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Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) Tours

Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi)
Located on an islet in the Bosphorus Strait, just offshore from Istanbul’s Uskudar neighborhood, Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) is a historical site that has inspired myths and legends. The Ottomans expanded and rebuilt the structure, and today it contains a restaurant and bar with views of the city.
 
The Basics
Maiden’s Tower takes its name from a legend in which an emperor’s daughter was locked in the tower until she turned 18, but its historical origins are actually unclear. What we do know is that the structure dates back nearly 2,000 years, though its modern-day stone version comes from the Ottoman era.
 
Small-group and private tours that visit Maiden’s Tower typically include a Bosphorus cruise and may visit other attractions along the Bosphorus, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Hisari medieval fortress, or the Anadolu Kavagi neighborhood.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Maiden’s Tower is ideal for history enthusiasts.
  • There is a restaurant and bar in the tower, with panoramic views of the city.
  • Due to stairs, the tower is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
 
How to Get There
Maiden’s Tower is accessible only by boat. Shuttle boats depart regularly from the Asian-side Uskudar ferry port and the European-side Kabatas ferry port. You can reach Uskudar by ferry, metro, local bus, or taxi, and Kabatas by tram, bus, and taxi.
 
When to Get There
Maiden’s Tower is open from morning through evening every day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the on-site restaurant; it’s wise to make reservations for dinner. Maiden’s Tower is particularly popular on weekends and sunny days, thanks to its excellent views of the city.
 
See Asia and Europe in Istanbul
Maiden’s Tower is one of few places in Istanbul that offers excellent views of both the European and Asian sides of the city. You can get similar views of the two continents on a Bosphorus cruise or commuter ferry, both of which are ways to reach Maiden’s Tower.
Address: Üsküdar Salacak Mevkii, Üsküdar/İstanbul 34668, Turkey
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Traditional Shows

Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Traditional Shows

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Step aboard a cruise between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus to enjoy dinner and shoreline views. Eat a 3-course menu of traditional Turkish meze accompanied by soft drinks and alcohol. In addition to enjoying views of the sites on shore—such as the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge—enjoy a show of traditional Turkish entertainment.
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Turkish Night Show (All Inclusive)

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Turkish Night Show (All Inclusive)

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Set sail along the Bosphorus, the meeting point of Europe and Asia, on this evening cruise. Experience Istanbul at its most atmospheric as you cruise past the illuminated city skyline and admire landmarks including Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, and the Maiden's Tower. While on-board, tuck into a 3-course dinner and enjoy a variety of entertainment including whirling dervishes, belly dancing, and DJs.
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (Non-Alcoholic)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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Turnatour Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus with Traditional Show

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Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine and wine as you watch the sunset over the Istanbul skyline, then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music.
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Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

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Book your evening cruise on the Bosphorus ahead of time; this must-do activity sells out quickly. Step on board the boat for views of Istanbul's top landmarks—including the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Blue Mosque—lit up for the night. Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner with drinks, followed by entertainment.
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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Experience the serenity of the biggest Princes' Island in Turkey, Büyükada, on this full-day guided tour from Istanbul. After traversing the Sea of Marmara by boat, arrive on the quaint island to spend time exploring by horse-drawn carriage. On Büyükada, learn about the island’s history from your guide, and enjoy ample time to lounge on its beautiful beaches. 
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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Begin your 3-hours Bosphorus dinner cruise with either a coach pickup from your hotel or join your guide at the port. Then, board your festive boat for a sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait and see the monument-laden European and Asian coastlines. To help you settle in, grab a complimentary drink from the cabin bar, and then pick your favorite viewpoint to gaze out at Istanbul’s stunning monuments. Enjoy this exciting performance of music and dancing which sheds light on the city’s Anatolian culture. As the show picks up, get ready for classic belly dancing with playful twists and shakes enjoyed by all. Once the show is over, spend the last few minutes admiring the sparkling city as your boat arrives at the port. Next, either head back to your hotel by coach or continue your evening from here at your leisure.
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Istanbul Asian Side: Uskudar and Kadikoy Small-Group Tour with Lunch

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Discover the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of Istanbul’s Asian side on this full-day tour, including a 3-course lunch of traditional Turkish cuisine. Experience local life as you explore the lively fish market and admire the Ottoman-era architecture of Üsküdar, renowned for its marvellous mosques. After lunch, browse the markets of Kadıköy and wander through the stylish Moda district, before hopping on a ferry for a 20-minute cruise back across the Bosphorus. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personal experience.
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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

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Witness the beauty of Istanbul at dusk on this evening sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides. Marvel at all the sights as you sail past; keep a look out for Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Ortaköy & Mecidiye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Cıragan Palace.
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Having a Luxury Yacht cruise on Bosphorus is a lifetime experience which no one should avoid! But not just a cruise. For a few hours give yourself and your loved people the leisure to feel like a Sultan who is traveling around his city, watching from a length all the interesting see sights, by hiring one of our super luxurious yachts! We guarantee you an unforgettable experience which you will not want to end. Don’t forget this pleasure out of your significant moments of your life! Celebrate any case you could imagine by taking a Bosphorus cruise with the Private yacht. Bosphorus is a benefit which makes Istanbul unique! We offer great moments on this glorious straight during your yacht cruise until the second bridge! One of our cab drivers will take you to the yacht at the pre-appointed time while the captain and the crew will be expecting to meet you and help you to have a great time during the cruise.
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 All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise

