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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show

from €33
€25

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  • Admire the beauty of Istanbul from the comfort of your VIP private table close to the stage on this 3-hour cruise along the Bosphorus with entertainment and dinner.
  • Spot iconic Byzantine & Ottoman Empire attractions such as the medieval Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Galata Tower, and Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Indulge in a 4-course Turkish meal and sip on unlimited soft drinks as you gaze out at the picturesque city, lit up in the golden light of the setting sun.
  • Dance to the tunes of an onboard DJ, watch belly dancing, and dervish dance, seated in VIP for prime seating by the stage with private, reserved tables without mixing with other guests!
  • Enjoy pick-up and drop-off in an AC coach and/or unlimited alcoholic beverages by upgrading your ticket.

Inclusions

  • 3-hour Bosphorus cruise
  • 4-course Turkish dinner
  • Live entertainment and DJ
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Unlimited alcoholic beverages (optional)
  • Round-trip hotel transfers from centrally located hotels (optional)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (optional)

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  • Imported drinks
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Start Point & End Point: Kabatas Pier
  • What will you see: Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace| Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Seaside Villas
  • Board your cruise at Boss4.net Kabataş Bosphorus Tour Point
  • Address: Ömer Avni, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. 36/A, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye.

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  • Tip: The best time to go on a Bosphorus Cruise is between April and September. During this period, the weather is pleasant and the humidity is bearable.
  • This experience is weather-dependent. An alternative date or a full refund is provided if the activity is canceled due to inclement weather.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility
  • Dietary needs such as vegetarian, pescetarian, and halal can be accommodated.
  • Languages spoken on board are English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Russian.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Daytime or Sunset Cruise

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€35

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  • Sail over the waters of the Bosphorus Strait and brace yourself for some mesmerizing sights you’ll savor.
  • Wonder at the views of waterfront palaces, mansions, and mosques, other than Istanbul’s stunning skyline.
  • An expert tour guide will offer live commentary along the way, as you gaze at the opulent Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Nibble on snacks, cookies, baklava, and fresh seasonal fruits, and sip on a beverage of your choice.

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  • 2-hr Bosphorus daytime cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Snacks
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee
  • 2-hr Bosphorus sunset cruise (optional)
  • Tip: The best period for a Bosphorus Cruise typically falls between April and September, varying based on your preferred type of cruise experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide

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  • Escape the city traffic and set sail on this 90-minute boat ride that shows you the best sights along the Bosphorus Strait.
  • At the pier, a Marine Officer will meet and greet you and give you an overview of the things you will be seeing.
  • You will also be given a handy map of the Bosphorus to help you identify the best spots along the way and an informative audio guide that is available in 8 languages.
  • Glance over at Istanbul’s most beautiful attractions including Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Ortaköy Mosque.
  • Take photographs as you pass under the legendary Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia.

Inclusions

  • 90-minute Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide available in 8 languages

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Start Point & End Point: Kabatas Pier
  • What you'll see: Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace| Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Seaside Villas
  • Don’t forget to bring along your headphones to listen to the audio tour.
  • The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • Please note: There is limited internet at the pier so please download the app before the tour.
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded but ensure you have activated GPS.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 3 days from the date of purchase.
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Bosphorus & Black Sea 2-Course Lunch Cruise with Swimming Opportunity

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  • Experience an unparalleled blend of history and nature on this 4.5-hour Bosphorus & Black Sea cruise, complete with a refreshing swim.
  • Savour a delicious Turkish meal with a fresh fruit platter, soft drinks or tea and coffee to enhance your sailing experience with a delightful culinary journey.
  • Added perks include hotel pick-ups and an informative onboard English and Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Sail past the architectural marvels of Istanbul, from the grandiose Ottoman-era mansions to the iconic Galata Tower and Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Enjoy a stroll around the lush hills and medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavagi, a sleepy fishing village with ruined castles, fortifications and ancient temples.

