Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 3 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! After traveling to the bazaar by coach and learning about the city from an onboard guide, enjoy some free time to explore and browse stalls selling fresh mint, cardamom, cinnamon and more. Follow up the market visit with a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and see a collection of sights including the decadent Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

spice bazaar

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkey

will be seen from the boat

Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Rumeli Fortress, Yahyakemal Cad. No.28, Istanbul 34470 Turkey

will be seen from the boat

Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

cruise on the bosphorus

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Neon Tours, Kore Sehitleri Caddesi Esentepe Mahallesi, Istanbloom Residence, Kore Şehitleri Cd. 16/1, Istanbul 34394 Turkey

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then start your experience with a pickup from your European-side Istanbul hotel. As you travel through the city, sit back and relax as your onboard guide talks about Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar— your first destination of the tour. One of the city’s most colorful 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. Learn about the famous stretch of water that straddles both the Asian and European continents as you travel, and 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 Istanbul’s showpiece sights. Look out for Dolmabahçe Palace with its decadent façade as well as 15th-century Rumeli Hisarı Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace where Ottoman-era sultans spent their summer vacations. Your route takes in sights on both the European and Asian shores and, in addition to Istanbul’s big-name attractions, the cruise also passes some of the city’s lesser-known gems: mosques, fortresses, palaces and more.

Having admired the sights of the Bosphorus Strait from the water, return to land and finally finish your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Duration: 1 minute

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children aged 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays on July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014, the Spice Bazaar will be closed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 15 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

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

User's Reviews

ChloeXxLGardiner

01 Mar, 2020

Was supposed to be with another three people but my guide told me they cancelled at last minute so it's only me. My guide is very knowledgeable and seems to know a lot of people in Istanbul. I like the cruise, only wished the weather would be nicer (but this is not something to do with the tour itself). We didn't spend too much time in the bazaar as its not very big and everybody there tries to get you buy something.

Jowokingham

12 Oct, 2019

This was a well put together trip, the guide was very knowledgable and made the tour interesting, great value for money

147darenb

28 Sep, 2019

Excellent trip to the spice market and nice easy site seeing cruise along the bosphorus. Only slight niggle was no air con in the transfer bus. Would still not hesitate to go a again.

Carmen-Adina C

08 Jul, 2019

Although this was my second visit to Istanbul and also my second Bosphorus cruise, I enjoyed it as much this year as I did last year. The guide , Ali, was extremely professional and well documented, he taught us a lot about Istanbul's history and present. As for the Bazaar, it's amazing, everything inside smells so good, sellers are friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming, you just don't know what to choose...I think I could do this every year and never regret it for one second. Highly recommended to all visitors.

umeshs605

19 Feb, 2019

We were blown over by The Egyptian and Spice and The World Biggest Bazaar The Grande Bazaar the atmosphere of these Bazaars is Hypnotic

User's Picture Gallery

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Turkey Ferry

Just to let you know that this is a Turkish vessel...hehehehe

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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Tiffany Horton's visit to the Spice Markets on tour.

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Touring the Bosphorus

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from the Bosphorus

Incredible ride in bosphorus after the Egyptian Bazaar

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Gülay

Our guide.

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Egyptian Bazaar

Turkish delight anyone?

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Egyptian Bazaar

Spices

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Egyptian Bazaar

Colors in the market

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Bosphorus Cruise

Picture taken with bridge connecting europe with asia in background

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Istanbul Spice Market

Spice market

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Bosphourus Cruise - Istanbul June 2011

Cruise ship

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Colours!

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Colours!

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Colours!

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Colours!

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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A View on the European Side of Istanbul

Lovely view from the cruise

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Enjoying the castles

This is me aboard the ferry that took us through the two bridges that connect the European and Asian side of Istanbul

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Turkey Companion

This is my traveling companion and the background is the Asian side of Istanbul

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Bosphorus cruise view 1

Bosphorus cruise view 1. Excellent ship cruise

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Bosphorus cruise view 2

Bosphorus cruise view 1. Excellent ship cruise

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