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Istanbul's best landmarks to spot on a Bosphorus Cruise

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A deeper look into the sights on your Bosphorus cruise

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Topkapi Palace - Bosphorus Cruises
Dolmabahçe Palace - Bosphorus Cruises
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The Küçüksu Palace - Bosphorus Cruises

Küçüksu Palace

Küçüksu Palace is a summer palace located on Istanbul's Asian shore of the Bosphorus and is renowned for its beautiful gardens. It was commissioned by Sultan Abdulmecit in the 19th century and designed by Nikoğos Balyan in a neo-baroque style. Replacing an 18th-century two-story timber palace, It stretches up four storeys, and features six rooms and 24 ornate windows. It has served as a filming location for international films, such as "The Accidental Spy" starring Jackie Chan.

Ortaköy Mosque - Bosphorus Cruises

Ortaköy Mosque

The Ortaköy Mosque is a stunning masterpiece of Ottoman Baroque architecture gracing the Bosphorus shoreline. Built in 1856 by Armenian architect Nigoğayos Balyan, it is renowned for its elegant white marble exterior, intricate interior designs, and exquisite calligraphy. The mosque's unique blend of Ottoman, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles makes it a true architectural gem and a must-visit attraction in Istanbul.

Rumeli Fortress - Bosphorus Cruises

Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress, also known as Rumelihisarı, is a 15th-century fortress located on the European side of Istanbul. Built by Sultan Mehmed II in just four months, the fortress was crucial in the conquest of Constantinople. It is renowned for its imposing walls and strategic location, and offers stunning views of the Bosphorus Strait. The fortress now serves as a museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits detailing its rich history.

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Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is named after Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, or Mehmed the Conqueror, who conquered Constantinople in the 15th century. Opened in 1988, the bridge spans the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul and connects the city's European and Asian sides, making it an essential transportation link. Its elegant design features eight lanes for traffic and a pedestrian walkway, offering breathtaking views of the Bosphorus Strait.

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The Golden Horn

The Golden Horn is a historic horn-shaped estuary formed at the juncture where the Bosphorus Strait meets the Sea of Marmara, dividing Istanbul's European side into two. It has been an important waterway since the Byzantine era and has remained a centre for trade and commerce. With some of the city's most ancient landmarks on its shores, the Golden Horn is a gateway to Istanbul's rich history and offers stunning views of the ancient waterway.

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Bosphorus Bridge

The Bosphorus Bridge, also known as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. It connects Europe and Asia and is one of the world's longest suspension bridges. It was completed in 1973 and has since become an iconic landmark of Istanbul's skyline. It was renamed in honor of the civilians and military personnel who died defending democracy during the 2016 coup attempt. 

Anadolu Kavağı - Bosphorus Cruises

Anadolu Kavağı

Located at the northern end of the Bosphorus Strait, at its narrowest part, Anadolu Kavağı is a sleepy fishing village with a rich history and a beautiful view of the water. It is home to the ruins of Yoros Castle, a Byzantine fortress that overlooks the Black Sea. Known for its fresh seafood, Anadolu Kavağı is a charming place to escape the city's noise and enjoy nature.

Village of Kanlica - Bosphorus Cruises

Village of Kanlica

Kanlica is a picturesque district famous for its creamy and tangy yogurt. Visitors flock to taste the famous yogurt made from 100% natural ingredients. This small and charming neighborhood is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus Strait.




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Frequently asked questions about Bosphorus cruises

What is a Bosphorus cruise?

A Bosphorus cruise is a boat tour that takes you along the Bosphorus Strait, the waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and separates Europe and Asia.

What are some popular sights to see on a Bosphorus cruise?

Many of Istanbul's iconic historical landmarks can be seen from the Bosphorus cruises, including the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Maiden's Tower, Galata Tower, Ortakoy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

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

The best time to go on a Bosphorus Cruise is during the months of March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn), when the weather is optimal. Daytime cruises allow you to capture great photographs of Istanbul's landmarks while sunset and dinner cruises offer stunning views of the cityscape and the Bosphorus Strait.

What is the best time of the day to take a Bosphorus cruise?

The best time of day to take a Bosphorus cruise is at sunset, when you can see the city's landmarks illuminated in a beautiful golden light.

Are there any food or drinks served on a Bosphorus cruise?

Yes, depending on the ticket chosen, the Bosphorus dinner cruises provide great culinary experiences, while the evening cruises and yacht tours offer snacks and drinks onboard.

Can I bring my camera on a Bosphorus cruise?

Yes, it is highly recommended to carry your camera on your Bosphorus cruise to capture the stunning views and sights along the way.

Are there any audio guides available on Bosphorus Cruises?

Yes, many Bosphorus cruises, especially the sightseeing cruises, offer audio guides in different languages to provide information about the sights and attractions along the route.

Are there any souvenirs available on Bosphorus cruises?

Some Bosphorus Cruises have souvenir shops onboard where you can purchase gifts and mementos.

Where do Bosphorus cruises depart from?

Bosphorus cruises depart from various ports and piers along the Bosphorus, including Kabataş, Eminönü, and Beşiktaş, with Kabataş being the most popular. Be sure to check your ticket for more information and details about your cruise boarding point.