Relax on a cruise down the Bospherous Strait and then visit the most symbolic landmarks of Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Spice Bazaar. This half-day tour is ideal to discover the city.
Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Tour
After collecting you from your hotel at 9 am, the bus will drive you to the colorful Spice Bazaar, located very near the famous Galata Bridge.
The Spice Bazaar is, without a doubt, one of the best places in Istanbul to purchase authentic Turkish products. Marvel at the numerous stands overflowing with items of all shapes and sizes.
Once you’ve wandered through the Bazaar in Eminönü, in the heart of the city, make your way to the pier where you will board a comfortable cruise boat. Take a seat and enjoy the views of Istanbul from the waterway as you sail down the Bosphorus Strait. If you look to the east you will see the Asian side and to the west, the European side.
Wooden houses, palaces, fortresses and enormous bridges sit on the both sides of the Strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Marmara Sea.
After a 1.5-hour cruise, we'll go to a traditional restaurant where we'll eat a complete menu consisting of soup or cold appetizer, börek, chicken, meat or vegetable kebab with rice and baklava or fruit.
With your energy renewed, we'll move on to the next stop of the tour, the Hippodrome of Constantinople, built as a sporting center of Constantinople and later transformed into a resting place for the Ottomans.
Afterward, we'll head to one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks. The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is considered by many as the epitome of Ottoman architecture. Its enormous dome, six minarets and its striking Iznik tiles decoration is breathtaking.
Cross Sultanahmet Square and enter the Hagia Sophia, the gem of Istanbul. This incredibly big edifice was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for the following 477 years. Finally, it was transformed into a museum in 1936.
The tour comes to an end either in the centre of Sultanahmet or Taksim, as you prefer.
Tour without lunch
If you prefer bringing your own lunch or you'd like to go to some other restaurant on their own, you can book the tour without lunch option, for € 10 (US$ 10.70) less.
Hotel pick up
The tour includes pick-up from the following areas in central Istanbul: Bayrampaşa, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Eminönü, Eyüp, Fatih, Kağıthane, Şişli and Zeytinburnu.
If you are staying elsewhere in other areas, you will have to go to the meeting point located at The Marmara Taksim Hotel 5*.
- The interior of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is currently being reformed.
- It is currently not possible to go up to the dome of Hagia Sophia.
|Adults||Children 7-12 years old||Children under 7|
|Tour without lunch||
|Tour with lunch||
Tour without lunch
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 23.50
Children under 7Free
Tour with lunch
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 28.90
Children under 7Free
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The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
Hotel pick up.
Transportation by air conditioned bus or minibus.
English speaking guide.
Priority access to the landmarks you visit on the tour.
Full course meal (depending on option chosen).
When to book?
You can book up until 36 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Not wheelchair accessible.
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No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - If i'm not staying in a hotel, what is the meeting point for the excursion?
A - If you're not staying in a hotel, you can make your own way to Beyaz Saray: Mimar Hayrettin Mh., Yeniçeriler Caddesi No:77, with pick up around 8:50 am.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
If you have any other questions please contact us.