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Best of Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour

Duration

5 hours (Approx)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

25 people

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Guide Language

English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Overview

We are inviting you to spend an unforgettable day with us sailing along the Bosphorus and conquering the most famous shopping bazaars of Istanbul. As Istanbul is the “city that connects two continents” we are passing under the Bosphorus Bridge that bringing Asia and Europe continents together on a cruise tour. We are also visiting the Spice Bazaar, where we will experince the authentic atmosphere of traditional Turkish bazaars. We will walk along the shops selling thousand of different products mostly the huge variety of spices from like cinnamon, mint and saffron along with silk, leather and many more. We are having the chance to see some of the most amazing architectural wonders like the Ciragan Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses along with many historical houses, buildings and palaces. We are enjoying the magical panoramic views of Istanbul from the top of Camlica Hill and we are exploring the craftsmanship of silk and carpet weaving from the Turkish women.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise the Bosphorus Passage between Europe and Asia
  • Admire old wooden Ottoman villas and marble palaces
  • Sail under the Bosphorus Bridge linking 2 continents
  • Watch traditional silk weaving skills
  • Marvel at the façade of Ciragan Palace from the waters of the Bosphorus
  • Be dazzled by the imperial parks and pavillions of Yildiz Palace
  • Get panoramic city views from Camlica Hill
  • Enjoy the private service designed only for you and your loved ones

Itinerary

This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones. Experience the vibrancy of Turkey’s largest city on a combined full-day cruise of the Bosphorus and shopping tour, and discover the world’s only city to straddle 2 continents.

Following a pick-up from your hotel at 09:00, visit the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, where the air is filled with the aroma of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Then climb aboard for your Bosphorus cruise and see old wooden villas, marble palaces, historic fortresses, and small fishing villages along the shore. Pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace.

Continue to Ciragan Palace to marvel at the marble façade facing the water. Arrive at Ortakoy, where a vast number of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Pass Rumeli Fortress. built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, and completed in just 4 months to control the infamous Bosphorus passage. Next, see the summer residence of the Ottoman sultans at Beylerbeyi Palace, featuring original antique furniture, magnificent gardens, and a historic harem.

Cruise under the Bosphorus Bridge for a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Go to the highest point of Istanbul at Camlica Hill. Once at the top, admire the panorama of Istanbul and Bosporus from the landscaped Ottoman gardens.

Then, it’s time to shop, and watch traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see and buy jewelry, handicrafts, modern leatherwear, and more.
Pickup included
Pick-up at 09:00 from your hotel in Istanbul

Included/Excluded

  • Pick-up and transfer from your hotel in Istanbul at approximately 09:00
  • Guided Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation by fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Return transfer to your hotel at approximately 16:00

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