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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.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Bosphorus Strait cruise in Istanbul with an onboard guide
  • Learn about the famous stretch of water that splits Istanbul onto two continents
  • Help yourself to snacks while gazing out at Istanbul’s sights along the Bosphorus Strait
  • Look out for exciting Istanbul attractions such as Galata Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Hear of the history of Bosphorus Bridge from the guide’s entertaining commentary
  • Hop out of the boat to enjoy a tour of Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress (day dependent)

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What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Explore the Rumeli Fortress

After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Kasımpaşa port for your 2.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. This famous stretch of water divides Istanbul After in two and separates the continents of Europe and Asia.

Find a comfortable spot on deck and absorb the panoramas of Istanbul’s European side and historic peninsula from the water. Then, catch views of the medieval Galata Tower rising from the Galata district as you sail into the Bosphorus Strait.

During your cruise, listen to the informative commentary from the onboard guide. Have your camera ready to take snaps of top Istanbul landmarks such as the Bosphorus Bridge, the vast suspension bridge that spans the strait and connects the two continents.

Pass the extravagant Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the last architectural hurrahs of the Ottoman Empire; and take in the 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, with its round turrets and crenelated walls. 

Moor on Istanbul’s Asian shores and pay a visit to the ornate Küçüksu Palace. Constructed in the late Ottoman period of the mid-1800s, its relatively small size is more than made up for by its architectural grandeur.

Head inside to see the lavish rooms and furnishings as your guide tells tales of the sultan who resided here. The Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, so on these days, your visit will be substituted with a tour of the Rumeli Fortress.

 

After time at Küçüksu or the Rumeli Fortress, return to your boat and sail south along the Bosphorus again. Cruise into the Golden Horn and dock at Eminönü, a pier near one of old Istanbul’s spice bazaars, where your experience finishes.

Customer Reviews

Yun Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour

Shelly L. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Perfect day, perfect cruise. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the sight we saw on the Bosporus and the Rumeli Fortress was just what I wanted to see. Bekek is a wonderful Turkish city to eat in and wonder around. Thank you Viator for this tour. Again they delivered just what we expected.

Warren W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great cruise, perfect length. Only caution is if you are doing just the cruise not the additional bus tour afterwards be aware that there is no return bus to your hotel. Therefore be very careful getting cab back to city core as road traffic in vicinity was chaotic and many rip-off cabbies operating in area : this a comment on the area, not the cruise.

Gordon Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Tour was efficient and staff knowledgeable and friendly. Kucuksu Palace is a gem.

Lorne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was well organized and enjoyable. I will recommend it to everyone who visits Istanbul. Very well priced as well.

oscar.lanza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I do not think that I have enough words to describe the experience. I was not aware of the wealth of history accumulated in Turkey. The tour guides are awesome. One of them even took the time to take to the train station to get to the airport.

Suet Ying T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide pick us up one time and we dont have any trouble. Furthermore, the tour guide is very knowledgeable, he explains the history and the details of most historic buildings clearly, i have a joyful trip. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Walther D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

nice experience. The Fortress is so beatiful!

Rick T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful cruise on the Bosphorus. We had a wonderful young man explain the sights and history along the way. A great way to see many Istanbul sights from the water.

Susanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great trip, the boat was nice and empty, the palace was beautiful. I wish the tour would have been longer, but given the short time we were told so much information about Istanbul and saw a lot in only two hours. It was definitely worth it and we enjoyed it so much. You shouldn't miss out on this, especially the tour guides were very nice and helpful.

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