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Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.55 per person

A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul, even when you have little time to spend. Get your ticket and audio guide at the Kabatas Pier, and board one of the boats departing every hour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Audio guide included
English, French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Italian


  • Explore the highlights that sits between Europe and Asia
  • Discover the mega metropolis Istanbul from a different view
  • Pass by all historical palaces, fortresses and the Bosphorus bridge
  • Capture amazing pictures along this journey
  • Download the audio guide on your smartphone and learn about the main attractions
Full description

Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul and admire the cosmopolitan city from a completely different perspective while enjoying the beautiful views of the Orient and the Occident at the same time. The Bosphorus is 32km long, separates Europe from Asia, and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. Cruise along the strait between Asia and Europe and discover Istanbul tourist attractions, magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and other historical sites, as well as fine seaside residences and the Bosphorus bridge. Admire the views of Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque. Furthermore, you will have a glance at the spectacular pieces of authentic civic architecture on the European and Asian coasts.

  • 90-minute Bosphorus cruise
  • Audio guide for your smartphone in several languages
  • Bosphorus map
  • 1 bottle of water or juice
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

• The pier is located across Kabatas tram station, close by Dolmbahce Palace. Look for the cruise boat behind the red petrol station. We recommend using public transport to get to the pier. • From Taksim: Footpath or Funicular F1 (5 min) • From Dolmabahce Palace: Walking (5 min) • From Sultanahmet: Tram T1 (15 min) • From Besiktas: Walking or bus (5 min) • From Galataport: Walking (5 min) • From Galata Tower: Walking and Tram T1 (10 min)

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Download the audio guide app on your smartphone before your cruise. Download instructions are written in your confirmation
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 679 reviews

Review summary

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The Bosporus cruise was great and very educational. The boat was clean and the pick up was very organized. The speaker guide explained all the places in detail, which I appreciate as a non-local, so it was great and it made me feel like the crew put a lot of emphasis on safety.

December 19, 2021

This was a special experience for me. I had no idea just how beautiful Istanbul really was until i saw it on the water. U can actually see Asia and Europe! I loved how the commentary spoke of the history as well; I learned a lot. The scenery was just amazing and the weather was perfect. I couldn’t ask for anything more. The manager of the tour was also the best. He assisted me with directions and allowed me to have the best possible experience. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Istanbul. It is a must!!

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October 16, 2020

THIS tour & the evening Bosphorus tour are any visitors must-do. Amazing sights; the bridges, palaces, academy and villas, are ALL screen-savers to say the least. Though the Istanbul heat in August is at a 10yr high. Upper-deck was at capacity. Social-distancing below could be had, but obviously for a reason. Loved it.

August 31, 2020

Product ID: 195194