Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise - Bosphorus by Boat


Attending to Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise is one of the best ways to discover and enjoy the beautiful Istanbul and also one of the best things to do in Istanbul.

One of the more popular and fantastic forms of entertainment on your Istanbul visit is the Classic Bosphorus Cruise. The cruise begins slightly to the east of the famous Galata Bridge and continues to Anadolu Kavagi which is the Bosphorus’ entrance to the Black Sea making numerous sightseeing stops along the strait.


Bosphorus Cruise

A traditional and unforgettable Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and boat trip is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. There are variety of companies making Bosphorus cruises. Travelers who want to travel on a shoestring can board one of the passenger boats that regularly zigzag along the shores.

If you want a proper cruise, than you may find range of tours leaving from the main docks mostly located in Eminonu, Kabatas and Besiktas. Typical Bosphorus cruise goes for about two hours.

Also the IDO company runs a five-hour Bosphorus scenic tour with its traditional old ferries (Check www.ido.com.tr/ for timetables and info).



Bosphorus by Boat

Travelers also arrange their own Bosphorus tour via the Istanbul ferries. Ferry boats are the most easiest, cheap and the most pleasant way to travel up, down and across the Bosphorus. With the ferries you are able to travel from Europe to Asia and back.

Tickets can be bought at the ferry docks. There are ten main ferry docks that include;  Karakoy, Kabatas, Besiktas and five in Eminou on the European side; Uskudar and Kadikoy on the Asian side. Ferries runs every 15-20 minutes until 11pm. You may check www.ido.com.tr for timetables and info...

There are variety Bosphorus tours to choose from such as Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment, Private Bosphorus Yacht Tour, Morning/Afternoon/Half day Bosphorus Cruises...



Typical Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner & Entertainment Itinerary Your 5-hour program begins with a free pick-up at your Istanbul hotel between 19:00 and 20:00. When you board the cruise ship you’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome drink that you can enjoy along with the live music. Relax and get ready to enjoy an evening cruising along the Bosphorus Strait.

Your cruise follows a route that takes passes historical sites, including Ottoman palaces, and stunning bridges illuminated by night. For dinner, you can choose from a fish or meat main course on a menu that features 3 courses. While you enjoy your meal you’ll be entertained by traditional belly dancing, a henna ceremony, a Romany dance, folk dancing, a live DJ, and an asuk-masuk show. You’ll be picked up and transferred back to your hotel, arriving by midnight.


Typical Bosphorus Private Yacht Cruise Itinerary Enjoy an exclusive sightseeing experience on the Bosphorus from the private deck of your yacht on a 2-hour private cruise past some of Istanbul's most famous sites. Board the yacht at the pier and soak up the atmosphere along the riviera cruising along both European & Asian shores. You'll enjoy spectacular views of Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palce, Rumeli Fortress, Anadolu Fortress and the two Bosphorus Bridges as you cruise along the Bosphorus strait.

Admire the beautiful scenery with 360 degree views from the spacious upper fly-bridge, or enjoy relaxing in comfort on the sun deck or in the comfortable outdoor and indoor lounges. During the cruise, sit back and unwind as you enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or water which are available on request (free of charge). Or enjoy sipping an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or cocktail from our on-board bar (purchase required). At the end of the cruise, you'll be dropped off at the pier for disembarkation.




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