Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour Overview

The Half Day Bosphorus Cruise tour is a fascinating and action packed tour package which offers a wonderful opportunity to sail on one of the most unique waterways in the world. The Bosphorus Strait divides Europe and Asia and joins the Marmara Sea with the Black Sea. This Bosphorus Cruise takes you on an incredible journey where you get to see some of the famous landmarks of Istanbul from the water. Some of these attractions include the Galata Towers, Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Ortakoy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge and so much more. The cruise showcases the harmonious blend of ancient heritage with modernization as you pass through various historical sites that are from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.


With this half day Bosphorus cruise tour you can also include explorations of fascinating places like the Spice Bazaar, Cafe Pierre Loti and drive along the Golden Horn. Explore the seaside towns, ancient palaces and fortresses as well as treat your taste buds with the flavorful Turkish cuisines for a memorable experience. 

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Istanbul Half Day Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul Half Day Bosphorus Cruise

This wonderful half day Bosphorus cruise tour offers a fascinating trip to the Spice Bazaar which is near the New Mosque. Enjoy a leisurely stroll as you pass row upon row of aromatic spices, herbs and condiments. With a drive along the Golden Horn, you can also admire the beautiful architecture of the Byzantine and Ottoman empire. With delicious Turkish food and scenic cable car ride, Istanbul Half Day Bosphorus cruise is one of the best cruises.


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Half Day Cruise and Cable Car to Pierre Loti
Half Day Cruise and Cable Car to Pierre Loti

This exciting half day Bosphorus cruise tour takes you on an amazing exploration of Istanbul first by cruise then by bus then by cable car. The cruise on the Bosphorus Strait is for 1.5 hours and passes by remarkable attractions like the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, the Rumeli Fortress, Yildiz Palace and the quaint wooden Ottoman houses. Enjoy an interesting and educational visit to the Ancient City Walls, St. Stephen Church and a drive along the Golden Horn. Admire a panoramic view of the city from the cable car as you make your descent from Pierre Loti Hill.

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Half Day Cruise Tour with Spice Bazaar
Half Day Cruise Tour with Spice Bazaar

Explore the beauty and heritage of Istanbul with this half day Bosphorus cruise tour which will take you to the spice bazaar as well as showcase the beauty of Istanbul from a very different perspective. Enjoy your cruise with a visit to the City Walls then the Golden Horn by bus. You can also explore the bustling Spice Bazaar before heading out on a cruise of the beautiful Bosphorus and sail over the strait that divides Europe and Asia. From your boat you can get a good view of the Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, the Rumeli Fortress, Topkapi Palace and the Military High School. 

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Half Day Bosphorus Cruise with Lunch
Half Day Bosphorus Cruise with Lunch

This action filled half day Bosphorus cruise tour will take you on an unforgettable journey of cruising along the waterway that divides Europe and Asia. You also get to explore the Spice Bazaar on your way to the harbor where the boat is docked. From the boat you can get a good view of the Dolmabahce Palace, the Galata Towers, the Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, the beautiful Ottoman villas, and many more. Enjoy a wonderful lunch onboard the cruise during your tour and relish the mouthwatering Turkish specialities as you take in the spectacular views. 

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What to Expect on Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour?

  • Do not miss out on this Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour where you will get to experience Istanbul from a whole different perspective.  
  • On a half day cruise you can expect some stopovers like visiting the Ortakoy where you can get to explore the enchanting bylanes of this fascinating part of Istanbul. 
  • As part of the cruise you also get to explore Kucuksu Palace which is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait. This majestic 18th century Palace is built in the Baroque style with its intricate carvings and ornate halls making it more of an art museum than just an ancient palace.
  • As part of your cruise on the Bosphorus you can dig into some delicious refreshments onboard the boat as you sail along towards your next stop. Indulge your taste buds with the famous Turkish coffee and some delicious traditional snacks.
  • Your half day Bosphorus cruise tour will also include an exploration of the impressive Rumeli Fortress. It is one of finest examples of Ottoman military architecture and it serves as a main resource for researchers who study history. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the Bosphorus Strait and other surrounding areas from the fortress.
  • If you wish to, you can also visit the interesting Spice Bazaar which is also known as the Egyptian Market at the end of your cruise.


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    A half day Bosphorus Cruise tour is a cruise package that takes you on a sailing trip right on the Bosphorus Strait. The cruise offers a wonderful view of Istanbul’s skyline and the many attractions of this ancient city from a very different perspective. You get to see many of Istanbul’s landmarks that are on the shores of the Bosphorus both on the European side and the Asian side. Some of the tours also include a wonderful trip to the Spice Bazaar and to explore the Rumeli Fortress or any other attraction.

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