** Historian Guided Hagia Sophia**
Care for a delectable, traditional, and authentic meal along with a window into the cultural and entertainment prowess of Istanbul? The Bosphorus Lunch & Dinner Cruises are for you!
Duration: 3 - 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Would you like to make the most of a Bosphorus Cruise? A combo ticket is perfect for you. Expand your experience, following your cruise, with a visit to a famous tourist attraction like the Hagia Sofia or the Topkapi Palace.
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
The Istanbul Welcome Card opens the whole of Istanbul for you to explore. Apart from being able to take guided tours of many monuments, this card has a week-long validity and gives you a 90-minute Bosphorus Cruise without any prior reservation.
Turkey is at a crossroads where East meets West. The Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara in northern Turkey. The name is said to have originated from the Greek myth of Zeus and his mortal lover Io. To protect Io from the wrath of Hera, he transformed her into a white heifer (cow). But the vengeance of Hera baited Zeus's surrender of the heifer. Despite Hermes aiding Zeus, Hera leaves Io tormented and wandering, and eventually, she swims across the strait. Hence its name- The Bosporus, which means Ox’s Ford or Ox’s Passage.
Sights You Will See: Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Topkapi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Blue Mosque | Ciragan Palace | Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Beylerbeyi Palace | Üsküdar | Maiden Tower | Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge | Kiz Kulesi Tower | Küçüksu Palace | Rumeli Fortress | Anatolian Fortress
The timings are generally based on the ticket chosen. The all-day tour starts by 9 AM, the morning sightseeing cruises typically start by 10 AM, the afternoon sightseeing cruises start by 12 PM, and the evening sightseeing cruises begin by 6 PM.
Bosphorus Lunch Cruises are available on all days of the week between 12.30 PM and 5 PM.
Bosphorus Dinner Cruises are available throughout the year, and depending on your ticket, the departure is between 8:30 PM and 9 PM.
The best times to visit Istanbul are from March to May and between September and November. That’s when crowds at the city’s attractions are manageable, room rates are average and daytime temperatures generally sit between 15.5°C and 21.1°C.
This depends on the ticket, but some Bosphorus cruise tickets come with a complimentary audio guide.
Again, this depends on the ticket, but some cruises do allow patrons to explore the city on foot as well as via the cruise.
Your cruise includes a 2-course meal, Turkish tea, complimentary drinks, a bilingual guide, and hotel transfers if you are in central Istanbul.
Yes, you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide.
Your cruise includes a 3-course meal, complimentary drinks (you can pick between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink packages), live entertainment, and hotel transfers if you are in central Istanbul.
You will get to enjoy a show that features belly dancing, traditional folk music, and even a live DJ.
Most Bosphorus Cruises begin and end at Kabatas Pier.
Address: Ömer Avni, İskele Yolu, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
Please refer to your tickets for more information.
You can purchase your Bosphorus Cruise tickets online.
This depends on the type of cruise chosen. A sightseeing cruise can take between 1 to 10 hours, while a lunch or dinner cruise takes about 3-4.5 hours.
Most Bosphorus Cruises begin and end at Kabatas Pier but not all. Please refer to your ticket for more information.
The Combo Tour of Bosphorus River Cruise with Historian-Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace is perfect for families as it covers the best of the city from both land and water and is cost-effective as well.
The Bosphorus Dinner Cruises are perfect for couples as it is a very romantic experience. You can enjoy delicious traditional food, accompanied by live entertainment as you see the city come to life around you.
Depending on your tickets for the cruise, you might be able to cancel 24 hours in advance or not at all. It is highly advised you check the cancellation policy when booking.
No, the meal-based cruises do not offer vegetarian options.
The best time to go on a Bosphorus Cruise is between April and September.
This depends solely on the cruise chosen. However, typically, children aged under 4 can go for free, while those aged 4-15 can avail discounts on Bosphorus Cruise tickets, provided they have a valid ID.
Bosphorus Cruises are available throughout the year. The timing depends on the cruise chosen, but it is typically between 10 AM - 12 PM. Dinner cruises usually begin around 8 PM.
Your cruise tickets are valid for the day and time chosen during checkout.