All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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Overview

HISTORICAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL WITH BOSPHORUS SUNSET CRUISE
Combine a trip to both Istanbul's greatest sites including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, and a luxury yacht cruise on the Bosphorus in one day. Take advantage of a special no-wait entry at the Topkapi Palace and skip-the-line access to the great Ottoman Palace during this full-day tour.

Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on your full-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tile works, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans. Along the way, experience the customs of a bustling bazaar.

When you finish exploring the old city of Istanbul, the next thing is to take a magical journey on the Bosphorus. Sail down the Bosphorus passing Dolmabahce Palace, impressive Bosphorus Bridges, and beautifully designed seaside villas along both sides of the Bosphorus.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Whether it’s walking ancient city walls, haggling in historic bazaars, absorbing the sanctity of Ottoman mosques, sipping beer on a rooftop bar, watching the sun go down on the Golden Horn or relaxing in a Turkish bath, there’s always something more to do in Istanbul’s Old City, a place aptly known as ‘the city of the world’s desire’.

The heart of Istanbul remains its fascinating Old City, home to some of the most historic sites of this vibrant megapolis. Dramatically located on a peninsula pointing across the Bosphorus Strait to Asia, Sultanahmet was formerly the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkiye

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: German Fountain, Hippodrome Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

The German Fountain is a gazebo styled fountain in the northern end of old hippodrome, Istanbul, Turkey and across from the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I. It was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Walled Obelisk, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

The Walled Obelisk, Constantine Obelisk or Masonry Obelisk is situated near the Serpentine Column at the southern side of the Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey. Its original construction date is unknown, but it is named after Constantine VII, who repaired it in the tenth century.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Obelisk of Theodosius, Sultanahmat Meydani Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul Turkiye

The Obelisk of Theodosius is the Ancient Egyptian obelisk of Pharaoh Thutmose III re-erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. It remains a functioning mosque, while also attracting large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in AD 360 at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it was famous in particular for its massive dome.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

The Topkapı Palace, or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkiye

Dolmabahce Palace stands on the European shore of the Bosphorus and the with its various dependencies forms almost a little town, its gardens extending for a mile or more along the water's edge.

Pass By: Çırağan Caddesi, Yıldız, Çırağan Cd., Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

Situated between Besiktas and Ortaköy on the European shore of the Bosphorus stands the ruins of the Ciragan Palace, built by Sultan Abdülaziz, during the years 1863-1867. It resembles the Dolmabahce Palace with its long facade and its baroque architectural style.

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), built in the 15th century, is the oldest covered market in the world. Covering an area of 54.653 square meters, it also still ranks as one of the world’s biggest covered markets. In other words, keep on reading if you want to be prepared before entering this maze of 56 interconnecting vaulted passages, housing over 4.000 shops with persistent shopkeepers eager to use their relentless sales tricks.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Istanbul is a bridge between Europe and Asia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, a position that endows it with one of the most unique and beautiful settings in the world. For, between the hills on the European and Asiatic shores flows the Bosphorus, the brightest gem in the diadem of nature.

"This beautiful strait, sometimes spelled Bosporus and sometimes Bosphorus, was so called from the earliest ages by the ancients; from the mythology of 10, the mistress of Jupiter, having passed over it in the shape of a cow. It resembles the Dardanelles, in length, breadth and current, and like it, is a narrow separation which divides Europe from Asia; but it has many features familiar to itself. Instead of being a solitary stream running between deserted shores, it is a body of water full of life and animation, winding its way through banks covered with palaces and villages, shaded with magnificent forest trees, presenting to the eye, at every mile, a new scene of crowded existence."

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Pass By: Bebek Park, Istanbul 34342 Turkiye

In the 19th century, Ottoman aristocrats picked Bebek's ideal location to build their summer houses and palaces. Today it is still a popular residential area.

