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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

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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.
  • View Istanbul from the water, and hear commentary from an onboard guide
  • Explore the opulent Kucuksu Palace (or Rumeli Hisari Fortress if closed)
  • Snap pictures as you cruise along the Bosphorus
  • Hassle-free pickup from your hotel
What to Expect
Meet a vehicle at your Istanbul hotel and make your way to the Kasimpasa port for a Bosphorus cruise. After boarding, find a seat on the deck for a good view of the historic peninsula. Spot the Galata Tower in the Galata district as you cruise into the Bosphorus Strait, hearing about the city from your guide along the way. Snap pictures of the Bosphorus Bridge and pass by the ornate Dolmabahce Palace. After disembarking on the Asian shore, you’ll visit Kucuksu Palace, a grand late-Ottoman era mansion. You’ll hear the stories of the sultans who lived in the palace and view the opulent rooms. If the palace is closed, visit 15th-century Rumeli Hisari Fortress instead. Return to the boat and cruise down the Bosphorus back to the Golden Horn, where you’ll dock at Eminonu.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your centrally located Istanbul hotel
Departure Time
11:30 AM
2h 30m
Return Details
Concludes at Eminönü, a pier near one of the city’s spice bazaars at approximately 2pm
  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • Kucuksu Palace Garden Ticket included
  • Entry/Admission - Rumeli Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Kucuksu Pavilion
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I have got two tickets for my mom and dad, first of all, my mom and dad got another cruise ticket for 45$ which had dinner and two places for visiting and horse riding and it was for 8 hours second, they picked my mom and dad from hotel after I asked for that, first they emailed
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Response from dreamcity-istanbul, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
Responded 10 Oct 2019
Hello and thank you for your feedback. In our tours we have pick up service from hotel but some of the hotels are out of our pick up zones İstanbul is a large city . And our drop off locations are written in the brochure . And we are trying to give our best service to our guests. In my humble opinion you are being unjust with that rating.
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This was a nice experience and very relaxing with plenty of opportunities to take a photography or make a selfie on an unusual background or with unusual pose (my partner hates photographies so I had to perform for both of us). The tour captures a number of the most important
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Tour picked us up at our hotel on time and then transferred to the boat at the main port Eminonou. Cruise began along the Europe side through the Golden Horn, past the Galata Tower and continued on past palaces and bridges. Our guide Denis was very knowledgeable and spoke
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Well, it all sounded good. Pick up at the hotel, great tour on the gorgeous Bosporus. Visit either the fortress or the palace. I was ready to go and the sun was shining. What a beautiful spring day. And to be honest - I did enjoy the tour. But only because of the beautiful
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Response from ibocruise, General Manager at Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
Responded 21 May 2019
Hello,Thank you for your feedback. sorry for the inconvenience. The tour schedule is being determined to the various factors such as opening time of places that we do visit, traffic-jam and so on. We have two possible visits in bosphorus strait and we are choosing one among the rumeli fortress and Küçüksu palace Maiden's tower was never in our tour.depending on operational reasons , differs on the day , weather and water conditions and also we informed hotels and agencies about that situation. The information about the pick-up and drop-off service is specified on the brochures. Lastly, all of our tour guides have certificate from TURSAB which means Turkey Travel Agencies Association. They would be happy to assist to our guests, their queries about the tours and Turkey in general. However, we have forwarded your feedback to our guide. . Thank you for your kind understanding.
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When we telephoned the local tour company on the day before and confirmed our trip as required were told to travel to Taksim Square for pick up, not at hotel as advertised. This was really inconvenient.When we booked Hotel details were requested and accepted...The Marriott Hotel
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Response from ibocruise, Guest Relations Manager at Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
Responded 11 May 2019
Hello, sorry for the inconvenience. In order to reduce the time of travelling to the meeting points and avoid to traffic-jam for our guests to start the tour at the specified time, we sometimes may have to change the pick-up location to the centre of the city. Also, it is great to hear that you have enjoyed our tour programme. Take care!
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About the operator
By: IBO Tours & Cruises
The Netherlands
Highly recommended before you start exploring Istanbul
If you visit Istanbul for the first time (as I did), I strongly advise to take this tour on the first day of your
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Max + Maria
San Francisco, California
Great way to see the Bosphorus
Great way to see the Bosphorus and to see both the Asian and European sides of Turkey. IT's amazing to think that
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Don’t waste your time
We are still in shock. Visiting Cities, we always book a trip. What a waste of a day. The tour tends to flow like
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Stockholm, Sweden
Terribly unprofessional.
The agency is terribly unprofessional and the excursions are very poorly organized. We took the Bosporus tour and
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Josephine D
Bosphorus Tour
Perfect. Great guide. The cable car ride is only a few minutes long, but the view from Pierre Loti is worth the
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Patricia D
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Excellent Full Day Tour
I had a full day tour (Oct 9) to Dolmabahce Palace, sailing the Bosphorus, Selim III Palace on the Asian side,
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Patricia D
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Good tour, excellent guide: not always the case.
You don't always find good tour guides in Turkey. They can be as wonderful, as the man who took us to a full day
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Naeeme Y
very expensive in comparison with other
I have got two tickets for my mom and dad, first of all, my mom and dad got another cruise ticket for 45$ which
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bibin g
An average tour for people with less time
The tour was good. They had picked me from hotel. The tour guide was not very interesting, may be it was because
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Cruise with tour
This cruise with bus tour was worth the money. Pick up from hotel, slight delay in collecting people but i feel
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