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A PERFECT DAY IN ISTANBUL If you have limited time in Istanbul and you want to make the most of it, we have planned a perfect day for you in which you can see the most important sights such as Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and finish with a relaxing sunset cruise on The Bosporus. Avoid the long lines for the main sights with fast entrance accompanied by your guide, witness the rich history of Istanbul with commetary of our knowledgeable guide and put a classy end to the day with a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht. Your Most Personalised Bosphorus Cruise Experience in Istanbul Witness the enchantment of Istanbul with a 2.5-Hour evening cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus! Aboard the glass-encased luxury yacht, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk with informative commetary of your guide, savor a delicious tradational Turkish drink and canapés as you cruise the strait and delight in the magic of Istanbul’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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2 Hours Sunset Yacht Cruise in Bosphorus

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Along a 2 hours evening sunset cruise, enjoy unique views, comfort and a relaxing environment on board with very luxury yacht istanbul. Aboard the glass-encased luxury boat, enjoy the Istanbul’s main attractions at dusk, including the Maiden’s Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Ortakoy Mosque Bosphorus Bridge and much more… Savor a delicious traditional Turkish drink such as poppy (GELİCİK ŞERBETİ) as you cruise the strait and delight in the magic of Istanbul’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise

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Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

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Step aboard a cruise in Istanbul for a few hours to see the sights along the coast of the Bosphorus, all the way to the Black Sea. As you travel, sit down for a 2-course lunch accompanied by soft drinks and coffee or tea. You'll get great photo ops of the sights from the water, and stop in the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi to visit the ancient fortress there. Book ahead to make sure you check this must-do cruise off your list.
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Dinner Cruise on Bosphorus

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You will be picked up from your hotel around 19:00-19:30 transfer to boat. We are offering a luxurious dinner cruise night out in Istanbul. Enjoy delicious gourmet foods while you dance with the panaromic view of the Bosphorus that separates the two continents Europe and Asia. Enjoy as you cruise The Bosphorus and see historical places like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumeli Forthress , Fatih Bridge , Beylerbeyi Palace, Maiden's Tower and also Istanbuls very famous night clubs as you wine and dine the night away. No other Istanbul experience can match this unique combination of romantic ambiance. We combine fresh food with unparalleled views of Istanbul and live entertainment to create Istanbul's leading Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. After the dinner you can enjoy the entertaining music provided by professional DJ and traditional show programs or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the view.
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All Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

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Make the most of an evening in Istanbul with a sparkling 5-hour dinner cruise experience on the Bosphorus Strait. Admire spectacular views of Istanbul’s beautifully illuminated palaces, mosques and Bosphorus bridges, and enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner with select drinks. Glittering entertainment from belly dancers, whirling dervishes and other artistes is included, along with hotel pickup and drop-off. Upgrade to an unlimited alcoholic drinks package if you wish.
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Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

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Experience the magic of Istanbul at twilight on this 4-hour cruise along the Bosphorus, enjoying views of both the European and Asian sides. Tuck into a generous buffet dinner of local cuisine as you float past illuminated landmarks like Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Beylerbeyi Palace, and watch as the bars and nightclubs along the waterfront transform the city into a sea of neon.
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2-Hour Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Transfers

2-Hour Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Transfers

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Get the best view of Bosphorus’ monuments, mosques, and mansions on a private yacht cruise from Istanbul. On this private sightseeing cruise, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of top Istanbul attractions from the water. Avoid crowded tourist boats and relish the privacy of your very own yacht, accompanied by guided commentary and drinks. Choose from a range of departure times at checkout and enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transport.   
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic

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Feast on Istanbul’s favorite snacks on this 3.5-hour walking tour of the city’s food stops, stalls and markets. With a guide passionate about Turkish cuisine, explore the Spice Bazaar to try staples such as ‘pastirma’ dried beef and artisanal cheeses. Then, sample more delicacies on a Bosphorus ferry ride to the Asian-side district of Üsküdar. Stroll the scenic waterfront and visit a teahouse to try some mouth-watering Turkish delight and refreshing tea before returning to the European side. This tour is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.
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Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic )

Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic )

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There are a lot of Bosphorus cruise packages available, but it’s hard to find ones that are as suitable for 4-year-olds as they are for 40-year-olds. This all-ages dinner cruise, with discounted tickets for under-8s, fits the bill. Savor your river views of the lights of Istanbul burning in the darkness, stack your dinner plate with fresh seafood and delectable Turkish cuisine, and enjoy the thrills and colors of a cultural show with sword dances, whirling dervishes and much more.
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Bosphorus Cruise With Dolmabahçe Palace and Fortresses

Bosphorus Cruise With Dolmabahçe Palace and Fortresses

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Visit the Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy a Bosphorus cruise on this private Istanbul tour. Explore the Dolmabahçe, the last, lavish palace of the Ottoman sultans, and the Rüstem Pasha mosque. Then, enjoy an afternoon Bosphorus cruise, passing the Rumeli and Anatolian fortresses, Bosphorus Bridge and Topkapi Palace before finishing with time at the Spice Market. A flexible itinerary, choice of departure times, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Istanbul Boat Cruise Cable Car to Pierre Loti Hill

Istanbul Boat Cruise Cable Car to Pierre Loti Hill

Explore Istanbul by land and sea on this tour. Hop onto a cruise boat and admire the views of Rumeli Fortress and Yildiz Palace from a boat in the middle of the Bosphorus Strait. Back on land, visit Eyup Sultan Tomb, the cast-iron Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, and the Byzantine city walls. Ride a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill and snap pictures of the view over the city.
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