Bosphorus Cruise and the Grand Bazaar

4.5 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $195 Per Person (Based on 2)

Bosphorus Cruise and the Grand Bazaar

4.5 Hours
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Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $195 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Bosphorus Cruise and the Grand Bazaar

      Istanbul, Turkey
      From (USD) $195 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Bosphorus cruise: Squeeze between Europe and Asia through the world's narrowest navigable strait, a dividing line that also connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean.
      • Palaces, fortresses, and villas: Admire ancient Istanbul on both coasts as you pass golden-domed mosques, towering minarets, splendid palaces, and the bridges that connect continents.
      • Grand Bazaar: One of the most visited places on earth is a raucous maze of seemingly unending lanes packed with haggle-worthy textiles, leather goods, jewelry, trinkets, and more.
      About this Istanbul tour

      Sail along the Bosphorus Strait, which takes you through the heart of one of the world's most intriguing cities. Thriving with life, decorated by domed mosques and exquisite palaces, the city's ancient main artery courses between imperial palaces and ancient fortresses, small fishing villages and wooden yal's (that's Turkish for these bizarre wooden houses) along the shore.

      You'll see the Anatolian Fortress, built in the 14th century by Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, nicknamed "the Thunderbolt" for his electrifying performance in battle against the Keramanids in the 1380s.

      His reputation may have preceded him, but Bayezid I was no flash in the pan. He constructed the fortress on the Asian side of the Bosporus Strait to lay the groundwork for an Ottoman siege of Constantinople, one of many that would finally result in the city's capture in 1453. Bayezid's grandson Mehmet followed his lead nearly 50 years later, building Rumeli Hisari on the European side. Mehmet controlled all traffic on the mighty Bosporus Strait and made it a critical part of the conquest.

      You'll end the day on a different kind of battleground: the winding streets of the world's oldest and largest covered market. You can find pretty much everything you can imagine and that will fit in a stall at the Grand Bazaar, but the merchants are seasoned veterans. So if you see something you like, stand your ground and haggle him down. In Istanbul, anything worth having is worth fighting for.

      Cattle crossing

      A torrid love affair between the king of the gods and a mortal led to one of the strangest names ever. Bosphorus comes from the ancient Greek for "crossing place of the cow" and refers to Zeus' lover Io, turned into a cow by jealous Hera (Zeus' wife). As a parting gift, the queen of the gods created a horsefly that would repeatedly sting the heifer's hindquarters. Io lunged herself across the strait to escape.

      Getting prepared
      Tour Participation Requirements
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      Bring money Bring money
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
      Wear Hat Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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