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Route Map

Click the Bosphorus map below to enlarge and view the route usually taken for this scenic sightseeing cruise.

Bosphorus strait map route for sightseeing cruise

Bosphorus strait map and route

Itinerary – Private Istanbul Sightseeing Cruise

With Zoe Yacht’s private Bosphorus sightseeing cruises, you’ll enjoy one of Istanbul’s best possible sightseeing boat tours along the two continents of Europe and Asia.

Enjoy this 2 hour nostalgic sightseeing cruise on Istanbul’s Bosphorus in the comfort and relaxing environment of your private motor-boat.

Istanbul seen from the Bosphorus Strait is an impressive and unforgettable cruising experience. In this private Bosphorus and two continents cruise, you’ll have a yacht to yourself to soak up the atmosphere of this famous riviera, gliding by some of the most famous sights and monuments.

Cruise along both Asian and European shores passing the waterfront palaces of Sultans and their Pasha’s villas. Relax and enjoy close-up views, including the European Side, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Asian Side, Anadolu Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace and more.

All you have to do is sit back and relax in your own private lounge, sundeck or flybridge. Enjoy the wonderful sightseeing views as our friendly crew look after the rest. This Bosphorus boat tour is ideal for couples, families, or a group of friends looking for the best possible Bosphorus experience. Highly recommended!

You’ll experience:

  • Unique views of the most famous Bosphorus sights along both Europe & Asian continents
  • A scenic and luxury cruise in comfort and a relaxing environment – avoid the ferry crowds
  • A yacht for you and your chosen companions only, nobody else
  • A friendly captain and crew at your service
  • A bar with great service for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (available for purchase on-board)
  • Great photo opportunities to capture beautiful views, waterfront palaces, mosques and mansions and boats of all sizes
  • Complimentary tea or coffee served on board

Cruise Schedule:

Zoe Yacht’s Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise of Istanbul operates daily these times:
(duration: 2 hours)

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13:00-15:00 is available as a Lunch Sightseeing Cruise here
17:30-19:30 is available as a Sunset Sightseeing Cruise here
20:00 onwards is available as a Dinner Cruise here
Or go back to the Bosphorus Cruise homepage here.

Pick Up & Drop Off:

We can collect you right from your hotel or cruiseship in Istanbul with round-trip hotel transfers for pick-up and drop-off provided for an extra fee ( for European-side city-center hotels or cruiseships – see these Istanbul neighborhoods here), or from Kuruçeşme, Arnavutköy and Kabataş piers (European Side), or from Beylerbeyi and Kuleli piers (Asian Side), or from selected Bosphorus hotels and restaurants with their own piers (for hotel residents / with restaurant reservation). (From any other locations, apartments, suites, residences, B&Bs or private addresses, we will advise the nearest selected hotel or pier for you to come to for pick-up instead).


For Small Groups: Zoe Yacht is ideal for up to 6 guests.
For Larger Groups: We also offer a selection of medium to large yachts for other group sizes – please just email us with your requirements.

Additional Options:

A light lunch or birthday cake can be arranged for an additional charge. Please contact us to ask for more details or see our lunch and dinner cruises.

This essential day tour is an Istanbul classic, sometimes known as the scenic, nostalgic, short-circle or short Bosphorus cruise, Bosphorus boat tour, yacht cruise, river cruise, strait cruise or Bosphorus and Two Continents Tour.


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Tour Name
Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

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A truly magical experience... it was certainly the perfect way for friends to celebrate a special occasion. Thank you for all the lovely details, like the flowers and your staff’s helpfulness.

Katalin.B., USA


I would recommend this experience to anyone looking for an exclusive and impressive way to discover the Bosphorus.

Alain.M., France