Cruise to Istanbul

Eastern Europe buildings along river

Istanbul Cruises: Your guide to cruising to Turkey's eclectic capital

  • Marketplace in Istanbul with stunning traditional lights hanging from ceiling
  • Day boats docked in port with sunset in background
  • Traditional Turkey palace

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Frequently asked questions

Highlights of your Istanbul city stop include visits to the iconic Hagia Sophia, strolls through the Blue Mosque, shopping in the Grand Bazaar, cruises along the Bosphorus, and a chance to explore the city's rich history and culture.


The best time to set sail on an Istanbul Cruise is during spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). During these months you’ll enjoy pleasant weather and fewer tourists – meaning more baklava and gozleme for you.


Onshore excursions often include visits to historical sites, culinary tours sampling Turkish cuisine, and boat tours on the Bosphorus. You’re also more than welcome to head onshore and explore the streets at your own pace.


Most cruise packages include meals on board. While in Istanbul, you'll also have opportunities to try local Turkish dishes, so be sure to bring some Turkish Lira so you can purchase whatever tickles your taste buds.


We’re happy to report that there is no shortage of luxury cruises that include Istanbul in their itineraries. Offering everything from unique onshore experiences to upscale amenities and unique services, there’s no better way to enjoy Istanbul than from the five star luxury of a cruise.


Cruises stopping in Istanbul can range from a few days to over a week, depending on the itinerary and the cruise line. Chat with your Flight Centre cruising expert to find the itinerary that best suits your travel needs.


Yes, Istanbul’s unique position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia provides a unique blend of cultures, cuisines and historical sites from both continents.


It's recommended to pack comfortable walking shoes, modest clothing for visiting religious sites, and layers for variable weather. Oh, and an empty stomach. Trust us – you’ll need it.


No trip to Istanbul is complete without a chance to stroll through (read: get lost) in the iconic Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Most cruise lines should offer some form of tour for guests to grab some treats and souvenirs while you’re onshore. If not, chat with your travel expert who can easily book an independent tour once you arrive.


Istanbul's cruise port is easily accessible from the city centre by taxi, tram, or metro, with excellent connections to the city's main attractions.


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