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2.5-Hours Bosphorus Cruise on a Luxury Yacht: From 10.30 am to 13.00

Morning bosphorus cruise with stopover on the asian side, luxury yacht cruise.

Experience some luxury on this 2.5-hour yacht cruise down the Bosphorus. It's a small group tour that is designed to help travelers spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Istanbul is a beautiful city with its peculiarities. This Bosphorus cruise exposes you to a different perspective on Istanbul. You get to observe the beautiful city by a luxury yacht on this popular cruise.

AFTERNOON BOSPHORUS CRUISE WITH STOPOVER ON THE ASIAN SIDE (From 14.00 to 16.30)

The Bosphorus Strait divides Europe from Asia, and a Bosphorus cruise is a signature Istanbul experience. This round-trip yacht cruise, with live commentary and fun facts from an experienced guide, covers all the classic waterfront sights-bridges, palaces, the Maiden's Tower, the Rumeli Fortress, and more. But it also includes a stop for coffee and snacks in the characterful Kanlica neighborhood and onboard Wi-Fi so you can share as you go.

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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See Istanbul and the Bosphorus by dusk and enjoy the stunning Istanbul landmarks as the sun sets and the city lights come to life.

Istanbul Sunset Cruise on the Bosphorus

Witness the enchantment of Istanbul with a 2.5-Hour evening cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus!

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht See Istanbul and the Bosphorus by dusk and enjoy the stunning Istanbul landmarks as the sun sets and the city lights come to life.

Istanbul bosphorus dinner cruise and turkish night show 35 €, istanbul sunset cruise.

Come aboard an elegant luxury yacht for a beautiful cruise along the Bosphorus Strait where you can enjoy sightseeing at the most beautiful time of day-sunset in Istanbul. Coast along as you spot out Ortakoy, Bebek, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower and Bosphorus Bridges, all with a drink of choice in your hand with bosphorus cruise .

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Shows

Bosphorus night cruise with dinner, drinks and great Turkish night shows...

Cruise Hours: 20:30 to 23:45

Istanbul's Multicultural Heritage Tour with Sunset Cruise

Istanbul's Multicultural Heritage Tour with Sunset Cruise

Istanbul's multicultural heritage tour with sunset cruise itinerary that covers the city's less known, less visited iconic and historically significant attractions such as galata tower, city walls, yedikule dungeons, pierre loti hill, fener and balat districts..

Tour Starting Time: 09.00 am Tour Ending Time: 19.00

Istanbul is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage spanning centuries, and this tour aims to showcase its treasures and religious heritage.

Turkish Night Shows

Bosphorus night cruise with dinner, drinks and great Turkish night shows. Spend a memorable evening cruising along the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy spectacular views of Istanbul at night and the sights along the waterway, a delicious 3-course dinner, free local drinks, and a diverse program of traditional entertainment on board.

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Cruise Hours: Departure 12:00 Duration: 5 hrs

Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea, 5-Hour Bosphorus and the Black Sea Cruise with lunch

Step aboard a cruise in Istanbul for a few hours to see the sights along the coast of the Bosphorus, all the way to the Black Sea. As you travel, sit down for a 2-course lunch accompanied by soft drinks and coffee or tea. You'll get great photo ops of the sights from the water, and stop in the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi to visit the ancient fortress there.

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Istanbul Lunch Cruise on the Bosphorus

Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to The Black Sea, 4.5 Hour Boat Cruise with lunch

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Bosphorus night cruise with dinner, drinks and great Turkish night shows.

During your 2 hours and 30 min Bosphorus sightseeing cruise, you'll be free to wander between decks to capture the best shots of Istanbul's attractions. Our experienced guide will illustrate the history of what you see during the cruise; Bosphorus has a storied past, and our guides know the fun facts you can't find in a tourist handbook. See why this is one of the best Istanbul city sightseeing cruises. Book now and enjoy your adventure with us!

Istanbul Lunch Cruise, Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch

Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch 65 €

Cruise Hours: Departure 12:30 / Duration 4.5 hrs

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show

Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Tour 25 €

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Istanbul Bosphorus Sightseeing Boat Cruise, 2.5-Hour Short Circle

Cruise Hours: 11:30 to 14:00

Istanbul Splendor: Majestic Istanbul Walking Tour and Enchanting Bosphorus Sunset Cruise

Istanbul Splendor: Majestic Istanbul Walking Tour and Enchanting Bosphorus Sunset Cruise

Istanbul elegance: a journey through history and luxury on a bosphorus sunset cruise.

Winter Season Hours: From 01st November to 15th March: Between 11.30 am to 18.30

Summer Season Hours: From 16th March to 31st October: Between 13.00 to 20.30

Embark on a captivating journey through Istanbul, a city where ancient history and vibrant culture intertwine against a backdrop of stunning architecture and the mesmerizing waters of the Bosphorus. This meticulously curated tour invites you to discover Istanbul's most iconic landmarks, each offering a unique glimpse into the city's rich and diverse heritage.

Guided Dolmabahce Palace Museum Tour with Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Guided Dolmabahce Palace Museum Tour with Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Dolmabahce palace, bezmi alem mosque tour and bosphorus sunset cruise on luxurious yacht.

Explore Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line entry and access its Harem section. Sail away on a magical sunset cruise on the Bosphorus and you will have a lifetime experience on our luxurious Sunset Bosphorus Yacht.

Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Yacht Cruise

Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Yacht Cruise

Dolmabahce palace, bezmi alem mosque tour and bosphorus yacht cruise with asian side stopover.

Tour Starting Time: 09.00 am Tour Ending Time: 13.00

Exploring Dolmabahce Palace , Visiting Bezmi Alem Mosque , Taking a 2.5-Hours Luxury Yacht Cruise on the Bosphorus, Stop Over in Kanlica , a lovely village in the Asian Side

Learn about Istanbul's history as you explore the opulent Dolmabahce Palace with an expert guide. Enjoy Istanbul with a relaxing Bosphorus Yacht Cruise, see the higlights of city from the water and stop for a short visit in Kanlica Village.

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Marvels of Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus and the Black Sea Cruise 80 €

Tour Hours: 09:00 am to 18:00

Combine visits to some of Istanbul's top sights such as Galata Tower, Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car, Ancient City Walls, Dolmabahce Palace, and a delicious lunch cruise on the Bosphorus that goes all the way up to the Black Sea on a single day tour.

Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Full-Day Tour and Cruise of Istanbul with Dolmabahce Palace, Cable Car and lunch

Cruise Hours: 09:00 am to 18:00

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour Istanbul City Tour

Tour Hours: 09:00 am to 17:00

See the sights of Istanbul on an 8-hour tour with inclusive lunch. Admire the former church and mosque of the Hagia Sophia, see the site of Bzyantine sports at the Roman Hippodrome, explore the alleys of the Grand Bazzar, and much more.

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

Ottoman and Byzantine traces during this full-day guided Istanbul city tour in the Sultanahmet district.

Cruise Hours: 09:00 am to 16:00

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace Tour and Bosphorus Cruise 80 €

Istanbul Istanbul Princes Islands Cruise Tour

Princes Island Tour Istanbul 45 €

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Full Day Istanbul Princes' Islands Cruise Tour with Lunch

Cruise Hours: 09:00 am to 17:00

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour 60 €

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If you have limited time in Istanbul and you want to make the most of it, we have planned a perfect day for you in which you can see the most important sights in the old town and finish with a relaxing sunset cruise on The Bosporus.

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Combine a trip to both Istanbul's greatest sites including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and a luxury yacht cruise on the Bosphorus in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Topkapi Palace and skip-the-line access to the great Ottoman Palace during this full-day tour.

Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on your full-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tileworks, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans. Along the way, experience the customs of at a bustling bazaar.

When you finish exploring the old city of Istanbul, the next thing is to take a magical journey on the Bosphorus. Sail down the Bosphorus passing Dolmabahce Palace, impressive Bosphorus Bridges, and beautifully designed seaside villas along both sides of the Bosphorus, before rounding the spectacular tip of old city and ultimately cruising only a few feet away from the magnificent Maiden's Tower.

BOSPHORUS SUNSET CRUISE

When you finish exploring the old city of Istanbul, the next thing is to take a magical journey on the Bosphorus. Sail down the Bosphorus cruise passing Dolmabahce Palace, impressive Bosphorus Bridges, and beautifully designed seaside villas along both sides of the Bosphorus, before rounding the spectacular tip of old city and ultimately cruising only a few feet away from the magnificent Maiden's Tower.

Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

Istanbul Tour: Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

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Istanbul Tour: Full Day Guided Tour to Old City Highlights Cultural Walking Tour of Istanbul

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Embark on an evening of a lifetime with a 4-Hours sunset cruise around the Bosphorus.

4 Hours Sunset and Dinner Cruise

from Hours: 17:15 to 20:45

Combined Bosphorus Sightseeing Sunset Cruise with Dinner

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Pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden's Tower and Golden Horn while enjoying a freshly prepared dinner, perfect views of Istanbul at sunset with a live tour commentary and DJ performance.

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We'll bring the adventure, you bring the romance on our Bosphorus Sunset Dinner Cruise.

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise Tours

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise 'bosphorus cruise' is perfect to bring along the whole family, friends, and visiting guests, to enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul and its stunning strait that divides the city into two continents like Europe and Asia, which is the only city standing on two continents in the world!

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise; Enjoy breathtaking views of the World-famous Bosphorus sights with a live guide on a luxury yacht.

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise is perfect to bring along the whole family, friends, and visiting guests, to enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul.

Istanbul Sunrise Cruise on the Bosphorus

Istanbul Sunrise Cruise on the Bosphorus

Watch Istanbul wake up from the comfort on a luxury yacht during a 2.5-hour sunrise cruise. In the glow of the early morning light, snap photos of iconic places including Bosphorus Bridges, Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower and the city skyline as the city revs up for the day. Your cruise includes a light breakfast served with hot tea and coffee, the perfect way to start your day!

Watch Istanbul wake up from the comfort on a luxury yacht during a 2.5-hour sunrise cruise. In the glow of the early morning light, snap photos of iconic places including Bosphorus Bridges,

Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden's Tower and the city skyline as the city revs up for the day.

Your cruise includes a light breakfast served with hot tea and coffee, the perfect way to start your day!

BOSPHORUS BREAKFAST CRUISE ON A LUXURY YACHT

Admire city sights, sip bubbly, and savor delicious breakfast on a Bosphorus Breakfast Cruise along the shores of Europe and Asia! » TOUR DETAIL «

BOSPHORUS BREAKFAST CRUISE ON A LUXURY YACHT

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Istanbul Layover Tour

Got a minimum 6-hour layover in Istanbul? Leave the airport in a private vehicle, immerse yourself in this dynamic city and spend the day at your leisure, before enjoying a stress-free return in time to catch your onward flight. Enjoy two holidays in one with a private Istanbul Layover Tour .

Your Istanbul Layover Tour can be 100% personalised for your time, interests and needs.

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Marriage Proposal Cruise Istanbul on Luxury Yacht

Bosphorus is one of the best places in the world if you are looking for a romantic atmosphere to propose to your loved one.

Contact us, let's plan your proposal together and spend an unforgettable night on The Bosphorus.

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See The Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul

See The Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul

Discover Turkish culture as you admire the Sufi whirling to soul-stirring music while watching the Whirling Dervishes of Mavlana

Go to a Tradational Turkish Bath

Go to a Tradational Turkish Bath

Visit an authentic Turkish hammam in Istanbul's old city, dating back to Ottoman times. Experience a bathing tradition that is still popular today.

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Crafting Unforgettable Moments: The Best Marriage Proposals Ever

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Explore Secrets with a Private Istanbul City Tour

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Private Istanbul City Tour a Tailored Experience

Discover the heart of Istanbul with a private Istanbul city tour designed to show you the rich tapestry of history and vibrant culture this iconic city offers.

