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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour

Fatih, Turkey
Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Sail between two continents and visit the extravagant Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this Bosphorus sightseeing cruise in Istanbul. Learn about the sights and Istanbul’s history from the onboard guide, and admire splendid views of top Istanbul attractions as you sail the strait that divides Europe from Asia. Gaze out over the domes, towers and minarets of the historic peninsula, cruise under the vast Bosphorus Bridge, float by Dolmabahçe Palace, and go ashore for a tour of either the picturebook Rumeli (Mondays and Thursdays only) or Ottoman Küçüksu.
  • Bosphorus Strait cruise in Istanbul with an onboard guide
  • Learn about the famous stretch of water that splits Istanbul onto two continents
  • Help yourself to snacks while gazing out at Istanbul’s sights along the Bosphorus Strait
  • Look out for exciting Istanbul attractions such as Galata Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Hear of the history of Bosphorus Bridge from the guide’s entertaining commentary
  • Hop out of the boat to enjoy a tour of Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress (day dependent)
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Hotel pickup
Local guide
Kucuksu Palace Garden Ticket included
Food and drinks

Departure Point

5, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:22, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Rüstem Paşa, Çiçek Pazarı Sk. No:8, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Kasımpaşa port for your cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. This famous stretch of water divides Istanbul in two and separates the continents of Europe and Asia.

Find a comfortable spot on deck and absorb the panoramas of Istanbul’s European side and historic peninsula from the water. Then, catch views of the medieval Galata Tower rising from the Galata district as you sail into the Bosphorus Strait.

During your cruise, listen to the informative commentary from the onboard guide. Have your camera ready to take snaps of top Istanbul landmarks such as the Bosphorus Bridge, the vast suspension bridge that spans the strait and connects the two continents.

Pass the extravagant Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the last architectural hurrahs of the Ottoman Empire; and take in the 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, with its round turrets and crenelated walls. 

Moor on Istanbul’s Asian shores and pay a visit to the ornate Küçüksu Palace. Constructed in the late Ottoman period of the mid-1800s, its relatively small size is more than made up for by its architectural grandeur.

Head inside to see the lavish rooms and furnishings as your guide tells tales of the sultan who resided here. The Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, so on these days, your visit will be substituted with a tour of the Rumeli Fortress.


After time at Küçüksu or the Rumeli Fortress, return to your boat and sail south along the Bosphorus again. Cruise into the Golden Horn and dock at Eminönü, a pier near one of old Istanbul’s spice bazaars, where your experience finishes.
Pass By:  
Dolmabahce Palace
Our tour guide will will inform the history of the Dolmabahçe Palace.
Stop At:  
Rumeli Fortress
Rumeli Fortress from 15th century.(The tour will visit here only on thursdays )(The fortress will be closed on mondays)
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Eminonu Pier
Historical Galata Bridge, between the Old and New city of Istanbul. Eminönü also famos with fish, you can see fisher man every hour of the day.
Pass By:  
Bosphorus Bridge
The first Bridge of Istanbul "The Bosphorus Bridge"
Stop At:  
Kucuksu Pavilion
The hunting lodge of the Sultans from 19th century. (The tour will stop nearby there will be free time and garden tickets of the palace will be included)(The Palace will be clolsed on mondays and thursdays.)
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Beylerbeyi Palace
Summer palace of the Sultans from 19th century.
Pass By:  
KIz Kulesi
The legendary historical Maiden's Tower
Pass By:  
Buyuk Mecidiye Cami
The baroque styled mosque of the Sultan Abdulmecid from 19th century.
Pass By:  
Çırağan Caddesi
Çırağan Palace the palace of Sultan Abdulaziz from 19th century
Pass By:  
Galata Tower
Up on the hill you will see the Galata tower from Eastern Roman period of the city.
Pass By:  
Suleymaniye Mosque
Mosque of the Suletman The Magneficent from 16th century. It will be seen up on the hill.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We visit Rumeli Fortress only on Thursdays On Mondays Both Rumeli Fortress and Küçüksü Palace will be closed and visits replaced with freetime in Bebek neighborhood.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 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 Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour?
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 Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Kücüksu Palace Or Rumeli Fortress Tour.

