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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours 2018

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours

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, Guided Group Tours or Private Yachts.

1. Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Ferry

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours 2018
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours

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
Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Map

2. Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boat at Eminönü

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.

Flexible Timetable

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. GetYourGuide Bosphorus Tours

GetYourGuide offers a budget friendly tour on the Bosphorus. As an international brand, they offer good quality tours. You can Book Your Bosphorus Cruise Tour from their user-friendly website.

This tour includes Pick Up service from the hotel, short Bosphorus Cruise ride and Cable-Car up to Pierre Loti Hill (Overlooking to Golden Horn).  This is an afternoon tour so that no rush in the morning!


Private Cruise Tours at Bosphorus
Travel Agency Private Bosphorus Cruise Tours

4. Private Bosphorus Yacht Tours

Private Bosphorus Yachts

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!

Private Tour Guide

Hiring a private tour guide is recommended for Bosphorus Cruise tours in order to learn about the history of Bosphorus and Istanbul both accurately.


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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours Article By Serhat Engul

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours 2018

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours Turyol & Sehir Hatlari was last modified: July 17th, 2018 by Serhat Engül

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