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Istanbul City Sightseeing by Bus, Boat, and Cable Car

Istanbul, Turkey

6 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

28 people




Enjoy the beauties of the Bosphorus on a boat tour and the rest of Istanbul on a bus tour around the historical town.

Explore Istanbul both on land and in the water by visiting two palaces and taking a boat tour of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn with Pierre Loti Hill and a cable car.

Discover the Dolmabahce Palace and immerse yourself in the Ottoman Empire’s regal past. Visit the palace without standing in line with this guided tour. Following your visit to the palace, take a 2.5-hour boat cruise to see the city’s key attractions on both the European and Asian sides.

On Istanbul’s Asian side, you’ll also have the chance to visit an Ottoman palace. Afterwards, take the bus tour through the Golden Horn’s neighborhoods and spend some time on Pierre Loti Hill at your leisure.

You will be driven to the Dolmabahce Palace in the morning after being picked up from your hotel. Approximately one hour and a half is spent touring the Dolmabahce Palace. You’ll be taken to the palace’s rooms, halls, and collections before being picked up by bus.

The Eminonu Pier, from which the boat trip on the Bosphorus departs, will be the destination. You will begin sailing on the Bosphorus after a brief period of time on the Golden Horn.

After leaving Istanbul’s European Side, you will sail for about an hour until you reach the second Bosphorus bridge. Numerous historical structures and monuments can be found on the European Side, including the Ortakoy Mosque, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, and Rumeli Fortress, which you will see while sailing.

When you reach the second bridge, turn around and head back to Istanbul’s Asian neighborhood to see Kucuksu Palace, an Ottoman hunting lodge built in the 19th century, from your boat.

You will board the bus once more to see the Asian side of the city on the way back after spending about 45 minutes at the palace.

You will pass by the Anatolian Fortress, Kuleli Military High School, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Maiden’s Tower after passing by the Asian Side.

You will take a bus to Pierre Loti Hill following your two and a half hours on the Bosphorus. It takes about 25 minutes to travel through some of Istanbul’s historic neighborhoods, including Eminonu, Balat, and Eyup, where you will see a number of historical sites and hear some narration.

You will have an hour or so of free time after ascending Pierre Loti Hill so that you can eat lunch and snap some pictures of the fantastic views of the Golden Horn and Istanbul. While the bus is waiting for you at the bottom of the hill, you will then have the option of traveling down the hill by cable car.

You can follow and observe the Old City’s Great Walls for miles as you travel back to Sultanahmet Square after boarding the bus once more.


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  • Istanbul city boat tour and 5-hour cruise through the Bosphorus Strait with an onboard guide
  • Discover the renowned waterway that divides Istanbul into two continents.
  • Take a walking tour to see Dolmabahçe Palace's splendor.
  • Istanbul offers many exciting tourist destinations, including Galata Tower and Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Discover the Bosphorus Bridge's history through the entertaining commentary of the tour guide.
  • A tour of Kucuksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress can be enjoyed after getting off the boat, depending on the day if open.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view from the cable car when you visit Pierre Loti Hill.


Istanbul City Sightseeing by Bus, Boat, and Cable Car

During a 5-hour guided cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, sail between the continents of Asia and Europe.
Admire the amazing architecture and historical sites while taking a bus tour of Istanbul's Old City.
Get a bird's-eye view of the city by returning from Pierre Loti Hill via cable car.


  • Bosphorus boat tour with commentary and views of the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, and Rumeli Fortress
  • During the boat tour, make a stop at Küçüksu Palace (on Friday through Sunday and Wednesday) or Rumeli Fortress (on Monday and Thursday).
  • Old Town (Sultanahmet) bus tour with live commentary in an air-conditioned sightseeing bus
  • Free time at Pierre Loti Hill plus a cable car ticket for the descent
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Drop off at Sultanahmet Suqare Cable car
  • Food and drinks (lunch will be available at Pierre Loti for an extra fee)
  • Food and drink on board
  • Drop off to hotel

Tour's Location

Istanbul, Turkey


Based on 14 reviews
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Allan Piper
A good overview of city. Our guide was super polite and explained everything so well. The service was very good.
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Kelsey Sage
It’s a good way to explore the city, the tour guide was very kind and helpful. Highly recommended
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Ava Kemp
A really interesting trip, Our guide was very nice and told us a lot about all the sites.
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Clay Jensen

Quite expensive!

It was my first time in Istanbul. A great way to see the sites and attractions of Istanbul. The price was quite expensive.
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Cord Jones
A good trip to see Istanbul, the price was quite expensive.
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Gage Gallant
Extremely expensive. Beautiful routes to discover Istanbul. Unforgettable city tour experience.
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Zach Farnum
The cable cars are a good way to get a great trip I enjoyed the beautiful view. The Bus Tour was a good way to see the City. We had free WiFi.
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Sucely Garsia
It was the most perfect tour, We totally enjoyed the experience.
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George Kanev
It was great to see the whole city and listen to the tour guide. strongly recommended.
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Bobbie Markham
Overall experience is ok very good staff.
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