Parks Along the Bosphorus: Explore Breathtaking Bosphorus Parks: A Guide to Serene Green Spaces Along the Waterfront

Parks Along the Bosphorus-A Guide to Serene Green Spaces Along the Waterfront

A Guide to Serene Green Spaces Along the Waterfront

Along the Bosphorus in Istanbul, there are several parks and green spaces that offer locals and visitors a chance to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the strait.

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Unveil Istanbul's Splendor Embark on an Unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise Adventure

Unveil Istanbul's Splendor: Embark on an Unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise Adventure: When it comes to exploring Istanbul's enchanting allure, few experiences rival the magic of a Bosphorus Cruise.

Unlock the Wonders of Istanbul with Exclusive Private Istanbul Tours

Unlock the Wonders of Istanbul with Exclusive Private Istanbul Tours

Welcome to the World of Exclusive Private Istanbul Tours!

Our Exclusive Private Istanbul Tours are not just tours; they're immersive journeys tailored to your desires. With our handcrafted itineraries, you're not limited to generic attractions.

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Yes, of course! The Istanbul Tourist Pass is a prepaid sightseeing and transportation card that offers free admission to many of Istanbul's top attractions istanbul tour , as well as discounts and special offers at a variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.

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We offer a variety of dining cruises that combine delicious food with a scenic tour of Bosphorus and Istanbul, as well as fun, social cocktail events. Our menus include freshly caught seafood, locally grown vegetables, premium cocktails, beer from local breweries, and irresistible desserts, all prepared onboard by our award-winning staff.

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Private Istanbul Tours with experienced guides, No Bus, No Rush, No Sharing With Strangers! Bosphorus Tour provides private istanbul tours by car and on foot, all of which can be perfectly customized to suit your own particular requirements and needs. Discover our deals and get ready to be taken on a memorable private tour in the Eternal City with our top-rated expert guides.

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5 Days Istanbul Tour Package with Accommodation

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Bursa Tour: Visit the city of Bursa, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, on this day trip from Istanbul that starts with a 2-hour ferry ride.

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Edirne Imperial Tour, Follow Ottoman Pattern in One Day

Edirne Day Tour makes taking a day-trip from Istanbul to the former Ottoman capital of Edirne easy. See beautiful mosques...

Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Full-Day Tour

Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Full-Day Tour

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with live guide on luxury yach.

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Capture the moment of the beautiful sunsets of Istanbul with a cruise of the Bosphorus that includes hotel pick - up, snacks, baklava, fresh season fruits and soft drinks, as well as live guide commentary in English and Spanish languages. It's the perfect start to a night that could be continued on with a trip down to the Bosphorus or a celebratory gathering, and a wonderful bonding time for family groups and individuals who want to wind down after a day in Istanbul. As the sunset begins, race to the expansive open decks or the 360-degree to get unmatched views of the Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridges as you cruise the strait right in between two continents of Europea and Asia. It's a perfect chance to photograph the city, the sunset, and the skyline. At the end of the cruise, our yacht SUNSET BOSPHORUS will cruise along the Golden Horn foreshore and here you might like to disembark for a nightcap at one of the many nightclubs in Taksim area.

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The Bosphorus cruise is a popular activity in Istanbul, where you can sail along the Bosphorus Strait, which separates the European and Asian sides of the city. Cruising along the Bosphorus offers stunning views of the city's iconic landmarks, palaces, and beautiful waterfront mansions.

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Bosphorus Tours Istanbul is the leading boat tours operator of tourism and leisure passengers services on Bosphorus, carrying in excess of passengers annually on our route through the heart of Istanbul between the two continents, Europe and Asia.

Book a boat cruise in Istanbul with  Istanbul Bosphorus Tours  - Istanbul's No 1 Sightseeing Cruise on the Bosphorus. Combining quality dining, superb entertainment and spectacular views from Bosphorus, our unique boat sightseeing and dining cruises capture the excitement of Istanbul from a truly special perspective.

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Highlights: You’ll experience some of Istanbul’s top architectural wonders, palaces, mosques, and Bosphorus bridges and enjoy a perfect night with belly dancers, whirling dervishes, and many more. You’ll also get quality transportation between your hotel and the port with their air-conditioned and comfortable vehicles.

Meeting point: Kabatas Dentur Avrasya Pier (see location map )

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2. Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on A Luxury Yacht

This is a terrific new yacht trip for small groups aboard a luxury yacht at very reasonable costs. You can take it for 2 hours at midday or dusk. This tour is strongly suggested since you will feel amazingly special aboard this privately rented luxury yacht.

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Cruise up and down the Bosphorus, passing epic palaces and historical sites, and get a closer look at famous landmarks like Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, and the Maiden Tower, a certified and competent guide will share with you the tales and findings that accompany the many sites you pass, enjoy an intimate trip because group sizes are limited to 15 people.

Glasses of Wine, Fruits, Snacks, Unlimited Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, English Speaking Local Expert Guide, and Free Wi-Fi on the Yacht are among the benefits you enjoy.

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3. Bosphorus Dinner / Lunch Cruise – Private & Customizable

2,5 hours bosphorus cruise on a 25 meters luxury yacht.

This is one of the best private Bosphorus cruises made on a luxury yacht. You can experience and enjoy the beauties of Istanbul on a private luxurious yacht while having your dinner/lunch served by a professional crew. Also have a chance for sightseeing and/or swimming and relaxing while peacefully enjoying your day at the luxury yacht. You are also able to customize this tour according to your needs.

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Includes: Dinner, All Fees and Taxes, Restroom on board, Snacks, Bottled water, Soda/Pop, Alcoholic Beverages

Free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance

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4. All Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise w/ Turkish Night Show

This is a one-of-a-kind Istanbul Bosphorus cruise with dinner on your luxury motor yacht. Ideal for a romantic meal for two and a special event for families and small groups of friends. You’ll get 4-hour dinner cruise , admire spectacular views of the city’s beautifully illuminated palaces, mosques and Bosphorus bridges, and enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner with select drinks.

You’ll also enjoy the entertainment from belly dancers, whirling dervishes and other artistes, along with hotel pickup and drop-off. It has badge of excellence on Viator.

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You will enjoy amazing nighttime views of Istanbul and the landmarks along the river, a wonderful three-course dinner, complimentary local cocktails, and a diversified program of traditional entertainment on board.

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5. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with entertainment

One of the most favored among tourists is the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with entertainment. Tourists that wish to enjoy a unique Istanbul experience are more likely to choose this option. Traditional belly dancing, a henna ceremony, a Romany dance, folk dancing, a live DJ, and other entertainment will keep you engaged. At the same time, you will cruise around the Bosphorus and eat your food.

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This is a one-of-a-kind experience that appeals to both the sight and the appetite. The feast of delights begins with a range of excellent appetizers, followed by the main meal with three alternatives. The grand finale will feature the world-renowned mixed Turkish desserts and seasonal fruits.

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6. Bosphorus Cruise on Yacht with Stopover on Asian Side

Set sail on an extraordinary 2.5-hour Bosphorus Cruise aboard a luxurious yacht, available both in the morning and afternoon. This excursion is the epitome of Bosphorus exploration, complete with a captivating stopover on the Asian side of the city to discover the charming neighborhood of Kanlica.

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  • Stay effortlessly connected with onboard Wi-Fi, ensuring you remain in touch without incurring roaming charges.
  • A range of time slots allows you to plan your day precisely as you wish, maximizing your exploration of this captivating city.

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This boat tour is highly recommended for tourists with limited time in Istanbul. Get a true charm of the city while capturing the most incredible pictures along the way.

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This is a peaceful and enjoyable way to explore the key Asian and European sights. The boat sails by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Beylerbeyi Palace.

You may see the Historic Peninsula by boat, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Blue Mosque. The English-speaking tour guide will accompany you the entire time.

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This boat tour to Buyukada, one of the most popular Princes’ Islands, will take approximately 75 minutes. While on the Bosphorus, you may observe Istanbul’s breathtaking skyline from the open-air deck, drink beverages from the kiosk, or listen to tales about the Bosphorus using the audio guide app installed on your phone.

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What Bosphorus Cruise Tour to Take in Istanbul?

Last updated: June 16, 2024

A cruise on the Bosphorus is probably the most overlooked Istanbul tourist attraction. Understandable, with such an abundance of historical sightseeing spots in Istanbul and too little time to squeeze them all into your short holiday. But take my advice and set a few hours aside to take an unforgettable Bosphorus tour. Certainly if you’re in town between May and September. You won’t regret it — at least if you follow these simple guidelines.

Image of a ferry cruising on a Bosphorus tour in Istanbul, Turkey.

1. Private Bosphorus Tours

Private Bosphorus cruises  are great value for your money if you do them with reputable and trustworthy companies such as Zoe Yacht. Check out my review of a private Bosphorus cruise I took.

Unfortunately, there are also a lot of less trustworthy options. I see these scenes unfold almost every day: poorly informed tourists willing to take a Bosphorus tour, walking on the docks of Eminönü in search of a Bosphorus cruise. Such companies can spot this kind of behavior from a mile away and offer them a seat on their Bosphorus cruise boat. But please, don’t get tempted by the offer these ‘hustlers’ make. Their tours are overpriced (double and more), shorter, and often on boats that can barely be called seaworthy. Moreover, there is nothing private about a boat you share with 50 to 100 or more strangers.

2. Şehir Hatları Offers the No-Nonsense Bosphorus Tours

Şehir Hatları is Istanbul’s official ferry company. It offers three great Bosphorus tours: Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise, Full Bosphorus Cruise, and the Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night. Unfortunately, the availability of these tours changes according to the season. So do keep on reading and check out the respective links for the most up-to-date departure times. Insider tip: sit outside on the left-hand side of the ship for the best views.

The Şehir Hatları Bosphorus lines sales offices are located on the left docks of Eminönü when coming off the Galata Bridge.

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2.1 short circle bosphorus cruise ( kısa boğaz turu ).

First up is the non-stop Short Circle Bosphorus tour. This one is great for people who are pressed for time but don’t want to miss a genuine Bosphorus experience. This tour is available twice a day in summer (June 16 th until September 18 th ), and once a day during the low season. The cruise takes you from Eminönü to Istinye (well past the second bridge that is), and back.

The ferry leaves the Eminönü docks at 14:40 and 15:50, arrives at Ortaköy around 15:10 and 16:20 to pick up more people, and then continues its two-hour non-stop tour. The price per person for non-Turkish citizens is 260 (free for children until 6 years old). For the latest updates, check the official timetable .

2.2 Full Bosphorus Cruise ( Uzun Boğaz Turu )

Picture of the Egyptian Consulate by the Bosphorus in Bebek, Istanbul.

The Full Bosphorus Tour offers a great Bosphorus experience and will take several hours in total. This cruise will take you from Eminönü all the way to the Black Sea, and back. Each way takes about two hours since the ferry also makes 5 short stops to let people on and off. You must get off the ferry at around 12:30 in Anadolu Kavağı , the last harbor before the Black Sea. This two-hour break gives you the opportunity to grab a (late) lunch in one of the town’s fish restaurants located on the shore and/or visit the fortress.

Non-Turkish citizens pay 480 TL per person (children until 6 go free). The ferry does one complete tour a day. You can board the ferry in Eminönü (10:35) or Beşiktaş (10:50) on the European side, and Üsküdar (11:05) on the Asian side. Do check the official schedule with the latest timetables .

On board, you can use digital guides explaining over 70 points of interest along the way, in 10 different languages (Turkish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Persian, and Arabic). The price for a round trip is 65 TL, 32,5 TL for children under the age of 12.

