See the main attractions of Istanbul with your own private guide and car. Travel in comfort with pick up and drop off at the ship dock, a customisable itinerary and a fantastic tour that includes a breathtaking Sightseeing Cruise on the Bosphorus and the best highlights of the Old City. Departs every day. eleady to book. Advance booking required.

Istanbul Shore Excursion

The Ultimate Shore Excursion in Istanbul

The Ultimate Istanbul Tour & Shore Excursion:
Old City Tour & Bosphorus – See As Much as Possible in 1 Day
From Istanbul Port – Full Day Private Tour:

08:30 – Pick up at the cruise ship port and transfer to pier for a breathtaking private yacht cruise of the Bosphorus highlights by Zoe Yacht (please see the official photos of Zoe Yacht here:

Istanbul seen from the Bosphorus is an impressive and unforgettable cruising experience. Enjoy unique views with great photo opportunities in a relaxing environment with this 2-hour Sightseeing Cruise on Zoe Yacht gliding by some of the famous and historical sights of the Bosphorus Strait for the best highlights of both Europe & Asia, such as Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahce & Beylerbeyi Palace.

Then you’ll disembark the yacht and drive to the Old City to visit Topkapi Palace, the main residence of theOttoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts.

Next visit the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years.

Later visit the BlueMosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior.

Nearby, take a stroll throughthe site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II.

Also visit the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of fascinating shops full of unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics.

17:00 – Drop off to the cruise ship port so that you are back in time for boarding.

Pick Up & Drop Off:

We will pick you up and drop you off at either the cruise port for cruise passengers, or right from your hotel lobby (*for European-side city-center hotel stayers), such as from hotels in the Old City/Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Galata, Taksim, Cihangir, Nisantasi, Şişli, Karakoy, Ortakoy and Besiktas areas and more. (From anywhere else, please just ask and we will be happy to advise the best way to collect you). We can also drop you off at whichever one of these places you require afterwards.


Operates every day all year in Istanbul. Subject to availability. Advance booking required.
Please note that this tour is very popular with cruise passengers and short-stay guests so early bookings are recommended, particularly at weekends, holidays and days when cruise ships are in port.

(Our “Zoe Yacht” operates everyday morning til midnight at various times, so you may also like one of our Sunset or Dinner Cruises).


Possible on request. Please email us.


Prices are per person adult in Euro for this special combination tour:

Old City + ZOE Yacht Cruise Combination Tour:
2 Guests275 € per person
3 Guests195 € per person
4 Guests155 € per person
5 Guests129 € per person
6 Guests115 € per person
7 Guests99 € per person
8 Guests90 € per person
9 Guests82 € per person
10 Guests75 € per person
11 Guests69 € per person
12 Guests65 € per person


  • Prices are subject to availability and dates with pick-up from European-side city-center hotels or cruise-ships.
  • For any other number of travelers, please email us for appropriate rates.
  • Early Bookings required, especially peak times, weekends and holidays.

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What’s Included:

All services are private for you and your chosen companions only, so you will have your own private guide, private vehicle and private yacht to yourselves to tour Istanbul in comfort and at your own pace and interest. This special tour includes:

  • Full day guided tour of the main highlights as in the itinerary.
  • All tours with professional English-speaking guidance.
  • All transport by new-model deluxe a/c vehicles.
  • Pick up from cruise ship port or hotel to start tour.
  • Drop off to the cruise ship port or hotel after tour.
  • All parking tickets and petrol.
  • All taxes.
  • 2 hour Zoe Yacht Cruise on the Bosphorus.

Not Included:

Entrances, lunch (choice of lunch venues), optional tips.

Tailor made tours/shore excursions:

Just forward your details of arrival and interests and we can create a tailor made escorted tour for your shore excursion in Istanbul. Our private guides and A/C transport can collect and drop you off at the port for disembarking and boarding times. As cruise passengers often travel in small groups or as a family, Zoe Yacht Cruises offers an ideal way of cruising the Bosphorus in comfort and at flexible times, every day, any time, subject to availability.

Private guided shore tours for cruise-ship passengers at Istanbul Port

Cover all the main highlights of the city from the Grand Bazaar to Topkapi Palace and the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia – Travel in comfort with pick up and drop off to the cruise ship at the port, your own private guide, private A/C transport and a tailor made tour program.

Istanbul Port Information:

This is often the first or final boarding point for cruises around the Greek Isles and Turkey, making it perfect for pre and post cruise ship extensions. The city is a major highlight for any cruise in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, with ships arriving in from the Marmara Sea, past the Princes’ Islands and Golden Horn to dock at the start of the Bosphorus strait, between Asia and Europe. The main cruise ship ports used in Istanbul are usually on the European side of the city, about 20-30 mins from the Old City. Or read about Kusadasi/Izmir port information here.

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