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After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to the portside at Kabataş for your full-day cruise. Step onto your sightseeing boat and after a safety briefing, find a spot on deck. Then, soak up the views as you sail north along the Bosphorus Strait, the stretch of water that divides Asia and Europe.
Enjoy the complimentary onboard snacks and beverages, and take snaps of the passing mosques and landmarks as you cruise to your first stop of Ortaköy. 
Set on Istanbul’s European shores, this picturesque district of neo-baroque buildings and cobbled lanes is filled with arty shops, galleries, markets and cafes. Enjoy free time to stroll, and then return to your boat and cross the Bosphorus to Istanbul’s Asian banks.

Here, enjoy a guided tour of the Küçüksu Palace, an Ottoman-era imperial hunting lodge built in the 1800s. Small enough to fall below the tourist radar, this ornate residence is more than opulent enough to entrance visitors. Behold the rooms adorned with gold, marble and crystal, and hear how the sultans relaxed here after hunting expeditions.

Cruise back over the water and pay a visit to Rumeli Hisari Fortress, once used to control traffic on the Bosphorus. See the ramparts and towers with your guide, and then enjoy lunch back on deck on your boat.

The menu may vary, but expect dishes such as grilled chicken and meze accompanied by sodas, with other drinks (own expense) available from the bar.

After lunch, cruise further up the Bosphorus and into the Black Sea. Take in the views and dock at Poyrazköy, a pretty village nestled between wooded hills and lined by a sandy bay.

Get free time to use as you wish, perhaps to swim in the sea or take a seaside stroll. If you wish to swim, remember to bring your bathing suit and towel!  If the weather isn’t conducive to swimming, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and enjoy time to visit its ruined hilltop castle.

Afterward, cruise back to Kabataş and finish your tour in the early evening with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays. On these days, your visits will be substituted by a visit to the Maiden’s Tower, a medieval island tower that starred in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
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Sail between two continents and into the Black Sea on this full-day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait from Istanbul, with an onboard guide, plus a delicious included lunch on deck. Gaze over the shores of Europe and Asia as you cruise along the Istanbul Bosphorus; stop to visit the city’s pretty Ortaköy neighborhood; and enjoy guided tours of the ornate Küçüksu Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Lastly, moor at the picturesque Black Sea village of Poyrazköy with time to swim in the sea; or explore the medieval castle of Anadolu Kavağı.
  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing cruise with an onboard guide and lunch
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait and into the sun-baked waters of the Black Sea
  • Enjoy stops on both the European and Asian banks of Istanbul
  • Make the most of free time at Ortaköy, tour Küçüksu Palace and visit Rumeli Hisarı Fortress
  • Savor a delicious lunch of grilled chicken and Turkish meze on board the boat
  • Swim in the Black Sea at Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Some good things, some not so good

I did enjoy travelling up the Bosphorus on this day cruise, but given the crucial location of this seaway over centuries, I really would have liked much more information about the significance of the Bosphorus to Empires and trade throughout history. Some historic buildings were...More

Thank Jill K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great trip

Nice trip we enjoyed our time with great service and team and we have a lots fun Aslan very kind and nice person Thanks for everyone 🌹

1  Thank Mahnoud W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful day on the Bosphorus

Wonderful and peaceful Sunday on the water, with a very knowledgeable guide, Aslam. Sailing up to the third bridge on the Bosphorus with stops at various places en route was a great way to spend the day. Well worth the trip...

Thank Gillian B
Reviewed 13 August 2018
Great day out

We did the full day tour. The stops were very good in that they were sights which we would not have gone to otherwise (or known about). The tour guide, Aslan, was great and very knowledgeable, together with the rest of the IBO crew made...More

1  Thank AndrewS9194
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile
Great day out on the water

I highly recommend this full day tour! It was wonderful to see Istanbul from the water and gave me a different perspective of the city. In the super hot month of August it was also a great day out on the water which ended with...More

5  Thank Traveler554952
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