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, you'll have free time to grab a bite to eat from a local café. 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.
Hotel pick up
Your guide will collect you from the following areas in the center of Istanbul: Check out this map.
If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, you'll be contacted the day before your tour and informed of a location where you should meet your guide.
The interior of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is currently being reformed.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
|Adults||Children 7-12 years old||Children under 7|
US$ 35.50 US$ 32
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 35.50 US$ 32
Children under 7Free
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.
Food and drinks.
When to book?
You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
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 have any other questions please contact us.