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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.

Highlights

  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing cruise with an onboard guide and lunch
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and into the sun-baked waters of the Black Sea
  • Enjoy stops on both the European and Asian banks of Istanbul
  • Make the most of free time at Ortaköy, tour Küçüksu Palace and visit Rumeli Hisarı Fortress
  • Savor a delicious lunch of grilled chicken and Turkish meze on board the boat
  • Swim in the Black Sea at Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı

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What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

See striking palaces and monuments while cruising along the Bosphorus Strait

After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to the portside at Kabataş for your full-day cruise. Step onto your sightseeing boat and after a safety briefing, find a spot on deck. Then, soak up the views as you sail north along the Bosphorus Strait, the stretch of water that divides Asia and Europe.
Enjoy the complimentary onboard snacks and beverages, and take snaps of the passing mosques and landmarks as you cruise to your first stop of Ortaköy. 
Set on Istanbul’s European shores, this picturesque district of neo-baroque buildings and cobbled lanes is filled with arty shops, galleries, markets and cafes. Enjoy free time to stroll, and then return to your boat and cross the Bosphorus to Istanbul’s Asian banks.

Here, enjoy a guided tour of the Küçüksu Palace, an Ottoman-era imperial hunting lodge built in the 1800s. Small enough to fall below the tourist radar, this ornate residence is more than opulent enough to entrance visitors. Behold the rooms adorned with gold, marble and crystal, and hear how the sultans relaxed here after hunting expeditions.

Cruise back over the water and pay a visit to Rumeli Hisari Fortress, once used to control traffic on the Bosphorus. See the ramparts and towers with your guide, and then enjoy lunch back on deck on your boat.

The menu may vary, but expect dishes such as grilled chicken and meze accompanied by sodas, with other drinks (own expense) available from the bar.

After lunch, cruise further up the Bosphorus and into the Black Sea. Take in the views and dock at Poyrazköy, a pretty village nestled between wooded hills and lined by a sandy bay.

Get free time to use as you wish, perhaps to swim in the sea or take a seaside stroll. If you wish to swim, remember to bring your bathing suit and towel!  If the weather isn’t conducive to swimming, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and enjoy time to visit its ruined hilltop castle.

Afterward, cruise back to Kabataş and finish your tour in the early evening with a hotel drop-off.



Please note: Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays. On these days, your visits will be substituted by a visit to the Maiden’s Tower, a medieval island tower that starred in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

Customer Reviews

MGB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Although we booked this particular tour through Viator, the day before this tour was cancelled due to lack of numbers however the replacement tour we were offered was hugely enjoyable and very well organised from start to finish. Many thanks.

Giordano F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip to Istanbul was amazing, more than I was expecting.Extremely beautiful city,friendly people,good food and nice weather.

David Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great way to relax and see some interesting sights outside the city. Our guide and the crew were excellent. Food and snacks were good and served throughout the tour. Hoping things get better for our friends in Turkey.

Vickie T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

WE had a great time.!

Bernadette Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was wonderful. Very knowlegable guide who was both friendly and professional, delicious food and interesting stops. Overall, well worth the money.

Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

An awesome day with enthusiastic guides, we managed to visit places other tours just went past. The amount of detail in the commentary was great, a really enjoyable day. We even managed to spot a submarine surfacing and travelling in the Black Sea

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A wonderful full day of cruising, beautiful sites and scenery, excellent guide and explanation of the sites we visited.

TC K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The personal touch.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely fabulous from the content through to staff who were amazing making the day even better. Competitively priced representing excellent value for money. Arrangements from pick up from hotel through to return worked faultlessly and all great people to be hosted by.

Evelyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was great, did the whole day trip, five stops and a swim at the Black Sea. Lovely food, really well done.

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