Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
Our Bosphorus and Two Continents tour will give you another perspective on Istanbul and help you appreciate the importance of both the Bosphorus and the unique position of Istanbul as a city straddling two continents as well as give you the chance to look at some beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture, see some historically important palaces and fortresses, and more.
Pick up from your hotel. Your Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise begins with a drive along the old city walls which have only been breached twice. The first breach was during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. The second was by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
We continue our drive along the Golden Horn, a natural and secure harbor which divides the European shore of Istanbul into two. The Golden Horn has played an important role in the development and protection of Istanbul. Approximately 8km long, the widest part of the Golden Horn is the entrance from the Bosphorus.
Our next stop is a visit to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of every conceivable herb and spice, including cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme.
We then take a Bosphorus boat trip between the two continents of Europe and Asia. During our cruise we will pass Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions. We will also view the Rumeli Fortress (from the sea – no interior visit), which was critical to the conquer of Istanbul by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II in 1453.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. (Drinks are extra)
Turkey is one of the world’s top countries for leather production. After lunch, we will watch a fashion show at a leather outlet centre which manufactures products such as jackets and handbags. It’s lots of fun, and a good opportunity to have a look at reasonably priced, high quality leather.
While we are on the Asian side of Istanbul we also visit Beylerbeyi Palace. This was a former summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens, including the Harem.
We will also drive up Çamlıca Hill, one of the highest points in Istanbul. At the top, you can admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the cafeteria.
We then drive across the famous Bosphorus Bridge, giving you a unique chance to cross from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). After finishing the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.
- Spice Bazaar
- Dolmabahce Palace (viewed from the sea)
- Beylerbeyi Palace
- Rumeli Fortress (viewed from the sea)
- Anadolu Fortress (viewed from the sea)
- The Bosphorus Bridge
- Golden Horn
- Camlica Hill
- Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Chora Church will be visited instead on those days.
- The Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
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