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Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul

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Fatih, Turkey
Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See Istanbul on a half-day tour that includes a boat cruise on the Bosphorous River, and a cable car ride up Pierre Loti Hill. You'll also learn about the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires as you take in the walls of Constantinople, and make a stop at Chora Church, know for its frescoes and stunning examples of Byzantine art.
  • Half-day tour of Istanbul with Bosphorous River cruise
  • Ride up Pierre Loti Hill in a cable car
  • Snap photos of the Walls of Constantinople, and at Chora Church
  • Cruise through the Bosphorus Strait and around the Golden Horn
  • Includes entrance fees, cruise, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:16, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your morning with hotel pickup. Your morning will include seeing the Walls of Constantinople, constructed under the orders of Constantine the Great in the year 324, and other top attractions. Visit Chora Church (Kariye Museum), which features ancient mosaics that are remarkably well-preserved.

A boat cruise on the Bosphorous River is part of this excursion, where you'll take in the sights of the Golden Horn from a waterside perspective. Hear from your guide about the city's history, including the Byzantine era when it was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, its role during the Ottoman Empire, and its importance as the cultural center of modern-day Turkey. Cap it all off with a ride on the Pierre Loti cable car. As your cable car ascends the Pierre Loti Hill, you'll be treated to sweeping views of this historic city.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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Cruise around the Golden Horn. Get a different perspective on this ancient city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus by boat-An amazing cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia, along the Bosphorus by Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Turista Travel Agency

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Golden Horn and Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul.

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Absolutely awful!
ian m
, Oct 2019
Tour was totally disorganized. Late pickup and required to change buses resulted in starting 90 minutes late. Only allowed 10 minutes at Chora and the supposed cruise was a ferry ride together with locals without any commentary.. Guide spoke for maybe 15 minutes in total. Don't waste your money!
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star-5
A tour very well organised...
VICTOR F
, Dec 2017
A tour very well organised. Compact, but seeing more of the unusual sites of Istanbul. Chora Church is a must-see for its wonderful mosaics. Tour was done, despite myself being the only tourist. The tour guide extremely knowledgeable and courteous.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you very much, we would like to see you again.
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It is the perfect tour for an...
Fabrizio C
, Oct 2017
It is the perfect tour for an afternoon flight, in few hours you have the change to visit Chora Church with amazing mosaics from Bizantin period it seems to be in Italy, have a boat ride on the river and see Istanbul from the top. I had a tour with Tuba that give me a lot of information also about Turkey history. As Italian I was only pleased to know much more about the city and the Country from a local. Thanks Tuba :
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you very much, we would like to see you again.
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star-5
Excellent tour! Songul was very...
Alex G
, Mar 2017
Excellent tour! Songul was very knowledgeable and an excellent storyteller. Logistics of the trip were perfect, with no time spent waiting between activities. We only had a few hours to spend in Istanbul but had a rich experience and good taste of the city's history.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you very much, we would like to see you again.
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it was a nice trip... great place to...
Maya F
, Aug 2016
it was a nice trip... great place to visit ... professional and kind guide Ms. Songul
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you very much, we would like to see you again.
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A perfect tour to fit on your last day...
Max Lloyd Jr L
, May 2016
A perfect tour to fit on your last day in Istanbul when you have an afternoon flight.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you very much, we would like to see you again.
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