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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar provided by Neon Tours

Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar
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from $45.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
For either the morning or afternoon tour, meet your guide for a pickup at your Istanbul hotel (European-side only). Then, begin your adventure with a drive to Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. During the ride, listen to commentary about this lively and fragrant marketplace that has been in operation since the 17th century.  Arrive and start with a walk through the colorful corridors filled with stalls emanating aromatic herbs and spices. Then, listen to insightful information from your guide to help you find the best stalls as you venture off for 45 minutes of free time. During your stroll, experience why the Spice Bazaar is popular with both visitors and locals. Depart the marketplace and drive to the waterfront for your Bosphorus Strait cruise. Hear how this historic expanse of water links the European and Asian continents. Then, climb aboard, find a seat, and set off for your memorable journey. As your vessel cruises by the Dolmabahçe Palace admire its elegant façade. Then, see one of the largest Ottoman palaces Beylerbeyi Palace and learn about the sultans who spent time off here. Continue along the European side and observe the impressive 15th century Rumeli Hisari. As the boat U-turns and strolls back along the Asian side, enjoy glimpses of less visited fortresses, mosques, palaces, and more that speckle the Bosphorus Strait’s coastline. After the boat has docked hop back in your vehicle for a simple transfer to your hotel where your tour finishes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3795IST04
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Professional guide • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Professional guide • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drinks
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
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
Not wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Dolmabahce Palace
    Stop: 1 minute
    See details
  • 3
    Rumeli Fortress
    Stop: 1 minute
    See details
  • 4
    Bosphorus Strait
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Neon Tours
    Stop: 1 minute
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5.0
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Chloe G
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK2 contributions
Nice touch
Feb 2020
Was supposed to be with another three people but my guide told me they cancelled at last minute so it's only me. My guide is very knowledgeable and seems to know a lot of people in Istanbul. I like the cruise, only wished the weather would be nicer (but this is not something to do with the tour itself). We didn't spend too much time in the bazaar as its not very big and everybody there tries to get you buy something.
Written March 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Experience820434
Dear hloe, Thank you for your kind review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your cruise. We hope to see you again in our beautiful city, Neon Tours
Written March 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jowokingham
wokingham, UK14 contributions
Great day
Oct 2019 • Solo
This was a well put together trip, the guide was very knowledgable and made the tour interesting, great value for money
Written October 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Experience820434
Dear our valued guest, It's a great pleasure to know that you satisfied with our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Written October 14, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

daren B
5 contributions
Flying visit to Istanbul
Sep 2019 • Couples
Excellent trip to the spice market and nice easy site seeing cruise along the bosphorus.
Only slight niggle was no air con in the transfer bus.
Would still not hesitate to go a again.
Written September 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Experience820434
Dear our valued guest, Thank you for this kind review. We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. We hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
Written October 7, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carmen
3 contributions
wonderful experience!
Jul 2019 • Friends
Although this was my second visit to Istanbul and also my second Bosphorus cruise, I enjoyed it as much this year as I did last year. The guide , Ali, was extremely professional and well documented, he taught us a lot about Istanbul's history and present. As for the Bazaar, it's amazing, everything inside smells so good, sellers are friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming, you just don't know what to choose...I think I could do this every year and never regret it for one second. Highly recommended to all visitors.
Written July 8, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Experience820434
Dear Carmen, We're delighted to hear that you visited again. We'll deliver your kind word to Ali. Third time's the charm so come again soon, Neon Tours
Written July 10, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

umesh s
Pilgrims Rest7 contributions
Bazaars and Bazaars and more Bazaars
Jan 2019
We were blown over by The Egyptian and Spice and The World Biggest Bazaar The Grande Bazaar the atmosphere of these Bazaars is Hypnotic
Written February 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear our valued guest, We're very happy to hear that you liked our tour. Thank you for sparing your time and writing this nice comment. Please visit our beautiful country again, Neon Tours
Written February 22, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarah R
6 contributions
Small Group, Big Experience
Oct 2018 • Solo
This tour was the perfect addition to my Istanbul afternoon! The driver picked me up at the hotel and ended up having to walk us over the bridge because of street closures due to a bike race (think Turkey's answer to the Tour de France). Weather was good and the walk was nice, although it meant our time in the Spice Market was cut very short. No one in the group complained -- I made note of what I wanted to get on the return and came back the next day. Plus, our guide offered directions for individuals who wanted to return so we could find it easily.

Once on the boat, we sat together as the guide narrated our trip up the European side. Our return trip took us down the Asian side. The guide was friendly and informative, offering details on Turkish culture and history, including the architecture we saw.

After our ride, the driver took us back to our hotels, and in total, the trip was about 3 hours (~2h on the water). I'd definitely recommend this to other visitors, especially those looking for a relaxing way to see both sides of Istanbul and sail a bit on the Bosphorous.
Written October 22, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Sarah, Thank you for sparing your time to write these nice comments. Great to hear that you had great time and enjoyed our services during the tour in Istanbul. Hope you had wonderful memories about Istanbul with our program and also had explanatory details about Istanbul and its amazing history. Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of Neon Team and looking forward to be able at your service on your next trip to Turkey, with traditional Turkish hospitality and famous Neon Tours' high quality services.
Written November 26, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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