Inclusions

  • 4.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Expert English & Spanish-speaking guide onboard
  • Hotel pick-up from central Istanbul
  • 2-course lunch
  • Soft drinks, tea & coffee
  • Fruit platter
  • Tip: While in Anadolu Kavagi, try the local seafood delicacies. The town is famous for its fresh fish!
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  • Vegetarian options are available upon request (before the cruise).
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

from €380
€300

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  • Experience luxury with a 2-hour private yacht rental with up to 10 people, and cruise along the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.
  • Enhance your experience by adding round-trip hotel transfers in a Mercedes Vito or a delectable onboard meal.
  • Enjoy complimentary soft drinks and snacks as you sail past the picturesque Ortakoy Mosque and the cross-continental Bosphorus Bridge. Upgrade to include alcoholic drinks.
  • Sit back and relax in the seating lounge or put on your sunscreen for some sunbathing on the open deck.
  • Come across the stunning architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, reflecting the opulence of the Ottoman Empire and the 15th-century Rumeli Fortress featuring imposing stone walls, towers, and battlements.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour luxury private yacht rental on the Bosphorus
  • Round-trip hotel transfers in a luxury vehicle (optional)
  • Complimentary drinks & snacks
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages (optional)
  • Tip: Time your cruise to coincide with the sunset to watch the sun dip below the horizon, casting warm hues across the Bosphorus.
  • Complimentary drinks & snacks include soft drinks, tea, coffee, cookies, chips, nuts, and fruits.
  • Facilities: Wi-Fi, Pram/stroller Accessibility.
  • Pets and guide dogs are allowed on board.
  • Bring along your sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.
  • If the main yacht is busy, you will be offered another yacht of the same quality.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Istanbul Top Museums 3-Day Pass: Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

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  • Enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul’s best iconic attractions with this one combo ticket that you can use in 1 day or over 2 or 3 days.
  • Learn about the illustrious history of each of these landmarks from your expert English-speaking guide.
  • Gain valuable insights about the iconic Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque from your guide before you enter.
  • Explore Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern while listening to interesting stories through an audio guide app available in 8 languages.
  • Sail away on a relaxing 90-minute cruise of the Bosphorus Waterway as you admire the architectural beauty of Istanbul from a different perspective.

Inclusions

  • 60-min Topkapi Palace tour with skip-the-line entry
  • 30-min Basilica Cistern tour with skip-the-line entry
  • 60-min Hagia Sophia tour with entry
  • 90-min Blue Mosque tour with entry
  • 90-min Bosphorus Cruise ticket
  • English-speaking guide for all attractions
  • Audio app in 10 languages

Day 1

  • Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Blue Mosque
  • Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

Day 2

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Tip: Topkapi Palace's ground floor has the best Instagram potential. You get to photograph the stunning interiors and beautiful ceilings.
  • The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • For Hagia Sophia, Women are required to cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. Their hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Men are required to cover their knees and shoulders. If you don't have a scarf or covering, it can be purchased at the entrance, at your own expense.
  • With this admission ticket (except for Hagia Sophia), you will skip the ticket line, but not the security line. During high season, the security check could take up to 30 minutes.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for pets.
  • Your guide will show you the way to each attraction, then you can set your own pace for exploring.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Bosphorus cruises | Sailing Istanbul’s historic waterway

If you’re looking to explore Istanbul in a truly unforgettable way, consider a Bosphorus cruise. The Bosphorus Strait has been a crucial waterway since ancient times and has shaped the history and growth of the city for centuries. You will cruise past several of its most prominent historical landmarks and waterfront neighbourhoods. You will also experience the enchanting sight of this beautiful city from the water — whether it is during the daytime, at sunset, or lit up at night.

Read on to learn more about Bosphorus cruises, the different types of cruises you can take, timings, and other information for a smooth sail.

Navigate your Bosphorus cruise guide

  1. Why go on a Bosphorus cruise?
  2. Know before you book your Bosphorus cruise tickets
  3. Types of Bosphorus cruises
  4. Which Bosphorus cruise is best for you?
  5. Find your best Bosphorus cruise match here
  6. What is the Bosphorus Strait?
  7. Bosphorus Strait cruise map
  8. Your guide to checking in & boarding Bosphorus cruises
  9. Plan your Bosphorus cruise experience
  10. Top Istanbul landmarks to see on a Bosphorus cruise
  11. Frequently asked questions about Bosphorus cruises

