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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3795IST_P04
Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From your cruise boat, you can view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world's longest and the massive Rumeli Hisari, a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul and the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

Highlights

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Egyptian Bazaar:
Built in 1660 with the taxes collected from the trade of Egyptian herbs and spices, the exotically domed bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme. Browse the stalls and compare the prices!

Rumelihisar Fortress:
Built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, the castle was built at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus in order to isolate the city of Istanbul, prior to its invasion in 1453. Following the fall of Istanbul, the north tower was used as a prison.



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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul (European only)
Departure Time:
9am or 1pm (depending on option selected)
Duration:
4 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 1:00pm

Pricing information

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9am Departure
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1pm Departure
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Private Tour:  Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • River cruise
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • During religious holidays July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014 the Spice market and Grand Bazaar will be closed.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: James H, March 2015

This was an exceptional tour and our guide, Gülay was amazing. She knew every detail, every date, and the full history of every landmark on the cruise. She guided us where to sit on the boat for the best view of everything. The length of the cruise was just right. Honestly, I enjoyed the Egyptian spice bazaar just at much. Our guide knew the booths to take us to that were reputable and had quality products. It was a leisurely afternoon. We stopped for lunch at a small place recommended by Gülay. It was tasty, quick, and very reasonably priced. I'm a woman, so my favorite part was the shopping and Gülay was great with knowing the best spots for what I was looking for and talking to those shop owners who were no English-speaking.

Reviewed by: Derek T, May 2014

This was a great day out and good value for money. Picked up from our local hotel and dropped back after the afternoon cruise and spice market visits.

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