Water activity

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.86 per person

See Istanbul’s most beautiful landmarks on this picturesque Bosphorus cruise. You will see the city’s historical sights such as its palaces, fortresses as well as its unique neighborhoods on the shores.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Host or greeter
Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy the highlights between Europe and Asia
  • See all the Istanbul landscape from a different view
  • Pass by all historical palaces, fortresses and below Bosphorus Bridge
  • Shoot your most beautiful photos along the journey
Full description
A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. Get on the boat and start discovering the long waterway which separates Europe and Asia. Discover Istanbul’s main attractions, including magnificent palaces, ancient castles and famous hills and parks, as well as spectacular seaside residences from different centuries while passing under famous bridges. You will start your tour from the Old City in Eminönü and cruise along the European side until the 2nd Bosphorus bridge and return back along the Asian coast. You will pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. You will aslo get to see some historical landmarks from a distance such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden Tower, and Galata Tower. 
  • Ticket for 90-minutes cruise
  • Bosphorus tour map
  • Audio guide app on your smartphone ( English, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Polish, French, Turkish )
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet a Mavi Marmara Pier in Eminönü between Ido Pier and the bookstore.

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Important information

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  • There are both indoor and outdoor spaces on the boat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 214 reviews

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The boat ride from the old town was very nice. There were explanations in Turkish and English. You could also use an app. Small snack on board. Toilet also available. We were annoyed that the price on site would only have been half. At the pier the trip cost only 75 lire. We had paid 10 euros online.

November 3, 2022

Nice activity to end our visit to Istanbul. The 1h30 tour is interesting thanks to the audio guide which gives essential information on what you see (app to put on your phone, don't forget your headphones!). Our boat was 2/3 full. In case of high attendance, the activity must be much less fun! Drinks and snacks offered on the boat.

October 29, 2022

We booked our ticket well in advance, but that trip was canceled due to bad weather. I talked to the guy there and he called his boss and confirmed that they would accept the ticket at another time without any problems. So another two days later we managed to cruise the Bosphorus in better weather.

October 22, 2022

Product ID: 204706