Bosphorus Cruise Half Day Tour

Price: € 30
( $ 32 / € 30 / ₺ 1,063 / £ 26)

Exploring Istanbul is unforgettable. As you stroll the ancient city walls, a sense of awe and wonder exude from its centuries of history. Gazing across the Golden Horn, beauty captivates. Spice Bazaar awakens senses, vibrant colors and scents fill air. Boat tour on Bosphorus transports to another world. Passing Rumeli Fortress, connection to past is felt. Istanbul embraces with cultural heritage, leaving indelible mark.

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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

  • Istanbul offers an enriching experience for visitors
  • Impressive city walls
  • Majestic Golden Horn
  • Vibrant Spice Bazaar
  • Picturesque Bosphorus boat tour
  • City walls symbolize resilience and rich history
  • Golden Horn provides stunning backdrop
  • Bosphorus boat tour showcases European and Asian influences
  • Rumeli Fortress on banks of Bosphorus signifies city's strategic importance

Full Description

Unveiling Istanbul's Hidden Gems: A Bosphorus Cruise Half Day Morning Tour

The same tour is done in the afternoon with a visit to Pierre Loti without visiting the Spice Bazaar. The cable car fee is included in the price. There is no transfer back to hotels on this tour. Participants can leave the tour in Taksim Square or Sultanahmet.

This enchanting journey will take you on a voyage through the heart of Istanbul, allowing you to witness the city's iconic landmarks and stunning scenery. In this article, we will explore the highlights of this tour, including the city walls, Golden Horn, Spice Bazaar, and a peaceful cruise along the Bosphorus.

Bosphorus Cruise Half Day Morning Tour: Unveiling Istanbul's Hidden Gems

City Walls: Tracing the Footsteps of History

The tour begins by showcasing the majestic city walls of Istanbul, which have stood tall for centuries. These walls, built during the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great, were once the fortifications that protected the city from invaders. As you walk along the walls, you will be transported back in time, marveling at the intricate craftsmanship and the stories they hold.

Golden Horn: A Glimpse into Istanbul's Rich Maritime History

Moving on from the city walls, the tour takes you to the Golden Horn, a natural harbor that has played a vital role in Istanbul's maritime history. This picturesque inlet offers panoramic views of the city and is brimming with historical significance. Discover the bustling waterfront, lined with colorful houses, bustling cafes, and traditional fishing boats, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere that exudes charm and authenticity.

Spice Bazaar: A Sensory Delight

No visit to Istanbul is complete without immersing yourself in the intoxicating scents and flavors of the Spice Bazaar. Step into a world of vibrant colors and aromatic spices as you wander through the stalls of this bustling market. From Turkish delight to exotic spices, this ancient marketplace offers a sensory delight that will leave you craving for more.

Bosphorus on Boat: A Tranquil Journey through Time

The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the serene cruise along the Bosphorus, where you will witness the seamless blend of Europe and Asia. Board a traditional boat and let the gentle waves of the Bosphorus carry you past iconic landmarks, such as the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Ortaköy Mosque. As you glide through the crystal-clear waters, take in the breathtaking views of the city's skyline and majestic palaces that dot the shores.

Rumeli Fortress: A Glimpse into Ottoman History

During the cruise, you'll pass by the impressive Rumeli Fortress, a mighty fortress that once guarded the entrance to the Bosphorus. While interior visits are not included in the tour, you can still marvel at the grandeur of this Ottoman stronghold from the sea. Built by Sultan Mehmed II in preparation for the conquest of Constantinople, the fortress stands as a testament to the city's rich history and the ingenuity of its architects.

A Bosphorus cruise half day morning tour offers an unforgettable experience that combines history, culture, and natural beauty in the mesmerizing city of Istanbul. From the ancient city walls to the bustling Spice Bazaar and the serene cruise along the Bosphorus, every moment of this tour will leave you in awe. So, hop on board and explore Istanbul's hidden gems as you create memories that will last a lifetime.

Price included

  • Pick-up from hotels (no drop-off)
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Bosphorus cruise tour
  • Food and Drinks during Bosphorus cruise
  • Personal expenses
  • No drop off at hotels the tour is finished in Taksim or Sultanahmet
  • Pick-up from hotels for the afternoon tour

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. * There is no pick-up from hotels for the afternoon tour.

Pick up Point

This Tour ends in Taksim or Sultanahmed square. There is no drop-off at hotels.

Details to know

Half-day guided Istanbul city tour including Bosphorus cruise

The tour is also possible in the afternoon, but there is no pick-up service from hotels for the afternoon tour.

It is possible to join this tour as a full-day tour by adding the visit to Beylerbeyi Palace and Çamlıca Hill on the Anatolian Side as an extra. Beylerbeyi Palace entrance fee is included in the price of the full-day tour. Lunch is included.

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.

  • Tour starts with visit to historic City walls
  • Marvel at ancient fortifications
  • Breathtaking views of Golden Horn
  • Visit Spice Bazaar for sensory delight
  • Explore fragrant aromas and vibrant colors
  • Boat ride on Bosphorus
  • Witness landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Bridge
  • See Rumeli Fortress from the sea
  • Guides provide commentary and answer questions
  • Connect with Istanbul's stories during the tour.

Period & Price

01 January 2024 / 31 December 2024 - Price

Location Adult
12 >
06 > 11
03 > 05
00 > 02
Istanbul € 30.0 € 25.0 € 15.0 € 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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