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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 Luxury Yacht Day Cruise with Snacks & Turkish Coffee

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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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Fast Track Princes' Islands Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide

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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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Combo: Dolmabahce Palace + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

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€52

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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.

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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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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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Combo: Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide + Bosphorus Cruise

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  • Unlock the magic of Istanbul with this cost-saving combo that grants skip-the-line access to Basilica Cistern and a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Witness the majestic grandeur of Basilica Cistern, a 6th-century marvel, and discover its Byzantine history from your audio guide.
  • Explore the historic site with an audio guide, including famous attractions like the Hen’s Eye Column and Medusa Pillar Bases.
  • Set sail on a relaxing 2-hour Bosphorus cruise, capturing the beauty of Istanbul and its skyline viewed from a unique perspective.
  • Benefit from the multilingual audio guide, acquainting you with the fascinating tales of the landmarks you cross like the Bosphorus Bridge and Hagia Sophia.

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Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern
  • Multilingual audio guide

Bosphorus Cruise

  • 2-hour Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide available in 8 languages

Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide

  • Tip: Try the Medusa Heads Challenge - Find the two Medusa heads in the northwest corner of the cistern. One is upside down while the other is sideways.
  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
  • The attraction is wheelchair and stroller-accessible.

Bosphorus Cruise

  • Tip: Buy and sample some of the delicious local Turkish snacks available on the boat.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Bosphorus Cruise

  • Galata Tower
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Ciragan Palace
  • Ortaköy Mosque
  • Bosphorus Bridge
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Üsküdar
  • Maiden Tower
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Seaside Villas
  • These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, they are valid for an extended period of time.
  • These tickets are valid for an extended duration. The exact details will be present on the ticket.
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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

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€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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Full-Day Tour of Princes' Islands

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  • Set sail from the serene shores of Golden Horn, on a private boat from Istanbul, and head towards Heybeliada, the first of 2 islands.
  • An expert tour guide will accompany you, giving you deeper insight into the islands visited and their historic relevance to Istanbul.
  • At Heybeliada, gasp at narrow (and relatively deserted) beaches, massive pine forests, and iconic 19th-century villas.
  • Finally, visit Büyükada, the larger of the 2 islands, which is also the most crowded and popular (for good reason).
  • Spot Ottoman-Victorian mansions, and learn about princes of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires who once relaxed on these islands.
  • A 2-course luncheon will be served on the private boat, comprising of chicken Shish kebabs, cold appetizers, rice, and salad.
  • Round-trip hotel transfers are available, provided your hotel is centrally located in Istanbul.

Inclusions

  • Boat trip
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to islands
  • 2-course open buffet lunch
  • Hotel transfers (from the European side & centrally-located hotels only)
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus

Exclusions

  • Drinks at lunch
  • Bike rental (optional)
  • Electric Buggy ticket (available to purchase)
  • Tips
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility and Guide Dog Accommodation.
  • The hotel pickup and drop-off services are applicable for centrally-located hotels alone.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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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 sightseeing cruises promise an enriching adventure for all. Read on to learn more about Bosphorus boat tours and sightseeing cruises.

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  1. Why go on a Bosphorus boat tour?
  2. Things to know before booking your Bosphorus boat tour tickets
  3. Your Bosphorus boat tour and sightseeing cruise options
  4. Top sights to see on your Bosphorus boat tours & sightseeing cruises
  5. Plan your Bosphorus boat tour & sightseeing cruise experience
  6. Other types of Bosphorus cruises
  7. Frequently asked questions about Bosphorus boat tours & sightseeing cruises

Things to know before booking your 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 sightseeing cruise 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 & sightseeing cruise options

Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises

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
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises

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 that is perfect for small gatherings. Upgrade your tickets for luxury transfers, a delicious meal, or a beverage of your choice.
  • Duration: 2 hours
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises

From Istanbul’s Old City

Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise from the Old City of Istanbul

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

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from Old City

  • 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 
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises

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.

Find your best Bosphorus boat tour & sightseeing cruise match here

Cruise
Boarding point
Timings
Inclusions
Boat type
Bosphorus Daytime or Sunset Sightseeing Cruise
Dentur Avrasya Kabataş
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10:30am, 11am, 12.45pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 4pm
Audio guide
2 Storey
2-Hour Boat Tour in Bosphorus
Topkapi Cafe, outside Topkapi Palace
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12pm, 3:30pm
Expert English-speaking guide
2 Storey
Combo: Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets
Bosphorus pier, outside Dolmabahce Palace
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10am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm
Audio guide
2 Storey
Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Day Cruise with Snacks & Turkish Coffee
Kabataş (Ş.Hatları)
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10:30am, 2pm
Professional tour guide; Turkish coffee, beverages & snacks
Luxury yacht
2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul
Bosphorus Yachts, Beşiktaş
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3pm, 5pm
Complimentary drinks & snacks; Optional meal, alcoholic beverages, or round trip hotel transfers
Luxury yacht
Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise from the Old City of Istanbul
Gazete Market Kiosk
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12.20pm, 3.50pm
Audio guide
2 Storey
Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from Old City
BUDO Eminonu Pier
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12pm, 3.30pm
Audio guide
3 Storey
Fast Track Princes Island Round Trip Ferry Tickets with Audio Guide
Kabataş Pier
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9.45am, 10.30am, 10.45am, 11.45am
Round trip tickets; fast track entry; audio guide
Ferry

