Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise

Istanbul; 2.5-Hour Bosphorus Strait Boat Cruise. See both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul on a 2.5-hour boat cruise of the Bosphorus Strait. Get the opportunity to visit an Ottoman palace on the Asian side. Visit the 19th-century Küçüksu Palace hunting lodge of the Ottoman Empire. Admire boat the Asian and European coasts of Istanbul. Sail past historic monuments such as Galata Tower and the Dolmabahçe Palace.

What to Expect

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in central Istanbul, and then go to Eminonu Pier to embark on a boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait.

Explore the sights of the European side of the city for around 1 hour, passing historical monuments such as Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the fortress of Rumelihisarı, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century.

Continue to the second bridge to head to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit Küçüksu Palace, built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge for the Ottoman sultans. Make your way back to the city center, following the Asian coast, and get a look at the Anatolian Fortress (Anadoluhisarı) and Turkey's oldest military school at Kuleli Military High School.

Admire the elaborate Beylerbeyi Palace, built as a summer residence for the Ottoman rulers in the1860s, and see the Maiden’s Tower guarding the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait as you get ready to disembark.

Additional info

• Please note that Küçüksu Palace is closed from Monday through Thursday. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be replaced with the fortress of Rumelihisarı, and on Wednesdays it will be replaced with the Maiden's Tower
• Children aged 2 or younger can join free of charge

per person
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
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2 hrs 30 min
Group size up to 25 persons
Full refund for cancellations up to 48 hours
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What places will you see

What is included in activity

• Entrance fee for the museum
• English-speaking guide
• Hotel pick-up

What is not included

• Food and beverages on the boat
• Hotel drop off

Reviews by travellers
4.6 out of 5
10 reviews
Mario f.
8 months ago
Excellent Cruise! Very fun and enjoyable cruise, the tour guide was super friendly, very well informed and very professional! It's a great cruise for a couples.
Nader f.
10 months ago
Worth every penny. Coming to Turkey for the first time from the states, I was definitely nervous when it came to navigating around the city and finding a tour guide service that was safe and affordable. The hotel had brochures for other tours that were the same price as Bosphorus Tours with very similar routes but decided to take a chance with Bosphorus Tours instead. I can't tell you how happy I was with that decision. The pick-up from the hotel was on time and the tour went exactly as plann...
Putz f.
10 months ago
Scenic boat cruise along Bosphorus strait! Spent a couple of hours cruising along Bosphorus on my third day travelling in Istanbul. Water can be a little choppy on a windy day but I thought it added to the overall experiences and fun!
Mikkawon f.
10 months ago
Excellent introduction to Ottoman world. This cruise provides a very good introduction to the Islamic as well as the cosmopolitan aspects of the Ottoman empire -- the European as well as Moslem influences on its civilization. You bridge the east and west, and the buildings visited reflect that. The boat is not packed the way many cruises are, so you get to move around leisurely. It is a relaxing and instructive tour.
Hamid f.
10 months ago
First time Istanbul. I booked the half day Bosphorus Tours on line and received a prompt response and the tour lived up to expectations. Our guide "Taner" was knowledgeable and easy to warm too and looked after his customers with the Turkish charm that made the whole trip enjoyable. Fully recommend to others.
Arsalan f.
12 months ago
Perfect Tour Solution! Contacted this company on social media, extremely helpful, polite and always there for you. Very very competitive pricing and budget friendly packages for everything you need for your tour. Am very thankful for making my tour memorable. There punctuality, commitment and deliverance all are just excellent and perfect.
Waqqas f.
about 1 year ago
Awesome memories that don't burn a hole in your pocket! We hired the Bosphorus Tours for all our tourist excursions in Istanbul. Even though the tourist companies in Istanbul are notorious for ripping you off but Mr.Tugrul at Bosphorus Tours was a an absolute delight! Despite being out of station, he guided us through various options with packages which easily beat the commercial companies by HALF! His team was professional and warm. We took a full day tour at the Princess' Islands, a full da...
Danielle f.
about 1 year ago
Bosphorus cruise. This tour was a lovely relaxed way to see Istanbul beyond the old city area. The tour guide provided lots of interesting information, we had plenty to time see things at each of the sites and the boat was very comfortable. I would highly recommend this experience with this group. The waffles at ortakoy were the best-be sure to treat yourself to one!
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