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Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.26 per person

A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul, even when you have little time to spend. Get your ticket and audio guide at the Kabatas Pier, and board one of the boats departing every hour.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Host or greeter
English
Audio guide included
English, French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the highlights that sits between Europe and Asia
  • Discover the mega metropolis Istanbul from a different view
  • Pass by all historical palaces, fortresses and the Bosphorus bridge
  • Capture amazing pictures along this journey
  • Download the audio guide on your smartphone and learn about the main attractions
Full description

Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul and admire the cosmopolitan city from a completely different perspective while enjoying the beautiful views of the Orient and the Occident at the same time. The Bosphorus is 32km long, separates Europe from Asia, and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. Cruise along the strait between Asia and Europe and discover Istanbul tourist attractions, magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and other historical sites, as well as fine seaside residences and the Bosphorus bridge. Admire the views of Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque. Furthermore, you will have a glance at the spectacular pieces of authentic civic architecture on the European and Asian coasts.

Includes
  • 90-minute Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide for your smartphone in several languages
  • Bosphorus map
  • 1 bottle of water or juice
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• The pier is located across Kabatas tram station, close by Dolmbahce Palace. Look for the cruise boat behind the red petrol station. We recommend using public transport to get to the pier. • From Taksim: Footpath or Funicular F1 (5 min) • From Dolmabahce Palace: Walking (5 min) • From Sultanahmet: Tram T1 (15 min) • From Besiktas: Walking or bus (5 min) • From Galataport: Walking (5 min) • From Galata Tower: Walking and Tram T1 (10 min)

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Download the audio guide app on your smartphone before your cruise. Download instructions are written in your confirmation
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 716 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.3/5
  • Transportation
    3.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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A good cruise with multiple stops. Possible to spend many hours on this by disembarking throughout the cruise and rejoining a later boat with the same ticket. Something which I did not realise till after it started. Most of the stops were on the western side of the Bosporus. the boat also had a simple guide without the need of the audio guide app. Included in the ticket was a fruit snack at the starting point. Snacks on the boat though were at extra cost. Overall good cruise that I would recommend that gives a good overview of the Bosporus sites, mainly palaces and forts. With the option to temporarily disembark. And an alternative to the much advertised dinner cruises with belly dancers

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August 6, 2022

It is a straight forward cruise. We took it just the experience the significance of the Bosphorus Strait for the European trade and economics for the present and the past history. In particular, it plays such an important role in the Russo-Ukraine war today. Loved the water, the breeze, and the views. Enjoyed it very much.

August 3, 2022

For the price ok but wjen on boat be very careful drink and cheese meat wrap will be given to you as if it is part of the tour but then the bombshell of paying 200 lira for 4 people. Apart from that easy enough to find etc just was too hot

July 31, 2022

Product ID: 195194