Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises

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Daytime or Sunset Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise in Istanbul

€15
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  • Escape the city traffic and set sail on this 2-hour 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 10 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

  • 2-hour Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide available in 10 languages
  • Duration: 2 hour
  • 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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2-Hour Boat Tour in Bosphorus

€12
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  • Set sail on this 2-hour boat tour that takes you along the Bosphorus.
  • The cruise departs daily at 12:30 PM and 4 PM.
  • Get panoramic views of the Bosphorous, the waterway that separates the East from the West.
  • Cruise along one of the largest natural harbors in the world, the Golden Horn.
  • Pass by key Istanbul attractions like Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque and the legendary Hagia Sophia Museum.
  • The onboard expert English-speaking guide will tell you interesting quips, facts, and legends about the sights you see.

Inclusions

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Tickets to the 120-minute boat tour

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and beverages
  • Headphones
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Start Point: Outside Topkapi Palace
  • What will you see: Dolmabahce Palace | Ciragan Palace | Ortaköy Mosque | Bosphorus Bridge | Rumeli Fortress | Beylerbeyi Palace | Hagia Sophia | Topkapi Palace | Maiden Tower | Galata Tower
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Day Cruise with Snacks & Turkish Coffee

€50
€35
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  • Sail the Bosphorus in style on a 2.5-hour luxury yacht cruise, exploring Istanbul's stunning sights.
  • Enjoy a small-group experience with a professional tour guide, ensuring a personalized and informative journey.
  • Experience a stopover in Kanlica on the Asian side, and treat yourself to its famous local yogurt.
  • Indulge in tasty snacks, fruits, Turkish coffee, and more as you admire iconic landmarks like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Leander Tower from aboard.

Inclusions

  • 2.5-hour cruise on a luxury yacht
  • Professional tour guide
  • Snacks
  • Savory pastry
  • Fruits
  • Turkish coffee served with Turkish delight
  • Turkish tea
  • Tip: Opt for the morning cruise to start your day with stunning views and avoid the afternoon heat.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from Old City

€12
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  • Experience Istanbul in its essence by way of the picturesque Bosphorus Cruise and discover the most important waterway that separates Europe and Asia.
  • The cruise will set its sail from Old City on the European side and halt on the Asian side after covering various historical landmarks.
  • Gasp in awe as you witness magnificent sights such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and other historical landmarks.
  • Learn about the centuries of history that resonates with the city of Istanbul with the help of an audio guide app available in 10 languages.
  • Note: Your cruise will leave from Üsküdar Ferry Terminal, a quick 5-min walk from the Eminönü bus stop.

Inclusions

  • Bosphorus tour map
  • Audio guide app in 10 languase (EN, DE, ES, AR, RU, FR, IT, CN, TR, PL)

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide

€12
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  • Your boarding point is at Kabatas Pier. There will be a Marine Officer there who will welcome you, give you the cruise plan, and brief you on your journey.
  • Make your way to Büyükada, or 'Big Island,' an island that has no vehicles other than emergency transportation, bicycles, or carriages.
  • Explore the ruins of Trotsky’s house, St. George’s Church, and a 19th-century pharmacy.
  • Listen to the Bosphorus audio guide on your own smartphone, available in 10 languages.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip ticket to the Princes' Island
  • Fast-track entry on the boat from the online ticket window
  • Bosphorus audio guide app for IOS and Android in 10 languages
  • Tip: The Princes' Islands offer breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding landscape, so be sure to take your time and enjoy the scenery!
  • The audio guide is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise from the Old City of Istanbul

€9
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  • Embark on a 2-hour long Bosphorus cruise to discover the world’s largest natural harbor, the Golden Horn.
  • Sail the waters of the glorious Bosphorus strait linking the continents of Asia & Europe.
  • Sight Istanbul’s iconic landmarks like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace & Galata Tower.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the riverscape and capture incredible pictures.
  • Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s vibrant history & culture via a multilingual audio guide
  • The audio guide for this cruse is available in English, Spanish, Russian & Arabic.

Inclusions

  • 2-Hour Cruise Trip
  • Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn
  • Audio guide available in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, German, French, Italian
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Start Point: Gazete Market kiosk
  • Route: Golden Horn | Galata Tower | Dolmabahce Palace | Ortaköy | Bosphorus Bridge | Rumeli Hisari | Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge | Anatolian Fortress | Beylerbeyi Palace | Maiden's Tower
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Life jackets will be available.
  • The boat has an indoor area.
  • The Grand Boat Line Audio app can be downloaded from the Android Play Store and Apple App Store and can work without the internet.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 3 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo: Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

€65
€57.91
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  • Save big with this combo as you explore the brilliant architecture of the Dolmabahce Palace and cruise under the pleasant sun on the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Skip the lines at the palace and explore its impressive blend of Ottoman, Baroque, and Neoclassical architectural styles with your English-speaking guide.
  • Roam around at your own pace and access the Harem section while listening to your multilingual audioguide.
  • Go to the pier for your cruise and enjoy marvelous sights along the European and Asian coastline while tuning in to the audio guide app.
  • Enjoy the scenic Bosphorus cruise, passing by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge.

