Immerse yourself in the beauty of Istanbul on a Bosphorus Cruise
Things to See on a Bosphorus Cruise
The Galata Tower
The Galata Tower is 67 meters tall as an icon of Istanbul's skyline in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district. Constructed in 1348 as a watchtower, the tower's cone-capped turret was once residentially used as a symbol of luxury and opulence. It has since been used as an observatory, a prison, and a fire tower and now stands as one of Istanbul's most iconic attractions. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, including the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.Know More
Dolmabahçe Palace is on the European shore of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait and is a remarkable symbol of Ottoman grandeur and sophistication. This stunning palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The palace boasts 285 rooms, 43 halls, and a majestic crystal staircase. Its architectural style is a combination of traditional Ottoman and European Baroque influences.Know More
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque is a stunning masterpiece of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul, Turkey. The Blue Mosque is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque because it was built between 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmed I, it features six minarets, a dome, and a courtyard. The interior walls are adorned with hand-painted blue tiles, giving the mosque its name. The Blue Mosque is a functioning mosque and a popular tourist attraction, where you can admire its beauty and history.Know More
The Küçüksu Palace
Küçüksu Palace is a summer palace in Istanbul on the 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 stories and holds six rooms and 24 ornate windows. It is even a famous filming location for international films, such as "The Accidental Spy" starring Jackie Chan.
The Ortaköy Mosque is a stunning masterpiece of Ottoman Baroque architecture gracing the Istanbul 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.
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, offering a stunning view of the Bosphorus. The fortress now serves as a museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits detailing its rich history.
The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
The Bridge is named after the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II who conquered Constantinople, and spans the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. The bridge opened in 1988, connects the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, and is an essential transportation link for the city. Its elegant design features 8 lanes of traffic and a pedestrian walkway, offering breathtaking views of the Bosphorus.
The Golden Horn
The Golden Horn is a historic horn-shaped estuary that is formed where the Bosphorus Strait meets the Sea of Marmara and separates the city's European side into two. It has been an important waterway since the Byzantine era and was a center for trade and commerce. The Golden Horn remains a popular spot offering stunning views and a glimpse into the city's rich history.
The Bridge, also known as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the Bosphorus Strait. It connects Europe and Asia and is one of the world's longest suspension bridges. The bridge 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.
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The Village of Anadolu Kavağı is at the northern end of the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey. A sleepy fishing village near the narrowest part of the Bosphorus, it has 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, and fresh seafood, Anadolu Kavağı is a charming place to escape the city noise and enjoy nature.
Princes Islands are a group of nine small islands in the Sea of Marmara, located just off the coast of Istanbul. Known as "Adalar" in Turkish, visitors can explore the islands only by foot, horse-drawn carriage, or bicycle to enjoy the stunning natural scenery, beautiful architecture, and delicious local cuisine. Each island has its unique charm and attractions, from historical mansions to pristine beaches.
Büyükada is the largest of the nine Princes' Islands. The island's filled with charming wooden houses and historic mansions, many of which have been converted into boutique hotels. Visitors can explore the island's lush pine forests by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle or relax on its tranquil beaches. One of Büyükada's unique features is the stunning view of the Istanbul skyline from the top of its highest hill.
Heybeliada is a picturesque island located in the Sea of Marmara. With a rich history that dates back to ancient times, Heybeliada has served as a retreat for emperors and sultans throughout history.
Burgazada, the fortress island of the nine Princes' Islands, is a hidden gem awaiting exploration. With crystal-clear waters and a tranquil atmosphere, what sets Burgazada apart is the stunning Aya Yorgi Church atop the island's highest point.
Kınalıada is one of the nine Princes' Islands in the Marmara Sea. It is a small island, just 1.3 square kilometers in size, and offers a serene escape and visitors can enjoy a calming swim in the crystal clear waters and savor delicious food!
Trotsky’s house on Büyükada Island of the Princes’ Islands is a historical landmark that has attracted the attention of tourists and history enthusiasts. The house was home to the exiled Russian revolutionary and his family from 1929 until his assassination in 1940.
St. George’s Church
The Church of St. George of the Greeks is a historic Greek Orthodox Church built in the 5th century and has undergone many renovations since. The church is known for its beautiful Byzantine architecture and intricate mosaics that cover the interior.
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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Hagia Sophia is a magnificent architectural wonder that has stood the test of time for over 1,500 years. Originally built as a cathedral in 537 AD, it was later converted into a mosque in the 15th century and finally into a museum in 1935. The grand dome, intricate mosaics, and elegant arches make it a breathtaking sight to behold.Know More
The Topkapi Palace is a magnificent symbol of Istanbul's rich history and cultural heritage. Constructed in the 15th century by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, it served as the residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. The palace complex boasts opulent courtyards, ornate pavilions, and lavish halls adorned with exquisite Turkish art.Know More
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The Nine Islands of The Princes' Islands
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bosphorus Cruises
A Bosphorus Cruise is a boat tour that takes you along the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia and connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
Some popular sights include the Bosphorus Bridge, Maiden's Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and Rumeli Fortress.
The best time to go on a Bosphorus Cruise is during the daytime to enjoy the stunning views of the cityscape and the Bosphorus Strait. Sunset and night cruises are also popular for a different perspective.
Yes, depending on the ticket chosen Bosphorus Cruises offer snacks and drinks onboard, and some offer full meals and refreshments.
Yes, it is highly recommended to bring your camera to capture the stunning views and sights along the way.
Yes, most Bosphorus Cruises offer audio guides in different languages to provide information about the sights and attractions along the route.
The best time of day to take a Bosphorus Cruise is around sunset, as you can see the city's landmarks illuminated in a beautiful golden light.
Some Bosphorus Cruises have souvenir shops onboard where you can purchase gifts and mementos.
Bosphorus Cruises depart from various ports along the Bosphorus, including Eminönü, Kabataş, and Beşiktaş, with Kabataş being the most popular. Check your ticket for more information.