Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours 2017
Attending to one of the Bosphorus Cruise Tours is a must activity in Istanbul. There are basically four options to choose: Sehir Hatlari, Turyol Boats, Travel Agencies or Private Yachts.
1. Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Ferry
Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Lines is the official tour company for the Bosphorus tours. It has nice and comfortable nostalgic ferries. The company offers two Bosphorus Tour options: Short Bosphorus Tour and Long Bosphorus Tour.
Short Bosphorus Cruise Tour Schedule
It starts late afternoon at 14:30 and duration of the journey is 2 hours until 16:30. Ferry makes a round trip for this one. It passes the second bridge and comes back to beginning point: Eminönü Bosphorus Ferry Station.
- Short Bosphorus tour route is marked with RED line below map.
Long (Full) Bosphorus Cruise Tour Schedule
This one is ideal only if you want to spend your entire day with the Bosphorus Tour. Because it leaves the Eminönü pier in order to go Black Sea end of Bosphorus Strait A.Kavağı .
Ferry stops at A.Kavağı for 3 hours and then come back. Duration of the whole journey is 6 hours.
This journey starts at 10:30 in the morning and finishes by 16:30.
- Long Bosphorus tour route is marked with BLACK line below map.
Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Map For Long & Short Tours
2. Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats
Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats is a perfect alternative to the Sehir Hatlari Ferry‘s strict timetable. It’s cheaper than the Sehir Hatlari ferries too.
It’s practical to catch one of these boats because they leave the pier each hour. They start the first journey 10:00 O’clock in the morning and operates for each hour until late evening. You can get one of these boats any time you wish.
Turyol Bosphorus Tour Cost
The price for a standart Bosphorus tour is around 15 Turkish Lira which is equal to 4 Us Dollars.
3. Travel Agency Private Bosphorus Tours
There are numerous tour operators arranging Bosphorus Cruise Tour with their private boats. The advantages of these tours: They have pick up service from the hotel. There is a tour guide to give you information. The price of these tours obviously more expensive then Turyol and Sehir Hatlari cruise tours.
You can take advice from the concierge desk of your hotel. These agencies pamphlets can be found in any hotel desk.
4. Private Bosphorus Yacht Tours
This is obviously most expensive but enjoyable option. Especially if you are a group of friends or a large family, this option might be a journey to be always remembered. If your hotel is located by the Bosphorus, these private yachts come to pick you up from the hotel. What a privilege!
Istanbul Custom Private Tours
If you are looking for a well ornanized Istanbul trip, perhaps you should find a professional. In case you need to ask anything to an expert for your tailor made experience of Istanbul, you may visit the Istanbul Custom Tours website and ask for guidance of a local expert.
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Photos and Article By Serhat Engul