Bosphorus sightseeing cruise map

Bosphorus Cruise map

Plan your Bosphorus boat tour & sightseeing cruise experience

Timings
Best time to go on a cruise
Getting there
Inclusions
Facilities
Visitor tips
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises
  • 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
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises

High season vs low season

  • April to May & September to November: Spring and autumn mark Istanbul's off-peak season, offering mild weather and temperatures averaging 12-25°C. With fewer tourists, these are the optimal months to take a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise.
  • Summer (June to August): Istanbul's peak tourist season boasts clear skies and sunny weather. But summers can get very hot. The city also sees large tourist crowds and your expenses are likely to be higher.

Weekends vs weekdays

  • Weekdays offer the best opportunity for a serene Bosphorus sightseeing cruise. This way, you can avoid the weekend crowds and have a relaxed sailing experience.

Best time of the day

  • Daytime: Taking a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise during the daytime provides excellent views of Istanbul's historic landmarks from the water, allowing you to take stunning photographs.
  • Evening: At sunset, the city is bathed in golden light, with its landmarks silhouetted against the darkening sky, forming a breathtaking panorama.
  • Night: At night, the city is a mesmerizing sight, lit up against the night sky and reflected in the Bosphorus.
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises
Dentur Avrasya Kabataş
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Kabataş Tramvay istasyonu tram station.
  • By bus: Take bus 22, 22B, 26, 26A, 26B, 27E, 27SE, 28, 28T, 29C, 29D, 30D, 40T, or others to Kabataş bus stop.
  • By metro (underground funicular): Take the F1 line of the metro’s underground funicular route to Kabataş inclined railway station.
Topkapi Cafe, outside Topkapi Palace
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Gülhane istasyonu or Sultanahmet tram stations.
  • By bus: Take bus lines 28T, 30D, 46Ç, 47E, 99A, BN1, or EM1 to Akbıyık bus stop.
Bosphorus pier, outside Dolmabahce Palace
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Kabataş Tramvay istasyonu tram station.
  • By bus: Take bus lines 28, 28T, 30D, 22, 22B, DT1, D31, BSK1, or BSK2. The closest bus stops are Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi, Dolmabahçe Palace, and Kabataş.

The pier is a 5-minute walk from Dolmabahce Palace.

Kabataş (Ş.Hatları)
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Kabataş Tramvay istasyonu tram station.
  • By bus: Take bus lines 22, 22B, or 26. The closest bus stop is Kabataş (Ş.Hatları).
Bosphorus Yachts, Beşiktaş
  • By bus: Take bus lines 22, 22RE, 29D, 40, or 40T to Boğaziçi Üniversitesi bus stop.
  • By metro (underground funicular): Take the F4 line of the metro’s underground funicular route to Aşıyan inclined railway station.
Gazete Market kiosk
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Sultanahmet tram station.
  • By bus: Take bus lines 28T, 30D, 46Ç, 47E, 99A, BN1, or EM1 to Akbıyık bus stop.
BUDO Eminonu Pier
  • By bus: Take bus lines 26, 33E, 33TE, 79E, or 92 to Eminönü İskele bus stop.
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Sirkeci İstasyonu tram station.
Kabataş Pier
  • By tram: Take tram T1 to Kabataş Tramvay istasyonu tram station.
  • By bus: Take bus 22, 22B, 26, 26A, 26B, 27E, 27SE, 28, 28T, 29C, 29D, 30D, 40T, or others to Kabataş bus stop.
  • By metro (underground funicular): Take the F1 line of the metro’s underground funicular route to Kabataş inclined railway station.
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises
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.
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises
  • 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.
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruises
  • 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.

Frequently asked questions about Bosphorus boat tours & sightseeing cruises

What are Bosphorus boat tours and sightseeing cruises?

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

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

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

How much does a Bosphorus boat tour cost?

Bosphorus sightseeing cruise tickets start from €12. Prices vary depending on the type of sightseeing cruise and inclusions, ranging from budget-friendly options to more luxurious experiences.

What is included in a typical Bosphorus sightseeing cruise?

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

How long does a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise last?

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

What are the main attractions seen during a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise?

The main attractions seen during a Bosphorus boat tour include the Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Ortakoy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and many others.

Are audio guides available on Bosphorus boat tours?

Yes, many Bosphorus sightseeing cruises 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 sightseeing cruises 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 sightseeing cruise 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 sightseeing cruises depending on the type of tour.

Are children allowed on Bosphorus boat tours and sightseeing cruises?

Yes, children are generally allowed on Bosphorus sightseeing cruises, 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 generally allowed on Bosphorus sightseeing cruises.