2.3 Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night ( Mehtap Gezi )

It offers the exact same tour as the regular Full Bosphorus Tour, but you get to see Istanbul at night! The ferry leaves before dusk providing great Istanbul sunset views. It again stops in Anadolu Kavağı for a bit over two hours so people can enjoy dinner in the fish restaurants at the shore. Around 22:30 the ferry departs again for a moonlight cruise on the Bosphorus — a unique experience!

Illuminated Bosphorus Bridge at night in Istanbul, Turkey.

Unfortunately, the Full Bosphorus Tour by Night on the Ferry is only available on Saturdays in July and August. The price per person for non-Turkish citizens is 560 TL (free for children age 6 and younger you better buy your tickets in time.

3. Turyol and Dentur

Turyol and Dentur are two private companies that also offer a two-hour Bosphorus tour, similar to the one by Şehir Hatları. The good news is that they have several departures a day. The bad news is that they are more expensive and a bit shoter.

The Turyol Bosphorus tour sales booth is located on the righthand docks of Eminönü when coming off the Galata Bridge, past the fish & bread sellers. During the high season, ferries depart hourly starting 10:00. Last departure time is 20:00 on weekdays, and 21:00 during the weekend. The Bosphorus tour takes about 90 minutes, and costs 200 TL.

The Dentur Bosphorus tour dock and sales booth are located in Kabataş. The ferries depart every hour with the first departure at 12:45 and the last one at 17:45. The trip takes 1h45 and costs 250TL.

Always check the respective websites for the latest schedules and prices.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above may be affiliate links. If you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission to keep the site ad-free . I only recommend products and companies I use or have used.

Further Recommended Reading

  • Why and How Should You Visit the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul?
  • Is the Asian Side of Istanbul Worth Visiting
  • Bebek, Istanbul’s Trendy Village along the Bosphorus

prabhath says

June 13, 2024 at 3:39 pm

the full bosphorous tour is 480 lira now, it might be 120 for only turkish citizens

Erlend says

June 16, 2024 at 11:24 am

You’re right, they started making a differences between local and foreign. Thanks for sharing.

May 15, 2024 at 9:03 pm

Thank you for useful information.

I have a question: with which of these companies we could visit Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi)? I mean that we would like to stop there.

May 18, 2024 at 9:54 am

None. You can reach the Maiden Tower with their own shuttle service (payable) from the end of Galataport.

Mahmud says

March 27, 2024 at 5:17 pm

Hi, thank you for this valuable information. I have a question, we are planning to visit 7-11 April during Eid. Are the tours still open? If I want to view sunset plus night instanbul view then which tour you suggest please? Thanks in advance 👍

March 27, 2024 at 7:13 pm

Hi, the tours will be operational, but for winter schedule still. The sunset tour offered by Sehir Hatlari will not be available as it only runs in the summer months.

January 18, 2024 at 4:55 pm

Hi! Thank you for the article. It really helps a lot! quick question, do you know different Bosphorus tours an Bosphorus lines? is it the same ferry or not? i’m planning a short tour because i only want to Ortakoy and explore a little bit more there, but unfortunately they don’t stop at the Ortakoy right? So, if it i’s the same, i wil go woth Bosphorus lines only. Thank you for your help.

January 18, 2024 at 8:37 pm

Not sure what you would like to do: – do you want to go from Eminönü to Ortaköy and explore the area while the ship continues its tour – do you want to go from Eminönü to Ortaköy, explore the area for a short time, boatrd the ship again and continue the Bosphorus tour (spoiler: no such tour exists) – do you want to go from to Ortaköy and explore the area, and go back to where you came from

Barry Lewis says

November 23, 2023 at 11:14 pm

Am I correct that the Full Bosphorus Cruise (Uzun Boğaz Turu) is NOT available during the month of March (we’ll plan to be there around March 7 to March 14).

Barry Lewis

November 24, 2023 at 5:06 pm

No, there is one. It leaves in Eminönü at 10:35 and will be back by 16:40 with a 2,5 hour stop at the furthest point. Keep in mind that it can still be very cold in March, so you’ll probably sit inside the whole time.

Nadine says

March 13, 2024 at 11:53 am

Hello wl be there in April after 12 ..would love to do the cruise ..is there a long one with several stops? Wl be staying in Taksim .can you please advise.thx

March 14, 2024 at 7:03 pm

Hi Nadine, do you mean after 12 as in after 12 April 2024 or after 12 as in any day in April but after noon?

November 1, 2023 at 1:16 pm

Very helpful information thank you. Are these tours guided, ie does a guide provide a narrative on route?

November 4, 2023 at 11:33 am

No, they are not.

October 31, 2023 at 11:08 pm

Thank you for this information. Extremely helpful. Do you know what time the short tour departs in the inter season? (2 November 2023). I have checked the schedule and cannot seem to work it out.

Thanks in advance.

November 1, 2023 at 12:32 am

They’re currently in winter mode, which means that the short tour departs daily from Eminönü at 14:40.

Waldemar Kowalski says

September 22, 2023 at 5:32 am

Thank you for the invaluable information and your detail in representing Turkey and Istanbul!

The current tariffs (according to https://www.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en/price-list/bosphorus-tours-78 ) are 120 TL round trip for the long tour, 65 for the short tour, and 130 for the moonlight tour.

We are looking forward to using a LOT of your information

September 22, 2023 at 11:30 am

Hi, thanks for sharing. I’ll adjust the price … a never-ending story I’m afraid with the current inflation.

Carl Shinoda says

January 17, 2024 at 3:11 am

Thank you for your amazing article. It’s very helpful. One thing i wish to find out is, you mentioned there is a digital guide on board the long tour which cost 65TL. Is it a device they provide with earphone set or an app to download off our phones? If neither one, what is it?

January 17, 2024 at 7:25 pm

I’m guessing it’s an app these days.

September 16, 2023 at 12:23 am

do you know if there is a Boat tour leaving from Karaköy?

September 16, 2023 at 1:39 pm

No, no Bosphorus tours from Karaköy.

September 11, 2023 at 11:28 pm

Hi. Is their a sunset cruise ( preferably non/dinner)that leaves from and returns to Kadikoy

September 11, 2023 at 11:31 pm

When do you plan to go?

Brett Jones says

July 22, 2023 at 12:46 pm

Can you tell me which pier in Kadiköy the night cruise leaves from on Saturdays? The website says it’s the ‘old’ station – but not being from Istanbul I have no idea which one that is! Thanks!

July 22, 2023 at 6:56 pm

Hi Brett, just go to the Kadiköy piers and ask there where the mehtap Bogaz turu picks up passengers. They often change, so it’s hard to tell where it is now. Just make sure you’re 20 min earlier.

June 19, 2023 at 5:32 pm

Hello, We are in Istanbul right now. Just a quick update – the Turyol 90 min. tour is now 100 liras. Thanks for the suggestions. Hoping to catch a Sehir Hatlari full tour this week.

June 19, 2023 at 10:58 pm

Thanks, enjoy!

April 5, 2023 at 5:55 pm

Are all boats and crews the same? Do they have similar amounts of guests?

April 5, 2023 at 5:58 pm

Not sure that I understand your question. I review different companies and different lines on this page. Different companies of course have different boats and crews. And the crew for the short and long tour also differ.

carolyn haywood says

March 23, 2023 at 6:49 pm

Hi we dock in instanbul from 9 till 6 on a cruise and we want to do a trip on the Bosphorus, what would you recommend? We will be there june. Thanks

March 23, 2023 at 7:04 pm

I assume you’ll be there from 9 am till 6pm?

Jenny Jiang says

March 7, 2023 at 1:21 am

Hi, thanks for your article, very helpful. I’ve booked 4 days trip to Istanbul from March 8-12 (this week!), planning to do the Full Bosphorus Tour. What is the Şehir Hatları schedule in March? Can I still take the long Bosphorus tour from Eminönü at 10:35 and be back at Eminönü at around 16:40? Will it be okay to buy a ticket on the day before departure, at this time of the year? Many thanks. Jenny

March 7, 2023 at 11:04 am

The winter schedule is still in effect in March, so the timing is correct. In March, buying a ticket on the same dayshould be ok. Have fun.

November 20, 2022 at 2:39 pm

Your articles are very helpful and I am glad I came across it.

I am travelling to Istanbul with my parents next week and was planning to do the long bosphorus tour, we are staying in Cihangir. My question is – would you still advise the tour as it is November and the weather might be not the best. And do we buy the tickets from sehir hatlari the same morning?

Thank you for helping all the vacationers to plan their Istanbul holidays.

November 20, 2022 at 6:47 pm

Personally, I wouldn’t do the long cruise in winter. Part of the charm is sitting on deck, in the sun, which is obviously not possible in winter. Moreover, the main sightseeing spots (80%) are also covered by the short tour. Yes, buy tickets from their sales booth, the same day should be ok in winter.

October 29, 2022 at 7:55 am

Hi! Does the long cruise take place in November? Are there only outdoor locations on the ship? How to get to the ferry station from Pendik? Can I buy tickets online? If not, can I buy them immediately before the trip?

October 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Yes, there is one trip a day in winter, leaves at 10:35 and back around 16:40 with a long break at the furthest point. Seats indoor and outdoor. Tickets from the Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Tours booth at the Eminönü docks. It’s low season, so I would expect yes, but go in time.

Melanie Putra says

October 23, 2022 at 8:50 pm

I’m researching Sehir Hatlari’s short Bosphorus tour (2 hours) for my December trip. I know it departs Eminonu at 2:40pm. I am a bit confused though when I look at Hatlari’s schedule which shows: Departure from Eminonu: 2.40pm Departure from Üsküdar: 2.55pm Arrival at Ortakoy: 3.10pm This one way trip is only half hour. 1. Does this mean the ship continues on further after Ortakoy, perhaps half hour more, only then turns around to return to Eminonu? I’m just counting the timing… If it turns around at Ortakoy and heads back to Eminonu, the whole trip would only be 1 hour, not 2… 2. If this is the case, is the scenery further up after Ortakoy worth it? Or should I disembark at Ortakoy to check out Ortakoy then catch a bus to Taksim (I plan to visit Istiklal Caddesi after the cruise). Just wondering whether Ortakoy is a better option than continuing with the cruise? I heard the traffic between Ortakoy & Kabatas is horrible though.. Maybe still better to do the 2 hours cruise then catch T1 from Eminonu to Kabatas…?

October 24, 2022 at 8:09 am

The tour takes between 90 min and w hours, so don’t get off at Ortaköy and enjoy the ride until you’re back in Eminönü. From there, as you suggested, take the T1 to Kabatas followed by the F2 to Taksim.

February 6, 2023 at 11:56 am

How to buy the ticket? I’m in Turkey currently and planned to take the short tours

February 6, 2023 at 7:05 pm

As it says in the article, on the Eminönü docks, look for the Bosphorus Tour sales booth by Şehir Hatlari.

JOHN EV says

October 14, 2023 at 5:20 am

Our family will be in Istanbul on the 1st and 2nd January. Do the short 2 hour trips take place on these days? Many thanks. John EV

October 16, 2023 at 9:59 pm

Normally yes. In case not the 1st then certainly the second.

Sai Orias says

September 28, 2022 at 1:59 pm

Thank you for the wonderful article about the cruise.

I would like to try it once I arrive at Istanbul. I will be staying at the Asian Side. My question is, when I arrive at Uskudar dock what name should I look for to book this cruise at the same amount you posted? I wanted to try riding the full cruise, also is it okay to bring food and water during the cruise?

Looking forward for my stay in Istanbul. I will be going there alone and I am excited!

September 28, 2022 at 5:45 pm

Look for the name Şehir Hatları, and if there are multiple dock pavilions, look for Bosphorus lines. Sure you can bring food and (non-alcoholic) beverages along, but keep in mind that for the full cruise you’ll stop for quite a while at the farthest point.