Inclusions

Dolmabahce Palace

  • 15-min Dolmabahce Palace Highlights Tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line admission to Dolmabahce Palace
  • Access to the Harem section
  • Unlimited stay inside the palace
  • Audio guide in 15 languages

Bosphorus Cruise

  • 75-min cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Audio guide app in 9 languages

Exclusions

  • Transfer between the palace and the pier
  • Tip: April to May and Sept to Nov are the best months to visit Istanbul, the weather is more pleasant, the crowds are thinner and the city is alive with many festivals.

Dolmabahce Palace

  • An ID is required to access the free audio guide at the Dolmabahce Palace.
  • The Dolmabahce Palace audio guide is available in 15 languages.
  • Note that during the winter season (November 1 to March 31), the palace opens around 9am and closes around 4pm.
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays.

Bosphorus Crusie

  • The audio guide app for the Bosphorus Cruise is only accessible on Android version 10 or later.
  • The audio guide is available in 9 languages: English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

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  • Experience luxury with a 2-hour private yacht rental 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.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorus Strait on captivating Bosphorus boat tours. Offering a mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and panoramic vistas, these sightseeing cruises invite guests to explore the enchanting waterway that divides Europe and Asia. Glide past majestic palaces, ancient fortresses, and picturesque neighbourhoods while soaking in the breathtaking beauty of Istanbul’s skyline. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover or simply seeking a unique way to experience the city, Bosphorus boat tours promise an enriching adventure for all. Read on to learn more about Bosphorus boat tours and sightseeing cruises.

Why go on a Bosphorus boat tour?

Spectacular views

Marvel at Istanbul’s iconic landmarks from a unique vantage point, including the majestic Bosphorus Bridge and historic waterfront mansions.

Rich history

Immerse yourself in centuries of history as you sail past ancient fortresses, Ottoman palaces, and Byzantine relics.

Cultural insights

Gain fascinating insights into Istanbul’s diverse culture and heritage through onboard commentary and guided tours.

Unforgettable sunsets

Experience the magic of a Bosphorus sunset cruise, where the sky ignites with hues of orange and pink, creating a romantic ambience.

Local flavors

Indulge in delectable Turkish cuisine and traditional delights onboard, while enjoying live music and entertainment.

Things to know before booking Bosphorus boat tour tickets 

  • If you want a structured sightseeing experience: Opt for guided sightseeing cruises. They come with informative commentary about Istanbul’s landmarks. Audio guides are also available in multiple languages for enhanced understanding.
  • If you want a premium and intimate cruising experience: Go for one of the luxury yacht cruises, which include luxury amenities like snacks, Turkish coffee, and personalized service.
  • If you’re staying in the Old City: Take a Bosphorus boat tour that departs from central locations in Istanbul’s historic Old City area. They are a convenient option as they provide easy access to Bosphorus and Golden Horn cruises.
  • If you want to visit the Princes’ Islands: Round trip ferry tickets with fast-track access are great for day trips to the serene Princes’ Islands. They include transfers to and from the islands, and audio guides are also available onboard to learn about the islands’ history and attractions.

Your Bosphorus boat tour and sightseeing cruise options

Guided sightseeing cruises

Daytime or Sunset Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise in Istanbul

  • Enjoy stunning views of Istanbul’s skyline and learn about the iconic landmarks you pass by with the free audio guide, available in multiple languages.
  • Duration: 2 hours

2-Hour Boat Tour in Bosphorus

  • Embark on a comprehensive exploration of the Bosphorus Strait and get historical insights about the sights you see from the expert guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours

Luxury yacht cruises

Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Day Cruise with Snacks & Turkish Coffee

  • Relax on a luxurious cruising experience and explore Istanbul’s Kanlica neighbourhood on the Asian side with gourmet snacks and Turkish coffee onboard.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours

2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

  • Experience an exclusive and personalized yacht cruise, which is perfect for small gatherings. Upgrade your tickets for luxury transfers, a delicious meal, or a beverage of your choice.
  • Duration: 2 hours

From Istanbul’s Old City

Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise from the Old City of Istanbul

  • Explore the Golden Horn on the only Bosphorus boat tour that includes this historic waterway, and admire Istanbul’s Ottoman and Byzantine landmarks.
  • Duration: 2 hours

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from Old City

  • Allows visitors staying in Embark on a guided Bosphorus sightseeing cruise from the Old City to experience Istanbul in all its beauty and learn about its centuries’ old history.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes 

To & from Princes’ Islands

Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide

  • Take a break from Istanbul’s vibrant energy and have a relaxing day at the Princes’ Islands. Enjoy round trip ferry tickets to explore its well-preserved historic landmarks and serene beaches with informative audio guides.
  • Duration: Varies depending on the chosen ferry schedule and island exploration time.

