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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.09 per person

See Istanbul’s most beautiful landmarks on this picturesque Bosphorus cruise. You will see the city’s historical sights such as its palaces, fortresses as well as its unique neighborhoods on the shores.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Host or greeter
Audio guide included
English, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Polish, French, Turkish
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy the highlights between Europe and Asia
  • See all the Istanbul landscape from a different view
  • Pass by all historical palaces, fortresses and below Bosphorus Bridge
  • Shoot your most beautiful photos along the journey
Full description
A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. Get on the boat and start discovering the long waterway which separates Europe and Asia. Discover Istanbul’s main attractions, including magnificent palaces, ancient castles and famous hills and parks, as well as spectacular seaside residences from different centuries while passing under famous bridges. You will start your tour from the Old City in Eminönü and cruise along the European side until the 2nd Bosphorus bridge and return back along the Asian coast. You will pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. You will aslo get to see some historical landmarks from a distance such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden Tower, and Galata Tower. 
  • Ticket for 90-minutes cruise
  • Bosphorus tour map
  • Audio guide app on your smartphone
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet a Mavi Marmara Pier in Eminönü between Ido Pier and the bookstore.

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Important information

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  • There are both indoor and outdoor spaces on the boat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 99 reviews

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The person in the ticket counter wasn't to be found. I found him some distance away and recognised him as he was wearing a tag with the tour name. So the tour meeting place wasn't too clear due to this. The boat public address system was not too clear, but since we had visited all the monuments we didn't need the update on places of interest that we passed on the Bosphorus.

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May 17, 2019

Boat with a lot of exterior shade, to see well. It was not punctual with the departure time. Otherwise pleasant tour, especially last hours, near sunset

August 16, 2022

August 13, 2022

Product ID: 204706