Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

Sail between two continents and visit the extravagant Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this 2.5-hour Bosphorus sightseeing cruise in Istanbul. Learn about the sights and Istanbul’s history from the onboard guide, and admire splendid views of top Istanbul attractions as you sail the strait that divides Europe from Asia. Gaze out over the domes, towers and minarets of the historic peninsula, cruise under the vast Bosphorus Bridge, float by Dolmabahçe Palace, and go ashore for a tour of either the picturebook Rumeli (Mondays and Thursdays only) or Ottoman Küçüksu.
  • 2.5-hour Bosphorus Strait cruise in Istanbul with an onboard guide
  • Learn about the famous stretch of water that splits Istanbul onto two continents
  • Help yourself to snacks while gazing out at Istanbul’s sights along the Bosphorus Strait
  • Look out for exciting Istanbul attractions such as Galata Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Hear of the history of Bosphorus Bridge from the guide’s entertaining commentary
  • Hop out of the boat to enjoy a tour of Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress (day dependent)
After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Kasımpaşa port for your 2.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. This famous stretch of water divides Istanbul After in two and separates the continents of Europe and Asia.

Find a comfortable spot on deck and absorb the panoramas of Istanbul’s European side and historic peninsula from the water. Then, catch views of the medieval Galata Tower rising from the Galata district as you sail into the Bosphorus Strait.

During your cruise, listen to the informative commentary from the onboard guide. Have your camera ready to take snaps of top Istanbul landmarks such as the Bosphorus Bridge, the vast suspension bridge that spans the strait and connects the two continents.

Pass the extravagant Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the last architectural hurrahs of the Ottoman Empire; and take in the 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, with its round turrets and crenelated walls. 

Moor on Istanbul’s Asian shores and pay a visit to the ornate Küçüksu Palace. Constructed in the late Ottoman period of the mid-1800s, its relatively small size is more than made up for by its architectural grandeur.

Head inside to see the lavish rooms and furnishings as your guide tells tales of the sultan who resided here. The Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, so on these days, your visit will be substituted with a tour of the Rumeli Fortress.

 

After time at Küçüksu or the Rumeli Fortress, return to your boat and sail south along the Bosphorus again. Cruise into the Golden Horn and dock at Eminönü, a pier near one of old Istanbul’s spice bazaars, where your experience finishes.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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G
, Aug 2018

The guide was enthusiastic and checked with everyone. I hoped we were able to roam the Rumeli Fortress as we were only allowed on a certain viewing point which does not provide appreciation of the beauty of the fortress. I am giving this a four because of the guide.

B
, Jul 2018

The boat trip was enjoyable and informative with the right amount of commentary. However we did not visit Kucuksu Palace as advertised on a Saturday, but instead visited Maiden's Tower which is basically a restaurant in a tower on a very small island. One of the reasons for booking this particular trip was the landing on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, so we were disappointed. There was no refund of the entrance fee to Kucuksu Palace which was included. At the end of the boat trip we got the Mamaray metro to the Asian side of Istanbul for 5TL.

A
, Jul 2018

First and most importantly the river is beautiful with lovely old buildings along the shoreline to photograph including palaces. Important too there were two staff smoking in and around the enclosed space downstairs where the tables were and serving behind the food and drinks area. There is a sign 'no smoking' on the door. The toilets are in a disgusting state and should be replaced. The tap was black also the toilet inside black too. The floor was soaking wet! If you expect decent people to recommend your tour you should address these problems. The coffee was not drinkable although it was from a packet which are usually fine, it must be the water they use or what they boil it in? However we enjoyed the river trip but were very disappointed with the facilities. Cannot recommend your choice of boat for this trip. IBO should sort these problems soon as possible. Mr and Mrs G Ford

M
, May 2018

We were the first to be picked up in the bus we were in the old town so made a 45 minute trip around Istanbul which was great from a seeing other hotels perspective and perpetual astonishment at the bus driving acumen of the driver in small Istanbul streets before we got on the boat. The boat trip itself was lovely, relaxing and and the guide on the boat was very informative. Highly recommend this part! I might stay on the boat rather than doing the Kücüksu Palace Tour - it was very cold and windy when we were there and it's not so much Turkish as European. Lovely to be out on the water.

G
, Oct 2017

Good tour. Only concern is that there was not drop-off and they leave you at the Bazaar to take a taxi, which is difficult in Istanbul due to the taxi drivers try to rip you off with ridiculous prices.

M
, Sep 2017

We weren't told prior to arriving on the cruise that we would not be visiting Rumeli Fortress. Instead, we went to the Maiden Tower. We would have appreciated being advised that this would not have included the visit to Rumeli Fortress prior to arriving on the boat. The day before, we went on a similar cruise. It is a very pleasant ride and gives you a wonderful view of the city, but had we known we weren't going to visit Rumeli Fortress, we would have spent the day on our own visiting other sites.

H
, Dec 2016
R
, Nov 2016

It was as I expected, but the coordination for the pickup was not good. I was given a phone contact number but could never got someone in the other line. Fortunately the staff in the hotel was smart enough to connect me to the tour company.

Y
, Jun 2016

Great tour

S
, Jun 2016

Perfect day, perfect cruise. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the sight we saw on the Bosporus and the Rumeli Fortress was just what I wanted to see. Bekek is a wonderful Turkish city to eat in and wonder around. Thank you Viator for this tour. Again they delivered just what we expected.


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