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Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Stopover On The Asian Side

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Stopover On The Asian Side

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in central Istanbul, and then go to Eminonu Pier to embark on a boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait. Explore the sights of the European side of the city for around 1 hour, passing historical monuments such as Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the fortress of Rumelihisarı, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century. Continue to the second bridge to head to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit Küçüksu Palace, built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge for the Ottoman sultans. Make your way back to the city center, following the Asian coast, and get a look at the Anatolian Fortress (Anadoluhisarı) and Turkey's oldest military school at Kuleli Military High School. Admire the elaborate Beylerbeyi Palace, built as a summer residence for the Ottoman rulers in the1860s, and see the Maiden’s Tower guarding the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait as you get ready to disembark.

Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

2. Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

Travel back to the days of the Trojan War and such legends of ancient history as Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Homer on a full-day tour of “Truva” (the historic city of Troy). Depart Istanbul early in the morning (06:00-06:30) from convenient meeting points in Taksim, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Şişli, Ortaköy and Bebek. Hotel pick-ups are available from Sultanahmet, Beyazıd, Sirkeci, Laleli and Aksaray. Transfer to Ataturk Airport for any last pick-ups from airport area hotels. Then transfer to Troy. Enjoy a buffet breakfast as you cruise through the narrow straits of the Dardanelles.  Upon arrival, lunch will be served at a restaurant with stunning views of the Dardanelles as you dine. At 12.45, depart for Troy, and see the replica of the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy” at the entrance to the legendary city. Gaze on the remains of city walls that date back more than 3,000 years, and learn about landmark ruins and monuments, such as the Temple of Athena, Megaron House, and trench of Schliemann. Explore the death of Achilles near the Scaean Gate, and discover the site where the Trojan Horse was probably taken at the Gate of Troy VI. See the remains of the Roman Bath, discover where the city’s music shows and poetry readings were held at the Odeon, and go to the ruins of the Bouleuterion where the council of citizens would meet. Learn about everyday life in the city at the remains of the Agora (market place) and more. Your tour of the ruins ends at 5:00 PM with a transfer back to Istanbul at 6:00 PM, and a hotel drop off at approximately 11:00 PM.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

3. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the Bosphorus narrows in Istanbul on a half-day guided cruise. As you ride along the European side, pass by the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, and more. Once you reach the second bridge, return along the Asian coast, with a stop at Beylerbeyi for shopping and discovery. Embark on your guided journey from the Old City in Eminonu and discover the Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait. Sail along part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe, catching sight of Istanbul's biggest architectural monuments. Admire what was once the center of the Ottoman Empire, the Dolmabahce Palace. Check out the pillars of the Ortakoy Mosque, and look up at the suspensions that support the Bosphorus Bridge. Once you reach the second bridge, turn around to take in the sights of the Asian side of the narrow. Make a stop in Beylerbeyi area and take an hour to explore on your own, go shopping, or relax. Afterward, head back to the Old City, with sights of the Maiden Tower and seaside houses along the way.

Istanbul: Romantic Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

4. Istanbul: Romantic Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

You’ll be picked up at your Istanbul hotel at around 19:15-20:00 and transferred to the pier for your luxurious 4-hour Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. Enjoy delicious gourmet food while you take in panoramic views of the Bosphorus, which separates the continents of Europe and Asia. Cruise the Bosphorus and see historical sites such as Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Ortakoy area, Rumeli Fortress, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, the Maiden's Tower and more as you wine and dine the night away. No other Istanbul experience can match the romantic ambiance of this dinner cruise. Fresh food combines with unparalleled views of Istanbul and live entertainment for an evening to remember. After dinner you can enjoy entertaining music provided by the professional DJ, as well as traditional shows, or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the views along the Bosphorus. Dinner Menu • Welcome cocktail • Mixed appetizers • Mixed chips • Green olives • Sliced carrots and cucumbers in lemon sauce Cold Mezes • White cheese • Yellow cheese • Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers • Fried eggplant with special sauce in olive oil • Olive oil with stuffed vine leaves • Borlotti beans in olive oil • Curry sauced potato salad • Cooked mashed chickpeas blended with sesame oil, lemon, and spices • Spread made of yogurt seasoned with garlic and cheese • Soy sauced mushroom salad • Salami Hot Starters • Savory pastry with white cheese Main Courses • Special meatballs with sauce and rice with garnishes • Grilled chicken with special sauce and rice • Grilled sea bass • Grilled sea bream with garnishes Fresh Seasonal Salad Desserts • Baklava honey pastry filled with pistachio nuts • Small Turkish cake with syrup • Fresh seasonal fruits

Istanbul: New Year's Party Cruise with Buffet and Drinks

5. Istanbul: New Year's Party Cruise with Buffet and Drinks

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an unforgettable cruise on the Istanbul Bosphorus. Experience Istanbul at its most romantic. Eat and drink your fill and watch live performances as you drift across the Bosphorus Strait. Be picked up from you hotel and board your boat. Kick off the night with a cocktail, then dance on deck as you enjoy stunning views of palaces, bridges, and mansions that line the water’s edge. Watch performances by traditional dancers and relax over a sumptuous buffet dinner with unlimited drinks. See the stars come out over the city and watch a midnight firework display. Gaze in wonder at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge which connects Asia to Europe. Dine on traditional Turkish appetizers, spring rolls with cheese, fresh seasonal salad, roasted turkey with rice, mixed fruits, and dessert.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour and Two Continents with Lunch