Know before you book your Bosphorus cruise tickets

  • Bosphorus sightseeing cruises are versatile and one of the best ways to see most of Istanbul’s majestic historical landmarks - with an added unique perspective from the waters of the Bosphorus Strait. You can choose between boat tours, which are conducted on larger 2- and 3-storey cruise vessels, and yacht tours, which are more exclusive and accommodate smaller numbers of guests.
  • Want to enjoy food and drinks on your cruise? Enhance your sightseeing experience by opting for a lunch or dinner cruise on the Bosphorus. Enjoy authentic Turkish delicacies and live entertainment as you sail past the city’s most prominent attractions on the shores of the Bosphorus.
  • Choose your Bosphorus cruise depending on how long you want to spend on your boat tour. Sightseeing cruises are typically between 1 hour 10 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes long. Yacht tours generally last around 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes. Dinner cruises are 3 hours long and include a sumptuous meal along with on-board entertainment, folk performances, or a DJ. Lunch cruises can last anywhere between 2 hours to full-day cruises, such as the 4 hours and 30 minutes-long Bosphorus & Black Sea 2-Course Lunch Cruise with Swimming Opportunity.
  • A great way to pick the perfect cruise is by considering the tourist attractions located in the vicinity of the boarding point. By choosing a cruise that starts from Istanbul’s Old City area, you can also visit historical landmarks like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. Kabatas Pier is located near Dolmabahce Palace, Galata Tower, as well as Taksim Square, with its restaurants, museums, and shopping areas.
  • There’s a cruise for every budget. Daytime or sunset sightseeing cruises and round trip tickets to the Princes’ Islands start from €12. Mid-range options such as the dinner cruises range between €22 and €45, and include gourmet dining and live entertainment. For a more exclusive experience, choose one of the luxury yacht cruises, which typically start at €50. A private yacht rental with luxury amenities costs around €300.
  • If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Istanbul and take a short yet relaxing break, consider Princes’ Islands tours. This archipelago of 9 islands, located in the Sea of Marmara, is entirely free of motorised traffic and can be explored by cycle, battery-powered electric vehicles, or on foot. Accessible by a quick ferry ride from Istanbul, these idyllic islands are steeped in history and natural beauty.

Types of Bosphorus cruises

Sightseeing

Sightseeing cruises offer a unique perspective on Istanbul’s historical and cultural significance. Take a daytime cruise to get unparalleled views of its iconic landmarks lining the shores of the Bosphorus Strait. Or opt for an evening cruise and see the city lit by the golden hue of the setting sun.

Dining

Experience a delightful blend of scenic views and gourmet dining with lunch and dinner cruises. Sail along Istanbul’s iconic waterway while savouring delicious Turkish cuisine and soaking in the rich cultural heritage. Or enjoy a delectable dinner and lively entertainment while gliding along the shimmering waters, taking in Istanbul’s illuminated landmarks.

Yacht tours

Experience luxury and exclusivity on a yacht tour of the Bosphorus Strait. Soak in the mesmerizing sights of Istanbul’s skyline and historical landmarks while cruising in style along the majestic waterway. Explore its European and Asian sides, and indulge in snacks and coffee as you admire the sights during the time or at sunset.

Which Bosphorus cruise is best for you?

Bosphorus cruises

If you are budget-conscious

Go for: Sightseeing cruises or combo tickets
Duration: From 1 hr 10 minutes to 6 hrs, depending on the ticket
Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Sail along the Bosphorus Strait and spot Istanbul's iconic landmarks while listening to an audio guide available in over 10 languages. 
  • If you book a combo ticket, you can visit one of Istanbul’s top monuments like Dolmabahce Palace or Hagia Sophia along with your Bosphorus cruise. 

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If you want a culinary experience with your sightseeing

Go for: Dinner cruises with live entertainment
Duration: 3 hrs to 3 hrs 30 mins depending on the ticket
Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Enjoy a 3-course Turkish dinner on a private table with unlimited soft drinks and a live DJ on board. You can also go on a 2-hour luxury cruise on a private rental boat along the Bosphorus Strait. 
  • If you upgrade your ticket, you can also enjoy hotel transfers in an AC coach. 

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If you want a luxury experience

Go for: Luxury yacht cruises
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • With Bosphorus luxury cruises, you can go on a 2-hour sail on the Bosphorus Strait while enjoying live commentary, Turkish snacks and beverages. 
  • You can also opt for a 2-hour cruise on the Bosphorus Strait on an exclusive private rental luxury yacht.

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If you want to experience Istanbul at sunset

Go for: Sunset or evening cruises
Duration: From 1 hr 30 mins to 2 hrs 30 mins, depending on the ticket
Guide: Bosphorus audio guide app or an expert English-speaking tour guide, depending on the ticket option

  • Take a sunset cruise and experience the magic of Istanbul as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden glow on the city's iconic skyline.
  • Opt for a luxury yacht cruise and savour Turkish snacks and beverages as you sail past the city's historical monuments and prominent landmarks. 

