Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 10 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Explore Istanbul on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and the waters of the Black Sea! With an onboard guide, learn about Istanbul and enjoy three stops to discover some of the landmarks. See where the city’s Ottoman-era sultans spent summer vacations at Ortaköy and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, and take a tour of Küçüksu Palace — one of the city’s gems. Swim in the Black Sea at the coastal village of Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı. An onboard lunch featuring Turkish meze is also included.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free drinks included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Start your day with a hotel pickup, and travel to Kabataş port to board your sightseeing boat. Take a seat out on deck, help yourself to snacks, and gaze out at the sights as you cruise along the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, the waterway that splits Istanbul onto the European and Asian continents.

Your first stop is Ortaköy, a charming Istanbul neighborhood on the city’s European banks. Enjoy some free time to stretch your legs and explore the narrow and enchanting streets. Once the area was favored as a summer retreat for vacationing sultans; today, Ortaköy’s market stalls, shops and galleries entice both locals and visitors alike.

Hop back on board and cruise to Istanbul’s Asian side for a visit to Küçüksu Palace, a 19th-century stunner that was built in Baroque style. The pint-sized palace is one of the city’s hidden gems — small enough to escape the crowds but opulent enough to enchant those who stumble upon it. Take in the gild, gold and glamor of the interior that was created for a sultan, and learn about the palace’s history from your guide.

Cruise back over the water and dock outside Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, the imposing structure that marks the narrowest point of the Bosphorus Strait. After a visit with your guide, hearing of the sultans who spent their vacations there, return to your boat for an onboard lunch in the sun. Savor grilled chicken alongside an assortment of Turkish meze, sip on soda, and then continue your cruise.

Pass out of the Bosphorus Strait and into waters of the Black Sea for your final stop at the seaside village of Poyrazköy. Use your free time to swim in the sea or walk through the hills that fringe the village. Be sure to bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and walking shoes or sneakers! If the weather is not warm enough for swimming on the day, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and explore the medieval castle ruins with your guide.

In the late afternoon, return to Kabataş port and finish with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress is closed on Wednesdays. On these days, the attractions will be replaced with a visit to Kiz Kulesi (also known as Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower), a monument that featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Rumeli Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Ortakoy
  • Entry/Admission - Anadolu Kavagi
  • Entry/Admission - Kucuksu Pavilion

  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Departure Point

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


30 Sep, 2019

They picked us up at our old Town hotel and we started our full day cruise. It was actually two half days with additional guests onboard for lunch and cruise to Black Sea. The morning cruise was great we stopped at Maidens island, a mosque and a hunting lodge of the Ottomans. I forgot the name of our guide but he was incredibility knowledgeable of history, geographic and plate tectonics. A real treat. The big surprise for me was lunch. We did not expect a good lunch but it was in fact very good! Well worth the time!


29 Jul, 2019

The day promises to be a long one. We departed our hotel at 0900 and returned at 1830 (hotel pickup and drop off by tour shuttle). Our tour guide, Aslan, was absolutely amazing. He shares his knowledge of Turkish culture and history with great enthusiasm. We made four stops (2 Asian and 2 European). At each of the stops you get some free time (30-45min) to self-explore a little after the guide has given you an orientation to the site. We also Had about 45 minutes to swim at the mouth of the Bosphorus Straits right at the Black Sea inlet. This is an absolute highlight, especially on a warm/hot Summer day. Food and snacks throughout the day. Overall, well worth the cost...and while the whole day was spent with this activity, it went by rather quickly.

chana T

08 Jul, 2019

Great trip on the Bosphorous . Highly recommend the full day trip for the beautiful visits to a mosque, castle and fortress, also fantastic swim in Black Sea and nice lunch.

Ester S

03 Jul, 2019

We loved this whole day trip. It was well managed and our guide Aslan was very knowledgeable and friendly. (He also has a great sense of humor :) I definitely recommend it and the whole day option with swimming was truly relaxing after sightseeing the day before. We were a small group and visited sights where there were almost no tourists.

Andreas T O

03 Jul, 2019

Everything went like clockwork on this tour, from the hotel pickup to the drop off. The boat trip was excellent and interesting and the guide was knowledgeable and fun. Highly recommended.

User's Picture Gallery







Rumeli Fortress views

One possible boat stop is the Rumeli Fortress, which isn't that different from other old European castles, but climbing the stops to see the Bosphorus views like this one is worth the hike.


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