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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the Bosphorus Strait and the Black Sea during this cruise from Istanbul. Before departing, taste traditional Turkish meze and other specialties aboard the boat at the dock and then begin your cruise of the Bosphorus Strait from Rumeli Hisarı Fortress. You will see top attractions like Galata Tower and the Bosphorus Bridge as you cruise into the Black Sea. Plus, discover the old fortress remnants at Anadolu Kavağı and even stop for dip into the Black Sea at Poyrazköy, a charming seaside village.
  • Enjoy a lunch of grilled chicken and traditional meze on a sightseeing boat
  • Cruise from Rumeli Hisarı Fortress along the famous Bosphorus Strait
  • Look out for top Istanbul attractions including Galata Tower and the Bosphorus Bridge
  • Swim in the Black Sea at Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

1:30 PM
After meeting your guide at your hotel for a pickup in Istanbul, take a short ride to Rumeli Hisarı Fortress for your Bosphorus and Black Sea cruise. Learn about the history of this commanding castle that overlooks the slimmest section of the Bosphorus. Then, snag several selfies before you board your boat for a tasty lunch.

Sit down and indulge a meal consisting of a variety of delightful Turkish meze and grilled chicken. Then, grab a refreshing beverage and stroll out to the deck to soak up the sun and ambiance of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Strait. Gain insight into the many famous sights that line both the Asian and European coastlines. As you cruise, see Galata Tower and the immense Bosphorus Bridge that connect the Asian and European continents. During the cruise, snacks are available to munch on at the bar. 

After your boat has traversed the Strait, enter the Black sea and voyage a short distance to the small coastal town of Poyrazköy. Here, your boat will dock and you can spend some free time unwinding with a swim or a short promenade around the verdant hills surrounding the area. Remember to bring sunscreen, good walking shoes, and a swim suit. In the event the weather is too cool for a swim, your boat will change routes slightly and stop at Anadolu Kavağı. Alongside your guide, admire remnants of this medieval fortress.

Hop back aboard your boat and return to Istanbul arriving in the late afternoon. Disembark at Kabataş port and meet your coach for a comfortable ride back to your hotel where your tour ends.
Pass By:  
Rumeli Fortress
Rumeli fortress was built during 15th century by the order of Mehmed II as a part of the plan to siege Constantinople.
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Kucuksu Pavilion
A small palace from 19th Century used as a hunting lodge to Sultans.
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Dolmabahce Palace
The palace of the 19th century Ottoman Empire.
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Çırağan Palace
Second palace of the Ottoman Empire from 19th century.
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KIz Kulesi
Ancient tower subjected to many legends. Eastern Romans used the tower as a lighthouse and for the taxation of the ships.
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Beylerbeyi Palace
Summer palace of the Ottoman Empire From 19th Century.
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Bosphorus Strait
The bosphorus strait of İstanbul.Only waterway from Blacksea to Sea of Marmara.Natural border between Europe and Asia.
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Historical Kuleli Military Highschool where founder of Turkish Republic Atatürk graduated.
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Bebek is the most expensive neighborhood of İstanbul.
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Bosphorus Bridge
Bosphorus suspension bridge from 1970's. Link between two continents .
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Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
Second suspension bridge of İstanbul from 1980's .
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Anadolu Kavagi
A beautiful fishing village of İstanbul where our guests will have a break before swimming.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Yavuz Sultan Selim Koprusu
Third suspension bridge of İstanbul constructed in 2013. Widest and highest bridge of Turkey. There is a nice bay near the bridge where our guests will have swimming break.
Stop At:  
Yavuz Sultan Selim Koprusu
Swimming break at a bay near the bridge.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Swimsuit and towels recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul.
What is the policy on sanitization during Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul.

