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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul

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    What to Expect
    After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to the portside at Kabataş for your full-day cruise. Step onto your sightseeing boat and after a safety briefing, find a spot on deck. Then, soak up the views as you sail north along the Bosphorus Strait, the stretch of water that divides Asia and Europe.

    Enjoy the complimentary onboard snacks and beverages, and take snaps of the passing mosques and landmarks as you cruise to your first stop of Ortaköy. 

    Set on Istanbul’s European shores, this picturesque district of neo-baroque buildings and cobbled lanes is filled with arty shops, galleries, markets and cafes. Enjoy free time to stroll, and then return to your boat and cross the Bosphorus to Istanbul’s Asian banks.

    Here, enjoy a guided tour of the Küçüksu Palace, an Ottoman-era imperial hunting lodge built in the 1800s. Small enough to fall below the tourist radar, this ornate residence is more than opulent enough to entrance visitors. Behold the rooms adorned with gold, marble and crystal, and hear how the sultans relaxed here after hunting expeditions.

    Cruise back over the water and pay a visit to Rumeli Hisari Fortress, once used to control traffic on the Bosphorus. See the ramparts and towers with your guide, and then enjoy lunch back on deck on your boat.

    The menu may vary, but expect dishes such as grilled chicken and meze accompanied by sodas, with other drinks (own expense) available from the bar.

    After lunch, cruise further up the Bosphorus and into the Black Sea. Take in the views and dock at Poyrazköy, a pretty village nestled between wooded hills and lined by a sandy bay.

    Get free time to use as you wish, perhaps to swim in the sea or take a seaside stroll. If you wish to swim, remember to bring your bathing suit and towel!  If the weather isn’t conducive to swimming, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and enjoy time to visit its ruined hilltop castle.

    Afterward, cruise back to Kabataş and finish your tour in the early evening with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Küçüksu Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesdays. On these days, your visits will be substituted by a visit to the Maiden’s Tower, a medieval island tower that starred in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located Istanbul hotel
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    10h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Lunch
    • Beverages
    • Snacks
    • Entry/Admission - Rumeli Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - Ortakoy
    • Entry/Admission - Anadolu Kavagi
    • Entry/Admission - Kucuksu Pavilion
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I am giving this tour 1 star based on how I felt leaving the tour, cheated and scammed. It's unfortunate as the tour was nice and we had a knowledgeable guide. You are informed at the beginning of the day that lunch and a soft drink are included in the price and alcohol is
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    Response from dreamcity-istanbul, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Day Cruise from Istanbul
    Responded 10 Oct. 2019
    First of all thank you for your comment . In our blacksea cruise price for a beer (33cl)25 tl . Also information about the tour written in our brochures clearly and it is stated that the tour includes a swimming break. You could have ask the price, it was told it is extra so it was up to you to drink or not. And the bar staff would never go around with a tip box . With all my respect I am feeling you are being unfair to us. at least you liked the program and the presentation of our guide. Have a nice day
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    Looking for a cruise on the beautiful Bosporus? Well, look no further! You will explore four Turkish historical places on both the European and Asian sides. Tour guide, Aslan, is Turkey’s best historian, filled with knowledge and stories that capture your imagination
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    A good day out with plenty to see and a nice crew who looked after us. Lunch was good and drinks were available all day
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    Took the full day tour on 9 Aug 19. Was a great experience, very insightful and I learnt alot about the history of Istanbul. Food was great, ship's crew were very accommodating and helpful! Aslam the tour guide was awesome, his knowledge and care for sharing about his country
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    Excellent to get out of Istanbul and see some of the sites outside the main city.tour guide Aslam was brilliant
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