Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with Audio App

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Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with Audio App

From US$ 13.52 per person

Experience Istanbul from a unique vantage point during a convenient hop-on-hop-off cruise. Discover palaces, fortresses, mosques, bridges, and houses both from the river. Explore the exciting neighborhoods of Istanbul as you cruise along the Bosphorus.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Istanbul's special landscape and shorelines by boat
  • Hop off at 4 different stops to explore the city's famous sites
  • Pass by historical palaces, fortresses, and bridges
  • Discover the highlights on the European and Asian shores
  • Enjoy narration in 10 different languages on the audio app
Full description
Admire the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul from a completely different perspective beyond the regular tourist paths while enjoying the beautiful views around you. There are 4 points you can leave the boat and join the next one again 60 or 120 minutes later. Without hopping off you can make this tour in 100 minutes. Your ticket is valid for a full day. The hop-on-hop-off stops are Kabataş, Emirgan, Kucuksu, Beylerbeyi, Beşiktaş and back to Kabataş. The first stop on the Bosphorus will be Emirgan, a perfect place for a coffee, a snack or a lunch break at the cafes next to an 18th-century mosque. Visit the green Emirgan Park, Sabanci museum, or walk along the beautiful shoreline. Then, catch one of the next boats and cross to the Asian side to go to the second stop Kucuksu, known for its ornately decorated royal hunting pavilion. After enjoying the pavilion and its surroundings, head over to Beylerbeyi Palace, a royal summer residence built in the 19th-century. Explore the palace or enjoy a relaxing stroll through the gardens. Visit the Beylerbeyi Mosque then catch the next boat back to the European side to go to the last stop, Besiktas which is famous for its lively local market. Visit the Besiktas square and sample some fresh seasonal fish. Continue on to Kabataş where you can take the funicular to Taksim or the tram to Sultanahmet.
Includes
  • Hop-on hop-off ticket valid the whole day
  • Audio guide app in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese
  • Entrance to palaces or museums
  • Headphones for your audio app
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Kabatas Dentur Avrasya Pier Kabatas Mh. Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No: 34 - 34427 Beyoglu / Istanbul You can walk or use public transportation to avoid getting stuck in traffic. From Taksim: walking or funicular F1 (5 min), From Dolmabahce Palace: walking (5 min), From Sultanahmet: tram T1 (15 min), From Besiktas: walking or bus (5 min), From Galataport: walking (5 min), From Galata Tower: walking and tram T1 (10 min).

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You will receive the instructions to download the audio guide app along with your reservation confirmation
  • There is no internet at the pier, so please download the app prior to your tour
  • Please bring your own headphones to use the audio guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 73 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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For the price the boat ride itself was totally alright and the views are beautiful from the Bosphorus. Be really careful though with the „nice man“ walking around with beverages and snacks on the boat. I said „no“ multiple times to all three items he eventually left with me / basically put in my hand even though I declined. After all, of course you have to pay for it. It is the kindest way of stealing. I kind of thought that I’ll have to pay after even though I shook my head and audibly said no thank you multiple times. I wasn’t mad because it was really cheap and with the current economic situation I can understand, nevertheless if you are travelling absolutely on budget, whenever he approaches put your hands in your pockets, say no loudly and stand up / walk away before he can place an item infront of you. As soon as it is infront of your, it counts as yours and you‘ll have to pay.

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November 25, 2021

Nice boat ride that allows you to see places in Istanbul that you would hardly reach on purpose. The vision of the city from the sea makes it even more spectacular, good price for the service they give you. The only flaw there are not the usual headphones that tell the history of the city as the classic hop in hop off

November 10, 2019

Very informative site. Filters make it very user friendly. Rating helped tremendously when choosing an activity. I just felt that some of the points of drop off/ hop on may not be worth much from a tourist perspective. Check for local attractions before disembarking. Also note exactly where boat stops on quay, and that there are two different vessels that you can use, as we missed it twice and had to twiddle our thumbs for an hour.

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November 9, 2019

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