhere. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to  Istanbul's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Istanbul  is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your shore excursion with a pickup from the Port of Istanbul. 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, 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 the city’s lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more. After admiring the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a port drop-off. Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Istanbul for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
spice bazaar
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under, but you may taken them if you wish. They will pay the child rate
  • Children aged 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon 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 Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul 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 Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul 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 Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour
JurijK8
, Jan 2019
After a boat ride we've upgraded our tour to full day. Lunch was great, hotel pick up/dropp off as agreed. Ali, the guide, was great. Provided a lot of info and funny. All and all, worth paying for.
star-5
It was a great tour. The...
Elisabeth G
, Nov 2015
It was a great tour. The combination of land and sea tours was fantastic. Our guide was very well spoken had great knowledge of the city and gave us great advice when we went to the spice bazar.
star-5
What a fascinating place Istanbul...
nickc
, Oct 2015
What a fascinating place Istanbul is.We were very pleased with our short tour,particularly with the Bosphorus cruise.
star-1
The Bazaar was OK, though not...
Patrick B
, May 2015
The Bazaar was OK, though not anywhere near the variety you get at the Grand Bazaar. Mostly spices and jewelry--that's about it. The Bosphorus Cruise was disappointing. The boat was a ferry boat, not very comfortable. But the real problem was that only the few people sitting closest to the guide could hear what she was saying! For the rest of us, it was just a long ferry boat ride with some nice scenery but no narration at all, so we didn't know what we were seeing.
star-5
Excellent tour to see the Bosphorus...
Helen W
, May 2015
Excellent tour to see the Bosphorus and Istanbul from a different perspective. Love the Egyptian Bazaar - smaller than the Grand Bazaar so easier to get around. Wonderful spices and Turkish Delight! Friendlt locals but not pushy!
star-5
You have to travel along the...
anne m
, May 2015
You have to travel along the Bosphorus to see the beautiful areas and houses of Istanbul otherwise you would miss so much Our guide was excellent
star-5
Your local contractor was very...
c.westhafer
, Nov 2014
Your local contractor was very professional. We arrived early, and they were there for us, so we left early. Seckin was a great guide who was very informational.
star-2
This was not one of my favorite...
Dani
, Oct 2014
This was not one of my favorite tours. Our driver and guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. They picked us up in a very nice van and took us to the Egyptian Bazaar which is a quarter of the size of the Grand Bazaar, but still very cool. He took us to one of the shops where they sell teas and Turkish delights and nuts - but the prices are not cheap! Each of us walked out of there spending over 50 Euros for just a few items, and you don't find out the price until they are ringing it up. After that, we drove to the boat for the cruise. This was a very relaxing and uneventful cruise of the Bosphorus. The sights were interesting and it was cool to be on two continents but overall, but I think it could have been better.
star-5
Tour guide was very accommodating with...
david o
, Oct 2014
Tour guide was very accommodating with our tight schedule
star-4
Had nice tour with 2 other couples...
rosvellines
, Aug 2014
Had nice tour with 2 other couples from another ship. The van was right outside the exit from the ship as it should be. Was glad to have him with us in the Spice Bazaar because we felt safe. Enjoyed the boat ride in the Bosphorous strait. Our guide did a good job

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