Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul

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Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea Half-Day Cruise from Istanbul
from USD $55.84
Take a leisurely afternoon cruise along Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, and enjoy an onboard lunch and visit to the Black Sea, too! After savoring delights such as Turkish meze and grilled chicken while the sightseeing boat is docked, cruise from Rumeli Hisarı Fortress along the Bosphorus Strait, passing Galata Tower, Bosphorus Bridge and more. Pass into the open waters of the Black Sea, and stop for a swim at the coastal village of Poyrazköy or explore the medieval ruins of Anadolu Kavağı before returning to Istanbul.
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In Brief

Istanbul, Turkey
5 hours 30 minutes
Summer only; Daily
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Snacks and Beverages included
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Important InfoInfo
Start your afternoon with a hotel pickup, and travel to Rumeli Hisarı Fortress where your sightseeing boat is docked. Learn about the striking-looking fortress that dominates the narrowest stretch of the Bosphorus Strait, enjoy photos in front of it, and then hop on board your boat in time for lunch.

While the boat remains docked, savor a delicious lunch of grilled chicken alongside an assortment of Turkish meze. Sip on a soda, relax in the sun and gaze out at the sights of Istanbul from the water. The Bosphorus Strait splits the city onto two continents, and both its Asian and European banks are scattered with important sights and must-see landmarks such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Galata Tower.

After lunch, help yourself to more snacks from the bar if you wish, and then cruise along the famous stretch of water to the Black Sea where the cute seaside village of Poyrazköy awaits. When your boat docks, make the most of some free time to swim in the sea or walk through the hills that fringe the village. Be sure to bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and walking shoes or sneakers! If the weather is not warm enough for swimming on the day, dock at Anadolu Kavağı instead, and explore the medieval castle ruins with your guide.

Return to your boat, and cruise back to Istanbul to dock at Kabataş port. Swap your mode of transport from boat to coach, and finish your trip with a hotel drop-off in the late afternoon.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Local guide


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Departure Point

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel

Returns To

Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Swimsuit and towels 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2017
The tour was relaxing and comfortable. The tour guides were very friendly and helpful. There were only the 10 of us on a big boat and we could just lie on the benches on the roof and tan. Swimming in black sea was just amazing. The water was clear and and warm. Would definitely do this again.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
Excellent tour and guides. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2016
The staff were friendly and considerate. The guide was great and explained the sights in detail. The lunch and snack were a lot better than expected! The boat was clean and tidy. It was convenvient that they came to pick us up and drop us off at the end of the tour.
• Submitted 27 Jun 2016
5 stars just doesn't do this trip justice. Great tour guide, great chef, great food, amazing cruise. Stop over was beautiful and chance to swim was great. Din't be expecting a luxury cruise experience, but you will get a very friendly and enjoyable half day out. Please give these guys a will NOT be disappointed...the highlight of our stay in the friendlist city on earth !!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
Excellent size group, wonderful guide overall waited to share much info until well into cruise, good meal, very nice boat.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
Great experience. Must do
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015
Excellent Cruise Guide and all supporting crew members. Great value for money cruise with a wealth of information provided. I would highly recommend this cruise for anyone visiting Istanbul as it provides great value for money with hotel pick up and drop off included as well as providing lunch and refreshments on board.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2015
Great cruise, lovely folk on board, brilliant lunch, good info on various parts of the trip. We had a lovely afternoon and would highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2015
I wasn't really sure at first about this tour but me and my wife were very keen on taking a Bosphorus tour so we booked. This was an amazing tour! Picked us up from the hotel and took us to the docked cruise. The lunch served was delicious! Didn't have high hopes with it but it blew us away. The fishing village, the black sea swimming, everything was just an incredible experience. The highlight of the tour was obviously the beautiful scenery. Very nice people who served us with a good guided tour on the way back too. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2015
This was an excellent boat trip in perfect weather. The boat was exactly the right size, we were given a delicious lunch by an extremely attentive and well informed crew, and although there was insufficient time at the start to visit the Rumeli Hasari fortress, the trip lasted an excellent time. The post tour hotel drop off was also extremely efficient.
• Submitted 15 Sep 2015
Very lovely- food was great and the cruise was informational.
• Submitted 13 Sep 2015
A scenic and relaxing afternoon with friendly staff. Excellent value with lunch and snacks provided. Really enjoyed the swim in the Bosphorus
• Submitted 03 Sep 2015
Fabulous way to see Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait. Travels out to the Black Sea. And we were allowed time to go for a swim. Crew was great. Good information. Wonderful day in Istanbul!
• Submitted 24 Aug 2015
Absolutely excellent. Picked us up from our hotel on time, very nice boat, superb lunch and very informative guide. But the star of the show is the Bosphorus itself--simply stunning!
• Submitted 20 Jul 2015
Absolutely excellent, well organised, good information given while sailing an fantastic food. Very enjoyable. The organiser was very polite and knowledgeable about the area and the swim in the Black Sea was great, a trip definitely worth doing
• Submitted 20 Jul 2015
Nice tour. As advertised. Great food. Some sightseeing background information as we cruised.
• Submitted 23 Jun 2015
totally worth the money, the trip was nice, great guide..... me and my wife enjoyed it a lot
• Submitted 07 Jun 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 27 May 2015
Panoramic views, good food, enough a stop at a charming village on the Bosphorus...all add up to an entertaining and satisfying afternoon. Istanbul is still one of the greatest cities in the world, and this tour goes a long way toward explaining why that is. The crew of the boat was very competent and friendly, and the chef came to each table to explain what he had prepared which was delicious. You shouldn't miss this excursion.
• Submitted 27 May 2015
• Submitted 08 Jun 2015
we were picked up and dropped from our hotel. the pickup crew was running a few minutes behind due to notorious traffic congestion in Istanbul but they were professional enough to phone us ahead and give us a heads was an enjoyable trip.included lunch. Staff was courteous and worked extremely hard to serve and please. very relaxed and very humorous captain.worth every penny. My wife and i enjoyed the scenery and history.
• Submitted 20 Oct 2014
Amazing view and very friendly crews. A relaxed trip.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2014

In Brief

Istanbul, Turkey
5 hours 30 minutes
Summer only; Daily
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Snacks and Beverages included
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water