Cruise Down The Bosphorus, Turkey

Most of the time tourists don’t prefer taking a cruise when the place they are visiting boasts a lot of historical spots. They would rather take a walking tour and cross out as much ‘must see’ places than lazily sitting in a cruise for hours.

This is true in the case of Istanbul, but i would highly suggest you take time off from your packed itinerary and experience Bosphorus cruise.

You will have views of the amazing palaces, fortresses and bridges while cruising along the strait that divides Europe and Asia.

There are a lot of Bosphorus cruise being offered but the prices are way beyond our budget. So we took time to explore until we came across a company called Sehir Hatlari. Apparently, it is Istanbul’s official ferry company.

We went on ‘Full Bosphorus Cruise’ which takes about 90 minutes per way. The tour starts from Eminonu and ends at Anadolu Kavagi. At Anadolu Kavagi, also happens to be the last stop before the Black Sea, we grab some Mackerel dish for lunch from one of the fish restaurants in the area.

About half an hour walk from the harbour you will reach a fortress. This is a bit of a climb but this area have a lovely and expansive view of the Black Sea.

Take time to explore and appreciate the beauty of this quaint town before heading back to Istanbul.

Tips: You might encounter tour operators offering private cruise, please avoid them. Most are overpriced and take on a shorter course.

Where to buy tickets:
Ticket sales office is located at Eminonu harbour near Galata Bridge.
For ferry fares and schedule, please click here.