Istanbul Day Tours

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise & Seven Hills Tour

  • Cultural
  • Historic
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Museum
  • Scenic

Dolmabahce Palace
Castle of Seven Towers
Golden Horn Istanbul
Istanbul Camlica Hill Overview Bosphorus Bridge
Istanbul Turkey Bosphorus cruises in sunny day
View from the Hill of Pierre Loti to the Golden Horn, Istanbul

  • Walking on Balat Streets; Jewish quarter of Old City. Walk through the historical buildings, experience the local life of old Jewish settlement.
  • Golden Horn; The ancient Greek pilgrims chose Halic or Golden Horn to be the place for Byzantium. The natural shelter made it convenient for sea traffic both commercial and martial. It is considered to be the world’s largest natural harbor and separates the European shore of Istanbul into two.
  • Bosphorus Bridge; Attaching the European and Asian sides of Istanbul(1560 meters), the Bosphorus Bridge was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the Planet. Unique opportunity to step from one continent to another in 2 minutes.
  • Çamlıca Hill; Çamlıca Hill has a picturesque view of the beautiful Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn. There are historical-designed teahouses, and a restaurant inside a public park with majestic trees, flower gardens, and fountains. Çamlica Hill is 267 meters above the sea level.
  • Bosphorus Cruise; One of the best moves to get a feel for Istanbul is to take a cruise on the legendary Bosphorus. The grand canal that runs within Istanbul linking Europe and Asia. From your cruise boat, you can view the exciting sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: the Rumeli Fortress, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Çırağan Palace, the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Maiden’s Tower, the 19th-century palaces of the Ottoman elite and much more.
  • Pierre Loti Hill and Cable Car; Pierre Loti is a famous hill with a beautiful panoramic view of the Historical Peninsula and Golden Horn. You’ll also experience the way back downhill in a cable car.
  • Spice Bazaar; Established in 1660, Spice Bazaar is the spot to lay in a fresh supply of spices, honeycomb, nuts, Turkish delight, dried figs, caviar and mature hard Turkish cheese.

Referred to as the “City on Seven Hills”, Istanbul is divided into Europe and Asia by the Bosphorus Strait and sprawls along the Golden Horn estuary. Experience its beauty and rich history on this fascinating Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise & Seven Hills Tour. Begin with a wander along the streets of the old Jewish Quarter, Balat, then travel along the Golden Horn and the iconic Bosphorus Bridge. Take in the magnificent views from Çamlıca Hill and Pierre Loti Hill, then get a different perspective on some of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks during a Bosphorus Cruise. Finish the day with some shopping in the famous Spice Bazaar, before being returned to your hotel of choice.

JEWISH QUARTER
Located on the western bank of the Golden Horn on Istanbul’s European side, Balat once served as a traditional Jewish Quarter within the city. Wander along its historic streets and learn about the rich Jewish heritage of its buildings and community.

GOLDEN HORN
Known in Turkish as Haliç, or “estuary”, the Golden Horn is an almost 8km long waterway and the main inlet for Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait. It forms a sheltered harbour that was used for Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman maritime purposes, with the capacity to produces 300 boats at any one time.

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
One of two bridges which span the Bosphorus Strait, connecting European Istanbul with Asian Istanbul, the Bosphorus Bridge stretches more than 1500 metres. It was built in 1973 and at the time of its construction was longest suspension bridge in both Europe and Asia.

ÇAMLICA HILL
Take in the views across the magnificent Bosphorus Strait and mouth of the Golden Horn from the elevated vantage point of Çamlıca Hill. Situated on the Asian side of the city, Çamlıca Hill is home to a beautifully landscaped park and historic teahouses where you can grab a Turkish coffee.

BOSPHORUS BOAT CRUISE
Travel between Europe and Asia on a Bosphorus Strait boat cruise, taking in the sights on both sides of the waterway. Cruise past the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, get an up-close view of the Maiden’s Tower, and be awed by the sprawling Rumeli Fortress.

CABLE CAR & PIERRE LOTI HILL
Named after the famous French author, Pierre Loti, this hill offers breathtaking views across the Golden Horn and the city of Istanbul. You can ride the cable car up to the top of Pierre Loti Hill and visit the coffee shop which the author frequented in the late 19th century. His collection of journal entries about his experiences in Istanbul were anonymously published as Aziyadé in 1879.

SPICE BAZAAR
Serving as the centre of Istanbul’s spice trade since it was established in 1660, the Spice Bazaar is an intoxicating mix of spices, nuts, dried fruits, Turkish sweets and locally made cheeses. Wander through its collection of 85 different stalls, and pick up some unique souvenirs to take back home.

DETAILS

Available Days: Everyday
Available From: Old City | Taksim Area.
Price Includes: Transport | Insurance | Guided Service | Entry Fees | Lunch | Ferry Ticket
Duration: Full Day 8 Hours
Pick up time: Old City 09:00 | Taksim Area 08:30
Drop off time: Approximately 17:00