Pass By: Rumeli Fortress, Yahyakemal Cad. No.28, Istanbul 34470 Turkiye

At the narrowest point of the Bosphorus stands the Rumelihisarr Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror on the European shore. The Sultan himself on the 26th day of March 1452 laid the foundation stone of the Fortress with a view to controlling the passage of the ships through the Bosphorus and using it as a base for his attack on the city.

Pass By: Ortakoy, Istanbul Turkiye

Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.

Pass By: Kanlica Meydani, Istanbul Turkiye

Kanlıca is a neighborhood on the Asian side of the Bosphorus strait, in the Beykoz district of Istanbul Province, Turkey. Kanlica is known for its popular specialty, yogurt topped with castor sugar, offered in local restaurants and cafés.

Pass By: Bosphorus Bridge, Kuzguncuk Mahallesi 15, Istanbul Turkiye

Which was inaugurated on October 29, 1973 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Turkish Republic, has the longest span in Europe and the fourth in the world. This suspension bridge has a total length of 1560 metres (1706 yards) and a width of 33.4 metres (110ft).

Pass By: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Hisarustu Kavacik Yolu, Istanbul Turkiye

The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge, is a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey spanning the Bosphorus strait. When completed in 1988, it was the 5th-longest suspension bridge span in the world; today it is the 24th.

Pass By: Beylerbeyi Palace, Abdullahaga Cad., Istanbul Turkiye

Situated on the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus between the villages of Kuzguncuk and Cengelköy, the palace was built by Sultan Abdülaziz in 1865. Beylerbeyi Palace seen from the Bosphorus floats like a white vision in a fairy tale. It is the most extravagant royal house of the 19th Century on which millions were spent.

Pass By: KIz Kulesi, Uskudar, Istanbul Turkiye

About 180 metres away from the shores of Üsküdar stands this tower which bears two different names. Europeans who named it the Leander's Tower thought that it was here where Leander was drowned while attempting to swim the Bosphorus to reach his beloved Hero, the priestess of Aphrodite. But, in fact, Leander never crossed here even in the legend which refers to the Hellespont, Dardanelles.

Pass By: Kucuksu Pavilion, Kucuksu Cad. No:12, Istanbul 34810 Turkiye

The summer Palace of Kucuksu, sometimes called the Palace of Göksu, is situated between the villages of Anadoluhisan and Kandilli on the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus.

Pass By: Anadolu Hisari Fort, Anadolu Hisari, Istanbul Turkiye

On the opposite bank stands the Anadoluhisari Fortress by the Göksu stream.

This romantic castle which adorns the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus was built in 1395 by Sultan Bayazit, the Thunderbolt and named as "Güzelcehisar". Later it was extended by Mehmet, the Conqueror. Today, as the first possession of Turks on the Bosphorus, it serves as the landmark of Turkish rule.

Pass By: Halic, Istanbul Turkiye

GOLDEN HORN
The Golden Horn, also known by its modern Turkish name, Haliç, is a major urban waterway and the primary inlet of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

The Bosphorus has an inlet, a natural harbor which is an arm of the Sea of Marmara, called the Golden Horn. It is a deeply drowned valley about 7 km long. Two streams, Ali Bey and Kagithane flow into the Golden Horn which was so named as the early inhabitants saw it as shaped like the horns of a stag or water buffalo. Turks call it the Halic, i.e. the Gulf.

The Bosphorus itself has two pleasant rivulets on its Asiatic shore, called Göksu and Kucuksu which empty themselves into the Bosphorus between the villages of Anadoluhisari and Kandilli.

The two streams flowing into the Golden Horn were named by foreigners as the Sweet Waters of Europe, while Göksu and Kucuksu were known as the Sweet Waters of Asia.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Pass By: Cankurtaran, Sarayburnu, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

Sarayburnu is a promontory quarter separating the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul, Turkey. The area is where the renowned Topkapı Palace and Gülhane Park stand. Sarayburnu is included in the historic areas of Istanbul, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Stop At: Halic, Istanbul Turkiye

Golden Horn, Istanbul, Turkey
As the sun sets in Istanbul, its yellow light blazes on the waters of the Golden Horn, giving this freshwater estuary its romantic name…we think. (The name in English is a direct translation of the Byzantine name Chrysokeras.)

