Bosphorus Cruise & Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar
Karakoy Cruise Port
45 GBP per person
Max. 8 people group size
Visiting: Egyptian Spice Barzaar and Bosphorus Cruise
Duration: 3 hours
Once you arrive Istanbul port, you guide will pick you up and drive you to the city in a relaxing air-conditioned vehicle. Today, you are going to join the 3.5-hour Istanbul shore excursion. The tour includes the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Bosphorus Cruise. You will be intrigued to learn about the spice soukâ€™s 17th-century history from our guide who will later let you explore the market yourself. Then hop on a sightseeing boat and enjoy a Bosphorus Strait cruise We will visit the
landmarks of Istanbul such as DolmabahÃ§e Palace and Rumeli HisarÄ± Fortress from the boat.
Once you choose from a morning or afternoon tour the
shore excursion will start by you getting picked up from the port by our guide, who will drive you to the city in a relaxing air conditioned vehicle. Listen to our knowledgeable guide talking about Istanbulâ€™s Spice Bazaar â€” your first destination of the tour. One of the cityâ€™s most vibrant and bustling attractions, the market has operated since the 17th century and remains as popular with locals as it is with visitors.
Hop out of your coach and head inside the market while breathing in its heady aromas of fragrant spices and herbs. Hear tips for interesting stalls to visit from your guide, and then enjoy roughly 45 minutes of free time to explore and shop at leisure.
After shopping and sightseeing around the famous souk, travel by coach to the banks of the Bosphorus Strait for your cruise. This is where
stretch of water that straddles both the Asian and European continents.
Then board your sightseeing boat for the cruise.
Take a seat out on deck or inside the cabin, and cruise past an impressive selection of Istanbulâ€™s
sights. Look out for DolmabahÃ§e Palace with its decadent faÃ§ade, 15th-century Rumeli HisarÄ± Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations.
The exterior and interior decoration is a blend of Eastern, Turkish and Western motifs. The three-storied building is divided into two sections, the harem (for women) and the selamlÄ±k (for men), and has 26 rooms and 6 halls. Here you will marvel the decorations of the facade on the seaside, the well-kept gardens, the hall with a pool in the central section, and the spiral staircase. Your route will take in sights on both the European and Asian shores and, in addition to Istanbulâ€™s big-name attractions, the cruise also passes some of
the cityâ€™s lesser-known gems that will impress you such as
mosques, fortresses, palaces and more.
After admiring the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a port drop-off by our guide.