Ortakoy Tours

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Ortakoy
Once a small village, Ortakoy is now a neighborhood in the Besiktas district on the European side of Istanbul. With a plethora of bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, Ortakoy buzzes with locals and tourists alike and is a great place to spend a day – especially a Sunday, when the street market comes to life.

During the Ottoman area and in the early years of the Turkish Republic, the area was home to a mix of Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews.  Though the population today is primarily Muslim, remnants of the neighborhood’s historic diversity are still visible in the form of Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox and other Christian structures.

On the waterfront, you’ll find the Ortakoy Mosque, built in the mid-19th century and featuring a blend of baroque and neoclassical influences. Behind the mosque looms the Bosphorus Bridge, which makes for a classic photo opportunity exemplifying the old-meets-new character of Istanbul. You might also check out the Ciragan Palace. Built in 1871 by Sultan Abdulaziz, it was also used as the Ottoman Parliament building until a fire damaged the building in 1910. Today, it has been completely restored and is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city.

Practical Information

If you are staying in Sultanahmet, you can reach Ortakoy by taking the tram to Kabatas and then bus 22, 25E or 30D. From Taksim Square, take any of buses DT2, 40, 40T or 42T and get off at either the Ortakoy or Kabatas Lisesi bus stop.
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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 day or 2 days.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market in Istanbul

Time at Istanbul’s Spice Market and a Bosphorus cruise top many people’s agendas when they visit the city, and this 3.5-hour trip combines them into one afternoon. Explore the spice, herb, and food stalls at the 17th-century Spice Market, also called the Egyptian Bazaar. Then, sail between Europe and Asia on a cruise along the Bosphorus, passing the Dolmabahce Palace, Ottoman villas, bridges, and other sights. Central hotel and port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show

Cruise between 2 continents as you dine on Turkish meze on a 3-hour Bosphorus cruise of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and enjoy a full program of entertainment, such as folk and belly dancing.جولة على الباخرة بين قارتين، بينما انت تستمتع بعشائك على باخرة خمسة نجوم لمدة 3 ساعة في مضيق البسفور، تعتبر سهرة البسفور المسائية في مضيق البسفور من اهم وامتع الرحلات السياحية التي يمكنك القيام بها في المدينة، ففي هذه الرحلة ليس فقط يمكنك مشاهدة اهم معالم مدينة اسطنبول من البحر ولكن ايضاً سوف تشاهدها مع العروض التركية والفلكلور التركي الرائع مع الرقص الشرقي والرقص التركي ايضاً.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bosphorus Cruise with Stops at Rumeli Fortreess and Asian Side Half-Day Morning Cruise Tour

Take in the minarets and graceful domes of the Istanbul skyline on a 5-hour sightseeing cruise from Istanbul, with stops to explore an atmospheric neighborhood, a fortress and palace. Enjoy drinks and snacks on deck as you watch the early morning boat traffic on the Bosphorus, then come to shore to explore Ortaköy’s historic streets and cozy cafés on your own. Soak up the sun on deck while sailing to Küçüksü Palace, then discover the strategic fortifications at Rumeli Hisari Fortress, with stunning views of the Bosphorus Strait's narrowest point.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul Europe Side

Watch the Istanbul shoreline light up after dark on a 4-hour Bosphorus dinner cruise that includes round-trip hotel transfer, dinner, an open-bar, dancing on deck, and an evening program of traditional music and dance. See the city’s palaces, bridges, and fortifications from the water, and enjoy Istanbul at its most romantic.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

Experience the magic of Istanbul at twilight on this 4-hour cruise along the Bosphorus, enjoying views of both the European and Asian sides. Tuck into a generous buffet dinner of local cuisine as you float past illuminated landmarks like Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Beylerbeyi Palace, and watch as the bars and nightclubs along the waterfront transform the city into a sea of neon.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Bosphorus and Two Continents Tour

Take in Istanbul’s incredible position straddling Europe and Asia on this full-day tour. Rather than concentrating purely on the city’s European side, enjoy a 2-hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, sailing between two continents past sights including the Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Then, drive across the strait via the Bosphorus Bridge for a panoramic tour of the colorful Asian side. 3-course lunch, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, and Shopping

