Istanbul Cruise

Istanbul Cruise
Start planning your cruise from Istanbul or choose an itinerary that includes this historic city and book your excursion to explore the area
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, a place where the ancient East meets the contemporary West. Spanning both Asia and Europe, this charismatic metropolis is a banquet for the senses — from its Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage to its dazzling array of mosques and palaces. 
Discover opulent museums, sail cobalt blue waterways, or sample delectable Turkish cuisine in an atmospheric restaurant. An MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, Istanbul is a cultural melting pot.

Select an unforgettable tour from a list of MSC Cruises excursions including:

Topkapi Palace 
Kumkapi Dinner
Bosphorus Cruise

Cruises from / to Istanbul in 2024

Explore Istanbul's wonders with MSC Splendida


Until October 2024, MSC Splendida will take you on a journey of discovery between Europe and Asia with an enchanting 9-night cruise experience. Be mesmerized by Turkey's incredible cultural heritage and savor the mysterious charm of Istanbul, while from Kusadasi, wander the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus.
 
MSC Splendida will also take you to explore Greece, in Piraeus (Athens) and Corfu, as well as Italy, in Bari and Trieste (Venice).
 

Explore Istanbul's wonders with MSC Splendida

Istanbul, Turkey | MSC Cruises

Cruises from / to Istanbul in 2024

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CITY TOUR
  • Category: CULTURE AND HISTORY
  • Duration: 9 hour(s)
  • Code: IST01
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MYSTIC DERVISHI SHOW & DINNER
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 4.5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST18
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DE LUXE ISTANBUL
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 10 hour(s)
  • Code: IST24
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TOPKAPI PALACE AND SHOPPING
  • Category: CULTURE AND HISTORY
  • Duration: 6 hour(s)
  • Code: IST02
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BOSPHORUS CRUISE
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 4.5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST03
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CULTURE, ART & SHOPPING IN ISTANBUL
  • Category: CULTURE AND HISTORY
  • Duration: 6.5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST06
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ISTANBUL BY LAND & SEA
  • Category: CITY TOUR
  • Duration: 6 hour(s)
  • Code: IST10
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DINNER CRUISE ON BOSPHORUS STRAIT
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 3.5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST28
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PANORAMIC TOUR OF ICONIC ISTANBUL LANDMARKS
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST30
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PRE-BOARDING EXCURSION TO DISCOVER ISTANBUL
  • Category: CITY TOUR
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST30E
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THE AWESOME DOLMABAHCE PALACE AND A WALK THROUGH ORTAKOY DISTRICT
  • Category: CULTURE AND HISTORY
  • Duration: 4.5 hour(s)
  • Code: IST36YC
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TRAVEL TO THE Istanbul CRUISE TERMINAL

From the European side:
Exit the O-3/E-80 at the junction for the E-5, then turn off at the junction for Besiktas, which leads to Barbaros Boulevard. Keeping to the right at the end of the Boulevard, drive straight on for approximately 10 minutes. When you reach Meclis-i Mebusan Street you will see the port on your left.

From the Asian side: Take the E-5 across the bridge and take the first exit after the bridge, signposted Besiktas, which leads to Barbaros Boulevard. Keeping to the right at the end of the Boulevard, drive straight on for approximately 10 minutes. When you reach Meclis-i Mebusan Street you will see the port on your left.

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There are 2 airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Airport (in the European side) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (in the Asian side).

Istanbul Airport is approximately 50 km (30 miles) from Galataport Istanbul. There is a tram service from 06:00 until 24:00/ underground service linking İstanbul Airport to Gayrettepe. From Gayrettepe a 10 minute taxi (approximately 8 Km. / 5 miles) will take you to Galataport. There is also a taxi rank, right outside the Istanbul airport building, which will take approximately, 1 hour to get to the cruise port ( timing may vary depending on traffic).

Sabiha Gokcen Airport is approximately 45 km (28 miles) from Galataport Port. There is a tram service from 06:00 until 24:00 / underground service linking Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Ayrilikcesmesi. From Ayrilikcesmesi a metro change must be done towards Sirkeci. From Sirkeci another tram change must be done towards Tophane which has a stop close by Galataport walking distance. There is also a taxi rank right outside the airport building, which will take approximately, 1 hour to get to the cruise port ( timing may vary depending on traffic).

Note: Note that Galataport cruise port is in the European side of the City.