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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

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    What to Expect
    After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to the portside at Kabataş for your full-day cruise. Step onto your sightseeing boat and after a safety briefing, find a spot on deck. Then, soak up the views as you sail north along the Bosphorus Strait, the stretch of water that divides Asia and Europe.
    Enjoy the complimentary onboard snacks and beverages, and take snaps of the passing mosques and landmarks as you cruise to your first stop of Ortaköy. 
    Set on Istanbul’s European shores, this picturesque district of neo-baroque buildings and cobbled lanes is filled with arty shops, galleries, markets and cafes. Enjoy free time to stroll, and then return to your boat and cross the Bosphorus to Istanbul’s Asian banks.
    Here, enjoy a guided tour of the Küçüksu Palace, an Ottoman-era imperial hunting lodge built in the 1800s. Small enough to fall below the tourist radar, this ornate residence is more than opulent enough to entrance visitors. Behold the rooms adorned with gold, marble and crystal, and hear how the sultans relaxed here after hunting expeditions.
    Cruise back over the water and pay a visit to Rumeli Hisari Fortress, once used to control traffic on the Bosphorus. See the ramparts and towers with your guide, and then enjoy lunch back on deck on your boat.
    The menu may vary, but expect dishes such as grilled chicken and meze accompanied by sodas, with other drinks (own expense) available from the bar.
    After lunch, cruise further up the Bosphorus and into the Black Sea. Take in the views and dock at Poyrazköy, a pretty village nestled between wooded hills and lined by a sandy bay.
    Get free time to use as you wish, perhaps to swim in the sea or take a seaside stroll. If you wish to swim, remember to bring your bathing suit and towel!  If the weather isn’t conducive to swimming, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and enjoy time to visit its ruined hilltop castle.
    Afterward, cruise back to Kabataş and finish your tour in the early evening with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays. On these days, your visits will be substituted by a visit to the Maiden’s Tower, a medieval island tower that starred in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Took the full day tour on 9 Aug 19. Was a great experience, very insightful and I learnt alot about the history of Istanbul. Food was great, ship's crew were very accommodating and helpful! Aslam the tour guide was awesome, his knowledge and care for...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jason G
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Excellent to get out of Istanbul and see some of the sites outside the main city.tour guide Aslam was brilliant

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Hilary S
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The tour was very relaxing and scenery was beautiful. The only slight disappointment was at the end of the tour when everyone disembarked, the pier was very crowded and the guide just basically took off! Luckily, the staff who handled the pickup/drop off service miraculously...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Teresa C
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    From our pick up at the hotel to drop off everything went incredibly smoothly. We had a very good and knowledgable guide who wasn’t always talking but gave just the right amount of detail. The food was not fantastic but better than some we’ve had...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank davidrC1037NE
    Reviewed 17 June 2019

    I'm a solo traveller so I like to book tours, I also find it to be the best way to learn about the history about a city/country. Istanbul's geographic and historical significance is enormous, and I wanted to learn as much as possible about it,...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Naomi G
    dreamcity-istanbul, Yönetici at IBO Tours & Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2019

    Thank you for your kind feedback. It really made our day we are glad that you like tour.

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    17 August 2019|
    Response from Teresa C | Reviewed this property |
    I am not a travel agent. You will need to check with the tour operator at Trip Advisor. Definitely worth the time.
    10 February 2019|
    Response from Gillian B | Reviewed this property |
    The organisers seemed to collect people from a number of hotels but I think that any in the Sultanahmet or Taksim Square areas would be a good idea.
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