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  • "It stopped to allow a swim, but we weren’t aware that there was a swimming opportunity - would have been good if we knew in advance." See review


100 Reviews

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, Aug 2020
Loved it all! Very friendly tour guides and amazing views. The weather was beautiful, we learnt about the history of Istanbul and we also got a chance to swim, so be sure to bring some spare clothes! Highly recommend :)
, Aug 2019
Host is not making any effort. Food is bad. Service is bad. Really a waste of money. Wont recommend this at all.
Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul
Nadir M
, Jul 2019
Disappointing experience. They did not go on to the black Sea at all; only went close to that. They did also not go close to Blue Mosque area; they just terminated the cruise at Dolmabache palace.
Great day on the Bosphorus
Stephen H
, Jun 2019
This tour is different as it leaves from well up the Bosphorus, away from the big crowds at the main wharf. It was a small boat, with around 20 people, and the service was excellent. Plenty of food, wine and beer. It stopped to allow a swim, but we weren’t aware that there was a swimming opportunity - would have been good if we knew in advance. Unlike other tours, it takes you to the Black Sea.
While the inclusions mention hotel...
, Sep 2018
While the inclusions mention hotel pick-up and drop-off, our tour operator initially simply refused to pick us up reasoning that our hotel in Zeytinburnu was not in central Sultanahmet area. When we requested the operator to reconsider, they agreed to provide us hotel pick-up but not drop-off. Then, on the day of the tour, they informed us that their pick-up vehicle had broken down and that we should reach a specified point on our own and that they would cover the expenses. We did reach the designated point about 10 minutes before the agreed time, but had to wait for about 25 minutes for the tour operator to show up! I can understand that it may not be possible for tour operators to offer pick-up and drop-off services beyond a certain distance, it's unreasonable to expect every guest to be living within a short radius from the operator's office. And, if they really adhere to such tiny limits, then it should be clearly spelt out at the time of booking! After reaching the Kabatas? pier, we had to wait another 10 minutes for the boat to arrive! At the price we paid for the tour, it was a rather disappointing sight to see our boat as it looked old and worn-out, at least from the outside. The lunch that we were served soon after wasn't bad but not great either. Maybe the non-vegetarian food was better as there were a couple of travelers going for a second helping of fish. On our onward journey, we pretty much cruised without any intervention from the tour guide. Our first stopover was at the fishing village Anadolu Kavagi where we stopped for about half an hour. The village did not have much to offer just a few restaurants and shops. The second and final yeah, final! stopover was at the entrance to the Black Sea where the boat stopped for some time to allow people to take a swim. On our way back, the guide finally got into action and told us about several things including the Bosphorus bridges, the Bosphorus strait itself, Dolmabace Palace etc. For me, it was a pretty listless cruise which offered little more than cool sea breeze. I think one gets a lot more by going to, for example, the Buyukada islands on the public ferry boat which costs a fraction and is much more enjoyable despite the fact that there's no free food offered on it.
Just amazing!
, Jul 2018
Pick up and drop off from and to the hotel! The tour was beautiful, the service was great everyone was so friendly and helpful. The guides were awesome. Good food. Hot and cold beverages were served, and alcoholic drinks were available as well. Fruits were served. Just amazing. Definetely recomend it.
nice picked cruise tour
, Jun 2018
Fine experience! Good service in the cafeteria area! Food was ok. Some broken glass pieces on the floor of 3rd floor.
You don't actually enter the Black...
Amanda G
, Jan 2018
You don't actually enter the Black Sea, and I got terribly ill after I ate the salad. I had eaten a few bites when I saw a bug in it and sent it back. For the remainder of my time in Istanbul I was so sick.
Amendment concerning my preview : 10...
Abdallah Y
, Aug 2017
Amendment concerning my preview : 10 Euro per person , we were 3 , total should be 30 Euros. The Total credited amount was 17.49 US Dollars
Canceled on us twice and really cost...
Alexander S
, Oct 2016
Canceled on us twice and really cost us a lot of time on our vacation. Be wary that there are not many people traveling to istanbul these days and this trip will not take off without a large amount of commitments.

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