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Bosphorus Strait Cruise and Beylerbeyi Palace Tour, Istanbul

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing in both the European and Asian part of Istanbul
  • Enjoy the wonderful views of the Istanbul waterfront on the included cruise
  • Included guided tour of the majestic Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off and round trip transportation is included
  • You have the option of a private tour allowing you greater interaction with your guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Appro. 8 hours. Cruise: 1-1.5 hours approx.

    Start time

    Approx. 8:30am, depending on hotel location.

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in central Istanbul.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Istanbul

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus strait which separates the European part of Turkey from the Asian part. Appreciate the scenic beauty as you drive over the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over to the Asian side of Istanbul.

    Also included in this tour is a visit to the majestic Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans in the 19th century which lies on the Asian side of the Bosphorous.


    This tour is available in two options - as a coach tour and a private tour. A private tour gives you greater flexibility and allows you greater interaction with your guide.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul, will travel in an air conditioned vehicle to Spice market, where locals still shop for herbs and spices coming from all over the world. Cross the Bosphorus Strait by driving through the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to reach the Asian side of Istanbul.

    After visiting the Spice Market, enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus strait. The cruise typically lasts for about 1-1.5hours. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Istanbul waterfront and the city skyline, plus the spectacular suspension bridge that links the two continents.

    Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace. This majestic white marble summer residence of Ottoman Sultans in the 19th century is famous for the beautiful works of art, tapestries, paintings and porcelain among others.

    The tour ends at your hotel in Istanbul.

    Find the hotel pick up list. Download the list of Hotels

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Boat Cruise
    • Beylerbeyi Palace Entrance fee
    • Lunch (Coach Tour only)
    • Coach Tour (English-speaking guide)
    • Private Tour (English or German-speaking guide)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Beylerbeyi is closed on Monday & Thursday, so this attraction is substituted with others on these particular days.

    Topkapi Palace will be closed every Tuesday.

    If the hotel is in Asia Part the service will be on private basis and will be charged from private tour rates.

    Private tour includes A/C minibus with capacity of maximum 8 passengers.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
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