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Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Sightseeing Cruise
Sightseeing
Kabataş Pier (Dentur Avrasya Kabataş)
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10:30am to 4pm
1 hr 30 mins
Audio guide
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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul
Yacht
Bosphorus Yachts, Beşiktaş
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3pm & 5pm
2 hrs
Complimentary drinks & snacks; Optional meal, alcoholic beverages, or round trip hotel transfers
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Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Daytime or Sunset Cruise
Yacht
Kabataş Pier
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10.30am & 2pm
2 hrs 30 mins
Turkish snacks & beverages, live commentary
Luxury yacht
Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show
Dining
Kabataş Pier
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8.30pm
3 hrs
3-course Turkish dinner, live shows & entertainment, DJ; Optional round trip hotel transfers or alcoholic beverages
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Bosphorus & Black Sea 2-Course Lunch Cruise with Swimming Opportunity
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Bosphorus pier outside Dolmabahce Palace
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12.30pm
4 hrs 30 mins
2-course Turkish lunch, beverages, professional tour guide, hotel transfers
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Istanbul Top Museums 3-Day Pass: Guided Tour with Entry Tickets
Sightseeing
Kabataş Pier (Dentur Avrasya Kabataş)
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9am to 5pm
1 hr 30 mins
Beverages - tea or coffee
2 Storey

What is the Bosphorus Strait?

The Bosphorus Strait is a natural waterway in Turkey that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It serves as a natural boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia, making it a pivotal geographical and cultural landmark.

The strait stretches approximately 31 km (19 miles) in length and varies in width from 700 to 3,700 metres. Its strategic importance has made it a crucial route for maritime trade and transportation throughout history, shaping the region's economy, politics, and culture.

Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, the city of Istanbul has flourished since the 7th century BCE as the region's foremost economic, cultural, and trade hub.

Bosphorus Strait cruise map

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Your guide to checking in & boarding Bosphorus cruises

Bosphorus cruises begin from many convenient boarding points on Istanbul’s European shore of the Bosphorus Strait. Strategically located in the city’s hotspots, they allow you to easily explore the local neighbourhoods, tourist attractions, eateries, and shopping areas.

Dentur Avrasya Kabataş İskelesi (Kabatas Pier)

Kabataş Pier is located in the vibrant Kabataş district, which is home to many cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Nearby landmarks: Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square
Closest stop: Kabataş Tramvay istasyonu tram station

BUDO Eminonu Pier

Located in the picturesque waterfront area of the historic Fatih district, BUDO Eminönü Pier provides panoramic views of the Golden Horn.
Nearby landmarks: Galata Bridge, New Mosque, Spice Bazaar
Closest stop: Sirkeci İstasyonu tram station

Topkapı Cafe, outside Topkapı Palace

This meeting point is located in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, which is a vibrant hub for museums, art galleries, and historical and architectural landmarks.
Nearby landmarks: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque
Closest stop: Sultanahmet bus stop

Bosphorus Pier, outside Dolmabahçe Palace

This pier is situated in Istanbul’s culturally diverse Beşiktaş district, which is famous for its lively, bustling streets and culinary scene.
Nearby landmarks: Dolmabahce Palace, Çırağan Palace, Taksim Square
Closest stop: Dolmabahce Palace bus stop

Bosphorus Yachts

This boarding point is located in the Aşıyan quarter, characterized by lush greenery, parks, and wooded areas. It is a popular destination for leisurely walks and picnics.
Nearby landmarks: Rumeli fortress, Aşiyan Museum, Aşiyan Asri Cemetery
Closest stop: Aşıyan inclined railway station (metro’s underground funicular route)

Gazete Market

The Gazete Market kiosk is a popular meeting point for tours and tourism excursions. Located in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, it is surrounded by some of Istanbul’s oldest historical attractions.
Nearby landmarks: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque
Closest stop: Sultanahmet bus stop

Plan your Bosphorus cruise experience

Sightseeing cruises
Lunch cruises
Sunset cruises
Dinner cruises
Yacht tours
Best time for a cruise
Tips
High season vs low season
  • Spring (April & May) & Autumn (September to November): The off-peak season months in spring and autumn are ideal for taking a Bosphorus cruise. The weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 12°C and 25°C, and the crowds are smaller, offering a more relaxed experience.
  • Summer (June to August): This is the peak tourist season in Istanbul. Its clear skies and sunny weather, with low chances of rain, are perfect for enjoying the city from a cruise vessel. However, be prepared for higher temperatures, large tourist crowds, and higher prices.
Weekends vs weekdays

Istanbul's landmarks and experiences typically see more visitors on weekends. To avoid crowds, have a relaxed sailing experience, and fully appreciate the city's beauty, take your cruise on weekdays.

