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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

Water activity

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

From US$ 20.52 per person

Cruise the Bosphorus with a sightseeing tour in the morning or afternoon. Sail along the European side until the 2nd bridge, then return along the Asian coast, with a stop for free time.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian, Turkish
Audio guide included
English, Turkish


  • Feel the wind on your face as your cruise along the Bosphorus
  • Sail through the continental divide of Europe and Asia
  • Stop on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, with free time to explore on your own
  • Capture sights of the Ortakoy Mosque, the Dolmabahce Palace, and more
  • Enjoy a guided experience onboard, with sights of both sides of the strait
Full description

Explore the Bosphorus narrows in Istanbul on a half-day guided cruise. As you ride along the European side, pass by the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, and more. Once you reach the second bridge, return along the Asian coast, with a stop at Beylerbeyi for shopping and discovery.

Embark on your guided journey from the Old City in Eminonu and discover the Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait. Sail along part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe, catching sight of Istanbul's biggest architectural monuments.

Admire what was once the center of the Ottoman Empire, the Dolmabahce Palace. Check out the pillars of the Ortakoy Mosque, and look up at the suspensions that support the Bosphorus Bridge.

Once you reach the second bridge, turn around to take in the sights of the Asian side of the narrow. Make a stop in Beylerbeyi area and take an hour to explore on your own, go shopping, or relax. Afterward, head back to the Old City, with sights of the Maiden Tower and seaside houses along the way.

  • Breakfast with Turkish tea (with 10:00 AM option)
  • Cookies with Turkish tea (with 6:00 PM option)
  • 1-hour stop on Istanbul’s Anatolian side
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the departure point. The name of the boat is Ibrahim Naral (white boat).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Explosive substances
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 46 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Service

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The cruise was very nice and the time it took (3 hours) was exactly what we were looking for: meeting the asian side of Istambul, have a good idea of all sides of the river and didn't take all the time of our day so we were able to visit other places. Also all the crew was amazing and the guide a very funny guy!

March 28, 2023

The boat trip was exceptional. Our host even more that expectional. He did a sterling job and his English is excellent. I can recommend this tour to anyone looking for an informative sightseeing tour and a visit to the lovely leather shop with good prices. Good value for money all around and the breakfast was delicious. A must do when in Istanbul. Remember your warm jackets and cameras.

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March 28, 2023

It was a very nice experience, good value for money. We had explanations in English about all the places we passed, the staff were very nice and helpful, the breakfast was excellent. Everything was well organised and we were even taken back to our hotel, which was a very nice surprise.

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 418223