6. Istanbul: Bosphorus Boat Tour and Two Continents with Lunch

After departing your hotel at 10:00 AM, head to the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Mimar Sinan built this mosque in 1560 for Rüstem Pasha, the son-in-law and the grand vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent. Its particular beauty lies in the Iznik tiles covering it, both inside and outside. After the mosque, take a 1.5 hour cruise on the Bosphorus. This natural strait connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes. Take a drive on the Bosphorus Bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing from Europe to Asia. At 1704 meters (approximately 1-mile) long and was the 4th longest in the world when completed. This is a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2-minutes. Afterwards, have lunch at the top of Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul and enjoy a beautiful view over the city. Arrive at Great Dolmabahce Palace, the first European style palace built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846. This is the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans, featuring 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Atatürk lived the final part of his life in the residential part of the palace where he also died. Afterwards enjoy a transfer back to your hotel. Please note, that Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and it is replaced with a visit to Galata Tower.

Istanbul: Personalized Photo-Shoot With a Professional

7. Istanbul: Personalized Photo-Shoot With a Professional

Enjoy a unique experience and be the star of a professional photo shoot in Istanbul. Appreciate the rich history of the city and have a Turkish coffee at a vintage cafe. Follow a planned route including many famous and local sights around Istanbul. Enjoy your time and take home some unforgettable memories in beautiful photos. Discuss with your photographer where to meet, the route of your shoot, and add or remove any location you want. You will receive all photos taken during the shoot from 250 - 350 photos within 48 hours. Also, receive 10 - 15 professionally edited photos within 4-7 working days.

Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

8. Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) was built between 1597 and 1664, also it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. You can find exotic aromas and various spices. It contains fruit vegetable, flower and fish shops inside. Rustem Pasha Mosque, for a tour. It was built by a famous Bosnian, Rüstem Pasha and designed by -one the most famous architect in history- Mimar Sinan. One of the most famous mosque in Istanbul for her interior design. Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Also famous with the great collection of European antiquity. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in the palace and died there. Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. Bosphorus Bridge, pass through the bridge and watch the beautiful view. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest bridge around the world. Don’t miss this unique chance to pass from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul city and Bosphorus. Take a little break for lunch here and enjoy the view while you are eating your tasty meal. Ortakoy, is a cosmopolitan area, bordering waters of the Bosphorus. Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews are leaving here. The neighbourhood hosts many different religious. It is also a popular spot for locals with art galleries, night clubs, and restaurants.

Istanbul: Best of the Bosphorus Strait Europe & Asia Cruise

9. Istanbul: Best of the Bosphorus Strait Europe & Asia Cruise

Explore Istanbul from the comfort of a boat on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, stopping at strategic points en route to explore on land. Enjoy opportunities to swim in summer, or to hike in lush woodland. The only cruise to take you as far as the Bosphorus/Black Sea, the tour starts with a hotel pick-up and transfer to Kabataş Port for a 09:00 departure. Enjoy great views of Istanbul's minarets as you sail to Ortaköy Mosque. Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden Tower, Cıragan palace, many Woodon House from Sea. Next, cruise to Rumeli Fortress, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II before he conquered Constantinople. Also Anadoluhisarı on the Anatolian side. After our cruise, we take our lunch. Then we go to the Asian side by using the Bosphorus bridge, visit the Beylerbeyi palace (including the harem garden), then we end our tour by climbing the most beautiful and highest hill of Istanbul, Çamlıca Hill.

Istanbul: Food and Sightseeing Tour

10. Istanbul: Food and Sightseeing Tour

The tour will start with a visit to Ortaköy Mosque where you can get some great views of the Bosporus Straight. Enjoy a tasting of local filo pastry delicacies (börek) as well. Travel a little further to the Rumeli fortresses. Then, cross the Bosphorus Bridge from the European to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit a 19th-century Ottoman summer house, which is nestled to the side of the Bosphorus and listen to stories of royal life from your guide. Drive a little further to Kadıköy Food Market and sample some local street food. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch, which your guide can order for you. Then, drive to the Çamlıca Hill and enjoy the breathtaking views of Instanbul before you visit the Çamlıca Mosque, an incredible building with a capacity of sixty thousand. To finish the tour, cross back from the Asian side to the European side of Istanbul by ferry.

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What people are saying about Ortaköy

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 84 reviews

All was very good! They picked us up at the indicated time, the very friendly driver, they had a guide in Spanish and English, it was super good because at the time of booking, I forgot to change the English language to Spanish, ask the guide if I could change to Spanish and he said yes. I liked Troy, more than anything, its history. It is small but very interesting.

One day to explore all city

I had wonderful time. Firts of all group was not big exellent. Our guide was very knowlagble and clear answer to all questions. The big different was lunch at the top of city Camlica hill view was amazing and delicious lunch. Thank you very much for everything

Very informative, wonderful guide, excellent English, the tour was a great time in spite of really unfavorable weather. Highly recommend.

It was fun. I enjoyed every activity, tour guide spoke english and the Yacht was very neat. Staffs were polite also.

Well cared for clean yacht excellent food and friendly staff and guide