Nishat says

September 23, 2022 at 9:20 pm

The nonstop short bosphorous tour – Will they halt at Ortakoy for an hour or so? Or we won’t have time to get down from the ferry? I really would explore Ortakoy a bit along with the bosphorous tour.

September 24, 2022 at 9:10 am

It will briefly stop there to let people board, but that won’t even be 5 minutes. So the answer is, no, it’s non-stop.

Mary M says

September 13, 2022 at 11:40 pm

We would like a round trip ferry ride from Emenonu to Anadolu Kavagi on Tuesday, September 20. Is this route served every day? What company do I use? Where can I purchase the tickets? Same day at the pier ticket? or advance ticket? Thanks, Mary

September 14, 2022 at 8:44 am

The current schedule runs until September 18. I’ll let you know as soon as the winter schedule is published.

Mary Warpeha says

September 19, 2022 at 3:22 am

Hi. We are in Istanbul and really want to cruise. Can you send an update on the schedule for Tuesday, September 20? Much appreciated.

September 19, 2022 at 9:45 am

The new Şehir Hatları schedule came out today, and you can still take the long Bosphorus tour from Eminönü at 10:35 and be back at Eminönü at around 16:40. You can also take the short tour starting at 14:40. You can find the sales booth and dock right from the Galata Bridge when facing the Galata Tower. It says Bosphorus Lines. Enjoy!

Haruethai says

September 2, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Hi, thanks for a wonderful Istanbul article Does the Sehir Hatlari has hourly short cruises like Turyol and Dentor. Are these 3 companies equally good and are the routes the same. I have very limited time in Istanbul, if not Sehir Hatlari which of this two would you suggest me to take. Because their frequencies are more and I can plan my day better. Thanks

September 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm

As I write in the post, Sehir Hatlari only has 2 short tours, while the others have multiple. I suggest going with Sehir Hatlari if their timetable suits you, if not, Turyol because you stay in Eminönü.

August 28, 2022 at 11:49 pm

Hello Erlend, We like to take the short Bosphorus Cruise on October. What is the name of the office at the Eminou dock? Can we buy tickets inside the office on the day of the cruise? We are just afraid of all these touts outside the office and all over the docks? Thanks so much.

August 29, 2022 at 11:10 am

Assuming that you want to take the one by Şehir Hatları, it’s just called Eminönü 2 Iskelesi / Pier – Boğaz Hattı / Bosphorus Line by Şehir Hatları. Yes, you can buy the day itself. If you have the time, maybe stop by in the morning already.

July 14, 2022 at 6:07 pm

Hi Erland We have just moved to Istanbul and are living it! My daughter is visiting at the moment and we want to show her the most we can via a Bosphorous tour as she is 7 months pregnant and don’t want her trudging around for hours. Is it best to get the ferry from Eminönü?

Love your tips many thanks Colin

July 14, 2022 at 10:50 pm

Yes, unless you want a private (and rather expensive) Bosphorus tour, the Eminönü pier is your best bet. You can go with the Şehir Hatları (cheapest but only once a day) or with Turyol (every hour I guess). Enjoy.

Colin Weaver says

July 15, 2022 at 9:44 am

Many thanks, we are going to take the Eminönü ferry today.

July 26, 2022 at 9:42 pm

On Thursday we will make our way to Emenonu via the tram. Where in Emenonu is the piers/docs? Will we need to take a taxi or it’s a walking distance?

July 26, 2022 at 9:58 pm

You can’t miss. Literally, when you get off the tramway, you’ll see the docks.

July 13, 2022 at 7:13 am

Hello. We plan to travel in Europe in august 20, 2022 , and we have a 15 h layover in Instanbul.we will arrive sunday around 4pm , can we still get the Bosphorus free tour from the airport? is it still on for sundays this tour? I dont mind if its the short one or the long tour. Thank you!!

July 14, 2022 at 9:18 am

This service is called Touristanbul . Do you fly with Turkish Airlines? You can find out all the information whether you’r eligible for Touristanbul .

June 6, 2022 at 1:47 pm

Hey erlend.

It will be my birthday tomorrow and I wanted to do something special. I was at eminönu the last few days and the prices were about 60 tl but without food or anything. People outside are trying to sell the Bosporus tour with dinner for 35 Euro per person… I don’t get that sorry. Can you help me?

June 6, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Not sure what you’re not getting. Just a short tour (1,5 hours) without food on a big ferry is indeed about 60TL. If you want a longer cruise with food or a small more private vessel with less people snacks and drinks, of course you need to pay more.

Here are two popular activities you may have a look at: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht and Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

May 10, 2022 at 5:15 pm

Hi Erlend, First of all – Thank you very much for these useful information! I will be in Istanbul – for the first time – for the last May weekend, arriving Wednesday afternoon and leaving Sunday noon. So, three full days and some few hours. I love boat tours and exploring places, I am thinking to take the “Full Bosphorus Cruise”. Of course I am debating if it is “worth” to spend one full day for it, out of just three days of my first time in Istanbul, or if I should just take one of the shorter cruises and have the other half day to visit other places in Istanbul. But that’s up to personal preferences, I know. Still your opinion is very welcome! 😀

But, what I am trying to figure out as well is – so, we arrive on Wednesday afternoon, I thought for Thursday we would stay and explore the city for “getting a first overview”, including Hagia Sophia, etc. and on Friday going on the Full Bosphorus Cruise. Or is there any advantage in doing the Bosphorus Cruise on Thursday? I mean, if there will be, out of your knowledge, much more people using the boat on Fridays and you would recommend the Boat cruise on Thursday? (We are staying in Sultanahmet)

Thank you very much & sunny regards, Marie

May 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

If you’re only in Istanbul for 3 days and it’s your first visit, I would definitely go for the shorter cruise and have extra time to visit the top attractions. There is no real preference for a day, just see what day best fits in your plan and/or pick the sunniest day.

Have a nice time.

May 12, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Hi Erlend, Thank you very much! I might come back to you and ask another touristy question 😀 Oh, here comes the first one: As we arrive on a Wednesday around 3 PM (arrival at airport), what would you recommend for this evening – that doesn’t involve too much sightseeing & walking, as we will be tired probably. Drop our stuff in the hotel in Sultanahmet and make our way to the Galata Tower, to spend the evening there and for a nice view of the city for a “first impression”? Or maybe just stay in Sultanahmet. Don’t know, what makes “sense”. Thanks a million! Marie

May 12, 2022 at 6:35 pm

It will all depend a bit on traffic I guess. Let’s say out of the airport and on the road by 17:00, which is rush hour. Assume to be at hotel by 19:00. So yes, not a bad idea, and maybe have a bit nearby.

May 13, 2022 at 8:20 pm

Great, thank you so much Erlend! 🙂 All the best, Marie

Jose Monte says

April 25, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Can you please give me step by step instructions to go from our hotel at the Pullman Istanbul Hotel, Yenibosna Merkez, Mahallesi, 1. Asena Sk. No:15, 34295 Bahçelievler/İstanbul which is very neat Attaturk Airport but outside the city center to Sultanahmet or the Bosphorus Ferry tour terminal in Eminonu Pier. I would like to take public transport but I would not mind taking taxi to the nearest public transport terminal from our hotel. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

April 25, 2022 at 6:33 pm

It’s not an easy connection. If I were you I would take a taxi to the T1 tramway stop in Zeytinburnu in the direction of Eminönü or Kabatas. This tramway passes the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet and has a stop at the ferry docks in Eminönü.

April 26, 2022 at 8:34 am

Thank you Erlend. I googled Zeytinburnu and it looks easier and safer to catch a taxi back to our hotel at night. Does the Tram runs at midnight ?

April 27, 2022 at 6:35 pm

The operating hours were in the link I shared in the previous reply. But yes, outside operating hours, a taxi back is your best/only option. I would stay clear of buses, it’s not that comfortable and can be pretty confusing for tourists.

April 5, 2022 at 5:31 pm

Hi I’ll be going to Istanbul in June / early July hopefully, we want to go on the sunset cruise, on one of the days we’ll be visiting the Dolmabahce Palace and we were thinking off doing the sunset cruise the same day. Where is the best place to purchase the sunset cruise near Dolmabahce Palace or can we purchase before and get onto a boat near the Dolmabahce Palace?

Many thanks, Umar

April 5, 2022 at 11:00 pm

The season hasn’t started for the sunset cruise, so it’s hard to predict on what the schedule will be this year. Normally this trip is available during the months July and August. You can buy tickets upfront from the sales booth on the docks in Eminönü. Chances are you can board in Beşiktaş, but you won’t know for sure until the summer schedule is released. If not, no need to worry, only a 10 minute walk from Dolmabahçe you can take the T1 tram from Kabataş to the Eminönü .

April 8, 2022 at 1:10 am

Thank you so much for the reply so helpful. Do you know when the summer schedule is released? And where I can find it please?

April 9, 2022 at 3:58 pm

Hi Umar, I think around May. Here’s the link . Currently you see only two tours, as soon as the sunset tour is back available, it’ll appear there too.

April 11, 2022 at 1:33 pm

Thank you once again that’s very useful. Just a couple more questions before I stop bothering you lol:

1. You mentioned I can buy tickets upfront from the sales booth on the docks in Eminönü, can we buy tickets a few days before the cruise or do we have to purchase on the day? I’m just wondering if we’re passing by the docks in Eminönü then we may buy before if we can.

2. Which company do we need to book with? is it Sehir Haltari? Do they have ticket booths on the docks in Eminönü?

Thanks, Umar

April 11, 2022 at 3:45 pm

1. Yes, normally you can 2. Yes, Şehir Hatları

June 21, 2022 at 4:02 am

Is the sunset tour now available?

June 21, 2022 at 5:22 pm

Yes, it is. It leaves from Eminönü at 18:25 , but I suggest to be there earlier to make sure you have (a good) seat and buy your tickets in the morning if you can.

January 29, 2022 at 7:57 pm

Hey, thabk you so much for the article! I’ve read all the comments and have two questions left: for the long bosphorus tour you mentioned the audio guides, where can we get one? Is it on the boat itself? And secondly: you mentioned the ticket office, is it really an office or machines? Because we walked past the dock today and I could find a real office. Thank you so much

January 30, 2022 at 2:44 pm

In winter there are no long Bosphorus tours, only short ones. The audio guide you normally get on the vessel itself. It’s a real office. If you are on the docks, and look at The Galata Tower on the other side of the Golden Horn, it’s about 150 meters right from the bridge.

Have a nice stay.

Nadia Shehzad says

June 15, 2022 at 9:57 am

Is a night cruise available on June 25, 2022? If night cruise on 25 June is not available from you, which other affordable and reliable company is recommended? Please help me as there are so many scams. Just a decent evening/night cruise for a family in budget?

June 16, 2022 at 9:27 am

The one from Şehir Hatları will not be available. In order to recommmend you one, can you please specify the amount of people, private or not, vessel size, budget (in EUR or USD), and whether you want just the cruise or also want to eat something (and have a belly dance show)?

June 18, 2022 at 12:33 am

Hi Erlend We are 3 adults and 1 child (11 year) and 1 child (5 years old). We are fine with anything nice, private or not, food or without food, with or without night show. Budget would be 20-40 per head. We can do two separate types if they are within 25$/person, one day for sunset and another day for night/ music. Or a single one having sunset+a bit of night, max 40$/person.

Thank you very much

June 18, 2022 at 6:50 pm

Ok, when will you be in Istanbul? The reason I ask is because the state run ferry normally has a Bosphorus sunset cruise in summer, which may be announced soon?

