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Bosphorus Boat Cruise & Two Continents Tour with Lunch

3.5 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

Bosphorus Boat Cruise & Two Continents Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

From US$ 108.69 per person

See the panoramic sights of the Golden Horn and get a glimpse of the Balat, the Jewish Hospital, and much more on this tour. Learn true history and experience a bustling urban lifestyle in the city's colorful shops.

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Duration 8 hours
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English, French, German, Spanish


  • Experience panoramic views of the Golden Horn
  • See beautiful views of the waterway on the Bosphorus Cruise
  • Be immersed in the colorful culture of the shops and stalls at the Spice Bazaar
  • Take a stroll along the historic Byzantine City Walls
Full description
From the Golden Horn to the arm of the Boshorous you will experience the beautiful sights of the historical peninsula which separates the old and new parts of Istanbul. You will be a part of history as you take an in-depth look at the residential areas for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Get a true sense of the history behind the Balat and the Metal Church. Stop at the sights of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, and get a glimpse of what life was really like at the Jewish Hospital. You can take a break from the historic sights by taking a stroll along the Byzantine City Walls. Another charming feature of the tour is the array of colorful shops that you will see at the Spice Bazaar. We'll make a stop at the stalls selling fruits, vegetables and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, the tour takes you to the Bosphorus Cruise and through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Marble palaces, ancient wooden villas and the sights of the luxurious residential apartments provide the perfect photo opportunity. From here it is on to Rumell Fortress by boat, where the historical armament can be viewed clearly from the boat. The armament is a unique example of military architecture, and was built by the conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. If time permits, the tour will also take you on to visit a leather showroom. Lunch. Tell your friends you’ve been to Asia and Europe in one day by joining us on a guided tour of Istanbul’s most historic sites. Led by an expert guide, you’ll visit the impressive Dolmabahçe Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Built by two famous Ottoman architects, the palace houses a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art and antiquities. Then it’s off to the Bosphorus Bridge, which straddles the narrow waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Once you’ve crossed the bridge it’s time to head to Camlica HIll, which offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city from almost 300 meters above sea level. Please note, on Mondays and Thursdays the palace is closed, so the tour will make three different stops: Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk park.
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Museum entrance fees
  • 1.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Lunch
  • Pick-up from centrally located city hotels
  • Drop off to hotels
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  On Mondays Dolmabahçe Palace is closed, so on these days of the week the tour will make 3 different stops: Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House, and Miniatürk Park
  • After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability
  • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 08:00 and 09:00 (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

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you gave us a meeting place, when the bus was not where it was. we went around in circles for 1 hour and 15 minutes. we managed to join your guide. finally, the meeting place was 15 minutes walk. the translator did not speak French even though he was mentioned in the package. very bad service from you.

December 10, 2019

fantastic cruise

The negative: the place of lunch and the guide who was not pleasant and took us running.

September 7, 2019

Untimely They quote you within an hour and after calling them 20 minutes later you still have another hour to wait. They take you shopping, something to do alone. but they take you to see a fur shop, also with exorbitant prices. And finally it takes you to a cafeteria so you can see the views of the Bosphorus and say if you have been on both continents. The only thing that is saved, the guide that has been attentive and the explanations he has given were good

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August 21, 2019

Product ID: 18462