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Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari) Tours

Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari)
Built over just four months, the 15th-century Rumeli Fortress played a key role in the fall of Byzantine Constantinople. Together with the Anatolian Fortress (Anadolu Hisarı) on the Bosphorus, Rumeli Fortress was used by the Ottomans to cut off aid and supplies to Constantinople. Today, it serves as both an open-air theater and site of historical interest.

The Basics
See Rumeli Fortress from the water during a Bosphorus Cruise—look for the imposing structure on the western (European) bank as you approach the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Alternatively, explore the fortress on foot as part of a walking tour; climb up the towers and onto the ramparts, from where the views of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Bebek Bay on the Asian side of the Bosphorus are spectacular. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Due to its historical significance and well-preserved architecture, Rumeli Fortress is a must-visit for history buffs. 
  • Bring your camera to capture the views from the fort’s lookout points.
  • There are lots of steps within the fortress, making it inaccessible to travelers with mobility issues. 

How to Get There
Rumeli Fortress is situated in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul. Driving from Sultanahmet will take about 40–50 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. To get there by public transport, ride the tram to Kabatas and then take the 25E bus to the fortress. 

When to Get There 
The fort’s off-the-beaten-track location means that its rarely crowded, so you can visit in peak season and find it relatively peaceful. The fort is closed on Wednesdays. For an extra special experience, try a sunset cruise: Rumeli Fortress and other strait-side landmarks look extra picturesque in the dusk light. 

Other Landmarks Along the Bosphorus
Cruises along the Bosphorus offer views not only of Rumeli Fortress, but of Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi), the lavish 19th-century home of Ottoman sultans, and the grand Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Cami), which sits near the continent-connecting Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu). On the far side of the shore sits the ruined Anatolian Fortress, a smaller sister fort that dates back to the 14th century.
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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace

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Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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)

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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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

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You'll enjoy the dazzling night view of Istanbul within three-hour on a cruise thorugh Bosphorus .It's one of the best way to see this fabulous city at night.Istanbul landmarks are memorable especially with the lights of night. Dinner Menu Starters Seasonal Salad Main Course (with 4 options) Grilled fish served with arugula onion and lemon Grilled chicken steak served with rice and potatoes Grilled meatball served with rice and potatoes Vegetarian meal (pasta with vegetables, pizza or vagatable plate) Dessert & Fruit plate Show Program Whirling Dervish Turkish Gypsy Dance Henna Ceremony Caucasian Dance Belly Dancer Group Show Turkish Folk Dance Belly Dancer Professional DJ Performance
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Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents

Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents

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Admire beautiful architecture and capture stunning views of illustrious palaces during a full-day tour in Istanbul including a Bosphorus cruise. Aboard a cozy coach explore the highlights of Istanbul including the Walls of Constantinople, views of the Golden Horn and witness the lively Spice Bazaar on foot. You will then experience a must-do in Istanbul, a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. The cruise concludes with a visit to the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace where Istanbul’s late sultans once resided. Plus, you will gaze over this east-meets-west city for eye-popping views at Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill.
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  • 8 hours
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Turnatour Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus with Traditional Show

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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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

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See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this tour, including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop cafe.
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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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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul

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Discover the best of Istanbul on a full-day tour that covers the city by land and boat. Your small group travels by comfortable minibus around the city to see attractions including the Spice Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace and the vibrant Ortaköy district. You’ll also enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River, have lunch with a view on Camlica Hill, and cross the Bosphorus Bridge — which links the continents of Europe and Asia. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day.
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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

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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Private Cruise trough Bosphorus Istanbul

Private Cruise trough Bosphorus Istanbul

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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

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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Morning Bosphorus Tour ((4 Hours)) With One Break Near Rumeli Fortress

Morning Bosphorus Tour ((4 Hours)) With One Break Near Rumeli Fortress

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Bosphorus is a natural water strait located between Europe and Asia so In our tour we will visit the Bosphorus passing under the magnificent bosphorus Bridges Also we will sail in the calm water of the golden horn for 50 min where you will be able to be in the heart of the old city
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2 Hours Sunset Yacht Cruise in Bosphorus

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

Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise

Watching one of the most beautiful silhouettes in the world with Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Leander’s Tower will be your exceptional experimentation to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic sight of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face.!! Offered In: Arabic English Spanish Chinese (traditional)
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Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

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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Short Guided Bosphorus and Golden Horn Boat Tour

Short Guided Bosphorus and Golden Horn Boat Tour

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Comfortable transport from your central meeting point takes you to your Bosphorus cruise. In less than two hours, you’ll get a chance to see all of Istanbul’s best attractions on the gentle waters of the Bosphorus. With special commentary from your guide, you’ll admire Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Ottoman villas, and bridges. Ask questions about everything that you see, all while straddling Asia and Europe.
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All Inclusive Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul

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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  • 4 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment

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See the glittering lights along the Bosphorus Strait on a 3-hour cruise with dinner and a cultural show in Istanbul. Kick off the night with a welcome cocktail on deck, and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline. Relax over Turkish appetizers and grilled entrees as belly dancers and folk dancers take the stage to the haunting sounds of traditional music. Sip a cup of Turkish coffee or a drink from the open bar, listen to music from a live DJ and soak up stunning nighttime views of Istanbul.
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

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Cruise along the landmark lined waters of the Bosphorus Strait and stroll through the entrancing Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar during this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the bazaar’s abundant spices such as cardamom, mint, cinnamon, and have free time to explore on your own. Then, learn about Istanbul’s history from your expert guide as you set course for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Aboard the ship, enjoy glimpses of famous Istanbul monuments like the impressive Rumeli Hisari Fortress and Dolmabahçe Palace.
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