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Bosphorus, or the Istanbul Strait, functions not just as a border between Europe and Asia, but as one of the most beautiful sites in all of Turkey. Lined with scenic greenery, palaces, parks, and not to mention an absolutely gorgeous waterfront, Bosphorus has much more to offer than one may initially suspect.

One of its more popular landmarks, Dolmabahce Palace is one of the Ottoman Empire’s most significant and grandiose structures. With more than 240 rooms, and 43 hallways, Dolmabahce was a political hub in Turkey for the better part of one and a half centuries before the collapse of the empire.

If you’re looking to embrace the wonderful outdoors of the area, two of Bosphorus’ more beautiful parks are the Emirgan and Macka Parks. Where Emirgan contains a plethora of water-related scenery including ponds, waterfalls and the Bosphorus itself, Macka too shares views of the Bosphorus’ beauty, but is composed of charming valley terrain, providing the opportunity for energizing strolls about.

Although a bit pricey, there are many places along the Bosphorus to enjoy a proper day out and if you so desire, a night out—including a jazz club, one of Europe’s best nightclubs, and nice selection of restaurants and bars.

Practical Info

Rides along the water are not for the light-walleted either, with ferry prices that chase many customers away. However, if you are looking for an opportunity to splurge on one of the world’s hidden gems, this is the place for you. 

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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

See Istanbul’s ornate palaces and architecture from land and water on this exciting full-day tour! From the comfort of a coach, you'll see top Istanbul ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.18

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Spend your evening in Istanbul cruising around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.20

Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $37.80

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

See Istanbul from dry land and water on this 3-hour sightseeing experience that combines a coach tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Travel round ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.09

Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Combine a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise with a tour of Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this exciting 2.5-hour Istanbul experience! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.06

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

Take a leisurely afternoon cruise along Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, and enjoy an onboard lunch and visit to the Black Sea, too! After savoring delights such ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.11

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

Explore Istanbul on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and the waters of the Black Sea! With an onboard guide, learn about Istanbul and enjoy three ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.80

Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then take an unforgettable cruise ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.70

Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Sightsee in Istanbul and save the pennies, too, on this exciting Super Saver that combines a market visit and cruise with an evening folklore show and dinner! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $114.30

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