“Golden Horn” is its Western name. Its Turkish name, Haliç, (hah-LEECH, from Arabic) has nothing to do with gold or horns. Haliç, short for Haliç-i Dersaadet, means “The Bay of Istanbul.”

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkiye

The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus.

Inclusions
  • Lunch - Three-course delicious lunch at a rooftop restaurant with sea views
  • Snacks - Served during the sunset cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Fresh Season Fruits Served during the sunset cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Cookies including baklava Served during the sunset cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Museum entrance fees to Topkapi Palace
  • Professional tour guide in English
  • 2.5-Hours Bosphorus Cruise on Luxury Yacht
  • Entry/Admission - Sultanahmet District
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Halic

Exclusions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, we visit Dolmabahce Palace on Tuesday.
  • The old city, Sultanahmet is closed for car traffic, travelers visit the sights by walking. There is quite a lot of walkings, so please wear comfortable shoes and get ready for a long walking day right before a very enjoyable luxury yacht cruise.
  • From May to August, the tour starting time may change to 09.45/10.00 am.
  • The sunset cruise ends at 21.30 from 01st June to end of July.
  • The tour guide will contact you one day before to coordinate the hotels pick services (if your hotel is in the city center) or the meeting point.
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and it may be replaced with Spice Bazaar or Arasta Bazaar
  • Ladies are recommended to bring scarfs to use while visiting the Blue Mosque
  • Hagia Sophia is not a museum and no admission fee to visit the interior, fast tracking is not available for Hagia Sophia. During the high season, it may get busy and there could be a long que.
  • From December to Fenbruary, we may replace Hagia Sophia with Suleymaniye Mosque ON FRIDAY due to the Friday prayer in Hagia Sophia
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The Blue Mosque is under an intensive restoration work till April 2023. Visits to mosque interior is prohibited till April 2023.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd No:12, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up service is available only from hotels located in Fatih and Beyoglu districts.

Our tour guide will contact you to inform you about the exact time of the pick-up one day before the tour departure date.


Departure Time

09:00 AM


Return Details

İdo Kabataş Deniz Otobüsü İskelesi, Ömer Avni, İskele Yolu, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

David G

26 Jan, 2023

The "All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise" is the perfect complement to an amazing city …. Istanbul and its deep history and rich culture. In my opinion A must do. Our Host, Yunus (photo), made such a wonderful effort in telling us an amazing story leaving us with the desire to continue the exploration.

brinda611

25 Jan, 2023

Absolutely amazing experience. Yunus was an exceptional tour guide. I was only in Turkey for 1 full day, so I got to experience all the historical sites and their rich history, ending the day with a lovely cruise of the Bosphorus. 10/10 recommend.

waiyingirene_t

25 Jan, 2023

Weather was great, breezy but not too cold, for an enjoyable walking tour. Lunch was at a restaurant with view of the water across to the Asian side. Yunus, the guide, was very knowledgeable of the historical facts of the sites visited. At the end of the day was a relaxing cruise through the Bosphorus Strait with a sunset view. Energy level was low by then after all the walking but brought back up by the lively and funny guide, Tanner. Light snacks provided was helpful too.

Michelle_M

25 Jan, 2023

I did the tour by myself since no one else had booked the tour for that day. I was offered to do the next day but I was going to leave so I decided to do it alone. It was just me and the tour guide. He was very respectful and very informative. I recommend this tour since you will get to visit the area and at the end you will get the Bosporus cruise and the people working there are also very attentive. Loved this tour as a solo traveler.

johnmP2677UA

20 Jan, 2023

The itinerary, places visited, and information provide by our knowledgeable guide jaded the experience excellent! As the Blue mosque was closed,, we did not get to visit, but Yusun provided a great deal of history and cultural information.

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