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Overview

Sail between two continents and into the Black Sea on this full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait from Istanbul, with an onboard guide, plus a delicious included lunch on deck. Gaze over the shores of Europe and Asia as you cruise along the Istanbul Bosphorus; stop to visit the city’s pretty Ortaköy neighborhood; and enjoy guided tours of the ornate Küçüksu Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Lastly, moor at the picturesque Black Sea village of Poyrazköy with time to swim in the sea; or explore the medieval castle of Anadolu Kavağı.
  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing cruise with an onboard guide and lunch
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and into the sun-baked waters of the Black Sea
  • Enjoy stops on both the European and Asian banks of Istanbul
  • Make the most of free time at Ortaköy, tour Küçüksu Palace and visit Rumeli Hisarı Fortress
  • Savor a delicious lunch of grilled chicken and Turkish meze on board the boat
  • Swim in the Black Sea at Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı
After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to the portside at Kabataş for your full-day cruise. Step onto your sightseeing boat and after a safety briefing, find a spot on deck. Then, soak up the views as you sail north along the Bosphorus Strait, the stretch of water that divides Asia and Europe.
Enjoy the complimentary onboard snacks and beverages, and take snaps of the passing mosques and landmarks as you cruise to your first stop of Ortaköy. 
Set on Istanbul’s European shores, this picturesque district of neo-baroque buildings and cobbled lanes is filled with arty shops, galleries, markets and cafes. Enjoy free time to stroll, and then return to your boat and cross the Bosphorus to Istanbul’s Asian banks.
Here, enjoy a guided tour of the Küçüksu Palace, an Ottoman-era imperial hunting lodge built in the 1800s. Small enough to fall below the tourist radar, this ornate residence is more than opulent enough to entrance visitors. Behold the rooms adorned with gold, marble and crystal, and hear how the sultans relaxed here after hunting expeditions.
Cruise back over the water and pay a visit to Rumeli Hisari Fortress, once used to control traffic on the Bosphorus. See the ramparts and towers with your guide, and then enjoy lunch back on deck on your boat.
The menu may vary, but expect dishes such as grilled chicken and meze accompanied by sodas, with other drinks (own expense) available from the bar.
After lunch, cruise further up the Bosphorus and into the Black Sea. Take in the views and dock at Poyrazköy, a pretty village nestled between wooded hills and lined by a sandy bay.
Get free time to use as you wish, perhaps to swim in the sea or take a seaside stroll. If you wish to swim, remember to bring your bathing suit and towel!  If the weather isn’t conducive to swimming, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and enjoy time to visit its ruined hilltop castle.
Afterward, cruise back to Kabataş and finish your tour in the early evening with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays. On these days, your visits will be substituted by a visit to the Maiden’s Tower, a medieval island tower that starred in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

Reviews

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F
, Sep 2018

This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Aslan was able to answer all of our questions at each of the locations and was always friendly and even helpful with taking pictures for his guests. The other crew on the boat were professional and friendly. We had a great day on this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something to do in Istanbul.

P
, Sep 2018

Really a great tour to take if you have a day with less to do in the city. Quite basic facilities, but completely adequate. Great way to see a different side of the city with some stops along the way during the day. Don't bargain too much on the swimming stop and they anchor in near a bay, but swimming is off the boat - so no walking on the beach etc. Everything is included as much water and soft drinks as you like, but beer and wine is extra.

H
, Jun 2018

I was highly impressed by this cruise! The boat was beautiful, much bigger than expected and our guide Arslan ?spelling? was very informative and friendly. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel which was very convenient. The tour was well paced, giving us plenty of time to browse the sites on our own but not too long where we would get bored. There was music, snacks, lunch, good conversations, awesome sites along the way... The only thing I wish we had was wifi but Arslan was kind enough to let us use his. Overall, this experience was 10/10 in my opinion. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE IF YOU ARE GOING TO ISTANBUL! :-

F
, Apr 2017

Wonderful, beyond our expectation.... we have wonderful memories of the day.

C
, Jan 2017

Excellent!

M
, Nov 2016

Although we booked this particular tour through Viator, the day before this tour was cancelled due to lack of numbers however the replacement tour we were offered was hugely enjoyable and very well organised from start to finish. Many thanks.

S
, Oct 2016

perfect pick up/drop off at our hotel. boat was clean and well stocked could have used a bottle of water enroute to Maiden's Tower. Several stops along the way--all worth seeing. lots of snacks and drinks at appropriate times along the way. Would have been nice to know that the last stop was for eating/drinking, nothing much to see at small fishing village. Guide was adequate wish he'd quit pulling at his marginal beard...distracting. Weather was perfect. Head was clean. Good value for the money.

C
, Aug 2016

The tour was very informative and worth the money. Staff were also friendly and welcoming. The only thing I suggest be improved is clarification of the meeting point on the day of the tour if hotel pick up is not available.

G
, Jul 2016

This trip to Istanbul was amazing, more than I was expecting.Extremely beautiful city,friendly people,good food and nice weather.

D
, Jul 2016

A great way to relax and see some interesting sights outside the city. Our guide and the crew were excellent. Food and snacks were good and served throughout the tour. Hoping things get better for our friends in Turkey.


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