Istanbul Half Day City Tour with Spice Bazaar
Price € 29
About this activity
Tour Duration: 4 Hours
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- Printed or mobile voucher: Accepted
- Wheelchair accessible: Available
- Cancellation policy: FREE Cancellation
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Tour Guiding: English , Turkish
Tour ID: 239
Departure Location: Istanbul
Select participants and the tour date:
- The Golden Horn (by bus)
- The ancient city walls (by bus)
- Spice bazaar (Egyptian bazaar)
- Bosphorus cruise
Half day Istanbul city tour: The Golden Horn, City walls, Spice bazaar and Bosphorus cruise
On this half day Istanbul city tour you will experience an amazing Istanbul day with the Golden Horn, the stunning ancient city walls, The egyptian spice bazaar with every corner filled of exquisite spice fragrances, and a fantastic boat trip along the Bosphorus Istanbul.
Ancient City walls
The total length of the Istanbul walls is approximately 22 - 23 kilometers. It is around 8 km on the land side, 6 km on the Golden Horn side and 9 km on the sea side. The biggest difference of Istanbul walls from classical medieval walls is that it was built with aesthetic concerns. Rome is an enormous example of collaboration between military and urban engineering.
The Golden Horn
In the Golden Horn, the sea stretched into the land, creating a natural harbor, and it became the place where Byzantine and Ottoman ships gathered for centuries. The port divides the european side of Istanbul into two parts. It is about 8 km long and its widest part is the entrance part from the Bosphorus side (1100 mt). The Golden Horn, one of the oldest settlements in the world, is known as the Golden Horn (Khrysokeras) in antiquity. The name of the region was Keras in the Byzantine period, Haliç-i Konstantiniyye in the Ottoman period and Haliç which was used today.
Throughout history, the Golden Horn, which is a natural and very safe harbor as well as its geographical location, has played an active role in the development of Istanbul.
From the bird's eye view of the Golden Horn, the waters of Kağıthane and Alibeyköy give the appearance of a deer antler. When the waters were clean and clear, when the evening sun hit, their waters turned golden. Therefore, it was named “Golden Horn".
Spice bazaar (Closed on Sundays)
Behind the New Mosque in Eminönü and next to the Flower Bazaar. One of the oldest bazaars in Istanbul, the Spice Bazaar was built by Turhan Sultan in 1660. The architect was Kazim Aga. The bazaar was restored by the Istanbul Municipality between 1940-1943. In this bazaar, which is famous for its products, there are still natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, rare plant roots and shells in addition to the old tradition, as well as nuts, delicatessen products and different foodstuffs are sold.
It is one of the oldest covered bazaars in Istanbul which exudes the eastern side of Istanbul in the most exotic way. In the period it was founded, thousands of spices and herbal herbs from the far east countries from India to Arabia were sold especially in this unique market. Since most of the goods came from Egypt, it was called as Egyptian Bazaar. There are a total of 86 shops in the bazaar, which is accessed through six different gates.
After our visit to the Egyptian bazaar, we will go to the pier for a Bosphorus boat tour and take a boat for a wonderful Bosphorus tour.
On the Bosphorus boat trip we will see the Ciragan palace, Ortakoy mosque, Kuleli military high school, Rumeli fortress and Beylerbeyi palace from the boat with a 90-minute Bosphorus boat tour in the magnificent Istanbul Bosphorus that separates Asia and Europe from each other. We will also pass under the first suspension bridge of the Bosphorus.
- Pick up from hotels
- Transfer through Istanbul City walls and the Golden Horn
- Transfer to Spice bazaar, and free time
- Transfer to the pier for the Bosphorus cruise
- Bosphorus boat cruise
- End of the tour Drop off will be not at the hotels but in Grand Bazaar or Sultanahmet area.
- Hotel pick up & drop off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
- Entrance fees
- Professional licensed tour guide
- Service charges & local taxes
- Meal, beverage
- Personal expenses
Know before you go
Pick Up Place
Pick up Point
Pick-up and drop-off from hotels is only possible from centrally located hotels. Pick-up and drop-off from / to hotels far from the center is subject to an extra charge. There is also an extra charge to pick up and drop you off at the airport.
Pick-up and drop-off from the hotels where entry and exit of the tour vehicle is not possible or difficult will be done from the nearest point to the hotel.
At the end of the tour, you can get off the tour bus wherever you want and spend the rest of the day on your own.
End of the tour Drop off will be not at the hotels but in Grand Bazaar or Sultanahmet area.