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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar

Activity provider: Neon Tours

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar

Activity provider: Neon Tours

From US$ 45 per person

See the sights of Istanbul by sea and by land on a 4-hour sightseeing cruise and trip to the Spice Bazaar. This is an exciting way to discover the wonders of Istanbul. You will cruise by common tourist sites and visit the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Centrally located Istanbul hotels or Istanbul cruise port. Pick-up time is subject to change according to hotel location. Please provide hotel name and address.


  • Visit the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar and cruise the waters of Bosphorus Strait
  • View the magnificent Bosphorus Bridge
  • See the impressive Rumeli Hisari fortress
  • Discover the historic waterfront mansions of the 19th century Ottoman Empire
Full description
See the sights of Istanbul by land and by sea on a 4-hour sightseeing cruise and trip to the Spice Bazaar. Begin with a brief visit to the 17th-century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful and popular attractions. The building is part of the Yenj Mosque and was completed in 1660. You will have the opportunity to bargain for purchases or simply observe the bustling bazaar around you. Next up, board your boat for a cruise through the Bosphorus, also known as Istanbul Strait, which is the only passage between the Mediterranean and the Black seas. It also marks the dividing line between Europe and Asia. Marvel at the beautiful shores and amazing views of the massive Rumeli Hisari. This fortress was built by Fatih the Conqueror in just 3 months as he prepared to take Istanbul. The magnificent Bosphorus Bridge, finished in 1973, is one of the two bridges that connect Europe and Asia. The cruise offers a unique way to view this impressive suspension bridge from the water. Then pay attention as you pass by the 620 historic waterfront mansions built by the elite of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. The beautiful palaces and hunting lodges of the Sultan are also along the way.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Private boat or ferry boat
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide and air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Neon Tours reserves the right to change tour itinerary due to unexpected conditions such as museum closures, holidays, strikes, and weather condition.
  • The Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 21 reviews

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Relaxing and Educational

Really enjoyed this tour ... got to see the city from the water which was less hectic. We didn't get to spend too much time in the Spice Bazaar, but that was ok since most of the shops all have the same goods. It was great to experience being in there though.

November 10, 2015

super nice guide, nice tour

Picking up at the hotel worked great. our guide azim was very likeable, had charisma and was also motivated. He answered all questions, gave us valuable tips without being asked and - if requested - dropped us off at Taksim Square in an uncomplicated manner after the tour. About the tour: It takes about 40 minutes to get to the spice market (Egyptian bazaar), and the boat ride on the Bosphorus takes 90 minutes. the only minus: the speakers on the boat. azim was sometimes - despite good english - difficult to understand purely acoustically.

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March 1, 2015

it was fun.

it was fun; I am Turkish and I was with my husband. We had new information about our city; istanbul. esp. we were satisfied with our tour guide whose name is Mey.

April 18, 2016

Product ID: 1005