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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise from the Old City

A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. Get on the boat and start discovering the long waterway which separates Europe and Asia. Discover Istanbul’s main attractions, including magnificent palaces, ancient castles and famous hills and parks, as well as spectacular seaside residences from different centuries while passing under famous bridges. You will start your tour from the Old City in Eminönü and cruise along the European side until the 2nd Bosphorus bridge and return back along the Asian coast. You will pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. You will aslo get to see some historical landmarks from a distance such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden Tower, and Galata Tower. 

Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with Audio App

2. Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with Audio App

Admire the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul from a completely different perspective beyond the regular tourist paths while enjoying the beautiful views around you. There are 4 points you can leave the boat and join the next one again 60 or 120 minutes later. Without hopping off you can make this tour in 100 minutes. Your ticket is valid for a full day. The hop-on-hop-off stops are Kabataş, Emirgan, Kucuksu, Beylerbeyi, Beşiktaş and back to Kabataş. The first stop on the Bosphorus will be Emirgan, a perfect place for a coffee, a snack or a lunch break at the cafes next to an 18th-century mosque. Visit the green Emirgan Park, Sabanci museum, or walk along the beautiful shoreline. Then, catch one of the next boats and cross to the Asian side to go to the second stop Kucuksu, known for its ornately decorated royal hunting pavilion. After enjoying the pavilion and its surroundings, head over to Beylerbeyi Palace, a royal summer residence built in the 19th-century. Explore the palace or enjoy a relaxing stroll through the gardens. Visit the Beylerbeyi Mosque then catch the next boat back to the European side to go to the last stop, Besiktas which is famous for its lively local market. Visit the Besiktas square and sample some fresh seasonal fish. Continue on to Kabataş where you can take the funicular to Taksim or the tram to Sultanahmet.

Istanbul: Vialand Theme Park Entry Ticket w/ Package Options

3. Istanbul: Vialand Theme Park Entry Ticket w/ Package Options

Enter the most exciting theme park in Turkey home to the first shopping center that combines shopping and exhibition centers, entertainment, and lifestyle complex. Vialand (formerly known as Isfanbul) offers its guests world-class fun with its park filled with rides. Feel the adrenaline on Nefeskesen, the 4th biggest rollercoaster in the world which exceeds speeds of 110 kph in 3 seconds. Then, experience the 15 m sudden drop on the Viking water ride before heading to the 360-degree entertainment station which is suitable for all ages.  See all of Istanbul under your feet at the Tower of Justice viewing platform which is 50 m high. Finally, swing on the Saray Salincagi ride, with a 40-person capacity and 20 m diameter cycle. End your day at the outdoor concert and event stage which features the biggest outdoor screen in Turkey and seats a capacity of 10,000 people. Watch a range of special shows and concerts by famous artists at this never-ending festival environment. Choose between the All-Inclusive VIP, Diamond, or Gold Packages that offer food menus, drink options, and bonus attractions depending on your choice. Take a thrilling ride down the Zipline and Up-Side House and try ice cream, hookah, and coffee at Bloom Hookah Cafe.

Istanbul 2-Hour Private Bosphorus Yacht Tour

4. Istanbul 2-Hour Private Bosphorus Yacht Tour

Enjoy an exclusive sightseeing experience on the Bosphorus from the private deck of your yacht on a 2-hour private cruise past some of Istanbul's most famous sites. Board the yacht at the pier and soak up the atmosphere along the riviera cruising along both European & Asian shores. You'll enjoy spectacular views of Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palce, Rumeli Fortress, Anadolu Fortress and the two Bosphorus Bridges as you cruise along the Bosphorus strait. Admire the beautiful scenery with 360 degree views from the spacious upper fly-bridge, or enjoy relaxing in comfort on the sun deck or in the comfortable outdoor and indoor lounges. During the cruise, sit back and unwind as you enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or water which are available on request (free of charge). Or enjoy sipping an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or cocktail from our on-board bar (purchase required). At the end of the cruise, you'll be dropped off at the pier for disembarkation.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

5. From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

Discover Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Istanbul that includes round-trip flights and an overnight stay at a boutique hotel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Istanbul hotel and transfer to the airport 7:10 AM Depart Istanbul Airport for Cappadocia 8:40 AM Arrival at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia hotel 9:30 AM Tour of Cappadocia that includes the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin old village, lunch in Avonos, a pottery demonstration in Avanos, Paşabağı fairy chimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup fairy chimneys and an Urgup carpet factory Overnight at your boutique hotel in Cappadocia. Day 2 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Cappadocia hotel for hot-air balloon tour 8:00 AM Return to hotel 9:15 AM Pick-up at your hotel for the tour 9:30 AM Tour begins with a panoramic view of Göreme and visit to Derinkuyu Underground City, constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Enjoy a short hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. See Selime Monastry from the Yaprakhisar viewpoint before ending with a visit to the Pigeon Valley and an onyx demonstration 8:25 PM Depart Kayseri Airport for Istanbul 9:55 PM Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel

Istanbul: Best of the Bosphorus Strait Europe & Asia Cruise

6. Istanbul: Best of the Bosphorus Strait Europe & Asia Cruise

Explore Istanbul from the comfort of a boat on a full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, stopping at strategic points en route to explore on land. Enjoy opportunities to swim in summer, or to hike in lush woodland. The only cruise to take you as far as the Bosphorus/Black Sea, the tour starts with a hotel pick-up and transfer to Kabataş Port for a 09:00 departure. Enjoy great views of Istanbul's minarets as you sail to Ortaköy Mosque. Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden Tower, Cıragan palace, many Woodon House from Sea. Next, cruise to Rumeli Fortress, built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II before he conquered Constantinople. Also Anadoluhisarı on the Anatolian side. After our cruise, we take our lunch. Then we go to the Asian side by using the Bosphorus bridge, visit the Beylerbeyi palace (including the harem garden), then we end our tour by climbing the most beautiful and highest hill of Istanbul, Çamlıca Hill.

Istanbul: Guided Byzantine Hippodrome Visit

7. Istanbul: Guided Byzantine Hippodrome Visit

The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi have survived. The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı, internationaly referred to as the Sultan Ahmet Square and located in the heart of the historical peninsula of Istanbul. The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos, horse, and dromos, path or way. For this reason, it is sometimes also referred to as Atmeydanı (Horse Square) in Turkish. Horse racing and chariot racing were popular pastimes in the ancient world, and hippodromes were common features of Greek cities in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Truly enjoyed the sightseeing cruise. 1.5 hours was fully enough to view all beauty of Istanbul on Bosphorus. The only moment was that we were offered coffee and were asked to pay for it, however, it was included in the price.

When i arrived pier, i saw the crews. All of them is friendly and smily face. The tour was excellent and we enjoyed all the time. If you come the Istanbul, i recommend this company. Thanks for everything!!

Need to travel early if u are travel from Sultanahmet Area.. But its worth the travelling hurdle.. With good view, excellent ferry and rather good information alongwith

Great cruise over the Bosphorus! Be aware that this doesn’t include any tour guide, it’s only for sightseeing :)

The meeting point was easy to find and we had a lot of fun on the ship! Any time!!!