June 21, 2022 at 5:29 pm

You can now take the Sehir Hatlari Sunset cruise for 52 TL per person. It leaves daily from the Eminönü pier at 18:25. Better buy your tickets upfront to make sure you have a seat.

Annisa Amelia says

August 4, 2021 at 2:07 pm

Hello hart! Thank you for the information, I wanted to ask you about the short trip of the bosphorus where can I buy the ticket ? In the locker in eminonu or I can use istanbulkart? Thanks a lot!

August 4, 2021 at 5:19 pm

It’s safer to go to the booth in Eminönü and buy the ticket upfront. It may not be too crowded this year, but better be safe than sorry.

Have a nice day.

May 18, 2021 at 11:11 pm

Hi – such a helpful blog! We are considering visiting Istanbul for New Years. Do you think any cruises will be running in the winter? Would it still be worth visiting one of the Princes’ Islands in the winter? I know winter means less crowds, but hoping things are still open, despite colder temperatures and COVID.

May 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Thanks a lot. As you mentioned, it all depends on the weather. For instance, last winter it was still 17 in the shade in December. On the flip side, it may freeze and even snow. Cruises still run in winter, but of course less frequently. Sitting outside because of the cold and/or precipitation may be less appealing. Visiting the islands is still a good idea, and something locals do on Sundays to escape the busy city life and get some fresh air. As for COVID, it’s hard to predict. I do know that the government just signed a deal for 90 million Pfizer vaccines, so let’s hope they can distribute them quickly.

February 22, 2020 at 11:48 pm

Hi there. I’m sure this must have been asked before. But please reply me. So the long tour starts at 10:35 and reaches ANADOLU at 12:25 And return from there to Eminonu is at 15:00 again. So between that time, are there places close by to have lunch ? Do they leave exactly at 15:00 or before time ?

February 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Yes, there will be restaurants at the port where you can eat, and the ferry doesn’t leave until 15:00. I suggest to play safe and be aboard minimum 10 minutes ahead of time though.

Sharwaaz Hassan says

January 28, 2020 at 12:13 am

Hope you’re well. I am so confused I really hope you can help me.

I’ll be visiting Istanbul in April Insha-Allah and I’d like to visit the Asian side as 1 activity on one day and I’d also like to take a Full Bosphorous Cruise by Night as a different activity…

Firstly, Where exactly do I get the ferry if I wanted to get from the European side to the Asian side for a day outing on the Asian side?

I’ve been told to walk down Istiklal Street and at the end of Istiklal Street I can get a ferry at Karakoy port on the European side, is this correct?

Is it also true that if i took the ferry from Karakoy on the European side, I will get off at Kadikoy port on the Asian side and this ferry ride should take about 15mins from Karakoy to Kadikoy…..

However, in saying this I’ve been told that coming back from the Asian side, I get on at Kadikoy port but it doesn’t drop you at Karakoy, if it doesn’t drop you at Karikoy on the European side then where does it drop you on the European side?

How much should a ferry ride cost on an IstanbulKart?

Secondly, I would also like to do a Full Bosphorous Cruise by Night. Where do I get the tickets for this cruise?

Do I have to book in advance or can I turn up on the day at Sehir Hatlati offices to book for that night?

Where are the Sehir Hatlati offices located?

How much will a Full Bosphorous Cruise by Night cost in Turkish Lira please and can I pay in Turkish Lira by cash?

How long does this cruise take?

Are there free transfers provided from hotel to boat and back to hotel after the Cruise?

I know that I’ve asked many questions, but I will great appreciate if you can be as detailed as possible in your reply please because I want to get this right. Feel free to explain it to me like you would explain it to a 5yr old 🤣🤣🤣

Thanking you in advance

January 28, 2020 at 9:38 am

To get to the Asian side, and assuming you’ll want to go to Kadıköy, you can take a ferry from Eminönü or Karaköy. Mind you that Karaköy is not located at the end of Istiklal Caddesi. You’ll still have to take Tünel (a funicular) to reach Karaköy. Alternatively, again from Taksim, you can take the other funicular to Kabataş and then take the tramway to Eminönü (which also passes Karaköy). Maybe have a look at this Istanbul Transportation map . The trip takes indeed about 15 min. If you take the Kadıköy-Karaköy ferry it will drop you off at Karaköy.

In April there is no full Bosphorus cruise by night organized by Şehir Hatları. But you can find many advertisements of such cruises organized by private companies on this site. Do read the details of such cruises to see if they match your expectations, and read the comments written by people who have take the cruise. It’s safe to book them online.

Hope this helps.

January 24, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Hello. Thanks for the article. Are there any multi-day cruises from Istanbul? We need a company that accepts children, in August.

January 25, 2020 at 12:31 pm

The Bosphorus Cruise as they call it is of course not a real cruise. For multi-day cruises you should contact established cruise companies. There is a nice cruise port in Istanbul. I read this year 65 cruise ships would enter Istanbul. Good luck.

January 20, 2020 at 5:07 pm

It’s a pleasure reading your article. Thank you so much for all the informations you have provided, we will be in istanbul in mid april for 4 days. We would like to take a Bosphorous cruise but we are more interested in taking a 2 to 3 hrs cruise, apart from 2.30 pm cruise is there any other cruise. We will be staying in Sultanhamet area and would prefer to start the cruise and ends at Eminomu. Are there any cruise that departs late in the evening without dinner provided that cruises for 2 to 3 hrs. We don’t prefer taking a private cruise. Thanks.

January 20, 2020 at 6:41 pm

The only non-private company providing Bosphorus tours is Şehir Hatları, with the tour you know. There are lots of different private tours (with and without) dinner. You can find them in the ads on the page. Make sure to read through the comments of others to make sure if it suits your needs. You may also want to check out Turyol , another private company.

Hop this helps.

Mohammad Iqbal says

January 17, 2020 at 5:12 am

Hi the schedule you shared for the full bhosphorus tour above in the article have one departure and one return cruise so it will start at 10:35 from first stop and reach the last stop at 12:25, then for the return, they will start at 15:00 which means we have to stay at the last stop for more then 2 hours? is there any option that we have continuous cruise like we reach at the last stop and after some time we start our journey back?

Is there only two long bhosphorous cruises for the day?

January 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

Hi Mohammad,

Since it’s winter currently, they only operate one boat and only do one run. In summer the frequency is higher, so you can opt for an earlier return. If you want a continuous tour to the Black Sea and back, then I’m afraid that you’ll have to look for private companies and Bosphorus Tours. Keep in mind that they will be more expensive.

Milica says

December 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Are Şehir Hatları tours (either short or long) available during winter time? Their timetable looks the same way as this summer when I did a tour, but I was wondering if you have any closer information, as we would like to take the tour again these days.

Thank you 🙂

December 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm

It does look similar, but it has actually been updated. You’ll see that the long tour only has one trip up and down, where in summer there are a few more. So, to answer your question, yes the info is up to date.

November 28, 2019 at 11:19 am

Hi, my family and I will arrive Istanbul on the 2nd week of December, and from your post, the schedule changes seasonally. So I am worried about the schedule for Short Bosphorus Tour as we want to ride the cruise from Ortakoy. 1)Is the cruise still available during Winter season/ December? 2)How to find out their schedule for Short Bosphorus Cruise? Thank you

November 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Yes, the short Bosphorus tour continues during winter. Here you can find the schedule .

October 24, 2019 at 10:47 am

Hi there, great article! I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind:

What is the difference between the scenic River cruise for EUR20 and the full bosphorus for TL25? I ask this because of the substantial difference in price.

October 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

The full Bosphorus cruise for 25 TL is a regular public transportation ferry taking you all the way to the last dock before the Black Sea, and back. It briefly stops at all the docks along the way to let people on and off. The 25 TL just lets you on the ship, no drink nor food included.

The Scenic River cruise, among many others on this page, are privately owned cruises that advertise here. Their offers MAY include equally long or shorter cruises, normally don’t have extra stops, can have daytime, sunset or night timeframes, food and drinks, entertainment on board, etc. each program is different, and so are their prices. I recommend you read the details and go over comments left by others.

Muhammad Siddiqui says

October 2, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Is this correct link for Bosphorus cruise? https://www.ido.com.tr/

do they pick up from Yotel at IST?

October 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm

Hi Muhammad,

No, that is the wrong link. Here are the links for the public Bosphorus tours and a private Bosphorus cruise which I took myself. Hotel pickup is only available on some tours, and certainly not for public tours.

September 21, 2019 at 6:50 am

HI, Thank you so much for all the help. It really helps us all. I have few questions:

1) I am coming there in first week of november. Is it usually busy during that time?

2) I will be there on Nov 1st (Friday Evening) to Nov 6th (Wednesday Morning). I know you mentioned the cruise doesn’t work on saturday! Would you recommend me taking the Sunday, Monday or Tuesday cruise?

3) I am planning on taking the full day cruise from Sehir Hatlari in Eminono, what is the small fish town called where the cruise stop for lunch? Any restaurants there you would recommend?

4) What time is the return cruise? What happens if we miss the last cruise?

5) Do you know where i should buy the tickets for princes island ferry? How much will it cost? I read online and people said the only place worth visiting on princes island is Buyukada. Or are there any other islands you recommend us going to. Any information about the princes ferry would be appreciated.

One day we are planning on doing bosporos tour, next day go to the princes island, third day visit mosque, museums and grand bazaar. We will still have one full day left, what do you recommend us to do. Something you would highly recommend someone doing when they visit istanbul. Doesn’t matter even if its 2-3hrs drive, i will rent a car and take my family.

Thank you so much for all the help with this forum.

September 23, 2019 at 8:54 am

1. It shouldn’t be too busy, it’s low season. 2. The cruises work every day, just the sunset cruise doesn’t. So you can take it any day you want. 3. It’s the very last stop, Anadolu Kavağı. Can’t really recommend one. Just don’t be overwhelmed by the waiters trying to lure you in, take your time to check them all out first, and then pick the one that pleases you most. 4. You can find the Şehir Hatları timetable for the full Bosporus cruise here . If you miss the only return ferry, the you’re left with a very expensive taxi ride back. 5. Just go to the Şehir Hatları offices on the docks of Eminönü and look for their Bosporus or Boğaz sales office. If you’re pressed for time, yes, focus on Büyükada . 6. Are Dolmabahçe Palace, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern on your list already?

September 9, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Is there any non stop cruise?

I am looking for something that takes 1 to 2 hours maximum? Could I buy the tickets at the boat port? How much it cost?

September 10, 2019 at 9:54 am

The short tour only stops twice to pick up passengers. If you really want non stop tours you’ll have to take a look at private Bosphorus tours . For the tours by Şehir Hatları you can buy tickets at the pier, for other tours you better buy online.

Peter P says

September 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Hello, thanks for your detailed article on the cruises and it helps a lot. My group are planning to do a short cruise, however we have a few questions:

1) We are a bit confused on the information from Sehir Hatlari’s website. Does the short cruises only depart once a day from Eminonu/ Uskudar/ Ortakoy? The Turkish version says it departs once a day, but the English website seems to be saying there would 2 departures per day.

2) We are planning to take on the short cruise from Ortakoy, would we be able to finish the cruise at Eminonu? Or we have to get off the ferry at Ortakoy if we were onboard there?

3) Would we miss anything good if we were onboard from Ortakoy for the short cruise?

Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing from you.

September 3, 2019 at 10:33 pm

1. There is only one tour a day. The top row are the departure times, the bottom row are the arrival times. 2. Yes, you can start in Ortaköy and get off at Eminönü. 3. You’ll only see the shore between those two points only once. If it fit your itinerary by boarding in Ortakoy, then I wouldn’t change it.

Sahana says

August 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Hi Erlend, Could you please share the google map location of the place where we can buy the tickets for Bosphorus tour. EMINONU area is pretty wide.

