Hop-on Hop-off Bosphorus Boat Tour
#11 in Istanbul
Hop on and see the best of Istanbul by sea!
Only in Istanbul can you sail between the continents of Europe and Asia! Enjoy exactly that as you see and explore the magnificent palaces scattered around the city without getting stuck in traffic! Use your Istanbul Tourist Pass to hop on and off as much you wish on this fascinating Bosphorus Tour. Simply hop-off at any stop, enjoy the area and hop-on the next boat.
You must board the boat for the first time at Kabataş Port. The first stop after this is Beşiktaş where you can visit the Naval Museum. Hop back on the boat and continue to Emirgan to see the famous Yellow Mansion and a lovely park where every April you can visit the International Tulip Festival. Farther on, see Küçüksu Pavilion and then Beylerbeyi where there is a beautiful summer palace that belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. Finally, the boat will return to Kabataş where you can finish your trip with a look at the beautiful white marble façade of Dolmabahçe Palace.
Hours & Schedule
A loop tour takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes without hopping off.
How To Get There?
Take the T1 line to the Kabataş station. Walk past the gas station and you will find the port on your right hand side. Please present your pass ID to the small wooden window in the pier.
- Your first boarding must be at the pier of Kabataş
- After you first board the boat at Kabataş, you can hop-on and hop-off at any stop until you complete one full circuit.
- No reservation required.
- Please collect your tıcket from TICKET COLLECTION POINT window.
- You can not board again after completing a full loop.
- Keep in mind that due to weather conditions, boats may be delayed or canceled.
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Bosphorus is undoubtedly one of the most unique and beautiful parts of Istanbul. This natural strait is something that is rarely seen in the world, dividing one of the most culturally and historically significant cities in the world into two continents and connecting its two seas together. If you ever wanted to tour Bosphorus and visit all the amazing places on its shores, keep on reading as we talk about our Hop On Hop Off Bosphorus Boat Tour, its visiting locations and the Bosphorus Strait itself.
About the Bosphorus Strait
Strait is natural strait that divides the city of Istanbul into two continents,
something that is rarely seen in the world. If you are wondering “Where is the
Bosphorus bridge located?”, there are 3 Bosphorus bridges today: 15
Temmuz Sehitler Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Yavuz Sultan Selim
Bridge. This is also the order that they were built in, which is also used in
their naming amongst Turkish people (First, Second and Third Bridge
There are many amazing places on the shores of Bosphorus, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Asiyan Museum, Anadolu Hisari and Rumeli Hisari. Not only that, you can also visit many Bosphorus restaurants with view, hotels with Bosphorus view, and Cafe with Bosphorus view.
About the Places You Will Visit in This Boat Tour
Naval Museum: Also known as the Maritime Museum, Naval Museum is the largest museum in its category in Turkey and houses more than 20,000 pieces of artifacts regarding the naval history of Turkey, ranging from reign boats and ship models to sailor clothes and flags. It was first founded in 1897, but saw many changes during the 20th century. It was transferred to its current location in 1961, where foundation of the modern Istanbul Naval Museum we know today was laid. Today, this large museum has 3 floors that have a total of 4 large halls and 17 rooms, and they all cover an area of 1500 m2 in total. This large exhibition space is used to showcase its comprehensive collections, exhibitions and archives.
Yellow Pavilion: This famous pavilion, also known as the “Sari Kosk” in Turkey, was built by Ismail Pasha from the Hıdiv family between 1871 and 1878. It looks like a birdhouse, which is a homage to and artistic expression of the Turks’ love for birds. There are three rooms on the upper floor and four rooms on the lower floor. It carries the finest features of the art of decoration with flower motifs, oil painting figures and exterior decorations, all of which are typical examples of carving handicrafts. Today, it serves as a café and restaurant, one that you must visit.
International Tulip Festival: If you happen to visit the Istanbul in April, you will see many beautiful tulips all across the city. Want to know why? Because of International Istanbul Tulip Festival, which is organized annually in every April. Emirgan Park in Sariyer is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul, which also happens to be one of the best places to enjoy the International Tulip Festival. There are few experiences that is as refreshing as walking inside the Emirgan Park and watching the hundreds of thousands of tulips with different colors and the shapes that they create.
Kucuksu Pavilion: There are many palaces in Istanbul that were built in the late Ottoman period. The palaces of this period are still in great condition and they let us see the hybrid architectural styles that affected this period. Kucuksu Pavilion is one of them. Built in 18th century during the reign of Mahmud I, it was later demolished and rebuilt by Sultan Abdulmecid I. This last form of the pavilion had visible western influences and was built in the style used for Dolmabahce Palace and Ihlamur Pavilion. A few of the sultans that came after Abdulmecid added some more decorations. In 1994, Kucuksu Pavilion underwent an extensive restoration, and today, the pavilion is open to visitors and its surrounding garden has been transformed into a public park in which the public can rest.
The Hop On Hop Off Bosphorus Boat Tour departs from Besiktas, and it also comes
to Besiktas after the tour, so you can explore this amazing district of
Istanbul before or after the tour. The first thing you need to do is to visit
the Dolmabahce Palace. This palace was built between
the years of 1843 - 1856 with the orders of Sultan Abdulmecid. Even though it
is more than 150 years old, it still holds its magnificence today. With a total
area of 45,000 m2, it is the largest palace in Turkey. Its
unique architecture combines many different styles together, and it looks even
better during the night, especially from the sea in a Bosphorus Cruise with dinner. Today, it is a museum
that you must visit during your Istanbul tour.
If you are a sports fan, you can also visit the home stadium of Besiktas JK, one of the top football teams in Turkey in Besiktas. It is very close to the Dolmabahce Palace too. During this Besiktas Stadium tour, you will not only learn about the epic history of Besiktas, but you will also get to tour the stadium’s most private areas, such as its press tribune, VIP press lounge, the press conference room, and even the locker rooms of the players!
to Get to the Hop On Hop Off Bosphorus Boat Tour
Bosphorus Boat Tour takes off from the Kabatas bay, which is easily
accessible through public transportation. The most straightforward method is
using the Kabatas – Bagcilar tramway line. After getting off at the Kabatas
station, you should be able to see the bay. If you are coming from the
Anatolian side, you can reach this with the ferries that go to Eminonu from
Kadikoy and Uskudar. Using the Marmaray, getting off at the Sirkeci station and
transferring to the Kabatas – Bagcilar tramway is also an option.
After you reach the take-off point, you will start your Hop On Hop Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with the professional tour guides of the Istanbul Tourist Pass, who will inform you about the places you will see in your trip.