See the sights of Istanbul from the water on a 90-minute cruise of the Bosphorus Strait from Eminonu dock. Sit back and relax as you cruise past the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas of the Eminonu district, and more.
What to Expect
Sit back and relax on a 1.5-hour morning cruise of the Bosphorus Strait, departing and returning to Eminonu dock in the historic Eminonu district.
Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer in air-conditioned comfort to the dock, and climb aboard a pleasure boat for a trip back to the days of the Ottoman Empire and after. Learn how the city gradually changed, so that by the 18th century the sultans began to extend their palace beyond the city boundaries, building sophisticated new residences influenced by the West.
Feast your eyes on houses with huge gardens where a harem could be built. Immerse yourself in the world of the Turkish aristocracy and European diplomats, whose gorgeous embassies were located on the waterfront. Hear how the Bosphorus drew comparisons with Venice and the Grand Canal as a place where people could demonstrate their power and wealth.
Watch the scenic Eminonu district unfold as you cruise all the way to the 2nd Bosphorus Bridge and back.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking car or bus
- English-speaking guide and driver
- Bosphorus cruise