One of the great activities to do while visiting Istanbul is definitely to get a boat excursion on the Bosphorus.
The Bosphorus is also known as the Istanbul Strait and divides the European part of Turkey with its Asian part.
You can get pretty good deals if you can bargain with the people reaching you on the street near Eminonu for example. Basically people come to you trying to sell their boat trips.
Boat trips in Istanbul usually take from 2 to 4 hours, and you’ll be taken into a an amazing tour to enjoy Istanbul’s districts seen from the sea. There are many boat companies but prices are much the same, unless you chose something more fancy or with dinner included.
There are also other professional tour companies that have fair prices (sometimes even cheaper then the guys trying to cheat you on the streets with overpriced tours). These boat tour companies offer three great Bosphorus tours: Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise, Full Bosphorus Cruise and the Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night.
Full day Bosphorus Boat Tour
Turkish Heritage Travel for example, they organize half-day and full-day tours around Istanbul, and you can go until the entrance of the Black Sea. During good weather season you can even jump of the boat for some swimming as the boat stops in specific places to do so.
A full day cruise in Istanbul takes about 7 or 8 hours starting in Kabatas around 9am and coming back around 6pm. Boat will go thru Ortakoy, Beylerbeyi Palace, Rumeli Fortress and Poyrazkoy.
Discover the great historical and natural sights all along the shores of Bosphorus, a waterway that divides Europe and Asia. Stop for certain points, walk around specific areas, visit imperial palaces and climb magnificent fortresses with a certificated guide.
Enjoy having lunch which includeds various kind of Turkish mezes, grilled fish and soft drinks. Finish excursion with Poyrazköy which is the end of Bosphorus and the begining of Black Sea.
Price for this tour is 79 Euros per person. Included Services: Transfers, snacks, lunch, soft drinks, entrance fees, licensed English speaking guide.
Check the Turkish Heritage Travel website at: boat trip Istanbul