Bosphorus Cruise & Asian Side Tour

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Bosphorus Cruise & Asian Side Tour

Visit Ortakoy, Kucuksu and Rumeli Hisari Fortress on this Bosphorus Cruise and enjoy snacks and refreshments en route.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick-up and drop-off service are available from centrally located hotels.


  • Much more than a regular Bosphorus Cruise!
  • Explore Ortakoy, Kucuksu and Rumeli Hisari Fortress in one go.
  • Learn the fascinating history of Istanbul's landmarks from your expert guide.
  • Enjoy snacks and refreshments while taking in the view.

Full Description

Your tour will begin with a convenient hotel pick-up and take you to the pier where you will board the cruise. Let the fun begin!

The first stop will be Ortakoy. You will probably have seen pictures of the beautiful Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, or simply Ortakoy Mosque, located right in front of the Bosphorus Bridge. It's an absolutely stunning work of art designed by the Armenian architect Nikogos Balyan on the orders of Sultan Abdulmecid. The square outside the mosque is often busy as there are lots of cafes and restaurants in the area. Ortakoy is particularly famous for "Kumpir" (baked potatoes with various toppings and fillings) and waffles. Why not have a taste while you're there? On weekends, there are sometimes stalls where you can buy handmade souvenirs. 

Next, we will cruise to Kucuksu Palace. Again, it was designed by Nikogos Balyan on the orders of Sultan Abdulmecid and completed in 1857. It's situated in the Kucuksu neighbourhood on the Asian side of Istanbul and can be seen from its best angle from the Bosphorus. The Palace was restored in 1994 so you can see the luxurious and ornate interior for yourself.

Next, we'll return to the boat for snacks and refreshments on the way to Rumeli Hisari Fortress. The Fortress was built to prevent anyone from entering the Bosphorus and reaching Constantinople to help the Byzantines during the Ottoman conquest. You'll be able to get out and explore the fortress which has great views over the Bosphorus. Don't forget your camera! 

At the end of the tour, our transport vehicles will take you back to your hotel. Or, if you prefer, you can get off at Dolmabahce Palace, Karakoy (near Galata Tower) or Eminonu (near the Spice Bazaar). Please let your guide know if you would like to get off somewhere other than your hotel before you take the transfer vehicle. 




  • Pick-up and drop-off shuttle service.
  • Snacks with coffee or tea, soft drinks and fruit provided on the boat.
  • Entrance fees to the historical sites (Rumeli Fortress, Kucuksu Palace or Maiden's Tower).
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Lunch.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • Kucuksu Palace is closed on Mondays-Thursdays and is replace with Maiden’s Tower
  • Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays and is replaced with Maiden’s Tower
  • Please ask if pick-up is available from your hotel.

About your Host

IBO Tour

IBO Tours was founded in 2010 by Muzaffer Ibrahim “Ibo” Şamcı. Ibrahim had worked in the tourism industry in Turkey for over ten years, and from his experience, he saw that he could offer a better experience to tourists coming to Istanbul...
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Customer Reviews

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Delbert - July 26, 2019

Have you ever met a potato mountain? I did. :) Before you get the boat take one. I can describe it only in one word. Magical. :)

Eunice - June 07, 2019

Near the traditional visiting places Kucuksu Palace is a secret beauty on Asian side. We saw a small Dolmabahche Palace.

Lance - July 13, 2019

I don t know why all the promoted attractions of Istanbul from European side. There are lots of places to visit on otherside. Kuchuk Sue Palace was very nice designed as architectural. And after this tour i learnt its name is used as a phrase in Turkish, :))) When you join ask your guide for what they use Kuchuk Sue as well! :))

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