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Bosporus Cruise

Having been the capital of two mighty empires like Byzantine and Ottoman in the past, Istanbul is a city rich in places to visit and activities. The best enjoyable way to discover the history and nature of the mega city, where the continents of Asia and Europe are connected, is the Bosphorus tour.


Moreover, while touring the strait by boat, you can get rid of the stress of finding direction in traffic and focus only on the beauties of Istanbul.

In the meantime, at the end of the article, you can watch the summary tour video I took during the Ortaköy departed Bosphorus Tour.

Tours, which allow its guests to see all the beauties of Istanbul from a different angle, are carried out both by boats of private companies and vehicles connected to the City Lines.

Boats for private tours start their journey mainly from central points such as Ortaköy, Kabataş, Beşiktaş, Avcılar, Arnavutköy, Üsküdar.


You can even get off at the stop you want in cooperation with Dentur National Palaces, visit the touristic sites on the beach and board another boat owned by the company and continue your tour from where you left off.

Long and short tours organized every day of the week within the City Lines are departing from Eminönü. The moonlight tour, which is held only on Saturdays, starts in Bostanci.

The fact that the companies organizing the tours have chosen the central districts of Istanbul as the starting point allows the guests to use many options for reaching the boats.

Transportation to Üsküdar, Eminönü, Beşiktaş, Kabataş and Ortaköy tours is quite easy, especially considering the developed public transportation network of the city.

Municipal buses and metro lines are among the transportation options you can use to join the Bosphorus tours.


If you have never used the public transportation system of the city before, you can find out which vehicles you can use to reach your destination by using the “How I Go” application on IETT’s website.

You can easily go to the departure points of the tours, which allow you to enjoy the historical sites and natural beauties of the city in peace, by your own vehicle.

Because there are many areas where you can park your car safely around almost all the piers selected for the start of the tour.