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.