August 27, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Here you go: Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Cruises

Ahmad Mahairi says

August 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm

I am currently at Istanbul and I am planning to take the full cruze, I am also planning to visit Dolma bahçet saray and Rumli Hisarı at the same day. Would that be possible ? If so, shall I book the 1:30 trip or the 10:30 one? Is there a way to stop at a ferry station close to beşiktaş or Rumli Hisarı in the way back instead of waiting to get off at Eminonu?

August 26, 2019 at 8:29 am

I would first go to Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisari, and take the cruise at 13:35 from Eminönü or at 13:50 from Beşiktaş. You’ll be at 15:25 at the last stop. Before you get off the ship, ask what time the last boat embarks so you don’t miss it. On the way back you can get off at Beşiktaş or Eminönü, that’s up to you.

Have a good time.

August 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm

I will be in Istanbul in September for 3 full days, sunday – Tuesday (flying out Wednesday morning). We really wanted to do a sunset cruise, what is the best company to use and how much are we expecting for two adults? I don’t even mind dinner with the sunset cruise.

And thank you so much for taking your time to do this, great work 🙂

August 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Best is obviously a private cruise , but if you’re only a party of two it might be a bit too expensive. Cheapest is the one offered by Şehir Hatları, but it only runs on Saturdays in high season. If neither are an option, I suggest you take a look at all the other Bosphorus tour suggestions , with or without dinner. Please do take the amount of stars and reviews into consideration to make a wise decision.

Mustafa says

August 13, 2019 at 12:59 am

Went on Saturday for a night cruise with Şehir Hatları but the office was closed and I was told that Şehir Hatları has only one cruise on Saturday but that’s in the morning (or maybe they said afternoon..can’t recall). So we took the BigBus tour (they share the same booth with Şehir Hatları. The cost originally was 400 TL for 4 adults but after some negotiations it went down to 350 TL. It was very good. Not crowded at all. It was close to the evening so we started with a day light and also managed to see the sunset and Istanbul in night lights. Tour was with commentary at points of interest. Food drinks onboard are expensive. Bring your own snacks.

August 13, 2019 at 8:25 am

Hi Mustafa,

It’s correct that Şehir Hatları only has the sunset cruise on a Saturday. Maybe you were too late to catch it (it’s at Eminönü at 18:25) or it already sold out earlier in the day. Glad to hear that the other cruise worked out for you.

Jaco Havenga says

August 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Hi, thanks for your very informative articles. Me and my wife are visiting Istanbul from Sept 8th to 13 Sept. Would you suggest booking any tours or we rather do our own thing. Its like all the operators use the reason for booking with them is to skip long queues. In terms of the Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus cruise (Full Cruise), when disembark at the last harbor for lunch is the ferry waiting or do you catch a different one back. And is this cruise cover all the important sites along the river or are there other cruises as well.

August 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

There are often long queues, but that’s most of the time to buy tickets. You can avoid that buy buying the museum pass or buy buying these skip the line guided tours. The latter also have the advantage that these are mostly guided tours. You can buy those online, you’ll find their ads on my site. And last but not least, you can buy a complete package with Istanbul Tourist Pass . I always used to go in with a book in hand, but I recently enjoyed the added value of a guide.

As for the cruise, it depends a bit on the day, but normally it’s the same ferry. Please safe, and take the 10:35 ferry to the last stop in the morning, and ask there when the return ferries depart. There is always a return ferry at 15:00, but the second one is either at 17:00 or 18:00, depending on the day.

John Fitzgerald says

July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm

Is it reasonable to target the 1:30 departure from Eminonu with an arrival at Ataturk scheduled for 11:20? I don’t have any concept of the time needed to get through immigration and the taxi ride to the dock. Since we won’t buy the ticket until we are at the dock, the only question is whether it is reasonable to plan for that? Thanks.

July 31, 2019 at 8:42 am

First of all, you probably will not fly on Atatürk, because Atatürk Airport has been closed down a few months ago . You’ll now land at the new Istanbul Airport. Typically it takes just over one hour to get out of the airport, and depending on the means of transportation you choose and amount of traffic, it’ll take one to two hours to reach the city center. Assuming you’ll want to check in at your hotel first to at least drop your luggage, I think it’s very unlikely you’ll make it to the docks on time.

Hope this helps give you an idea.

July 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Hey, I went on a Bosphorus cruise tour from Ortaköy, Beşiktaş. The one that costed 25 TL and lasted around an hour. It said “ Bogaz turlari” where we took the boat from. Is there any way to find out who was working on the boat/ cruise that we were on? Meaning the ones selling snacks, tea and so on. Thank you

July 15, 2019 at 8:35 am

I’m afraid that would be very difficult.

Sorry I can’t help you for that.

July 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

First of all your post helped alot to understand the Bosphrous Tour Thanks for that.

My question is what i am seeing in the schedule provided by Şehir Hatları that

Full Bosphorus Cruise is departing from EMINONU and we also have ticketing office located on the left docks of EMINONU. So its a win win you go to EMINONU get the ticket and enjoy the cruise. Ok.

Now the issue is for Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night we’ll take the tickets from docks of EMINONU but the cruise is departing from BOSTANCI according to ” http://en.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en/timetable/sunset-cruises-415.html ” this link. What is that??? Are you getting my point?

2) Second thing is you said ” For the tours organized by Şehir Hatları you can only buy tickets the same day. You can go in the morning to get tickets for the evening though ”

Then what if i wanna go in the morning as i am seeing the schedule for Full Bosphorus Cruise the morning cruise will depart from EMINONU at 10:35. Will i easily get the ticket if i reach at the ticket office at lets say 9:30 or 10:00 ? I mean is it really hard to get the ticket or you can easily get the ticket if you reach an hour before departing the Cruise?

July 15, 2019 at 8:33 am

The boat starts it’s trip in Bostancı, then sails to Kadiköy and picks up people there, then sails to Eminönü where you’ll get on the boat, etc.

Yes, you can buy your tickets in the morning to make sure the boat isn’t sold out by the evening.

Rumana says

June 16, 2019 at 6:16 am

Hi I am right now in Istanbul with my husband and two toddlers for a week. Can you please suggest me what we can do in Istanbul for around three days and for the remaining days we wish to explore places around Istanbul. Thank you

June 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Have you had a look at the articles 15 things to do in Istanbul and fun activities with kids ?

June 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Thank you so much, Erlend, for the details!

One more question – may I use Istanbulkart for the Long Bosphorus Cruise? Or the cost of the cruises are not included?

Thanks again!

June 11, 2019 at 1:09 pm

No, you can’t use your Istanbul Kart.

Camilo says

June 7, 2019 at 12:14 pm

I will arrive in Istanbul next Friday for in the afternoon at 6PM. I will be there until Saturday at 8 AM, as I checked, my only option to visit something typical in Istanbul is the Bosphorus Cruise by Night (Mehtap Gezi). Or do you suggest me another plan?

1. What time start the cruise at night? 2. How much is it? 3. Where I could buy the ticket? 4. How long is the cruise?

Thanks in advance for your help.

June 7, 2019 at 10:42 pm

If you land at 6 PM, I’m afraid you won’t make it in time. I suggest you have a nice dinner overlooking or by the Bosphorus.

June 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Hello! I have read your articles and they are very useful. tank uou for your effort and time to write them! I have a few questions on the cruises a tourist can take:

1. For long Bosphorus Cruise, I found on googlemaps more names for the docks, such as: Eminonu Pier / Eminönü İskelesi and Terminal Feribot Eminönü (Ş.Hatları; Üsküdar & Boğaz). Could you, please, help me with the correct one where I should go to buy tickets and embark?

2. I want to take a cruise on the Golden Horn, too. On Sehir Hatlari website I found a departure point from Karakoy (ferry coming from Uksudar and stopping to Eyup). On the other hand, I found info that there is a ferry going to Eyup from Eminonu Halic Iskelesi (this is the name I found on googlemaps). I don„t know if this is still available in 2019. Is it possible to help me with correct and updated info?

3. Istanbulkart. It is clear it can be used by up to 5 people. When they all use it first time, they will have a discount fare (around 2,60 TL instead of 5TL, as it is a standard ticket). At the first transfer, all of them get discounts?

Thank you in advance for your help, Dana

June 6, 2019 at 11:10 pm

1. The Şehir Hatları docks are on the right side of the Galata Bridge with your back to Eminönü and looking at the Galata Tower. It should write Boğaz Turları and the brand name, Şehir Hatları.

2. The one you found starting in Üsküdar and ending at Eyüp is the official Golden Horn line (Haliç Hattı). Keep in mind that Karaköy is only just across the bridge from Eminönü, a very enjoyable walk.

3. No, only the first one of all people on the same card will get the discount. Personally, I don’t recommend more than three people on one card.

Kedar Dixit says

June 3, 2019 at 11:39 am

Is it worth buying Istanbul tourist pass or venture on your own?

June 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Unless you plan to do all they offer in the time frame you picked, I think you’re better of on your own.

Helen Pourouna says

May 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm

Can you buy tickets for full boat cruise on the day of the cruise for the morning cruise. So in other words can you just turn up to ticket office and buy a ticket for the cruise

May 16, 2019 at 11:45 pm

Yes, you can.

vivien barton says

April 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

What is the exact location of your office/ticket office? I don’t want to go on a different company, how do I find your ticket counter?

April 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm

I’m not a travel agent, so I don’t have an office. I just share my Istanbul experiences and advice to help tourists make the most out of it.

April 24, 2019 at 10:08 am

How can i buy advance ticket for long bosphorus cruise or ensure that tickets are not totally sold for the day?

April 24, 2019 at 9:40 pm

For the tours organized by Şehir Hatları you can only buy tickets the same day. You can go in the morning to get tickets for the evening though.

April 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Hey, can you bring whatever you want to the cruise? (drinks, food, and the like) are the prices on board reasonable?

April 22, 2019 at 9:50 pm

On the public cruise boats you can bring your own drinks and some snacks. Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages may not be allowed.

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People love sunset cruises because they have beautiful views and a magical mood. When the sun goes down, it gives Istanbul a warm glow that makes the city look like a beautiful show. And it casts a golden hue on the skyline, making famous locations stand out. People on these boat trips are drawn to the romantic atmosphere for both couples and photographers.

Why choose a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise?

If you choose a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise, you will sure be amazed in a sensory experience like no other. You are able to see the city’s historical sites, palaces, mansions, and top landmarks bathed in the soft colors of sunset and it will definitely be one of the most romantic and magical things you can do in Istanbul.

You are able to take a peaceful boat trip when time seems to stop still and escape the busy city life. Typical sunset cruises also offer a special vantage point for photographing the grandeur of Istanbul from a different angle. The Bosphorus at sunset is a sight to behold.

Whether it’s for a family or personal day trip, or a romantic getaway, we recommend you this boat trip offering an amazing trip.

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Best time for bosphorus sunset cruise.

The “Golden Hour” , which is about an hour before sunset , is the best time for a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise. At this time of day, the city is bathed in a warm, soft light that makes the natural beauty and creates a romantic and exciting atmosphere. You’ll be able to see the Bosphorus change colors.

This time of the day is also perfect for taking beautiful pictures and making memories that will last a lifetime because. If you’re a photographer, a couple looking for a romantic spot, or a tourist looking for something different, you should not wan to miss the Golden Hour on a Sunset Cruise.

Where do Bosphorus Sunset Cruises start and end?

Bosphorus Sunset Cruises usually start and end in the central locations along the Bosphorus, which will make access easy for guests. Most Bosphorus Cruises begin at:

  • Kabatas Pier , close to Galataport , Galata, Taksim.
  • Eminönü Pier , located near the famous Spice Bazaar , close to Sultanahmet, Galata.

