Cruise on Bosphorus & City Sightseeing

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Cruise on Bosphorus & City Sightseeing

See Istanbul's most popular attractions along the Bosphorus including palaces, mosques, and fortresses.

Duration: 6 Hours
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Pick-up service is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Get a Bosphorus cruise and Old City bus tour in one package!
  • Relax and enjoy a scenic Bosphorus cruise.
  • See an overview of the Old City on a convenient bus tour.
  • Enjoy the cable car ride.

Full Description

In the morning you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken to the Kasimpasa Pier to board your cruise! 

You'll start in the Golden Horn and continue to the Bosphorus. The cruise will take about 2.5 hours in total. During that time, you'll get a great view of Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Hisari Fortress and the Anadolu Fortress.

The first stop will be Kucuksu Palace on the Asian side of Istanbul. It's located in the neighbourhood of Kucuksu which was often featured in old Turkish movies. The Palace, sometimes called Kucuksu Pavillion, was designed by the Armenian architect Nikogos Balyan on the orders of Sultan Abdulmecid and completed in 1857. He's the same architect who designed the beautiful Ortakoy Mosque and you can easily see similaries in the design. The Palace was restored in 1994 so you can see the luxurious and ornate interior for yourself. You'll have some free time here to explore and take pictures. 

Next, hop back on the boat and learn some interesting facts about the famous landmarks you can see. You'll get a particularly good view of the Maiden's Tower, Uskudar and Topkapi Palace on your way back to the Golden Horn. 

The cruise will end at Eminonu port where you and the guide will switch to a bus to begin the Old City Bus Tour! Sit back and relax as you're driven to Pierre Loti Hill which has a wonderful view of the Golden Horn. You'll get some free time for lunch (not included in the tour) and then it will be time to take the cable car ride. 

After the cable car, head back to the bus and see the Old City Walls from the period of Theodosius II as you're driven back to the heart of the Old City, Sultanahmet Square.  



  • Pick up shuttle service.
  • Entrance fee of Kucuksu Palace and Cable Car Ticket.
  • English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Private Boat and Bus for our groups.
  • Drop-off service.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • Kucuksu Palace is closed on Mondays & Thursdays and instead is replaced with Rumeli Fortress.
  • Tour terminates at Sultanahmet Square.
  • Itinerary may change due to weather conditions.
  • Please ask if pick-up is available for 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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Dieguito - February 05, 2019

Hemos pasado un excelente día visitando Estambul por tierra y por mar. El único inconveniente fue el tráfico de la ciudad

Joanne - August 23, 2019

Very well designed a palace, Pier Loti mountain is unbelievable. Cable car is another experience. Should be tried!

Tony - July 23, 2019

While we embark our boat we saw very nice small boats on Golden Horn. When i asked to our guide, he said they are Sultan Boats. In my mind. Should be investigated before we back to home.

Cathy - April 16, 2019

I got lots of knowledge about the buildings located on Bosphorus shore. As architectural nice palaces.

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