Rumeli Fortress Tours

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The Rumeli Fortress sits on a hill on the European side of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus at its narrowest point. Built by Sultan Mehmed II prior to the conquest of Constantinople, the fortress was intended to help him control traffic along the Bosphorus and prevent aid from reaching the city from the Black Sea during the Siege of Constantinople in 1453. With the help of thousands of workers, the fortress was completed in just over four months.

In addition to three main towers, the fortress had one small tower and thirteen watchtowers, as well as three main gates next to the three main towers. It also had wooden houses for soldiers, a small mosque and a large cistern that distributed water to the fortress through three wall fountains. The shaft of the mosque’s minaret and one of the water fountains remain in the fortress today.

After the conquest of Constantinople, the fortress served as a customs checkpoint before later becoming a prison for foreign prisoners-of-war. It was completely abandoned by the 19th century, allowing a residential neighborhood to pop up inside. In 1953, Turkish president Celal Bayar ordered the residents to be relocated so the fortress could be renovated. It reopened as a museum and open-air theater in 1960 and as functioned as such ever since.

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The Rumeli Fortress is located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul. To get there, take a ferry to Yenikoy or Sariyer and then catch bus 25E. The fortress is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but is closed Wednesdays. Admission for adults is 3 Turkish lira.
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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 2.5-hour 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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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 take you on a 2.5-hour boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. You will 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, this tour comes with a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this 3.5-hour tour including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic 1.5-hour 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 café.
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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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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Cruise along the landmark lined waters of the Bosphorus Strait and stroll through the entrancing Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar during this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the bazaar’s abundant spices such as cardamom, mint, cinnamon, and have free time to explore on your own. Then, learn about Istanbul’s history from your expert guide as you set course for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Aboard the ship, enjoy glimpses of famous Istanbul monuments like the impressive Rumeli Hisari Fortress and Dolmabahçe Palace.
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace

Step into the fascinating world of Ottoman sultans, courtiers and harems with a 5-hour tour of Istanbul that includes two imperial palaces and a 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Explore the exquisite grounds of Dolmabahçe Palace, a 19th-century court surrounded by manicured grounds and water views. Leave Eminonu Pier for the Bosphorus Strait, and spot iconic towers, palaces, mosques and fortifications along the shoreline. Learn about the elaborate Ottoman hunting parties at Küçüksu Palace then enjoy views of the Asian side of the city while returning to your hotel.
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Istanbul Super Saver: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Explore Istanbul’s touted sites on the cheap by combining a cruise, dinner with Anatolian folk music and a market visit on this Super Saver tour. Select from two different times to start your tour. An professional guide will inform you about the rich history of your experiences throughout the day. See the Egyptian Spice Market, cruise the Bosphorus Strait, and conclude with a 4-course Turkish dinner, including drinks and a belly-dancing show.
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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.
  • Duration: 8 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.
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Short Guided Bosphorus Boat Tour with Transport

Comfortable transport from your central meeting point takes you to your Bosphorus cruise. In less than two hours, you’ll get a chance to see all of Istanbul’s best attractions on the gentle waters of the Bosphorus. With special commentary from your guide, you’ll admire Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Ottoman villas, and bridges. Ask questions about everything that you see, all while straddling Asia and Europe.
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Bosphorus Cruise With Dolmabahçe Palace and Fortresses

Visit the Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy a 1.5-hour Bosphorus cruise on this 5-hour private Istanbul tour. Explore the Dolmabahçe, the last, lavish palace of the Ottoman sultans, and the Rüstem Pasha mosque. Then, enjoy an afternoon Bosphorus cruise, passing the Rumeli and Anatolian fortresses, Bosphorus Bridge and Topkapi Palace before finishing with time at the Spice Market. A flexible itinerary, choice of departure times, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise

Experience a beautiful boat ride along the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and wander the Spice Bazaar on this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will 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 separates European Istanbul and capture amazing sights of Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus bridge 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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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.
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Evening Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul

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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Short Guided Bosphorus Cruise with Transport

Gaze over Europe and Asia in one journey on this 1.5-hour guided cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Settle on a spacious boat and view the city’s Asian and European sides as your guide shares facts and tales about the sights. See landmarks including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Rumeli Fortress, and Asian-side Ottoman ‘yali’ mansions, as well as the Bosphorus Bridge, from the water. Round-trip transfers from central Sultanahmet included.
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Bosphorus Cruise from Istanbul: Galata Bridge, Golden Horn, Grand Bazaar

Enjoy views and photo ops of Istanbul from the water on this Bosphorus cruise. Before you hop aboard the boat, explore Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar for a look at the colorful array of goods, and then head to the port to begin the cruise. Pass along waterfront sights like mosques, luxurious homes, palaces and the Rumeli Hisar Fortress, and glide underneath the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

Gaze over land and sea on this 3-hour guided Istanbul city tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Aboard a comfy coach discover the lively neighborhoods of Fener and Balat and drive along the Golden Horn for spectacular views. With your expert guide experience the vibrant Spice Bazaar and then board a charming sightseeing cruise to traverse the Bosphorus viewing highlights like the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress.
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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
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul

Discover the best of Istanbul on a full-day tour that covers the city by land and boat. Your small group travels by comfortable minibus around the city to see attractions including the Spice Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace and the vibrant Ortaköy district. You’ll also enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River, have lunch with a view on Camlica Hill, and cross the Bosphorus Bridge — which links the continents of Europe and Asia. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day.
  • Duration: 8 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
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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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