Best Bosphorus Cruises Istanbul

Commencing on the Best Bosphorus Cruises in Istanbul offers an enchanting journey through the heart of this historic city, where Europe and Asia meet.

As you glide along the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of Istanbul's iconic landmarks, including the majestic domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Topkapi Palace, and the bustling Galata Tower.
Whether you choose a daytime sightseeing cruise or opt for a romantic sunset dinner cruise, each voyage promises an unforgettable experience filled with the rich tapestry of Istanbul's past and present. Discover the allure of Istanbul from a unique perspective as you cruise past centuries-old waterfront mansions, bustling fishing villages, and bustling waterfront promenades. With its unparalleled beauty and timeless charm, the Bosphorus Cruise is truly an essential part of any visit to Istanbul.

On this page, you'll find the best-selected Bosphorus cruise tickets for you. Reserve your spot without delay to experience this incredible journey!

Sightseeing spots along the route:
 Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Hisari, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Anatolian Fortress Istanbul, Beylerbeyi Palace, Maiden's Tower

Best Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul Tickets 

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide

5 (2K)

"Very good boat trip at a very reasonable price. The process of booking online was very easy and (...) The boat was impressive and for the price the overall experience cannot be faulted." Karen, Apr. 2024, Usa [Source: Headout]

Best offer
€ 12


Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Daytime or Sunset Cruise

Bosphorus Luxury Yacht Daytime or Sunset Cruise

4.5 (3,9K)

"Beautiful ship, spacious, comfortable and impeccably clean. Helpful on and off board staff. Knowledgeable guide. Very good experience :)" Marie, Apr. 2024, Spain [Source: Headout]

Best offer
€ 35


2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

4.2 (94)

"The guys who managed the private cruise were just awesome. They answered all the questions from the get go(...) Loved their warmth towards us. Highly recommended!" Raja, Nov. 2023, South Asia [Source: Headout]

Best offer
€ 380


Best Dinner Cruise Ticket Option

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Best Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Tickets

Book Tickets for a Dinner Cruise along the Bosphorus 2024 Prices. Live Entertainment , Turkish Night Show , Private Yacht Tour, 3-course Turkish dinner

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€ 28

Practical Information about Bosphorus Cruises Istanbul

Itinerary of a Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul

A typical itinerary for a Bosphorus cruise might include the following:

Eminönü/Kabataş Departure: The cruise usually starts from either Eminönü or Kabataş, two bustling districts on the European side of Istanbul. Passengers board the boat and get settled in for the journey.

  • Golden Horn: The cruise often begins with a sail along the Golden Horn, a historic inlet that separates the European side of Istanbul. Passengers can enjoy views of iconic landmarks such as the Galata Tower and the historic neighborhoods lining the shore.
  • Bosphorus Strait: As the cruise continues along the Bosphorus Strait, passengers are treated to panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline, including magnificent palaces, mosques, and waterfront mansions known as yalıs. (Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Seaside Villas)
  • Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı: The boat may pass by the imposing fortresses of Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı, which once guarded the narrowest point of the Bosphorus. These medieval fortresses offer picturesque photo opportunities from the water.
  • Bosphorus Bridges: The cruise often passes under the two suspension bridges that span the Bosphorus: the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge. Passengers can marvel at the engineering feats of these modern landmarks.
  • Çengelköy and Beylerbeyi: The boat may make stops at charming neighborhoods like Çengelköy and Beylerbeyi on the Asian side of Istanbul. Passengers can disembark to explore these historic districts or enjoy refreshments at waterfront cafes.
  • Maiden's Tower: The cruise may also sail past the iconic Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi), a historic lighthouse located on a small islet in the middle of the Bosphorus. Legend has it that a princess was imprisoned in the tower to protect her from a prophecy.

Return: The cruise typically return to the point of departure, where guests will disembark.

Types of Best Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul

Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the enchanting beauty of Istanbul's skyline and historic landmarks with a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus. These journeys often provide commentary on iconic sights such as magnificent palaces, mosques, and castles lining the shores of the Bosphorus. It's an ideal way to immerse yourself in the city's history and views while relaxing on the water.

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 Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Audio Guide

Bosphorus day time cruise

Dinner Cruise

Indulge in a memorable dining experience aboard a Bosphorus dinner cruise, where you can savor delicious Turkish cuisine while cruising along the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus. In these journeys, gourmet meals, traditional music, and dance performances are often provided. It offers a unique experience for celebrating a special day or for a romantic evening.

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Yacht Tours

For a more luxurious and personalized experience, consider a private yacht tour of the Bosphorus. Chartering a yacht allows you to tailor your itinerary and explore the Bosphorus at your own pace, with the flexibility to visit exclusive coves, hidden beaches, and secluded bays along the coastline. So you can sunbathe, swim, or embark on an adventurous journey to the islands.

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2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

2-Hour Bosphorus Luxury Private Yacht Rental in Istanbul

FAQ About Best Bosphorus Cruises Istanbul

What is a Bosphorus cruise Istanbul?

The Bosphorus cruise tour luxurious and entertaining way to experience Istanbul's beauty and culture. It allows you to explore the dazzling beauty and landmarks of Istanbul from the sea.

How much is Bosphorus cruise?

A classic Bosphorus cruise starts from 12 euros. Prices vary depending on dinner and sunset options. >> Check All Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul Prices Here

Where does the Bosphorus cruise leave from?

Most Bosphorus cruises depart from the Kabataş pier, which is located in the heart of Istanbul. Other popular departure points are located in the Karaköy and Besiktas neighborhoods. All three locations are easy accessible by public transportation. Cruises typically return to the same location they departed from.

How long is the Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul?

A classic Bosphorus cruise lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Why is Bosphorus cruise famous?

The Bosphorus cruise is famous for its breathtaking views of Istanbul's landmarks and scenic beauty from the water. It offers a unique perspective of the city's iconic sites, making it a must-do activity for visitors seeking an unforgettable experience in Istanbul.

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