Best time of the day
  • Daytime: The morning or afternoon hours offer great opportunities to see Istanbul's iconic historical landmarks from the water and capture amazing photographs.
  • Sunset: The sunset hours bathe the city in golden light and make the waters of the Bosphorus Strait shimmer with orange and pink hues, creating a stunning panorama.
  • Night: At night, the city's skyline offers a mesmerizing tableau, lit up against the backdrop of the dark sky and reflected in the waters of the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Check ticket information: Different cruises have different timings and boarding points. Ensure that you check all the details thoroughly before booking your tickets so that you can choose the best experience that fits your itinerary and requirements.
  • Arrive early: Arrive at the boarding point 15-30 minutes before departure so that you can secure your seats and don't have to rush.
  • Carry ID: For most cruises, guests have to show ID to be allowed onboard, s ensure that you carry a valid photo ID for a quick check-in.
  • Photography: Make sure to carry your camera to capture the stunning vistas of Istanbul from the boat.

Frequently asked questions about Bosphorus cruises

What are the different types of Bosphorus cruises?

There are many Bosphorus cruise options to choose from. You can opt for sightseeing cruises, dining cruises, which include a sumptuous lunch or dinner, and yacht tours, where you can sail on the Bosphorus Strait in a luxury yacht and soak in the sights of the city.

How long does a Bosphorus cruise take?

The duration of a Bosphorus cruise depends on the type of experience you choose. Sightseeing cruises are typically between 1 hour and 2 hours long, while yacht tours last for approximately 2 hours. Cruises that include a meal are typically around 3 hours long. There are also longer cruises lasting about 4 to 6 hours or even the full day.

Are audio guides available on a Bosphorus cruise?

Most Bosphorus sightseeing cruises do include an audio guide in multiple languages. Depending on the experience chosen, other types of cruises such as yacht tours may also include an audio guide or a professional guide as part of the tour.

Where do Bosphorus cruises depart from?

Bosphorus cruises depart from various boarding points in Istanbul. The most common one is Kabatas Pier, but cruises also start from the BUDO Eminonu Pier, the Bosphorus pier outside Dolmabahce Palace, and Bosphorus Yachts in Beşiktaş. Please check your ticket for more information and details.

What is the best Bosphorus cruise for families?

Bosphorus sightseeing cruises are ideal for families as they provide a unique way to explore Istanbul as well as being an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, you can also opt for combo tickets where you can combine a Bosphorus with a visit to one or more of Istanbul's top historical attractions, making it a cost-effective option.

What is the best Bosphorus cruise for couples?

Bosphorus dinner cruises are perfect for couples as they offer a romantic experience. You can enjoy delicious traditional food and drinks, accompanied by live entertainment as you see the city come to life around you.

What is the cancellation policy for Bosphorus cruise tickets?

Depending on the experience chosen, you may be able to cancel your booking 24 hours in advance and get a refund. However, not all cruises allow cancellation. We recommend that you check the cancellation policy when booking.

If I take a meal-based Bosphorus cruise, will I be able to get vegetarian food?

Bosphorus cruises that include meals typically offer non-vegetarian options. In case you have any dietary requirements or restrictions, please check with the cruise operator to know if they can be accommodated.

What is the best time to go on a Bosphorus cruise?

Bosphorus cruises are a fantastic experience to have no matter when you visit Istanbul. Daytime cruises offer some of the best views of the city's historical landmarks, ensuring you will capture stunning photographs. If you go on an evening cruise, you will be able to see the city in the golden light of the setting sun. Dinner cruises are a great opportunity to experience a slice of Istanbul's culture with on-board folk performances, and you also get to see the city lit up at night.

Who can avail of discounted Bosphorus cruise tickets?

This depends solely on the cruise chosen. However, typically, children aged under 4 can go for free, while those aged 4-15 can avail of discounts on Bosphorus cruise tickets, provided they have a valid ID.

What are the Bosphorus cruise timings?

Bosphorus cruises are available throughout the year. The timings depend on the type of cruise and experience chosen, but they typically start from 9am onwards. Sightseeing cruises are available throughout the day until around 5pm, while lunch cruises start between 9.30am and 12pm. Sunset cruises start between 2pm and 5pm, while dinner cruises usually begin between 8.30pm and 9pm.

Do Bosphorus cruises operate year-round?

Yes, you can go on a Bosphorus cruise at any time of the year. However, the starting times or schedules of the cruise might change depending on the season.

What landmarks can I see on a Bosphorus cruise?

Many of Istanbul's most prominent landmarks are located along the shores of the Bosphorus Strait and can be seen from your cruise boat, such as Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden's Tower, Rumeli fortress, and many more.