Visit a traditional spice bazaar, cruise the Bosphorus Strait, then take a shopping tour of Istanbul’s distinctive handicrafts on a 7-hour city tour that includes round-trip transfer from your hotel or port. This guided tour offers an overview of the city sights, with all entrance fees included, and transport on an air-conditioned coach.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Anadolu Kavagi Cruise by Private Yacht - Half Day from Istanbul

Set sail for the Black Sea coast on a private half-day cruise and live the VIP life for a day as you sip cocktails (extra charge) and sunbathe on-board your luxurious yacht. Enjoy prime views of Istanbul’s waterfront sights as you glide past the grandiose Dolmabahçe and Çirağan Palaces, the landmark Bosphorus Bridge and the striking Ortaköy Mosque. Stop for lunch (not included) in the lively fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi, at the mouth of the Black Sea, before cruising back to Istanbul.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

Uncover the rich history of Jewish culture during this privately guided tour in Istanbul. Explore old Jewish synagogues such as the Etz Ahayim Synagogue and Ashkenazi Synagogue and learn about Istanbul’s vast Jewish heritage. Enjoy visits to famous sites like Galata Tower and the Jewish Museum of Turkey (referred to as the Zülfaris Synagogue) to grasp the depth of Jewish people’s history from ancient times through Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires to present day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Lunch at the top of Camlica Hill

Discover Istanbul as the locals do on an 8-hour Bosphorus cruise and sightseeing tour. Comfortable hotel pickup and drop-off spares you the headache of navigating the city’s public transit on your own. The comprehensive, yet leisurely itinerary along the Bosphorus allows you to photograph and visit some of the city’s top attractions, including Dolmabahce Palace. Stop at Camlica Hill for a filling Turkish lunch with a spectacular view of Istanbul.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Vacation Photo Shoot With a Professional Photographer in Istanbul

Enjoy a unique experience and be the star of a professional photo shoot in Istanbul. Appreciate the rich history of the city and have a Turkish coffee at a vintage cafe.Follow a planned route including many famous and local sights around Istanbul. Enjoy your time and take home some unforgettable memories in beautiful photos.Discuss with your photographer where to meet, the route of your shoot, and add or remove any location you want.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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Istanbul Photography Tours

You'll tell me what you're interested in, what genre of photography you're into, what equipment you're bringing with, I'll create a unique experience for your taste. Hey there! It's Kerem, a documentary photographer from Istanbul. I've been photographing Istanbul over 13 years, I am going to be guiding you during the whole trip. I'll create an experience tailored for your taste and give my photographic tips if any is needed.
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Arabic Show

Bosphorus dinner cruise with ARABIC Show is very unique because you can try and experience another amazing culture in Istanbul which is amazing and full of fun and also you can try Arabic and Syrian food.تعتبر سهرة البسفور المسائية العربية رحلة رائعة جداً لكي تقوم بها داخل اسطنبول لما يوجد بها من عروض مسلية وجميلة وايضاً طعام رائع يمكنك تجربته كما انها تعتبر مناسبة اكثر للعائلات الكبيرة والأطفال حيث يشاهدوا بعضاً من الفلكور العربي والسوري والاستمتاع ببعض الفقرات الخاصة بالأطفال ايضاً.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Excursion of 2 Days in Istanbul: Europe and Asia

This excursion includes History and common life. You will move out of touristic places to visit the life in Istanbul much deeper. District of Kadıköy is a very nice place to see how history and common life walks alongside each other.This tour is perfect to have a real idea about how people live in Istanbul.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Dolmabahce Palace and Ortakoy District with Bosphorus Cruise

Experience the splendour of the Ottoman sultans, explore Istanbul’s lively Ortakoy district and cruise along the Bosphorus on this half-day tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the sumptuous Dolmabahce Palace, where highlights include the grand ballroom, a 4,000kg chandelier and the room where Ataturk died, then admire the grand villas, palaces and gardens along the Bosphorus waterfront on a scenic cruise.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul

Explore Istanbul with your own personal guide on a full-day tour of the city that includes a 2-hour Bosphorus cruise aboard a private yacht. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour as you visit a stunning palace and mosque, and soak up the exotic scents of the Spice Bazaar. Walk through the atmospheric neighborhood of Ortakoy, then leave the shore behind for a luxurious cruise. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus while you discover unforgettable views of waterside villages, palaces and ports.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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