Efendi Travel offers a half-day tour that includes a 1-1/2-hour TurYol Bosphorus cruise, plus a visit to the breathtaking Rüstem Pasha Mosque, with its dazzling rich colored tiles, and to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market) in Eminönü.
The advantages: a tour vehicle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Eminönü, where your professional guide takes you through the bustling market district to the mosque and bazaar.
You then walk to the dock and board your Bosphorus Cruise boat, motor out beneath the Galata Bridge, past Topkapı Palace on Seraglio Point, and the Galata Tower in Beyoğlu, and glide up the Bosphorus.
Along the way your guide points out the major landmarks, and is always on hand to answer questionsabout the palaces, mansions, mosques, villages and bridges you’re passing.
After the 1.5-hour cruise you return to Eminönü, where a tour vehicle is on hand to return you to your hotel—though you may decide instead to wander some more on your own. Eminönü is at the very center of Istanbul, by the Galata Bridge, so it’s easy to take a ferryboat, tram, bus or taxi to almost anywhere in the city; or walk across the Galata Bridge and take the Tünel up to İstiklal Caddesi for some more wandering.