Admire the Ottoman and Byzantine monuments of Istanbul on a full-day sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus. Get views of the minarets of the Blue Mosque, stroll through the Spice Bazaar, see traditional silk weaving skills, and much more.
What to Expect
Experience the vibrancy of Turkey’s largest city on a combined full-day cruise of the Bosphorus and shopping tour, and discover the world’s only city to straddle 2 continents.
Following a pick-up from your hotel at 09:00, visit the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, where the air is filled with the aroma of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Then climb aboard for your Bosphorus cruise and see old wooden villas, marble palaces, historic fortresses, and small fishing villages along the shore. Pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace.
Continue to Ciragan Palace to marvel at the marble façade facing the water. Arrive at Ortakoy, where a vast number of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Pass Rumeli Fortress. built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, and completed in just 4 months to control the infamous Bosphorus passage. Next, see the summer residence of the Ottoman sultans at Beylerbeyi Palace, featuring original antique furniture, magnificent gardens, and a historic harem.
Cruise under the Bosphorus Bridge for a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Go to the highest point of Istanbul at Camlica Hill. Once at the top, admire the panorama of Istanbul and Bosporus from the landscaped Ottoman gardens.
Then, it’s time to shop, and watch traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see and buy jewelry, handicrafts, modern leatherwear, and more.
- Pick-up and transfer from your hotel in Istanbul at approximately 09:00
- Guided Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation by fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- English-speaking guide
- Return transfer to your hotel at approximately 16:00