Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Combine a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise with a tour of Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this exciting 2.5-hour Istanbul experience! With an onboard guide, learn all about the city and enjoy water-side views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Galata Tower, Bosphorus Bridge and more. Help yourself to snacks on board, and then hop onto dry land for a tour of either Rumeli Hisarı Fortress (Mondays and Thursdays only) or Küçüksu Palace — one of Istanbul’s opulent hidden gems.

Highlights

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide

Start your day with a hotel pickup, and travel to Kasımpaşa port to board your sightseeing boat. Once on board simply settle into your seat on deck to soak up the views. After a quick introduction from your onboard guide, cruise along the waters of the glorious Bosphorus Strait, the famous stretch of water that splits Istanbul onto the European and Asian continents.

Have your camera ready to capture photos of legendary Istanbul landmarks such as Bosphorus Bridge, a contemporary-looking suspension bridge that spans the water, and the 14th-century Galata Tower that dominates its surroundings. As you cruise, learn about the city and its sights from your guide’s commentary. Hear how Dolmabahçe Palace was one of the last buildings to be built during the Ottoman Empire, and learn about the sultans who spent summer vacations at nearby Rumeli Fortress.

Dock on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, and hop out for a visit to Küçüksu Palace. The historical building was built in the mid-19th century for one of the city’s extravagant sultans and its lack of size is more than made up for by its grandeur. Ogle the palace’s gilded interiors and furnishings lined with gold while exploring with your guide. Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, so if your tour falls on those days, the visit will be replaced with a tour of Rumeli Fortress.

Return to your boat after your tour, and cruise over the water to Eminönü, a pier near one of the city’s spice bazaars. Step back onto dry land, where your tour ends.

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • Kucuksu Palace Garden Ticket included
  • Entry/Admission - Rumeli Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Kucuksu Pavilion

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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

11:30 AM


Return Details

Concludes at Eminönü, a pier near one of the city’s spice bazaars at approximately 2pm

Voucher info

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

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

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

User's Reviews

Gustavo B

02 Oct, 2017

Good tour. Only concern is that there was not drop-off and they leave you at the Bazaar to take a taxi, which is difficult in Istanbul due to the taxi drivers try to rip you off with ridiculous prices.

Yun Y

26 Jun, 2016

Great tour

Shelly L.

22 Jun, 2016

Perfect day, perfect cruise. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the sight we saw on the Bosporus and the Rumeli Fortress was just what I wanted to see. Bekek is a wonderful Turkish city to eat in and wonder around. Thank you La Vacanza Travel for this tour. Again they delivered just what we expected.

Warren W

19 Jun, 2016

Great cruise, perfect length. Only caution is if you are doing just the cruise not the additional bus tour afterwards be aware that there is no return bus to your hotel. Therefore be very careful getting cab back to city core as road traffic in vicinity was chaotic and many rip-off cabbies operating in area : this a comment on the area, not the cruise.

Gordon Y

11 Jan, 2016

Tour was efficient and staff knowledgeable and friendly. Kucuksu Palace is a gem.

User's Picture Gallery

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Maiden's Tower where we landed.

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Bosphorous View

By Ortakoy

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Kucuksu Palace tour

Kucuksu Palace tour

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Interesting way of seeing the city

James Bond island in the middle of the strait......

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The beginning of the tour

Galata Tower from the river

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The Anatolian shore

The Anatolian shore

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Kucuksu Palace

Kucuksu Palace

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Kucuksu Palace

Kucuksu Palace

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View from the boat

View from the boat

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Galata tower

Galata tower

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Kucuksu Palace park

Kucuksu Palace park

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The Palace

The Palace

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The Palace

the Palace

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View from the ship

View

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On the boat

Sultanahmet in the back ground

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