These piers are located within easy reach and a perfect starting point.

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Kabatas pier is situated about 5 minutes walking distance from Galataport and Dolmabahce Palace. If you take the F1 Funicular from Taksim , you can reach Kabatas in 5-10 minutes. You can come to Kabatas by T1 tram from Sultanahmet , Eminonu or Karakoy . Pier location Google Maps

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Also some cruise companies may offer different starting and ending points like Besiktas or Ortakoy, so you should double-check the information when you book.

How long is the duration of a typical Sunset Cruise?

The duration of a typical Bosphorus Sunset Cruise can vary with the cruise company, the boat and the type of cruise you’ll select. Standard group tours usually last around 2 to 3 hours , and they are all giving good timings for enjoying the sunset, capture photographs, and sightseeing the landmarks along the Bosphorus.

Private or luxury Sunset Cruises could offer more flexibility in terms of duration, and may allow a more customized experience.

How much does a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise cost?

The cost of a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise can vary with the duration of the cruise, the type of vessel, and any additional amenities or inclusions. Standard group tours may range from affordable to moderately priced, while private or luxury cruises can be higher costs.

On average we can say that a typical Bosphorus Sunset Cruise can cost around €60 . This is a good price and great value for money.

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1. bosphorus sunset cruise on luxury yacht.

This is one of the best and the most attended Bosphorus cruises. 2,5 hours cruise on a 25 meters luxury yacht . It is made on a luxury yacht and has a badge of excellence with over 400 5/5 stars reviews on Viator, and 335 excellent reviews and stars on GetYourGuide.

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  • Highlights: Complimentary drinks and canapés are provided while you sail, find out about the history of Istanbul’s landmarks from your on-board guide, a cruise for all seasons: set sail at any time of the year, weather permitting, set out from an easy-to-find waterfront meeting point near public transport
  • Includes: Professional tour guide, Light snacks, Cookies, Baklava, Fresh seasonal fruits platter, Homemade lemonade in the summer months, Fresh fruit juice in the winter months, Bottled water, Tea, Coffee, Small group cruise
  • Departure: Kabatas pier (see location map )

Free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance

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2. Sunset Yacht Tour w/AudioGuide & Snacks

This is one of the best private cruises on a luxury yacht during sunset. 2 hours cruise on a 20 meters luxury yacht . You can enjoy the beauties of Istanbul on a private luxurious yacht while having your dinner or lunch served by a professional crew. The yacht accommodates up to 15 people . Good for small groups.

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Their dedicated team will provide you with light snacks and seasonal fruits while you take in the sights, so transforming your cruise into a delightful gourmet experience. Includes:

  • Bosphorus Strait cruise on a 20-meter luxury yacht
  • Tea, water, and coffee
  • Homemade mini pizza snack
  • Fresh seasonal fruits, Mixed nuts
  • Audio guide app in 6 languages

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3. Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Yacht 

This is one of the best ones made with a luxury yacht. You are able to enjoy Bosphorus during sunset, marvel at great landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, and the iconic Maiden and Galata Towers.

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This guided tour will provide you a great experience with the breathtaking views of Istanbul in the company of complimentary refreshments, featuring coffee, tea, homemade lemonade, and a delightful array of tasty snacks. You’ll also enjoy photo stops to capture the enchanting moments of your sunset journey.

  • Tick off top sights on both European and Asian sides of the city
  • Enjoy coffee, tea, homemade lemonade, and an array of tasty snacks
  • Tours include photo stops to capture souvenirs of the sunset journey
  • A pleasant tour accompanied by an experienced guide
  • Complimentary drinks, homemade lemonade with fresh mint, tea and coffee
  • Luxury yacht decorated with passengers’ comfort in mind
  • Delicious canapés and snacks served aboard
  • Daily prepared fresh season fruits plate
  • Coffee and/or Tea Turkish Baklava Indoors & covers (safe from rain)

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4. Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht 

This is a great sunset cruise along the Bosphorus Strait to see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. 2,5 hours Sunset Cruise by Luxury Yacht . At Kabatas Pier, you can get on their luxury yacht and start your trip while enjoying traditional Turkish drinks and delicious canapés. As your guide talks about the city’s long history, you’ll be able to picture famous sites like palaces, minarets, and landmarks.

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In addition to the stunning scenery, this guided tour includes free beverages like coffee, tea, handmade lemonade, and a delicious assortment of nibbles. Stop for photos at scenic locations to remember the beautiful sunset drive. Enjoy a great boat ride while taking in the breathtaking views of Istanbul’s skyline.

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5. Bosphorus Cruise w/Audio Guide and Sunset Option 

This is a great Bosphorus sightseeing cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. You’ll be met near Hagia Sophia and their guide will lead you to the pier. Upon the start of the cruise you’ll explore the Golden Horn, and sail along the wonderful Bosphorus strait. Audio guide is also available.

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  • Includes: Boat cruise
  • Multilingual audioguide for smartphones
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6. Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Live Guide and Drinks 

This is also one of the best Bosphorus sunset cruise with a beautiful yacht from the Kabatas Pier . You’ll sail to the second Bosphorus bridge on the European side, enjoy drinks and refreshments while seeing Dolmabahce Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and Rumeli Fortress. You’ll capture memorable photos against these local sights.

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As you sail, their guide will explain fascinating historical facts, making you want to picture every Bosphorus sight. You’ll able to take a photo of the old city at Kabatas Pier, where the Sunset Cruise began, to remember this memorable experience.

  • Includes: A pleasant tour accompanied by an experienced guide
  • Coffee and/or Tea

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7. Luxurious Yacht Cruise with Live Guide on the Bosphorus 

This is a lovely yacht cruise in Istanbul at sunset. A knowledgeable live guide will tell you stories as you sail past beautiful castles, mosques, and well-known minarets. First, you’ll go on a cruise up north to the charming city of Kanlıca. Then, you’ll go down south to see the Bosphorus Bridge glow with beautiful LED lights at night.

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As you traverse the Bosphorus, you can get drinks, snacks, salads, coffee, tea, and baklava, which is Turkey’s most famous dessert. This boat is nice and has space for 35 people. From it, you can see the sun go down over Istanbul and the Bosphorus Bridge light up at night.

  • Includes: Coffee and/or Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Platters
  • Cookies with delicious baklava

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8. Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht – Guided Group Cruise 

This is also one of the Bosphorus sunset cruises that will let you have a spectacular sunset experience on a luxury yacht, offering excellent views of the world’s top heritage sites in Istanbul. You’ll cruise along both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus, capture highlights such as the 19th-century Dolmabahce Palace, the Rumeli Fortress, and the iconic Maidens’ Tower and Galata Tower.

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This guided tour also include complimentary refreshments with snacks, fruits, nuts, baklava, and homemade lemonade with fresh mint. You’ll definitely love this boat and cruise.

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9. Golden Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht in Istanbul Bosphorus 

You’ll surely experience an unforgettable journey in Istanbul with this Golden Sunset Cruise on the Bosphorus. You’ll be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city skyline on sea, as the sun sets over the iconic Bosphorus Strait.

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This cruise is made on a luxurious yacht for a 2-hour and 15-minute, and with a professional local guide. It includes:

  • Professional Local Guide 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
  • Luxury Yacht Cruise Delicious canapés and snacks served aboard
  • Water, Tea and/or Coffee
  • Complimentary drinks, homemade lemonade with fresh mint, water, tea and coffee Turkish Bagel with cheese or olive paste
  • Delicious Turkish Baklava

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What landmarks can I see on a Sunset Cruise?

You’ll be able to see and enjoy about all the major historical landmarks, architectural marvels, and scenic beauty of Istanbul. As you navigate this iconic waterway that divides Europe and Asia, here are some highlights you can expect to see:

  • Some of the most beautiful Bosphorus bridges with the modern engineering wonders offer city views.
  • Dolmabahce Palace: The Ottoman Empire’s administrative hub, this beautiful palace stands on the waterfront. A cruise shows its magnificent design and exquisite decorations.
  • Ottoman architecture of Ortaköy Mosque on the Bosphorus is beautiful. Sunset is quite lovely.
  • The Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi) brings a fairy-tale romance to the Bosphorus landscape with its rich history.
  • The Galata Tower on the European side of the Bosphorus is visible from many locations during the journey.
  • The Ciragan Palace Kempinski , a luxury hotel on the Bosphorus, showcases the Ottoman grandeur and charm.
  • Rumeli fortress: This 15th-century fortification prominently sits on the European side of the Bosphorus. An impressive presence and excellent placement enhance the cruise’s historical appeal.
  • Anadolu Kavagi, a picturesque fishing village near the northern end of the Bosphorus.  Also has a small fortress. Seafood eateries and Black Sea access make it noteworthy.
  • Historic waterfront mansions , known as Yalı , line the Bosphorus coastlines, each with its unique narrative. These lovely buildings enhance the cruise’s scenery.
  • Skylines: Stunning vistas of Istanbul’s modern and old structures.

What to wear on a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise?

You should the appropriate clothes for a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise and it should balance between comfort and elegance. As temperatures fluctuate in the evening, you should choose breathable textiles like cotton or linen.

While your trip on boat combines stunning sights with a peaceful atmosphere, semi-formal or smart-casual dress is ideal.

You can consider carrying a light jacket or shawl for chilly weather. Comfortable footwear is also necessary, especially if you intend to explore the deck or take part in any aboard activities.

What is the best season for a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise?

The best season for a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise is during the spring or autumn months when the weather is mild and pleasant . It’s pleasant to be outside on the cruise ship deck during these seasons because the weather isn’t too hot or chilly.

In addition, the weather in the spring and fall creates breathtaking sunsets with brilliant colors and clear skies. Although the summer months are still pleasant, there may be more tourists during this time.

Winter may offer colder temperatures and a higher likelihood of rain, and less populated. Summary of all, spring or fall seasons would be very ideal with the perfect mix of weather and a sunset experience.

How to book a Sunset Cruise in Istanbul?

Booking a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise is quite simple. You can reserve your spot online through various tour websites , or directly purchase tickets at the Kabatas Pier . We recommend you buy tickets online from the trusted providers for a hassle-free experience,  especially during peak tourist seasons.

If you buy online you also will have skip-the-lines, and have chance to cancel and have a refund very easily. Below you can see the best Bosphorus cruises online tickets.

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View the Dolmabahçe Palace, Maiden’s Tower and Blue Mosque glow gold at sunset. As a dusk change to nightfall watch, the recent slivers of light illuminate The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (The Second Bosphorus Bridge), famously known for linking the two continents.

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What is a bosphorus cruise.

A Bosphorus cruise is a yacht/boat trip along the 32km long Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul which connects the Black Sea with the Marmara Sea between the two continents of Europe and Asia. It’s an essential part of any trip to Istanbul and the geography and sightseeing is absolutely unique.

Unmissable Sights during a Bosphorus Cruise of Istanbul

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Taking a Bosphorus Cruise through the ages

In any Istanbul tour, it’s essential to include a Bosphorus cruise, as the Bosphorus and its shores are by far the most beautiful part of Istanbul, a “garland of waters” bounding and dividing the city and offering incomparable views and places to see including nature, geography, history and sightseeing.

The Bosphorus has been described in many beautiful ways throughout history by poets, travellers, royals and diplomats. Here’s a few of them:

“A garland of waters” – Byzantine historian Procopius (AD 500-565)

“Istanbul is a magical seal, which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world”. Gerard De Nerval

“Life can’t be all that bad,’ i’d think from time to time. ‘Whatever happens, i can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus.”― Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City

To understand Istanbul is to understand how its maritime nature and unusual geography has influenced its character and history to shape how it is today. And to cruise Istanbul by boat includes some of the best things to see and do in Istanbul:

Things to See on a Bosphorus Cruise

There are many ways of cruising possible depending on your budget and preferences from the basic Turyol, Dentur and Sehir Hatlari ferries to private yacht tours like Zoe Yacht.