Plan your Bosphorus boat tour & sightseeing cruise experience

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  • Daytime or Sunset Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise in Istanbul - 10:30am to 4pm
  • 2-Hour Boat Tour in Bosphorus - 12pm to 3:30pm
  • Combo: Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets - 10am to 6pm
  • Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Day Cruise with Snacks & Turkish Coffee - 10:30am to 2pm
  • 2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul - 3pm to 5pm
  • Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise from the Old City of Istanbul - 12:20pm to 3:50pm
  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from Old City - 12pm to 3:30pm
  • Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide - 9:45am to 11:45am
Daytime or Sunset Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise in Istanbul
  • Audio guide commentary is available in multiple languages.
  • Onboard refreshments are available for purchase.
2-Hour Boat Tour in Bosphorus
  • Guided tour with expert commentary.
  • Refreshments are provided onboard.
  • Access to restroom facilities.
Combo: Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets
  • Guided tour of Dolmabahce Palace, including entrance fees.
  • Bosphorus cruise with informative commentary.
  • Convenient transportation between the palace and the cruise departure point.
Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Day Cruise with Snacks & Turkish Coffee
  • Gourmet snacks and Turkish coffee are provided onboard.
  • Exclusive access to luxury yacht amenities.
  • Personalized service from attentive crew members.
2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul
  • Private yacht rental for a customizable cruising experience.
  • Personalized itinerary.
  • Professional captain and crew members included.
  • Refreshments and snacks are provided onboard.
Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise from the Old City of Istanbul
  • Guided tour with informative commentary.
  • Onboard refreshments are available for purchase.
Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from Old City
  • Guided tour with expert commentary.
  • Refreshments are provided onboard.
Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide
  • Fast-track ferry tickets to the Princes’ Islands.
  • Audio guide commentary is available onboard.
  • Ample seating arrangements are available onboard for passengers to relax and enjoy the cruise comfortably.
  • Restrooms are conveniently located onboard for the convenience of passengers during the cruise.
  • Snacks, beverages, and refreshments are available for purchase onboard. 
  • Shaded areas are provided onboard to protect passengers from the sun during daytime cruises.
  • Open-air observation decks are available for passengers to enjoy panoramic views and take memorable photographs. 
  • Safety equipment, including life jackets and emergency exits, are provided onboard for passenger safety.
  • Arrive at the boarding point early to secure your preferred seating and avoid any last-minute rush.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly to ensure a comfortable experience onboard.
  • Bring a camera or smartphone to capture stunning views along the Bosphorus during the cruise.
  • Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated, especially during warm weather conditions.
  • Pay attention to safety briefings provided by crew members for a safe and enjoyable cruise experience.
  • Show respect for fellow passengers and crew members by maintaining appropriate behaviour during the cruise.

Other types of Bosphorus cruises

Bosphorus dinner cruises

Indulge in a luxurious dining experience onboard while admiring the illuminated Istanbul skyline along the Bosphorus at night.

Bosphorus evening cruises

Witness the breathtaking sunset over Istanbul's horizon and enjoy an enchanting evening cruise along the scenic Bosphorus Strait.

Bosphorus yacht tours

Experience the ultimate luxury with a private yacht tour, offering personalized itineraries and exclusive amenities for a memorable voyage.

Frequently asked questions about Bosphorus boat tours & sightseeing cruises

What are Bosphorus boat tours?

Bosphorus boat tours are guided sightseeing cruises along the Bosphorus Strait, offering panoramic views of Istanbul’s landmarks and historical sites.

What types of Bosphorus boat tours are there?

There are various types of Bosphorus boat tours available, including guided sightseeing cruises, luxury yacht tours, and combo tours that include other Istanbul landmarks.

How long does a Bosphorus boat tour last?

The duration of a Bosphorus boat tour varies depending on the chosen tour package, ranging from 1 to 3 hours on average.

What is included in a typical Bosphorus boat tour?

A typical Bosphorus boat tour includes a guided tour or an audio guide with expert commentary. Depending on the experience you choose, refreshments or snacks onboard might be included or available for purchase.

How much does a Bosphorus boat tour cost?

The cost of a Bosphorus boat tour ticket varies depending on the type of tour and inclusions, ranging from budget-friendly options to more luxurious experiences.

What are the main attractions seen during the Bosphorus boat tours?

The main attractions seen during Bosphorus boat tours include the Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and Rumeli Fortress.

Are audio guides available on the Bosphorus boat tours?

Yes, many Bosphorus boat tours offer audio guides in multiple languages to provide informative commentary during the cruise.

Do Bosphorus boat tours and sightseeing cruises operate year-round?

Yes, Bosphorus boat tours typically operate year-round, with schedules adjusted according to seasonal demand and weather conditions.

What is the best time to take a Bosphorus boat tour?

The best time to take a Bosphorus boat tour is during the spring or autumn months when the weather is mild, and tourist crowds are smaller.

Are Bosphorus boat tours wheelchair accessible?

Accessibility may vary on Bosphorus boat tours depending on the type of tour.

Are children allowed on Bosphorus boat tours?

Yes, children are generally allowed on Bosphorus boat tours, but age restrictions may apply for certain tour packages or activities.

Can I bring my pet on board a Bosphorus boat tour?

Yes, pets and guide dogs are allowed on Bosphorus boat tours.

Is it necessary to book Bosphorus boat tour tickets in advance?

It's advisable to book Bosphorus boat tour tickets online in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure preferred departure times and avoid disappointment.