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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$ 9.89 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
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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

3.8 /5

based on 166 reviews

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Hi,we traveled by metro from New instabul city(the grand mira business hotel) to old city to get to Pier,it is easy on mamary line(return).And about 5 min easy direction walk from Sikici station to find boat by bookstore.We travelled via Kapal station,a hour train ride.As most Turkish do not speak English,from our hotel this was easy to travel to and cost us 60 Lira,we loaded lira on our instabul card.With taxi,easy pay over 750 Lira.The trip is amazing,money worth,it was raining,as rain stopped we sat uncovered, as rain sat covered,got great pics.The coffee shop hottest and cheapest self service all types of coffee,20 lira per cup,sit outside undercover at entrance.waiting. great experience in Turkey,Instabul,easy to do on own with buying tickets before on this app in your country's currency to ensure ticket,no problems at ticket box,no line standing ,got helped immediately.Cheapest and easiest activity to do on own in Instabul for the over 40s,lol.Will highly recommend.

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September 27, 2022

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

Super Fahrt, allerdings beginnt der Audio Guide erst, wenn das Schiff nah genug an dem Punkt ist und bei 6 von 24 Punkten waren wir nicht nah genug. Ein manuelles Abspielen war leider nicht möglich. Es ist die ganze Zeit jemand mit essen und trinken rum gegangen, das war super.

October 5, 2022


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