Water activity

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card
Water activity

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.84 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.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Audio guide included


  • 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 (English, French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Italian)
  • Bosphorus map
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

The pier is located across Kabatas tram station, close to Dolmbahce Palace. Look for the cruise boat behind the red petrol station. It is recommended that you use public transport to get to the pier. From Taksim take the footpath or funicular F1 (5 min), from Sultanahmet, take Tram T1 (15 min), from Galata Tower take Tram T1 (10 min), and from Besiktas, you can reach the pier on foot or take the bus (5 min). From Dolmabahce Palace and Galataport, the pier is just a 5-minute walk.

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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 871 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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The instructions were clear, but the trip description could include a more accurate description of the tour. The voice of the guide was not heard too well. So it would be nice if the trip has a electronic PDF file that provides the same information in writing.

March 29, 2023

the app sort of went in and out, but there were written descriptions that were identical to the sights viewed so it wasn't too hard to follow. I am glad that we did this tour rather than spend a lot of money on the many expensive boat tours that are out there.

March 29, 2023

Good value for money overall. Maintains time. Ample space under shade, needed if you are planning to visit in summer. Cheese and pepperoni (halal) sandwiches and fresh juices are vendored throughout the cruise. Toilet facilities are a disappointment. Better to come on board prepared. There are photographers who might take your photos and will come after some time with it on a frame, asking for a price. You are not bound to buy it, but will get into an unwanted haggle, so if you want to avoid it just ask them politely at the very starting point that you don’t want your picture taken.

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 195194