Cruise on Bosphorus & Black Sea Full Day

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Cruise on Bosphorus & Black Sea Full Day

Enjoy a full day out visiting Ortakoy, Kucuksu, Rumeli Hisari Fortress, Anadolu Kavagi and Poyrazkoy on the Black Sea.

Duration: 1 Day
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick-up and drop-off services are available from centrally located hotels.

Highlights

  • Explore the Bosphorus from Ortakoy to the Black Sea!
  • Enjoy the view of some of Istanbul's best landmarks from the beautiful waters of the Bosphorus.
  • Enjoy refreshments and lunch en route.

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. 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.

After this, we'll get back on the boat and enjoy snacks and refreshments en route to Rumeli Hisari Fortress. You'll be able to get out and explore the fortress which has great views over the Bosphorus. Don't forget your camera! 

Then it will be time for lunch on the boat. If you're a vegetarian, please request the vegetarian lunch option when making your reservation. 

After lunch, we will stop at Anadolu Kavagi. The name originally referred to the trees in the forest that used to be there, but in time came to mean Anatolian Control Point which is what the area was during the Ottoman Period. It played an important role in the Ottomans maintaining control of the Bosphorus. Today, it is famous for special crepes and seafood including fried mussels. You will have time to taste ice-cream and waffles while we're there - yum!

The final destination will be Poyrazkoy to say hello to the Black Sea! We will stop in at a beautiful cove on the Asian side where you can swim or just enjoy the sunshine. After Poyrazkoy, we'll head back to Kabatas Pier where you'll be returned to your hotel in our comfortable minibuses.

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Includes

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

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • Kucuksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and is replaced with Maiden’s Tower.
  • Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays and is replaced with Maiden’s Tower.

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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Daisy - February 02, 2019

To our chance. Wheather was so nice and clear. We could see the full Bosphorus shore clearly. On Bosphorus we saw a group of dolpins as well.

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Andrew - July 27, 2019

I have been waited some at the lobby but just 10 minutes later they arrived to pick me up. Inspite of i am in Istanbul since 3 days i didn t smell this wheather like this. Sit outside&Close your eyes, feel the timeless.

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Sidney - September 05, 2019

Most effective part of the tour was the stories about the Maiden s Tower that our guides told us.

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