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Bosphorus
The Bosphorus Strait defines Istanbul. It is the divide between Europe and Asia, and the main connection between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Dotted with parks and elaborate Ottoman mansions, including Dolmabahce Palace, and spanned by three intercontinental bridges, the Bosphorus is the veritable heart of the city.

The Basics
As a major shipping and trade lane, the Bosphorus Strait has attracted empires for centuries, and their remains are visible along the coastline. Ottoman summer houses, the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), historical imperial gardens, and more are visible from the water. The Bosphorus draws people to its shores, and many take boats out on the water.

Many small-group and private tours of Istanbul include Bosphorus cruises. These boat rides typically include visits or views of Dolmabahce Palace, Anadolu Kavagi, Rumeli Fortress, Topkapi Palace, and more.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bosphorus is a must-visit for history buffs and all first-time visitors to Istanbul.
  • There are city-run public Bosphorus cruises as well as more intimate private Bosphorus cruises available. Some include lunch or dinner on board.
  • In the summer, it’s popular to rent a boat for dining on the Bosphorus. 
 
How to Get There
The Bosphorus Strait bisects the city, and there are many departure points for boat cruises. Popular ones are at Eminonu, Kabatas, Kadikoy, and Bebek, all of which are easily accessible by bus or taxi. Make sure to check where your departure point is before you set sail.

When to Get There
Bosphorus cruises are most popular during the warm summer months, though they run all year long. Often cruises set out in the afternoon or evening, depending on which option you choose. It’s good to arrive at least 15 minutes before your boat is scheduled to leave.

Mansions on the Bosphorus
The shores of the Bosphorus are lined with Ottoman-era mansions, many of which served as summer homes, palaces, or embassies. Kucuksu Palace is as ornate as Dolmabahce Palace, as is Ciragan Palace, which is currently a high-end hotel. The Kibrislilar Mansion, near Uskudar, is the widest on the Bosphorus, while Sadullah Pasha Yali is one of the older wooden Bosphorus mansions.
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Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

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The city where east meets west, Istanbul has a lot to offer every kind of traveler, but this also means it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. With this package, make the most of Istanbul from day one with a city guide, local discounts and an evening sunset cruise. Enjoy your included tour of the Hagia Sophia with a guide familiar with this site's dynamic history.
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$78.86
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Istanbul by Night: Turkish Dinner and Show

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Dinner and Show

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Immerse yourself in a wild evening of traditional dancing and music during a dinner and show in Istanbul. During a typical night in Istanbul you’ll see brightly lit mosques, but tonight savor Turkish fare and enjoy a show of rhythmic belly dancing and more!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.00
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US$88.00
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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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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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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.59
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US$95.59
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.00
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US$125.00
per group
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90-Minute Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App

90-Minute Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App

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Join one of the best Bosphorus boat tours in Istanbul and admire the cosmopolitan city from a completely different perspective while enjoying the beautiful views of the Orient and the Occident at the same time. Your Istanbul Welcome Card Marine Officer will welcome you at the pier and help you on the boat, hand you over our Bosphorus tour plan and explain you what will see on the boat tour. Bosphorus Boat Tour The Bosphorus is 32km long, separates Europe from Asia and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. Cruise along the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe and discover Istanbul tourist attractions, magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and other historical sites, as well as fine seaside residences and the Bosphorus bridge. Furthermore, you will have a glance at the spectacular pieces of authentic civic architecture on the European and Asian coast. Our boat is departing hourly, if you should miss your departure time you can join the next departing boat.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$11.95
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US$11.95
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$94.40
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

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

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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$41.82
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All Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

All Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

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Make the most of an evening in Istanbul with a sparkling 5-hour dinner cruise experience on the Bosphorus Strait. Admire spectacular views of Istanbul’s beautifully illuminated palaces, mosques and Bosphorus bridges, and enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner with select drinks. Glittering entertainment from belly dancers, whirling dervishes and other artistes is included, along with hotel pickup and drop-off. Upgrade to an unlimited alcoholic drinks package if you wish.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$41.82
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US$41.82
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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$38.25
US$45.00
US$6.75 savings
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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

