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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.

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Duration 4 Hour

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Pickup optional

Pick-up and drop-off service are available from centrally located hotels.

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. 

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  • 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.

  •  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.
Not Included
  •  Lunch.

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.


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