Bosphorus Cruise Half Day Tour

Price: € 28
( $ 30 / € 28 / ₺ 835 / £ 24)

In this full day and very enjoyable Istanbul city tour, we will experience the unique and invaluable traces of this magnificent city from the past. We will see the Golden Horn, Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan Mosque, Ottoman Royal Palace and Garden and we will have a wonderful boat tour in the Bosphorus. You will admire the dazzling beauties of Istanbul during the boat tour in the Bosphorus.

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About this activity

  • Departure Location: Istanbul
  • Event days:
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  • Tour duration (Approx - including transfers): 4 Hours
  • Guiding & Support: English
  • Booking confirmation: Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher: Both is accepted.
  • Easy Online Booking: Fast, Easy & SSL Secure Booking
  • Vegetarian & Vegan meal: Available
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • Wheelchair accessible: Available
  • Skip the ticket line: Available
  • Tour ID: 113

Highlights | Overview

  • The Golden Horn
  • Istanbul spice bazaar (Egyptian bazaar)
  • The historical port of old Istanbul
  • Dolmabahce Royal residence and Royal garden
  • Bosphorus cruise
  • Rumeli Fortress (will be seen from the boat, no interior visiting)
  • Bosphorus Bridge

Full Description

Half day Istanbul city sightseeing tour with Bosphorus cruise

In this tour, the museums are not visited from the inside, they can be seen from the outside, from the tour bus or boat accompanied by the tour guide. Dolmabahçe Palace cannot be visited from the inside, as the palace administration does not allow anyone other than their own guides. The palace can be seen from the Bosphorus cruise boat.

Istanbul city walls, Golden Horn, Istanbul spice bazaar (egyptian bazaar), Dolmabahce palace, Royal garden of Dolmabahce palace, Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan mosque, Bosphorus boat cruise, Rumeli fortress (from the bosphorus boat), Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinsky (from the bosphorus boat), Ortaköy mosque (from the bosphorus boat), Kuleli Military high school (from the bosphorus boat), Bosphorus bridge and Beyletbeyi palace (from the bosphorus boat).

Pierre Loti hill and cable car ride are not included in this tour.

In this wonderful full-day tour, we will make a nice trip to Istanbul's most important and favorite spots by bus, boat and cable car. Istanbul Tour with amazing Bosphorus cruise and imposing Dolmabahce palace; Go beyond Istanbul’s top attractions and explore more of the city on this multi-faceted full day Istanbul bus and bosphorus boat sightseeing tour.

What we will see and visit on this tour:
Dolmabahce Palace (No interior visit, but from Bosphorus boat),
Royal Garden of Dolmabahce Palace (No interior visit, but from Bosphorus boat),
Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque,
The Clock Tower,
Bosphorus By Boat,
Rumeli Fortress (from the sea),
Cable Car,
Golden Horn (by bus),
City Walls (by bus)

This wonderful full-day tour will begin with the pick-up from your hotels and our bus will take you along the Golden Horn to experience this interesting area of ​​Istanbul. You will be very interested in the landscapes of the Golden Horn and its surrounding, which have an important role in the history of Istanbul.

Afterwards, we will take the cable car to the hill bearing the name of the famous French writer Pierre Loti and take a great panorama break here. Pierre Loti fell in love with an Ottoman woman named Aziyade and lived in Istanbul.

While sipping your coffee on the Pierre Loti hill with magnificent views of the Golden Horn, you will admire the magnificent Istanbul.

From here we will move to the Royal palace of the Ottoman Empire Dolmabahçe. Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Sultan Abdülmecid in western style. The construction began in 1842 and was completed in 1856. The construction of the palace was undertaken by Armenian architects Garabet and Nikogos Balyan, father and son, and the interior decoration was made by Ch Séchan, the decorator of the Paris opera house. Dolmabahçe Palace, which is a constitutional structure with all its places, was used in the thirty-five of the sixty-eight years from the construction of the Caliph Abdülmecid to the date of departure (1924) and the six sultans and the last caliph lived here. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey has closed his eyes to life here.

The clock tower, located next to the Sultanate Gate at the entrance of Dolmabahçe Palace, was built by Sultan Abdulhamid II between 1890 and 1895. The clock tower, built by Sarkis Balyan, one of the architects of Dolmabahçe Palace, shows various artistic style differences. The tower is 27 meters high with Neobarok, Empir and Rococo breezes. It has 4 floors. On both sides of the clock tower is the monogram of Sultan Abdulhamid II. The floor of the stairwells is decorated with colored stones and geometric shapes.

After our visit to Dolmabahçe Palace, we will have time to walk in the Ottoman Royal Garden with the view of the Bosphorus. Then we're going to have lunch here.

After lunch we will do a very enjoyable and wonderful boat trip down the Bosphorus. The boat tour offers spectacular views of the Bosphorus.

After the Bosphorus boat tour, our tour will end and we will return to the hotels. If you wish, you can get off the bus anywhere in the city and continue your day on your own.

There may be changes in the itinerary regarding the timing of visits.

Price included

  • Hotel pick up & drop off by air-conditioned tour coaches
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Service charges
  • Bosphorus cruise tour
  • Food and Drinks during Bosphorus cruise
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • No drop off at hotels the tour is finished in Sultanahmet

Pick Up Place

Pick up and drop off service is included from centrally located Istanbul hotels. Pick up for some hotels can be of a point near hotels. End of the tour drop off at the city is possible. All the details are provided the day before the tour.

Pick up Point

Lobby / reception at the hotels. We may need your room number to find you easier.

Details to know

Half-day guided Istanbul city tour including Bosphorus cruise

Pick up is possible only from centrally located istanbul hotels.

Dolmabahçe Palace is closed to visitors on Mondays. Therefore, the tour is not held on Mondays. If Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque is closed, Eyüp Sultan Mosque will be visited instead.

During the Bosphorus boat tour, some of the places specified in the program can be seen from the boat, internal visits are not made.

Additional information

Half-day (afternoon) guided Istanbul city tour including Bosphorus cruise

You will have the opportunity to get to know this magnificent city and experience its beauties with a half-day Istanbul city tour accompanied by an experienced guide.

  • Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul
  • Sightseeing along the Golden Horn and City walls
  • Visit of Dolmabahce palace and Royal Garden of Dolmabahce Palace
  • Visit of Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque
  • The Ottoman Clock Tower
  • Bosphorus cruise by Boat
  • Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car
  • End of the tour and Return to the Hotels

Period & Price

01 January 2023 / 31 December 2023 - Price

Location Adult
12 >
08 > 11
00 > 02
03 > 07
Istanbul € 28.0 € 24.0 € 0 € 14.0

01 January 2024 / 31 December 2024 - Price

Location Adult
12 >
08 > 11
00 > 02
03 > 07
Istanbul € 28.0 € 24.0 € 0 € 14.0
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Stephen Duley



Excellent all round tour. Pity it was not clear that we would only see Dolmabahce Palace from the boat !! We wanted to tour inside.


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