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71 Reviews

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A great 2.5 hours spent cruising the Bosphorus
, Dec 2021
The boat was huge for a party of 40, so there was lots of space to spread out on the open deck and in the cabin below. This was good for social distancing. The views from the top deck were fantastic and the commentary very detailed and informative. We had two guides doing the commentary in turn. The stop at Kucuksu palace was very welcome and it was a very attractive place. Too bad there wasn’t time to explore the museum inside. This is a good tour, good value for money and I would recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello Chi, Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your experience. We hope to make it much better and your great comment is also supporting as well. Thank you Muzaffer Şamcı
Loved the cruise
, Dec 2019
The cruise was fascinating, the tour guide knew his stuff. The Rumeli fortress was also quite a good stop in between.
Bosphorus - very good
, Jun 2019
Very good. Me and my wife enjoyed. Tour guide was very good as well. Like to visit Istanbul again in future
Enjoyable, relaxing boat trip with great scenery
, Jun 2019
Really enjoyed this boat cruise, plenty of room to sit and move around, commentary was really interesting. Very relaxing break from the bustling busy city. Refreshments available including alcohol. Good value for money. Can't understand the negative comments about drop off point as it clearly states on the information given. Also clearly states the two different stopping points, guess people don't read the details properly. Drop off point was actually perfect as we were able to walk to the Spice Bazaar and Süleymaniye Mosque from there. My only criticism was that the toilets were a bit rough, smelly and no toilet paper etc. Not a big problem though as we had got used to that in Istanbul!
Great cruise but with some lacks
, Apr 2019
Overall pleasant cruise. However, unlike What the ad says, the price doesn't include entrance to Kucuksu palace and Rumelli fortress. It is actually one of the two. Fortress on thursdays and mondays and palace rest of week. Plus the price includes only entrance to garden. If you want to enter the palace, you have To add 20TRY.
The guide was enthusiastic and checked...
Georsadd G
, Aug 2018
The guide was enthusiastic and checked with everyone. I hoped we were able to roam the Rumeli Fortress as we were only allowed on a certain viewing point which does not provide appreciation of the beauty of the fortress. I am giving this a four because of the guide.
The boat trip was enjoyable and...
Bryan D
, Jul 2018
The boat trip was enjoyable and informative with the right amount of commentary. However we did not visit Kucuksu Palace as advertised on a Saturday, but instead visited Maiden's Tower which is basically a restaurant in a tower on a very small island. One of the reasons for booking this particular trip was the landing on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, so we were disappointed. There was no refund of the entrance fee to Kucuksu Palace which was included. At the end of the boat trip we got the Mamaray metro to the Asian side of Istanbul for 5TL.
Mixed review
, Jun 2018
First and most importantly the river is beautiful with lovely old buildings along the shoreline to photograph including palaces. Important too there were two staff smoking in and around the enclosed space downstairs where the tables were and serving behind the food and drinks area. There is a sign 'no smoking' on the door. The toilets are in a disgusting state and should be replaced. The tap was black also the toilet inside black too. The floor was soaking wet! If you expect decent people to recommend your tour you should address these problems. The coffee was not drinkable although it was from a packet which are usually fine, it must be the water they use or what they boil it in? However we enjoyed the river trip but were very disappointed with the facilities. Cannot recommend your choice of boat for this trip. IBO should sort these problems soon as possible. Mr and Mrs G Ford
We were the first to be picked up in...
Michelle H
, May 2018
We were the first to be picked up in the bus we were in the old town so made a 45 minute trip around Istanbul which was great from a seeing other hotels perspective and perpetual astonishment at the bus driving acumen of the driver in small Istanbul streets before we got on the boat. The boat trip itself was lovely, relaxing and and the guide on the boat was very informative. Highly recommend this part! I might stay on the boat rather than doing the Kücüksu Palace Tour - it was very cold and windy when we were there and it's not so much Turkish as European. Lovely to be out on the water.
Good tour. Only concern is that...
, Oct 2017
Good tour. Only concern is that there was not drop-off and they leave you at the Bazaar to take a taxi, which is difficult in Istanbul due to the taxi drivers try to rip you off with ridiculous prices.

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