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Approximately 3¾ Hours
Istanbul is the only city in the world that is located on two continents, and today you will experience both sides of the city.
Leave the port of Istanbul and drive to the Old Town. Visit the Spice Market where you will walk past a myriad of stalls selling ancient spices such as frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, cumin and rice spice. Take a moment to watch the trading, which occurs the same way today as it has been done for centuries.
After a short walk to the pier, you will board a private motorboat for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait -- without a doubt one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. During the cruise you will notice that the Bosphorus shoreline is bedecked with numerous traditional, wooden Turkish villas, 19th-century Ottoman palaces, fishing villages and green hills on both sides.
Watch for Rumeli Fortress -- the castle built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror as a part of the preparations for siege of Constantinople.
Enjoy refreshments and a typical Turkish snack during your cruise. At the end of the day, you will return to the ship.
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. This excursion can be purchased as a standalone tour but for the best experience should be combined with Deluxe Istanbul Part II -- an unforgettable combination and by far the best way to fully experience this marvelous city. All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. For calls in April, October and November, the cruise portion of the tour may occur after sunset. During Ramadan the Spice Market will be closed for the Festival.