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Bosphorus Bridge
The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul is one of three continent-spanning bridges over the Bosphorus Strait, connecting Europe and Asia. When it opened in 1973, the 5,118-foot (1,560-meter) bridge was the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world. And though it has since slid down the rankings, it is still an impressive sight to behold. 

The Basics
The Bosphorus Bridge, officially known as 15 July Martyrs’ Bridge, is only open to vehicles. The bridge can be seen from Ortaköy Mosque on Istanbul’s European side and from Beylerbeyi Palace, an imperial Ottoman summer retreat, on its Asian side. 

The best way for visitors to view the bridge is to take a Bosphorus cruise. Many cruises begin at the Golden Horn, from which you can see the minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia before venturing into the Bosphorus Strait, cruising past Dolmabahçe Palace and under the bridge. Some cruises include lunch or dinner on board. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bosphorus Bridge is an emblem of Istanbul and one of the Turkish city’s most photo-worthy sights. 
  • While you can admire the bridge from land, be aware you can’t cross it on foot. 
  • Note that it is a toll bridge and tolls can’t be paid with cash or card. If you are driving in a rental car, make sure it is equipped with a toll transponder. 

How to Get There
To reach the Ortaköy side of the bridge from Sultanahmet, take the T1 tram to Kabatas, where you can connect to Ortaköy using local buses or taxi. Alternatively, take the ferry from Eminönü to Ortaköy; note that ferries don’t run on Sundays. To get to Beylerbeyi Palace on the Asian side, take the ferry from Eminönü to Üsküdar, then connect to local Beylerbeyi Palace–bound buses.

When to Get There 
One of the best times to view the bridge is at night, when the structure is lit by colorful LED lights. If you want to cross the bridge on foot, sign up for the Istanbul Marathon—Turkey’s biggest marathon—which usually takes place in November. The marathon route crosses over the bridge, and this is the only time pedestrians are allowed.

The Best Views of the Bridge
For excellent views of the bridge, head to Ortaköy, a former fishing village turned chic Istanbul suburb on the European side of the Bosphorus. Explore the area around Ortaköy Pier, which offers particularly good views of the baroque-style Ortaköy Mosque with the modern bridge in the background, showing off Istanbul’s old-meets-modern cityscape.
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Day Cruises

Istanbul Two Continents, Bosphorous, Spice Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill

Go sightseeing at some of Istanbul’s top locales on a tour that includes the Spice Market, a Bosphorous cruise, and visits to Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill. Your guide leads you around the huge and fascinating Spice Market, where jewelry, textiles, perfumes, spices and more can be found. Next, admire the beauty of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then take a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorous River. After lunch, head to the Ottoman rulers’ summer residence, Beylerbeyi Palace, then stop at Camlica Hill for panoramic views of the Golden Horn.
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Day Trips

Anatolia Istanbul afternoon Tour

We will pick you up from your hotel (city center hotels), then you will meet with your group and guide at the meeting point. We will visit Bosphorus Bridge (by bus), Beylerbeyi Palace, Camlica Hill. End of the tour we will drop you off to your hotel. Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill, Asian Side Tour, Two Continents Tour By Bus.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Theater, Shows & Musicals

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Show Cruise and Bosphorus Tour with Dinner Istanbul

Tuck into a spread of traditional mezes, try some Turkish Raki or Anatolian wine, and enjoy entertainment by folk dancers, belly dancers and live musicians. Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine and entertainment as you cruise down the Bosphorus, between Istanbul’s European and Asian shores. Don’t forget to look out to sea and soak up the scenery as you pass landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress. Treat your loved one to a romantic cruise on the water Be entertained, see Istanbul's sights, and enjoy a delicious meal all at once, Ideal for first-time or repeat visitors to Istanbul , Hotel transfers, dinner, and unlimited alcoholic beverages are included
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  • 4 hours
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Full-day Tours

Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
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Day Cruises

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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Night Cruises

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Turkish Night Show (All Inclusive)

