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What To Expect
Take a tour around Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine period. It is 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 the 22 km-long Byzantine City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age.
For morning departures, walk around the *Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), inhale mystical smells and the different aromas of various spices. Shop for fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
For afternoon departures, visit Pierre Loti by cable car, a coffee house located on a hill surrounded with beautiful trees where you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn. The coffee house takes its name from Pierre Loti, the French author and poet who was very fond of Istanbul and wrote as he sat in this coffee house while enjoying the view.
Bosphorus Cruise, pass through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Take photographs of marble palaces, and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture beside modern residences and luxurious apartments.
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.
1.5 hour cruise
Guidance in multiple languages
Pick-up from city center hotels
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.
Bosphorus Tours are practiced with regular boat if minimum number of attendants is not provided for the private boat.
*The Spice Bazaar is not available during Ramadan Bayrami, Kurban Bayrami, and Republic Day. It will be replaced by Ortakoy and is available upon request.
There will be a visit to a leather showroom if time permits for the morning tour.
Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request.
The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Those who stay in hotels out of the city center can be transferred from/to their hotels with an extra fee upon request.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
1 hour and 30 minutes
2 days / 1 night
2 days / 1 night