Alighting your boat from any of several docks, a typical Bosphorus cruise will take you on a loop of Istanbul’s most striking monuments through the Bosporus Strait. At over 30 meters long, you can cover almost half of the strait in a short-circle cruise (2 hours), or all of it in a full-circle or long cruise (4-6 hours). Depending on your starting point, you may enter and exit this sightseeing loop at any point and take a cruise past the following touristic places:

In the lower Bosphorus, close to Sultanahmet Old City and the downtown center is Kabataş , a bustling transfer hub for land and sea. Just beyond is the Dolmabahce Mosque and its baroque clocktower, dating from the 1850s and designed by the Balyan Brothers, famous Amenian architects of the period.

This is followed by the Dolmabahce Palace , or “Filled In Garden”, taking its name form its small inlet which was filled in to create this imperial palace and which later replaced Topkapi Palace as the Sultans’ preferred residence. Built in the 19 th century it is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world and has a white marble façade of over 280 meters along the seafront.

Further on is Beşiktaş or “Cradle Stone” a busy town bursting with students and ferry landing port, followed by Ciragan Palace . Built for Sultan Abdul Aziz in 1874, he died here soon after being deposed and the palace housed his successors in a virtual prison for the next thirty years. It later served a brief stint as the place of Turkish Parliament in 1908, until it was burnt down in a fire and restored into one of the most luxury Istanbul hotels.

Passing the next village of Ortakoy, or Middle Village, look out for Ortakoy Mosque , a distinctive mosque in a mix of baroque and other styles jutting out on a promontory at the water’s edge, built by the Balyan brothers in 1854. Little cafes and a street market surround it making for a relaxing half day trip another day.

Marvel at the graceful First Bosphorus Bridge , the fourth largest suspension bridge in the world and built in the early seventies. It is 1,074 m (3,524 ft) long and was completed in 1973. This is one of the locals’ hidden places to make a wedding proposal in Istanbul, with a laser able to project personal messages for boat-goers under the bridge for a surprise. By night or under the moonlight, the bridge is lit in a rainbow of colors with beautiful reflections on the water.

Cruising on to Arnavutköy , this is a pretty Albanian village and one of the quaintest quays along the shore. Its seafront is lined with yalıs (wooden mansions from the Ottoman era), moored with fishing boats of every shape and size and numerous restaurants (including several of the best fish restaurants for seafood dining in Istanbul). Off Arnavutköy is the deepest point of the Bosphorus Strait at 100 meters, at the cape called Akıntı Burnu .

Rounding this cape, you’ll enter the calm waters of Bebek Bay , backed by verdant rolling hills, umbrella pines and cypresses, and home to some of Istanbul’s society and celebrities. Here yachts and mega-yachts abound. Gaze at the attractive Egyptian Embassy building with boats bobbing at the landing stage at the entrance of the village park. Up on the Northern ward hills are the Bosphorus University buildings, reputable as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in Turkey.

The cruise sweeps the bay and heads towards Rumeli Hisari Fortress, dominated by turrets and steep walls to keep out invaders. Situated at the narrowest point with 660 meters of the Bosporus strait, just opposite of the Anadolu Hisarı on the Anatolian side, another Ottoman fortress, which was built between 1393 and 1394. Known as “Boğaz-kesen” or cutthroat, it was not only used as a prison but as the perfect location for Sultan Mehmet to launch his conquest of Istanbul, cutting off the city’s communication beyond.

If you’re on a full-day or long Bosphorus Cruise, then you’ll also continue to Sariyer , a fishing village especially for catches from the Black Sea and Buyuk Lıman , a shallow and tranquil bay with a golden sandy beach surrounded by an acacia groved valley. This makes for an ideal stop in the summer for day trips and swimming tours.

Crossing to the Asiatic shore of the Middle Bosphorus at some point in your boat tour, you’ll glide under the the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Bosphorus II) Bridge , ever famous in history as the location where King Darius of Persia constructed a bridge of boats from which to launch an attack in 512 BC and cross to the Asian Side. It is 1,090 m (3,576 ft) long, and was completed in 1988 about 5 km (3 mi) north of the first bridge. It forms part of the Trans-European Motorway.

Near the Northern end of the Bosphorus and entrance to the Black Sea, is Anadolu Kavagi village, a traditional fishing village. Perched on the hilltop above it is Yoros Castle , the Genoese ruins of fortifications from the 1780s, offering a superb viewpoint of almost the entire course of the Bosphorus from end to end, Marmara Sea to Black Sea. At 200 meters, this is the second highest hill on the Bosphorus, known today as “Joshua Hill”, or anciently as “Hercules Hill” or the “ Giant’s Grave “, due to a twelve-meter long hollow in the hill, and as in Byron’s poems:

“Tis a grand sight from off the Giant’s Grave To watch the progress of those rolling seas Between the Bosphorus…” (from a poem by G.G.N.Byron)

After a break hop on your Bosphorus boat cruise again and sail by the Bay of Beykoz or “Prince Walnut”, a calm bay and popular for swimming if you’re on a swimming cruise. In the past this was also a favorite location for catching swordfish using a traditional “ Dalyan “, a kind of wooden structure on stilts over the water with one man posted above to lookout for and heard any approaching swordfish into set fishing nets.

Cruise on Southwards to Kanlıca , an un-spoilt village with a square of plane trees, a famous stop for travellers throughout the ages for its local yogurt. En route you’ll see another hilltop landmark, a charming Art-Nouveau style palace with huge tower belonging to the Viceroy of Egypt from 1900, now a restored hotel with handsome gardens.

Around here you may notice an usual building on stilts in the water – Currently under restoration, this was once the beautiful front room of an exquisite yalı , dating from 1698, with elaborate design, including spectacular floral and geometric paneling and motifs.

Next up is the Anadolu Hısarı or Anatolian Fortress , right opposite the Rumeli Fortress. Built in 1390 by Beyazit the Thunderbolt it has a keep and three towers and was known locally as “Güzelce”, or “Pretty One.”

Now lookout for the mouth of the “ Sweet Waters of Asia “, two little streams called the “Göksu” (Sky Stream) and the Küçüksü (Little Stream) separated by a meadow and the Kucuksu Palace.

The seaside Kucuksu Palace was once an imperial residence for the Sultans dating from the 1850s and used as a base for hunting day trips or visiting signatories. Today it’s a museum.

Next to the palace is one of the largest yalıs of the Bosphorus, the Kıbrıslı Mustafa Emin Paşa Yalısı dating from 1760. With mostly one story and a façade over 60 meters long, it is one of the grandest yalıs with massive ball room, marble pool and fountain and its own harem.

Moving on, you’ll cruise by Kandilli , where the most beautiful series of Yalıs on the Bosphorus can be found, such as the Count Ostorog Yalı of 1790. Watch out for these and the pretty village of Çengelköy , its square surrounded by plane trees with a baroque fountain.

Continuing on our cruise, you’ll approach the 1st Bosphorus Bridge again. Near its base is the village of Beylerbeyi and Beylerbeyi Mosque , a baroque style mosque from the 1770s, followed by Beylerbeyi Palace itself, dating from the later 1800’s and built by the Balyan brothers. This was a sumptuous lodge to house visiting Royals, including the Shah of Persia and Emperors & Empresses from Europe.

Next look out for an attractive yalı that is at the pretty village of Kuzcuncuk , followed by the modern town and bustling ferry port at Uskudar . Just beyond here you’ll see a small man-made island in the sea, known as Maiden’s Tower , Leander’s Tower or Kız Kulesi, a major photo backdrop of the city and one of the best spots to see the sunset over Istanbul by boat.

This completes your sightseeing of the major landmarks and historical monuments during your scenic Bosphorus cruise.

Information, Facts & Figures about the Bosphorus

Some of the Bosphorus Strait facts include:

The world’s narrowest strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which contains the Princes Islands and is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea).

The strait is 31 km (17 nautical miles) long, with a width of 3,329 m (1.798 nautical miles).

Its maximum width is 3,420 m (1.85 nautical miles) between Umuryeri and Büyükdere Limanı.

The depth of the Bosphorus varies from 36 to 124 m (118 to 407 ft). The deepest location is between Kandilli and Bebek with 110 m (360 ft).

It is called the Bosphorus Strait rather than the Bosphorus River, as rivers don’t usually connect two seas or divide two continents.

Have You Seen These Bosphorus Highlights?

The Bosphorus Strait is a 32 km long strait winding between two continents, the European & Asian sides of Istanbul. Due to its unique geopraphy and history it offers unparalleled sightseeing from the water, for example:

  • 4 palaces – Ciragan, Beylerbeyi, Kucuksu Kasri and Dolmabahce Palace
  • 2 bridges – the Fatih Sultan Mehmet & Bosphorus Bridge
  • 2 fortresses – Anadolu & Rumeli Fortress
  • 50+ yalis (elaborate Ottoman mansions and pavilions by the waterside)
  • 1 royal hill – Seraglio Point with Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia & Blue Mosque
  • 2 islands – Maiden’s Tower & Suada Island
  • 2 seas – the Marmara Sea and Black Sea

Information guide to taking a Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul, including price, boat schedules and tour timetables.

Welcome aboard Zoe Yacht

Enjoy Unique Views, Comfort and a Relaxing Environment on board our boat in Istanbul, Turkey

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Welcome to Zoe Yacht Bosphorus Cruises in Istanbul, Turkey. We’re an award-winning locally owned, crewed and managed Turkish flybridge motor-yacht, 17-meters/55-feet long, ready to take you out on a deluxe harbor tour of Istanbul, the Bosphorus Strait, Golden Horn, Princes’ Islands, Marmara or Black Sea.

Our private cruises sail every day and night, at regular departure times in the morning, afternoon and evening, through all seasons be it winter or summer.

Taking up to 6 guests with ease, our spacious tour boat is perfect for couples, families and small groups including tourists, visitors, cruiseship passengers and local residents or companies.

A private boat tour offers you a higher level of privacy, flexibility and luxury as well as the possibility to skip the lines, customize your Bosphorus cruise schedule, explore parts of the Bosphorus Strait not possible by bus or other Istanbul tours, hop on hop off at different stops, have a party with your friends, enjoy a special day out with your family or stop in a romantic spot with your loved one along the way.

What Bosphorus tour to take? We include a choice of short, long, half day or full day private Bosphorus tours and day trips from central Istanbul: Take a sightseeing tour for a two continents tour of Asia and Europe, a moonlight dinner cruise on the Bosphorus , a romantic sunset tour or an airport transfer to meet your flights. You can also rent our boat from a few hours long to the whole day for a custom boat trip to the Princes’ Islands or Black Sea for swimming, fishing and sunbathing.

Food and drink lovers can savor breakfast, lunch or dinner over a skyline of stunning sights such as Rumeli Hısarı , the Blue Mosque , Maiden’s Tower and Ottoman mansions. Our Turkish cuisine and menus are provided by one of Istanbul’s reputable fish restaurants.

We’ll collect you from almost any neighborhood located in central Istanbul’s European-side (when you book direct), including from hotels in Sultanahmet or the Old City , Taksim , Beşiktaş , Ortaköy , Karaköy , Galata Bridge area and Eminönü , from the docks of Kabataş , Kuruçeşme, Beylerbeyi and most tourist areas along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. View all available hotel pickup areas and docking points here .

On our website you’ll discover water activities and things to do in Istanbul including our tours and boat rides with itineraries, Bosphorus cruise maps, travel guide, costs and prices. Prices and payments are in Euro/TL and can be booked online now instantly, securely and owner-direct.

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