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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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 876 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 $40.00
Full day Bosphorus Cruise From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Full day Bosphorus Cruise From Istanbul

Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia, the other to Europe.Through the city’s heart, the Bosphorus strait, courses the waters of the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul Europe Side, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul Europe Side

Istanbul embraces two continents, one arm reaching out to Asia, the other to Europe. Through the city’s heart, the Bosphorus strait, courses the waters of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $84.00
Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul, Dinner Cruises
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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 76 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 $38.75
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 324 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 $91.26
Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul, Istanbul, Dinner Cruises
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

4.5 star rating: Recommended 288 Reviews

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 $45.63
Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus

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 (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill ... 
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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 100 Reviews

Sail along the beautiful Golden Horn and Bosphorus and visit three other top Istanbul attractions on this variety-packed full-day sightseeing tour! Enjoy ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.85
Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

Visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Learn about Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace Try out your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar Tour the inside of ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.56
Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride, Istanbul, ... 
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Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

3 star rating: Worth doing 132 Reviews

Explore Istanbul in three fascinating ways on this action-packed, 3.5-hour sightseeing tour by boat, coach and cable car. Sail along the Bosphorus Strait past ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.93

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