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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App

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Beyoğlu, Turkey
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more

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Overview

Istanbul is a city set on the water and to fully experience its beauty and diversity you need to get out onto the Bosphorus Strait. On this ninety-minute cruise you’ll see both the European and Asian halves of Istanbul, enjoy views of many picturesque mosques and palaces, and learn more about Istanbul’s centuries-long history through an audio guide app available in ten languages.
  • This tour will appeal to travelers with a range of interests
  • Follow your route with the provided tour map
  • Waste less time with skip-the-line tickets
  • Receive a complimentary bottle of water or juice
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90 min. Boat tour ticket
Bosphorus tour map
Meet & greet by marine officer
Skip the ticket lines
1 bottle of water or juice
Audio guide app in 10 languase (EN, DE, ES, AR, RU, FR, IT, CN, TR, PL)
No hotel pickup or drop off service
Food or drink
Kabataş (Dentur, Mavi Marmara) , Ömer Avni, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Cruise is departing from Kabatas, across tram line no 1 and funicular, close by Dolmabahce Palace. Come to the wooden house behind the red petrol station. Look for Istanbul Welcome Card ticket window. Show your confirmation to the Istanbul Welcome Card marine officer and get access to the boat.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Welcome Card
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App ?
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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App .
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What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App .
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What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Free Refreshment and Audio Guide App .

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  • "As this tour was a great deal cheaper than the majority of other Bosphorus tours, we really didn't know what to expect but this tour definitely made the perfect end to our Istanbul trip!" See review

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star-5
Good View
Abass_I
, Aug 2022
It was a very good cruise. It had amazing service and a fantastic view. You get to see many of the landmarks of Istanbul
star-4
nice short trip
Paula_M
, Aug 2022
hello, the audio guide did not work as well, it was not as complete, the trip was very nice, lovely views
star-5
Enjoyed every minute of it
Agretta_K
, Jun 2022
We loved the Bosphorus Boat Trip, I would recommend it. We loved the photo shoot too, the crew where lovely.
star-4
A great way to spend an afternoon in Istanbul
Havi_P
, Apr 2022
The Bosporus Cruise was easy to find, well organized both for tickets. On board the refreshments are not for free but you can get Coffee, tea , fresh orang juice and snacks . The app is easy to get and follow with History of the sights you see as the boat crocuses along the shore.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
I am very happy you liked the tou. Hope to see you again soon in Istanbul.
star-3
The boat ride was okay...
Hammed_B
, Dec 2021
The boat ride was okay overall, the view was pleasant, the ticket attendant was quite helpful with downloading the app for the pre-recorded audio guide. i would have preferred an onboard guide instead of the pre-recorded audio guide. Also important to note that note nothing is free onboard as I ended paying for fresh orange juice they offered my kids on the boat which they didn't drink. Just remember nothing is free on board always ask how much will it cost.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Just do it!
RolandMio_F
, Dec 2021
Close to the Dolmabahce Palace. And a quick tour around the beautiful city if Istanbul! Definitely a must!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Just do it! Thank you so much for this great review.
star-1
Expected to catch boat where everybody else was.( main pier) But so out of the way.
nbmccleery
, Nov 2021
First of all the place to pick up boat was away from main pier. So took another one at main pier. However coming back went to your pier . So far away from main I had awful experience to catch train ( due to special Covid card) please change the pier!!! For your tours.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Traveler, Are you sure you went from our pier? This is the pier for the Bosphorus Cruises. There is no other Cruise pier. There only inter city ferries at the other piers. The pier was just opened some month ago. It is very modern and new. The location is very good, just below Taksim Square, next to Galata Cruise Port and only 5 min by Tram from the Old City. With Regards
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Epic!
Rumana_A
, Oct 2021
Fantastic experience. Just beautiful. Highly recommended! Only issue was there was a a lot of traffic and the taxi driver could not find the destination! We walked 15min from where we were dropped off and nearly missed the boat!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
dear ruman, yes you are right traffic is bad! yes everybody should use public transportation. but I am very happy you liked the cruise. with regards, deniz
star-2
Not worn your time
Stephen_M
, Oct 2021
Way too long. There is no app to listen to audio. There are also no free drinks… a guy came around with juice which we thought was free, and then he bullied us into paying him later and threw a fit when we said we thought it was part of the tour package.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Stephe, I am very sorry to read you are not happy. I am confused why you have not received the audio guide and the free drink? Our red kiosk with the audio guide is just there.. and the cafe where you get the free drink is just next to it. So am a bit confused. Were you at the right location? Regards, Deniz
star-5
Afternoon in the Bosphorus
AlmaD_V
, Jun 2021
Nice cruise on the Bosphorus at a great price in our last day in Istambul. We miss our exit on the pier and they were kind enough to direct us back to the right to kabotas pier.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
I am very happy you liked the cruise and our colleguas were helpfull. We hope to meet you soon again in Istanbul.
star-5
Bosporus tour
Douglas_N
, Apr 2021
It was nice tour 👍 nice team that provides everything you need and tells the details such that you should buy water and other things in advance.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you so much for this nice feedback.
star-3
Nice ride
adlane_f
, Mar 2021
Good but no water was included and we had to ask for the audio guide. Otherwise, the tour was long enough to see various parts of the city
star-3
There’s no service in the boat and no information about what we looking at
Ashraf
, Feb 2021
It was a nice trip looking for a nice places but no service or anything else you need to depend on your information to understand what you seeing
star-3
Great Cruise
S_Gunn
, Oct 2020
Great cruise but shame that there was no free drinks as stated. When challenged crew they became aggressive and abusive.
star-3
Cheap, no frills
Amy_P
, Mar 2020
Whilst the blokes serving hot drinks and refreshments were really pleasant none of us could for the life of us hear or understand the commentary that a prerecorded woman was saying about the sights so that was disappointing!
star-5
Highly recommend!
RMaiya
, Feb 2020
Highly recommend, view of Istanbul is so unique as seen from bosporous. A must do activity in this very beautiful city.
star-5
Istanbul river cruise
George E
, Nov 2019
Awesome views, beautiful city. Great tour guide and pamphlets to get more detail. Cruise also provided snacks and drinks which was awesome!
star-3
Decent value for the money
JeanPaul_R
, Sep 2019
Good value for the price but the seats were very uncomfortable. Wooden lats with space between them. Hard on the posterior.
star-1
We didn't find the boat. Called the number on the website.. and the number wasn't exist.
Hasya_S
, Jul 2019
O points.. we didn't find the boat. Number wasnt exist.. and the price was expensive..I suggest to go bospouros and buy a ticket for 25 liras...
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Fantastic Experience!!!
Natasha_S
, Jul 2019
My mum and I really enjoyed this fabulous tour! We booked last minute and were lucky enough to secure a place. As this tour was a great deal cheaper than the majority of other Bosphorus tours, we really didn't know what to expect but this tour definitely made the perfect end to our Istanbul trip! Would really recommend!!!

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