Eclectic Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise

Explore the Beygolu area (the New Town); Dolmabahce Palace, the Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar), Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Pera and Bosphorus Cruise Tour

from $46*/person
Private Tour Guide Skip the line 6 hours

A tour of architecture and history

Explore the extravagant world of the late Ottoman Empire on the Eclectic Istanbul Tour and the Bosphorus cruise. Take in the grandeur of Istiklal Street. Dive into the lively laneways of Tunel. Gaze up at Galata tower. Walk across Galata Bridge to the Spice Market. Visit the tiny but perfect Rustem Pasha Mosque. Feel like an Ottoman on Bosporus cruise.

What to expect?

Who's this tour for?

This is the best selling tour of Istanbul as it covers the major touristic sights of Istanbul.

  • First time visitors,
  • If you are coming back to Istanbul after some time,
  • Expats and students in the city,
  • If you are having a long layover between flights,
  • If you have one day in Istanbul,

What to expect?

  • A glimpse into the heyday of the Ottoman Empire in Dolmabahce Palace
  • An introduction to 19th and 20th century Istanbul architecture
  • The knowledge and expertise of a guide who helps you make the most of your time
  • A Bosphorus Cruise past Istanbul’s most beautiful neighbourhoods

What's included?

  • Professional Guiding Service
  • Admission Fees for the museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Pick-up & drop-off to your hotel (*)

What's not included & why?

To give our guests more option and flexibility for lunch, we do not include in our prices.

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Want to see these sights with an expert?

Tour Itinerary

Discover Istanbul's 18th and 19th century memories. This tour will show you the eclectic architecture and the capital of a multicultural empire.

#01 - Dolmabahce Palace (19th C.)

The tour starts on the shores of the Bosphorus. We walk the public halls of Dolmabahce Palace, a 19th style century showpiece built between 1843 and 1856. Every room is crammed with exotic gifts to the Sultans from visiting foreign dignitaries.

#02 Taksim & Istiklal Street

Istiklal Street is a vibrant one-and-a-half kilometre long pedestrian zone. It’s been home to elegant buildings, consulates, local businesses and upmarket restaurants since the 18th century. At the end is Tunel, an inviting neighbourhood brimming with boutiques, music stores and cafes. It’s home to the 14th century Galata Tower too. This stone medieval structure was used by the Genoans. Known as Galatians, they kept an eye on their goods being delivered to the docks below.

#03 A walk from Pera to Eminonu

The narrow backstreets of Beyoglu lead to Galata Bridge. As we cross it, you’ll see fisherman and street vendors. Below and on either side, the water is full of boats, big and small. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a spot recommended by your guide.

#04 Spice Market (The Egyptian Bazaar)
We visit the Hagia Sophia, originally built in 537 AD as a Greek Orthodox Church. When Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city in 1453 AD, it became a mosque. In 1935 it was converted to a museum. The interior, with its enormous dome, delights with glorious mosaics, galleries and suspended Islamic pendants.
#05 Rustem Pasha Mosque
You’ll relish the calm of Rustem Pasha Mosque. It was built in the 16th century by the famous Turkish architect Mimar Sinan. The stunning array of Iznik tiles inside will dazzle you.
#06 Bosphorus Cruise Tour
The highlight of the tour is a Bosphorus Cruise. We catch a public ferry, much loved by locals, up the strait. On the Bosphorus cruise you’ll see gorgeous examples of yali, traditional wooden houses, set among lush groves of trees.

Dynamic Tour Pricing

Dynamic pricing is the reduction of the price per person when the number of people in your party increases. The more people in your group - the less you pay per person.

Private tour prices per group size

1 adult $140 2 adults $172 > $86 per person 3 adults $207 > $69 per person 4 adults $240 > $60 per person 5 adults $270 > $54 per person 6 adults $318 > $53 per person 7 adults $350 > $50 per person 8 adults $384 > $48 per person 9 adults $423 > $47 per person 10 adults $460 > $46 per person * For larger groups please contact us.

Additional Tour Notes:

How To Book & Pay?

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

Easy Cancellation

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: “Booking Terms“.

Legal Notice:

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

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