Istanbul Shore Excursions:
4) Private Boat Cruises

Istanbul Shore Excursions are the best ways to explore this city. Cruising with a Private Boat is one of the options.


Not all Istanbul shore excursions fit your plans..

If you don’t have all day for Bosphorus and you want to have at least a glimpse of it, there is an option for you; a private Bosphorus boat tour.



Tours are on small boats (60 to 100 people), each with a small sun deck.

Quick overlook to these cruises:

Down side: They only travel as far as "Rumeli Hisarı".

Best part: The boat travels very close to the shore.

Beware: Some of them play pop music very loudly. Ask before you buy your tickets.

Be prepared: Buy 2-3 bottles of water and some snacks before you get on board.

Questions and answers:

Where exactly?:

There are 3 docks that you can take these tours.

  • Sirkeci, Dock No:3. You can have your tickets there.
  • Ortakoy, Dock between Ortakoy Mosque and Beltur Cafe. You can have your tickets there.
  • Kabatas, Dock next to the Ferry Docks. You can have your tickets there.

Stops: Some don't make stops and some of them make 1 stop at Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari) for lunch.

Duration: These shore excursions take nearly 3 hours.

Schedule: There is no time schedule. Boats leave when they are full, starting from 11:00 to 20:00, from May to September. Other months are from 11:00 to 16:00.

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