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

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • 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.

Duration

10 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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JenW

The tour was well paced and organized. Aslan our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Ever willing to answer our questions and he had much to share. The boat crew was helpful and food on the boat was delicious and adequate. It was also very convenient that we were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Overall it was a great and relaxing way to visit the places of interest. We enjoyed our day!

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Fitz

This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Aslan was able to answer all of our questions at each of the locations and was always friendly and even helpful with taking pictures for his guests. The other crew on the boat were professional and friendly. We had a great day on this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something to do in Istanbul.

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HS14

I was highly impressed by this cruise! The boat was beautiful, much bigger than expected and our guide Arslan ?spelling? was very informative and friendly. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel which was very convenient. The tour was well paced, giving us plenty of time to browse the sites on our own but not too long where we would get bored. There was music, snacks, lunch, good conversations, awesome sites along the way... The only thing I wish we had was wifi but Arslan was kind enough to let us use his. Overall, this experience was 10/10 in my opinion. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE IF YOU ARE GOING TO ISTANBUL! :-

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Cristian E. E

Excellent!

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MGB

Although we booked this particular tour through La Vacanza Travel, the day before this tour was cancelled due to lack of numbers however the replacement tour we were offered was hugely enjoyable and very well organised from start to finish. Many thanks.

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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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