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Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Tour
Activities in Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Tour

  • English English
  • 7 hours
  • Hotel pick up

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. 

Itinerary

After collecting you from your hotel in the morning, 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, you’ll head to a traditional Turkish restaurant for lunch. The menu includes soup, pita bread, salad, chicken or veal kebab and lastly, a fruit salad.

The next stop of the tour is the Hippodrome of Constantinople, built as a sporting center of Constantinople and later transformed into a resting place for the Ottomans.

Afterwards, head to one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks. The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is considered by many as the epitomy 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 by dropping you off at your hotel or in the city center.

Tour without lunch included

If you prefer to take something to eat or have lunch at your own leisure, you can book this tour without lunch included for 10 euros less.

Hotel pick up

Your guide will collect you from the following areas in the center of Istanbul: Ortaköy, Beşiktaş, Gayrettepe, Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Feriköy, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Beyoglu, Galata, Karaköy, Şehzadebasi, Laleli, Aksaray, Beyazit, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Eminönü, Findikzade, Fatih, Topkapi, Merter, Eyup, Samatya and Zeytinburnu.

If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, the pick-up includes a supplement.

Important information

The interior of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is currently being reformed.

Price

Adults Children 7-12 years old Children under 7
Tour with Lunch Included
US$ 67.30
US$ 33.60 US$ 30.30
Free
Tour without Lunch
US$ 56.10
US$ 28 US$ 24.70
Free

Tour with Lunch Included

  • Adults

    US$ 67.3
  • Children 7-12 years old

    US$ 33.6 US$ 30.3
  • Children under 7

    Free

Tour without Lunch

  • Adults

    US$ 56.1
  • Children 7-12 years old

    US$ 28 US$ 24.7
  • Children under 7

    Free

More Information

Duration

7 hours

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off.

Transportation by air conditioned bus or minibus.

Official English speaking guide.

Bosphorus cruise.

Priority access to the landmarks you visit on the tour.

Lunch with several dishes to choose from (optional).

Not included

Drinks.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the previous day (18:00 local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

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 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 still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

from US$ 33.60
US$ 56.10
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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