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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

  • 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
Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour
From US$29.00
View Istanbul from the water and visit an out-of-the-way palace or fortress on this Bosphorus cruise. Admire views of Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, and the historic peninsula, hearing about the sights from an onboard guide, before heading to opulent Kucuksu Pavilion (or Rumeli Hisari Fortress on Mondays and Thursdays). Hotel pickup and included snacks make for a hassle-free trip.
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.
Reviews (56)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great Friendly Tour

Pick up from the hotel was on time and well arranged for with notice given. Boat was very spacious and had a good photographer and snack bar. The guide was very friendly and energetic, he knew all the locations and managed the group well. Overall...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Ahmed S
Reviewed 23 October 2018
Great Tour - Friendly Guides

Nice and quick 2.5 hours with hotel pick up. The you lads working on the tour were a good laugh and the ferry was comfortable. It gets very cold though, be sure to bring your jumpers and jackets!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Grehan1000
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile
Solution of short time visiting

My husband and I went to Istanbul for a weekend break. We wanted to see the maximum views by using minimum time.We booked Bosphorus Cruise with IBO on Sunday,Rumeli Fortress was closed,it should have been replaced by Kucuksu Palace, however,we were taken to Maidens Tower...More

2  Thank Clara Z
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile
Was excited but found it boring

Saw a good overview of Istanbul but can be seriously boring. The boat was large which was good for the vast number of people but a bit outdated. If you do go for this, make sure you take your sunglasses as the white deck reflect...More

Thank imrangee
Reviewed 23 May 2018
Bosphorus Cruise

The scenic cruise took us through a few hours on the waterway separating the 2 continents, Europe and Asia. We passed by ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture, marble palaces and modern residential and luxury apartments. Great sunny weather this May and thank God the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank 638JAV
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2 October 2018|
Response from 638JAV | Reviewed this property |
The tour buses pick up travellers from various hotels. Most tour guides speak many different languages. Our tour guide spoke in Arabic, English, German and French. At your hotel do ask the concierge about hiring a Russian... More
2 October 2018|
Response from imrangee | Reviewed this property |
He spoke English and Turkish