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Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu) Tours and Activities

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Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu)
The Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu) 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 and also referred to as the First 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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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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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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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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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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Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Traditional Shows

Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Traditional Shows

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Step aboard a cruise between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus to enjoy dinner and shoreline views. Eat a 3-course menu of traditional Turkish meze accompanied by soft drinks and alcohol. In addition to enjoying views of the sites on shore—such as the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge—enjoy a show of traditional Turkish entertainment.
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Turkish Night Show (All Inclusive)

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Turkish Night Show (All Inclusive)

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Set sail along the Bosphorus, the meeting point of Europe and Asia, on this evening cruise. Experience Istanbul at its most atmospheric as you cruise past the illuminated city skyline and admire landmarks including Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, and the Maiden's Tower. While on-board, tuck into a 3-course dinner and enjoy a variety of entertainment including whirling dervishes, belly dancing, and DJs.
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 2.5 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 2.5 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (Non-Alcoholic)

Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (Non-Alcoholic)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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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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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 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 vegetables 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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Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents

Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents

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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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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 vegetables 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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Turnatour Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus with Traditional Show

Turnatour Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus with Traditional Show

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Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine and wine as you watch the sunset over the Istanbul skyline, then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music.
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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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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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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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Begin your 3-hours Bosphorus dinner cruise with either a coach pickup from your hotel or join your guide at the port. Then, board your festive boat for a sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait and see the monument-laden European and Asian coastlines. To help you settle in, grab a complimentary drink from the cabin bar, and then pick your favorite viewpoint to gaze out at Istanbul’s stunning monuments. Enjoy this exciting performance of music and dancing which sheds light on the city’s Anatolian culture. As the show picks up, get ready for classic belly dancing with playful twists and shakes enjoyed by all. Once the show is over, spend the last few minutes admiring the sparkling city as your boat arrives at the port. Next, either head back to your hotel by coach or continue your evening from here at your leisure.
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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul

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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.
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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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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

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Witness the beauty of Istanbul at dusk on this evening sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides. Marvel at all the sights as you sail past; 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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Istanbul Private Guiding Service

Istanbul Private Guiding Service

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This fully customizable private guided tour of Istanbul ticks off the highlights with a bespoke itinerary, tailor-made just for you. Arrange to be picked up at your hotel or port, making this an ideal option for first-time travelers or cruise ship passengers. Get enriching background commentary on your choice of attractions, from ancient relics to Ottoman splendors, as you take in the history-packed city at your own pace.
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