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Discover Istanbul's best highlights in one day on this 3.5-hour guided shore excursion. After docking, you’ll promptly meet your friendly expert guide and set off to explore this historic city by coach. Tour the world-famous Spice Bazaar, then sail the calm waters of the Bosphorus River where you will have great photo opportunities with the Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, Dolmabahçe Palace and grand mosques as your backdrop. Along the way, your guide will illuminate the sites with information about the history and significance of each. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour. When the tour is over, head back to your ship for a worry-free, on-time departure.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$45.00
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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29.87
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show from Istanbul

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show from Istanbul

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Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner as straddle two continents on a 4-hour dinner cruise in Istanbul.The leisurely nighttime route along the Bosphorus takes you past the most iconic landmarks of both the Asian and European sides of the city. While you dine, enjoy live belly dancing, folk dancing, and whirling dervish performances. Afterwards, you’re free to join in the dancing.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$33.82
US$38.00
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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

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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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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.77
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

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Enjoy a night on the Bosphorus Strait filled with belly dancing and Anatolian folk music during this 3.5-hour dinner cruise from Istanbul. This Bosphorus dinner cruise traverses over the strait’s beautiful evening waters and passes Istanbul’s best sights. See the illuminated Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Blue Mosque as you watch a traditional performance and savor great food and drinks.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77.67
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5 Star Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - All inclusive

5 Star Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - All inclusive

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.00
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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Gaze over land and sea on this 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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$41.82
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Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.00
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

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Get a taste of Turkish culture and see the city from the water on this night time dinner cruise. Depart from your European-side hotel and sail down Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait. Admire the views of Ottoman palaces and two transcontinental bridges. Enjoy a three-course dinner and watch a Turkish Night Show with belly dancing, folk dancing, a henna ceremony, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$46.60
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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Experience the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise during this private guided tour in Istanbul. Explore the lively bazaars of Istanbul and discover their fascinating history with the full attention of your private guide. Plus, you will cruise the famous Bosphorus Straight to see stunning mosques and bridges spanning two continents along the historic waters.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

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Book your evening cruise on the Bosphorus ahead of time; this must-do activity sells out quickly. Step on board the boat for views of Istanbul's top landmarks—including the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Blue Mosque—lit up for the night. Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner with drinks, followed by entertainment.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.41
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Istanbul

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Istanbul

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise is a ''must'' activity while you are in Istanbul. The amazing 3 hours sparkling dinner cruise experience on the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoying beauty of Istanbul while you are having your delicious 3 course dinner with select drinks. Glittering entertainment from belly dancers, whirling dervishes and other artistes is included, along with hotel pickup and drop-off. Upgrade to an unlimited alcoholic drinks package if you wish.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.27
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Bosphorus Cruise & Golden Horn Sightseeing Morning Tour

Bosphorus Cruise & Golden Horn Sightseeing Morning Tour

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$47.80
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Bosphorus Dinner and Show Cruise with Transport

Bosphorus Dinner and Show Cruise with Transport

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise by Night

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise by Night

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Enjoy a 3-course Turkish dinner aboard a luxury yacht Cruise between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus Strait Watch traditional folk dance and music performances Sail under the Bosphorus Bridge See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans Marvel at minarets illuminated for the night Dinner Menu Starters Seasonal Salad Main Course (with 4 options) Grilled fish served with arugula onion and lemon Grilled chicken steak served with rice and potatoes Grilled meatball served with rice and potatoes Vegetarian meal (pasta with vegetables, pizza or vagatable plate) Dessert & Fruit plate Show Program Whirling Dervish Turkish Gypsy Dance Henna Ceremony Caucasian Dance Belly Dancer Group Show Turkish Folk Dance Belly Dancer Professional DJ Performance
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.00
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Golden Horn and Bosphorus Half Day Tour in Istanbul

Golden Horn and Bosphorus Half Day Tour in Istanbul

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See Istanbul on a half-day tour that includes a boat cruise on the Bosphorous River, and a cable car ride up Pierre Loti Hill. You'll also learn about the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires as you take in the walls of Constantinople, and make a stop at Chora Church, know for its frescoes and stunning examples of Byzantine art.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book Bosphorus tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Bosphorus can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 258 Bosphorus tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Bosphorus 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Bosphorus costs USD 78.86. Guided Bosphorus tours start around USD 78.86 per person. See all 258 Bosphorus tickets and tours on Viator.
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