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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.


  • 5.5-hour Istanbul sightseeing cruise with lunch and an onboard guide
  • Enjoy a lunch of grilled chicken and traditional meze on a sightseeing boat
  • Cruise from Rumeli Hisarı Fortress along the famous Bosphorus Strait
  • Look out for top Istanbul attractions including Galata Tower and the Bosphorus Bridge
  • Swim in the Black Sea at Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı
  • Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service from central Istanbul

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What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

See the impressive Rumeli Hisari Fortress from your bosphorus cruise

After meeting your guide at your hotel for a pickup in Istanbul, take a short ride to Rumeli Hisarı Fortress for your Bosphorus and Black Sea cruise. Learn about the history of this commanding castle that overlooks the slimmest section of the Bosphorus. Then, snag several selfies before you board your boat for a tasty lunch.

Sit down and indulge a meal consisting of a variety of delightful Turkish meze and grilled chicken. Then, grab a refreshing beverage and stroll out to the deck to soak up the sun and ambiance of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Strait. Gain insight into the many famous sights that line both the Asian and European coastlines. As you cruise, see Galata Tower and the immense Bosphorus Bridge that connect the Asian and European continents. During the cruise, snacks are available to munch on at the bar. 

After your boat has traversed the Strait, enter the Black sea and voyage a short distance to the small coastal town of Poyrazköy. Here, your boat will dock and you can spend some free time unwinding with a swim or a short promenade around the verdant hills surrounding the area. Remember to bring sunscreen, good walking shoes, and a swim suit. In the event the weather is too cool for a swim, your boat will change routes slightly and stop at Anadolu Kavağı. Alongside your guide, admire remnants of this medieval fortress.

Hop back aboard your boat and return to Istanbul arriving in the late afternoon. Disembark at Kabataş port and meet your coach for a comfortable ride back to your hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing!

Huan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was relaxing and comfortable. The tour guides were very friendly and helpful. There were only the 10 of us on a big boat and we could just lie on the benches on the roof and tan. Swimming in black sea was just amazing. The water was clear and and warm. Would definitely do this again.

Saif K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour and guides. Highly recommended.

Hsin-Yi A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The staff were friendly and considerate.
The guide was great and explained the sights in detail.
The lunch and snack were a lot better than expected!
The boat was clean and tidy.
It was convenvient that they came to pick us up and drop us off at the end of the tour.

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

5 stars just doesn't do this trip justice. Great tour guide, great chef, great food, amazing cruise. Stop over was beautiful and chance to swim was great. Din't be expecting a luxury cruise experience, but you will get a very friendly and enjoyable half day out. Please give these guys a will NOT be disappointed...the highlight of our stay in the friendlist city on earth !!

Jamal P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great experience. Must do

Debra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent size group, wonderful guide overall waited to share much info until well into cruise, good meal, very nice boat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was great. Food is good too!

Pedro L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


James A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent Cruise Guide and all supporting crew members. Great value for money cruise with a wealth of information provided. I would highly recommend this cruise for anyone visiting Istanbul as it provides great value for money with hotel pick up and drop off included as well as providing lunch and refreshments on board.

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