Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar
from £38.90
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.
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In Brief

Istanbul, Turkey
3 hours

Daily, except Sunday

Important InfoInfo
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, Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul 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


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


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A great afternoon tour that allowed us to have a wee taste of what was to be found in this wonderful city. Our guide was informative and had a great knowledge of the history of Istanbul. The tour was done at a leisurely pace with time to wander the Spice market before the cruise down the Bosphorus.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2018
We Did The Half Day Tour Which Includes The Egyptian Bazaar Spice Market And Bosphorus Cruise. Tour Guide Was Informative And Explains All The Sights, With Aid Of A Map, That Will Be Seen On The Cruise. Great Views From The Boat Of Both The European And Asian Side
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
thoroughly enjoyed
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
Great 3hours afternoon tour. Group consists of only a fellow tourist from USA, my friend and I. It started with a mini tour of the Spice Market, small compare with Grand Bazaar!. Then we relax and cruise for about 90 mins. Good view to take photos of the European and Asia side of Istanbul along the river. There is distinct difference in terms of buildings, palaces, mosques and greens on both side of the river. This Bosphorus cruise with Viator is a must go to in Istanbul. Thank you
• Submitted 19 Jun 2017
Well worth it, guide was attentive and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2017
Excellent tour
• Submitted 27 Dec 2016
Excellent guide, well worth it
• Submitted 01 Sep 2016
Great tour, very knowledgeable and charming guide
• Submitted 17 Aug 2016
It was very pleasant to ride on the Bosphorous, and the Egptian Bazaar inside smelled wonderfully!
• Submitted 28 Jul 2016
Really great half day tour. The Egyptian bazaar was an amazing overload of sights sounds and scents!!! The Bosphorus cruise was very interesting- loved seeing Istanbul from the river.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
Excellent cruise.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2015
Great half day tour. It ends up being about a 45 min tour of the Spice Market. Enough time to buy some baklava and Turkish delight. Then onto a boat cruise for about 90 mins. Good chance to get some pics along the river. Great afternoon!
• Submitted 21 Sep 2015
Great tour, the Bosphorus cruise is a must if you go to Istanbul, it gives you a different perspective of the city and is very relaxing, the group was small and we had a boat only for us!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2015
This was a great tour, and a wonderful experience. Bulit, my guide walked me through the streets, introducing me to typical Turkish fare. The whole experience was delectable. A must do if you like to try and experience new and different cuisines.
• Submitted 26 Jun 2015
i'm giving it five stars because it was so well organized. We arrived from the US in the morning and were picked up promptly at 1 o'clock. This was the perfect way to start our vacation in Istanbul after traveling about 24 hours and not wanting to waste a moment. Views from the Bosporus were incredible. The tour was an excellent value. I recommend.
• Submitted 28 May 2015
Great experience. everyone is really friendly at the bazaar. our tour guide, Omar, was great.
• Submitted 11 May 2015
driver arrived promptly at hotel for pick up....met our our guide very professional friendly and knowledgeable realy enjoyed tour...good value.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
Great tour, the Bosphorus cruise is a must if you go to Istanbul, it gives you a different perspective of the city and is very relaxing, the group was small and we had a boat only for us!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Intersting way to learn someting about Istanbul in a short time and enjoyig yje views down the Bosphorus
• Submitted 15 Oct 2014
This is must see when you are in Istanbul. The perspective of the city from the boat is a different.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2014
Fantastic guide, really informative and engaging. Spice market was eye opening! A must see in Istanbul, followed by a leisurely and enjoyable cruise. All in all a great tip and decent value for money.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2014
Great tour guide and an interesting choice of places to show us in the spice bazaar. Enjoyed the pet supplies area and the birds, even big jars of leeches, which locals were buying for medicinal purposes, don't ask! The cruise was scenic and relaxing. Well worth your time.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2014
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 29 Sep 2014

In Brief

Istanbul, Turkey
3 hours

Daily, except Sunday