Istanbul is Turkey’s most visited city as it attracts millions of visitors every year. The city is able to offer a memorable holiday experience as it combines everything needed for pleasurable, joyful and fun vacations. Also known as the city of contradictions, Istanbul is divided by the Bosporus Sea into two continents, Europe and Asia. This full day Bosporus Cruise and Discover Two Continents excursion allows participants to discover two continents, observe the major places of interest and feel the cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere of the city. Enjoy sightseeing, sail in Bosporus and visit two continents with one excursion.
On the day of your excursion, a comfortable bus will pick you up from your hotel during the morning. The bus will drive you towards the starting point of our excursion. During this experience, a tour guide will be with you in order to guide you through the monuments and explain interesting facts about the places of interest and about the city’s history.
The first stop will be made at the infamous Spice Bazaar. Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar this location offers you a first class opportunity to exercise your bargaining skills. There, you will spend 45 minutes strolling around the bazaar. During this time, you may observe an incredible variety of spices and understand the culinary tradition of Turkey.
Then, accompanied by your tour guide, you will enjoy a cruise in the Bosporus between two continents. During the cruise, you can observe the spectacular Ottoman villas on the sides of Bosporus and admire their distinct architectural design. In addition, you will be able to see some notable monuments such as the Ciragin Kempinski, the Dolmabahce Palace and the Leander’s Tower. The cruise has an approximate duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
By the end of the cruise, you will be transferred to a local restaurant for a lunch break. This is the perfect time to get energized and relax for a while before reaching the Asian side of the city.
A fully air-conditioned bus will drive you towards Asia by passing through the imposing suspended Bosporus Bridge. Driving between two continents will also be a great experience as you can enjoy magnificent views. According to the schedule, the first stop in the Asian side will take place at the Beylerbeyi Palace Museum. During the period of the Ottoman Empire, this place was used as the summer mansion of the sultans. Nowadays, it hosts a great museum that maintains the Ottoman decoration and demonstrates the Ottoman architecture.
The last stop of this excursion will take place at Camlica Hill. This is the highest point of Istanbul and the perfect point to enjoy some spectacular panoramic views over the city. Do not miss the chance to snap some photos over two continents. The bus will then transfer you back to the European side. Return to your hotel is expected during the afternoon.
Drive Along the Golden Horn, Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise Sightseeing, Dolmabahce Palace (from the Sea), Ciragin Kempinski (from the Sea), Kucuksu Palace (from the Sea), Beylerbeyi Palace Museum, Leander’s Tower (from the Sea), Beylerbeyi Palace (from the Sea), Old Pasha Villas (from the Sea), Rumeli Frotress (from the Sea), Famous Camlica Hill.
This magnificent full day Bosporus Cruise and Discover Two Continents excursion offers you the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour in two continents. Istanbul is divided by the Bosporus Sea and spreads in two continents, Asia and Europe. This excursion is ideal for all those who wish to feel the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city and visit some places of interest in two continents. A Bosporus cruise, incredible views and imposing monuments are some the key characteristics of the tour.
Pick up: During the morning, a vehicle will drive you from your hotel in the city centre towards the first point of your excursion. An experienced guide will be responsible to explain everything you need to know about the culture and the history of Istanbul.
Spice Bazaar: The first stop of the excursion will be made at the Spice Bazaar. It is also known as the Egyptian Bazaar and is one of the most famous of its kind in Istanbul. There, you will have 45 minutes to explore the vast variety of spices sold and also exercise your bargaining skills.
Bosporus Cruise: What follows is a boat trip in Bosporus for 1 hour and 30 minutes. What makes this boat trip truly unique is that you will be sailing between Asia and Europe. The cruise can also be characterized as an alternative sightseeing experience as you will be passing by some notable monuments and buildings. More specifically, you may enjoy views over the Ottoman mansions which are located on the shores of Bosporus. Also, you will be able to observe the Ciragin Kempinski, the Dolmabahce Palace and the Leander’s Tower.
Lunch: By the end of the Bosporus cruise, a lunch break follows. The meal will be served at a local restaurant where you will taste some authentic Turkish recipes and relax in a cosy setting.
Asian Side: After the lunch, a comfortable bus will drive you towards the Asian side of Istanbul. The road trip offers incredible views over Bosporus as you will be passing by the suspended Bosporus Bridge.
Beylerbeyi: The bus will drive you towards the Beylerbeyi Palace Museum which is located in the Asian side. This beautiful building used to serve as the summer palace of the Ottoman sultans. Nowadays, it forms an exceptional example of Ottoman architecture and interior design.
Camlica Hill: The final stop of your guided tour will be made at the Camlica Hill. As this is the highest point of Istanbul, it offers great panoramic views. Therefore, do take some spectacular photos from there.
Return: This excursion finishes during the afternoon. The bus will drive you back to the European side in the city centre. When you arrive back to your hotel, you will be full of great images and memories.