Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is Europe's most populous city (the world's 4th largest city proper and 20th largest urban area) and Turkey's cultural and financial center. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.

Part of Istanbul’s great attraction is its unique position on two continents, divided by the Bosphorus. Most of the population live on the European side; the Asian sector is reached via the high-level Bosphorus Bridge, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge or by ferry. With 13 million inhabitants Istanbul offers all the excitement of a cosmopolitan city. Its numerous monuments, mosques and museums, plus the famous Grand Bazaar, make it one of the world’s great destinations.

Things to See & Do

* Okapi Palace
* Hagia Sophia
* Yerebatan Sarayi
* Sulemanye Mosque
* Sultanahmet Square

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - New Turkish Lira (YTL)
Language – Turkish
Land Area – 98.2 sq km.
Population – 13,000,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – European side + 212 Asian side +216

Port Location - Istanbul is the principal port of Turkey, located at the mouth of the Bosphorus on the Sea of Marmara and comprising several ports. Passengers disembark at Karakoy piers.

Transport Links – Istanbul can be reached by air, bus and train from most major European countries.

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Cruises from Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise Date Duration
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Rome 05/01/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 05/01/22 7 nts
Serenity, Black Sea Mosaic ex Istanbul to Monte Carlo 16/04/22 13 nts
Crystal Serenity, 27 Nights Grand Journey: Mediterranean & Trans-Atlantic ex Istanbul, Turkey to Miami 16/04/22 27 nts
Azamara Journey, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 19/04/22 10 nts
Pursuit, Black Sea Voyage & North Greece ex Istanbul to Athens 05/05/22 12 nts
Sirena, Ancients to the Arts from Istanbul to London (Southampton) 06/05/22 28 nts
Sirena, Sacred Holy Lands from Istanbul to Barcelona 06/05/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 07/05/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 07/05/22 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 07/05/22 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 07/05/22 28 nts
Star Clipper, Yachtman's Paradise ex Istanbul to Athens 07/05/22 7 nts
Explorer, Beauties of the Bosphorus ex Istanbul to Athens 14/05/22 10 nts
Star Clipper, Yachtman's Paradise ex Istanbul to Athens 21/05/22 7 nts
Nautica, Greek & Turkish Icons ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 27/05/22 10 nts
Nautica, Journey of the Ages ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 30/06/22 17 nts
Nautica, Aegean & Ancient Tides ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 30/06/22 7 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 02/07/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 02/07/22 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 02/07/22 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 02/07/22 28 nts
Le Bougainville, 10 Night Pearls of the Black Sea ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 10/07/22 10 nts
Le Lyrial, 7 Night Treasures of the Aegean Sea ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 15/07/22 7 nts
Riviera, Black Sea Brilliance from Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus) 17/07/22 10 nts
Le Bougainville, 10 Night Pearls of the Black Sea ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 20/07/22 10 nts
Le Bougainville, 12 Night Black Sea Odyssey ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 30/07/22 12 nts
Encore, Aegean Jewels In Depth ex Istanbul to Athens 31/07/22 21 nts
Le Bougainville, 7 Night Treasures of the Aegean Sea ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 11/08/22 7 nts
Le Jacques Cartier, 9 Night From sublime Istanbul to Venice the Serenissima ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 17/08/22 9 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 27/08/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 27/08/22 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 27/08/22 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 27/08/22 28 nts
Encore, Holy Land & Aegean Jewels ex Istanbul to Haifa 28/08/22 14 nts
Encore, Holy Land & Aegean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Athens 28/08/22 21 nts
Explorer, Ionian Sea Inspiration ex Istanbul to Venice 30/08/22 12 nts
Journey, Black Sea Voyage ex Istanbul to Athens 06/09/22 11 nts
Riviera, Mediterranean Montage from Istanbul to Rome (Civitavecchia) 14/09/22 12 nts
Riviera, Coastal Kaleidoscope from Istanbul to Barcelona 14/09/22 19 nts
Encore, Golden Horn To The Grand Canal ex Istanbul to Venice 25/09/22 14 nts
Encore, Aegean & Adriatic Splendors ex Istanbul to Athens 25/09/22 21 nts
MSC Orchestra, 11 Night ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 27/09/22 11 nts
MSC Orchestra, 11 Night ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 08/10/22 11 nts
Explorer, Holy Land Passage ex Istanbul Return 19/10/22 12 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Rome 22/10/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 22/10/22 7 nts
Viking Sky, Iconic Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Barcelona 22/10/22 21 nts
Encore, Aegean Empires I ex Istanbul Return 23/10/22 14 nts
Explorer, Divine Destinations ex Istanbul to Dubai 31/10/22 21 nts
Explorer, Grand Spice Route Quest ex Istanbul to Auckland 31/10/22 73 nts
Explorer, Legends Of The Old World ex Istanbul to Singapore 31/10/22 42 nts
Encore, Greek Isles & Turquoise Coast ex Istanbul to Athens 06/11/22 7 nts
Encore, Turquoise Coast & Aegean Isles ex Istanbul to Athens 06/11/22 14 nts
Venus, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 11/11/22 7 nts
Venus, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Rome 11/11/22 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Rome 10/01/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 10/01/23 7 nts
Viking Star, 14 Night Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 01/05/23 14 nts
Viking Star, 28 Night Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 01/05/23 28 nts
Viking Star, 7 Night Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 01/05/23 7 nts
Viking Star, 21 Night Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 01/05/23 21 nts
Azamara Pursuit, 12 Night Black Sea Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 02/05/23 12 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 12/05/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 12/05/23 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 12/05/23 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 12/05/23 28 nts
Voyager, 8 Nights Istanbul & The Turquoise Coast ex Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus) 26/05/23 8 nts
Azamara Quest, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 09/06/23 10 nts
Vista, Holy Land Hallmarks ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 11/06/23 14 nts
Mariner, 12 Nights Classical Antiquity On View ex Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus) 21/06/23 12 nts
Azamara Quest, 7 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 01/07/23 7 nts
Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Mediterranean Enchantment ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 02/07/23 21 nts
Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Greek Isles & The Adriatic ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 02/07/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 07/07/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 07/07/23 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 07/07/23 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 07/07/23 28 nts
Crystal Serenity, 9 Nights Aegean & Adriatic Antiquities ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 09/07/23 9 nts
Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Greek Isles & Turkish Riviera ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 30/07/23 21 nts
Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Isles Of The Aegean ex Istanbul, Turkey to Haifa, Israel 30/07/23 14 nts
Azamara Quest, 11 Night Black Sea & Aegean Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 15/08/23 11 nts
Azzurra, Mykonos Gallipoli & Black Sea ex Istanbul to Athens 19/08/23 14 nts
Azzurra, Discover the Greek Islands Turkey & Black Sea ex Istanbul to Athens 19/08/23 21 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 01/09/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 01/09/23 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 01/09/23 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 01/09/23 28 nts
Azamara Quest, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 13/09/23 10 nts
Seabourn Encore, 17 Night Greece, Turkey & Ephesus ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 24/09/23 17 nts
Viking Neptune, 7 Night Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 14/10/23 7 nts
Viking Neptune, 14 Night Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 14/10/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Rome 27/10/23 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 27/10/23 7 nts
Viking Sky, Iconic Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Barcelona 27/10/23 21 nts
Navigator, 21 Nights Wonders Of Antiquity ex Istanbul to Dubai 10/11/23 21 nts
Seabourn Encore, 7 Night Greek & Turkish Treasures ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 12/11/23 7 nts