Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar half day tour

This private Istanbul tour (or Istanbul shore excursion if you are a cruise passenger) visits Spice Market and Bosphorus cruise by public ferry.

After meeting with your guide depart from your hotel, cruise ship or airport. Drive through the historical peninsula of Istanbul. Arrive and visit famous Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) It is one of the oldest bazaars in the city dated 17th century. Spice market took its name from the fact that goods from the Far East and India arrived here from Egypt on the so-called Mısır Kervani (Egyptian Caravan)

Next, board the local ferry and begin to a dream sailing on the Bosphorus. You will see the old sheds that now house the Istanbul Modem Art Museum on the European shore. Immediately opposite, there is a magnificent view of Saraybumu (Palace Point) with the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque giving it a wonderful silhouette. A little further along, you will spot Kizkulesi (Maiden’s Tower), just off Uskudar on the Asian shore. This tower boasts the perhaps predictable story of a young princess locked away to protect her from the threat of early death, which finds her out anyway when an old lady arrives with a fruit basket containing a snake.

The elaborate 19th-century Dolmabahce Palace then looms up on the European side, followed shortly afterward by the pretty early 20th-century Besiktas landing stage, which Was recently given a makeover. A little further along you will see the Four Seasons Bosphorus Hotel and the luxurious Ciragan Palace Hotel, With its wonderful swimming pool right on the Water’s edge. On the opposite shore is the late 18th-century Pink Yali, more correctly called the Fethi Ahmet Pasa Yali. As you approach the Bosphorus Bridge look out for Ortakoy (Middle Village) on the European shore; this is one of Istanbul’s liveliest nightlife hubs. Facing it, and almost immediately beneath the bridge, is Beylerbeyi Palace, which looks like a cut-down version of the Dolmabahce and was once the home of Sultan Abdul Aziz (r. 1861-76). Still on the Asian side you will also spot the twin towers of the Kuleli Miltary School which was built in l860. Back on the European side of the strait, the boat will sail past lovely Arnavutkoy (Albanian Village) which retains many of its wonderful wooden houses, some of them turned into restaurants and cafes but others still occupied. A little further along you pass the beautiful Art Nouveau building in Bebek that used to house the Egyptian Consulate. Your cruise will end a nice fishing village, called Sariyer, located Black Sea. Return back to your hotel.

About Half day Highlights of Istanbul tour





Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Asian side of Istanbul

4 hours / 09:00 - 13:00 or 13:00 - 17:00



We work with qualified tour guides, not ordinary. They are all expert storytellers. They enchant you with true history, not with hearsay legends. Would you like to feel yourself as a local, not a tourist, in Istanbul? If your answer is yes, our guides will be happy to be at your service. Meanwhile, all of our guides and our agency have a license from the Ministry of Tourism.

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