• Explore the sights of Istanbul with a 3.5-hour fun and family-friendly journey through the Bosphorus.• Taste delicious dinner freshly prepared by our professional chefs, with unlimited soft drinks.• Enjoy beautiful views with Turkish Night show and Live Dance & DJ Performance.Dinner MenuStartersSeasonal SaladMain Course (with 4 options)Grilled fish served with arugula onion and lemonGrilled chicken steak served with rice and potatoesGrilled meatball served with rice and potatoesVegetarian meal (pasta with vegetables, pizza or vagatable plate)Dessert & Fruit plateShow ProgramWhirling DervishTurkish Gypsy DanceHenna CeremonyCaucasian DanceBelly Dancer Group ShowTurkish Folk DanceBelly DancerProfessional DJ Performance
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days and entry to select attractions.
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Day Cruises

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the Bosphorus Strait and the Black Sea during this cruise from Istanbul. Before departing, taste traditional Turkish meze and other specialties aboard the boat at the dock and then begin your cruise of the Bosphorus Strait from Rumeli Hisarı Fortress. You will see top attractions like Galata Tower and the Bosphorus Bridge as you cruise into the Black Sea. Plus, discover the old fortress remnants at Anadolu Kavağı and even stop for dip into the Black Sea at Poyrazköy, a charming seaside village.
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Dinner Cruises

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment

See the glittering lights along the Bosphorus Strait on a 3-hour cruise with dinner and a cultural show in Istanbul. Kick off the night with a welcome cocktail on deck, and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline. Relax over Turkish appetizers and grilled entrees as belly dancers and folk dancers take the stage to the haunting sounds of traditional music. Sip a cup of Turkish coffee or a drink from the open bar, listen to music from a live DJ and soak up stunning nighttime views of Istanbul.
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City Tours

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Admire beautiful architecture and capture stunning views of illustrious palaces during a full-day tour in Istanbul including a Bosphorus cruise. Aboard a cozy coach explore the highlights of Istanbul including the Walls of Constantinople, views of the Golden Horn and witness the lively Spice Bazaar on foot. You will then experience a must-do in Istanbul, a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. The cruise concludes with a visit to the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace where Istanbul’s late sultans once resided. Plus, you will gaze over this east-meets-west city for eye-popping views at Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill.
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  • 8 hours
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Night Cruises

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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

You'll enjoy the dazzling night view of Istanbul within three-hour on a cruise thorugh Bosphorus .It's one of the best way to see this fabulous city at night.Istanbul landmarks are memorable especially with the lights of night.Dinner MenuStartersSeasonal SaladMain Course (with 4 options)Grilled fish served with arugula onion and lemonGrilled chicken steak served with rice and potatoesGrilled meatball served with rice and potatoesVegetarian meal (pasta with vegetables, pizza or vagatable plate)Dessert & Fruit plateShow ProgramWhirling DervishTurkish Gypsy DanceHenna CeremonyCaucasian DanceBelly Dancer Group ShowTurkish Folk DanceBelly DancerProfessional DJ Performance
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Day Cruises

Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Sail between two continents and visit the extravagant Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this Bosphorus sightseeing cruise in Istanbul. Learn about the sights and Istanbul’s history from the onboard guide, and admire splendid views of top Istanbul attractions as you sail the strait that divides Europe from Asia. Gaze out over the domes, towers and minarets of the historic peninsula, cruise under the vast Bosphorus Bridge, float by Dolmabahçe Palace, and go ashore for a tour of either the picturebook Rumeli (Mondays and Thursdays only) or Ottoman Küçüksu.
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Day Cruises

Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this tour, including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop cafe.
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Nature & Wildlife

From Istanbul: Sile and Agva Nature Tour Plus Black Sea Swimming

Spend the day exploring the Turkish coast on a full-day, small-group tour from Istanbul to Sile and Agva with a boat ride down the scenic Goksu River. Leave the city behind for fishing ports and sandy beaches, and enjoy time to visit seaside cafes and historic harbors. Enjoy the resort atmosphere of the Black Sea coast and experience Istanbul’s nature and small town life at its most relaxing.
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Sunset Cruises

Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

Witness the beauty of Istanbul at dusk on this 1.5-hour evening sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides. The on board loud speaker will highlight all the sights as you sail past, so keep a look out for Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Ortaköy & Mecidiye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Cıragan Palace.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sightseeing Passes

Istanbul Tourist Pass: Top Attractions & Airport Transfer

Save time and money on Istanbul’s top attractions with an Istanbul Tourist Pass, with a choice of 3- or 7-day digital city pass. This comprehensive sightseeing pass grants you: skip-the-line admission to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace museums; a hop-on hop-off city bus tour and Bosphorus Strait boat tour plus an evening performance of whirling dervishes, and Istanbul SEA LIFE Aquarium.
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  • 7 days
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Dinner Cruises

Bosphorus Dinner and Show Cruise with Transport

Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine and entertainment as you cruise down the Bosphorus, between Istanbul’s European and Asian shores. Tuck into a spread of traditional mezes, try some Turkish Raki or Anatolian wine, and enjoy entertainment by folk dancers, belly dancers and live musicians. Don’t forget to look out to sea and soak up the scenery as you pass landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress.
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul

Ensure your spot on a Bosphorus River dinner cruise for a memorable night out in Istanbul. The dinner cruise includes a 4-course meal of Turkish fare, and live entertainment that features traditional music and belly dancers. Soak in the sights of the city at night during your cruise on a tour that includes the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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City Tours

Istanbul Two Continents Tour Including Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

Discover one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Get around in comfort and style with a Mercedes minivan, and beeline with your guide to the Spice Bazaar, a historic market full of the smells and colors of Turkey. Stroll the old corridors of Dolmabahçe Palace, the final place that Ottoman emperors occupied. Then, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, taking in the sights of the Asian and European sides. This tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience.
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Cultural Tours

Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

Delve into Ottoman luxury on this 3-hour guided Dolmabahçe Palace tour in Istanbul, plus head over the Bosphorus Bridge to see the Asian side of the city. Prepare yourself for pure extravagance as you visit the home of former sultans and nobility. See its elegant rooms such as the Crystal Staircase and Medhal Hall. Then, climb to Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill and snap postcard-worthy photos from one of the best view points of the city.
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Day Cruises

Private: Romantic Evening Cruise on the Bosphorus on Your Own Yacht

Cosy up for a romantic evening on-board your own private yacht, as you float past the glittering city lights on this 2-hour Istanbul night cruise. Sail out along the Bosphorus and enjoy views of both the European and Asian sides, including landmarks like the Dolmabahce, Ciragan and Beylerybeyi palaces, the Anadolu and Rumeli Fortresses and the distant minarets of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
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Day Cruises

Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise

Take a boat ride along the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and wander the Spice Bazaar on this guided tour in Istanbul. Discover the colorful Spice Bazaar and elegant Rüstem Pasha Mosque before spending the rest of the day sightseeing on the Bosphorus, a must-do in Istanbul. Explore the inlet to the Golden Horn, which divides European Istanbul, and capture amazing sights of Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus bridges, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With serene coastal views of the Old City it’s no wonder people can’t seem to put their camera down as they cruise the Bosphorus Strait.
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Dining Experiences

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Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic )

There are a lot of Bosphorus cruise packages available, but it’s hard to find ones that are as suitable for 4-year-olds as they are for 40-year-olds. This all-ages dinner cruise, with discounted tickets for under-8s, fits the bill. Savor your river views of the lights of Istanbul burning in the darkness, stack your dinner plate with fresh seafood and delectable Turkish cuisine, and enjoy the thrills and colors of a cultural show with sword dances, whirling dervishes and much more.
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Cultural Tours

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Istanbul Bosphorus & Golden horn Cruise (90 Min)

From the awe-inspiring Dolmabahce Palace to the ancient Walls of Constantine and onto the Topkapi Palace, experience the best views the city has to offer while enjoying a wonderfull cruise along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. A journey along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn with Istanbul Cruise will give you a unique insight into the great city’s history. Our cruise and tour ends in Eminönü Pier where the cruise started. Passengers willing to continue our full day tour will disembark in Üsküdar.
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  • 4 hours
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