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.

Cruises departing Istanbul, Turkey

Spirit, Santorini Mykonos & Rhodes Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 31 Oct 2021 From: Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Ship: Norwegian Spirit.

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Venus, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 25 Nov 2021 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Venus.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 05 Jan 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 05 Jan 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Azamara Journey, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 19 Apr 2022 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Journey.

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Pursuit, Black Sea Voyage & North Greece Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 05 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Pursuit.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures Ex Istanbul To Venice

Departure: 07 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 07 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 07 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores Ex Istanbul To Barcelona

Departure: 07 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Star Clipper, Yachtman's Paradise Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 07 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Star Clippers Cruise Ship: Star Clipper.

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Star Clipper, Yachtman's Paradise Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 21 May 2022 From: Cruise line: Star Clippers Cruise Ship: Star Clipper.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures Ex Istanbul To Venice

Departure: 02 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 02 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 02 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores Ex Istanbul To Barcelona

Departure: 02 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Le Bougainville, 10 Night Pearls Of The Black Sea Ex Istanbul, Turkey Return

Departure: 10 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: Le Bougainville.

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Le Lyrial, 7 Night Treasures Of The Aegean Sea Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 15 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: Le Lyrial.

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Le Bougainville, 10 Night Pearls Of The Black Sea Ex Istanbul, Turkey Return

Departure: 20 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: Le Bougainville.

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Le Bougainville, 12 Night Black Sea Odyssey Ex Istanbul, Turkey Return

Departure: 30 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: Le Bougainville.

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Encore, Aegean Jewels In Depth Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 31 Jul 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Le Bougainville, 7 Night Treasures Of The Aegean Sea Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 11 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: Le Bougainville.

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Le Jacques Cartier, 9 Night From Sublime Istanbul To Venice The Serenissima Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Venice, Italy

Departure: 17 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Ponant Cruise Ship: Le Jacques Cartier.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures Ex Istanbul To Venice

Departure: 27 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 27 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 27 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores Ex Istanbul To Barcelona

Departure: 27 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Encore, Holy Land & Aegean Jewels Ex Istanbul To Haifa

Departure: 28 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Encore, Holy Land & Aegean Antiquities Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 28 Aug 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Journey, Black Sea Voyage Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 06 Sep 2022 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Journey.

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Encore, Golden Horn To The Grand Canal Ex Istanbul To Venice

Departure: 25 Sep 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Encore, Aegean & Adriatic Splendors Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 25 Sep 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Msc Orchestra, 11 Night Ex Istanbul, Turkey Return

Departure: 27 Sep 2022 From: Cruise line: MSC Cruises Cruise Ship: MSC Orchestra.

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Departure: 08 Oct 2022 From: Cruise line: MSC Cruises Cruise Ship: MSC Orchestra.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 22 Oct 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Departure: 22 Oct 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Iconic Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Barcelona

Departure: 22 Oct 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Encore, Aegean Empires I Ex Istanbul Return

Departure: 23 Oct 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Encore, Greek Isles & Turquoise Coast Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 06 Nov 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Encore, Turquoise Coast & Aegean Isles Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 06 Nov 2022 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Venus, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 11 Nov 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Venus.

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Venus, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 11 Nov 2022 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Venus.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 10 Jan 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Departure: 10 Jan 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Azamara Pursuit, 12 Night Black Sea Intensive Voyage Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 02 May 2023 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Pursuit.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures Ex Istanbul To Venice

Departure: 12 May 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Departure: 12 May 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 12 May 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores Ex Istanbul To Barcelona

Departure: 12 May 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Azamara Quest, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 09 Jun 2023 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Quest.

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Azamara Quest, 7 Night Greece Intensive Voyage Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 01 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Quest.

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Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Mediterranean Enchantment Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 02 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Greek Isles & The Adriatic Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Venice, Italy

Departure: 02 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures Ex Istanbul To Venice

Departure: 07 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 07 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn Ex Istanbul To Rome

Departure: 07 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores Ex Istanbul To Barcelona

Departure: 07 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Viking Ocean Cruises Cruise Ship: Viking Sky.

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Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Greek Isles & Turkish Riviera Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 30 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Isles Of The Aegean Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Haifa, Israel

Departure: 30 Jul 2023 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Azamara Quest, 11 Night Black Sea & Aegean Voyage Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 15 Aug 2023 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Quest.

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Azzurra, Mykonos Gallipoli & Black Sea Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 19 Aug 2023 From: Cruise line: Emerald Cruises Cruise Ship: Emerald Azzurra.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Istanbul to Athens aboard Emerald Azzurra.

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Azzurra, Discover The Greek Islands Turkey & Black Sea Ex Istanbul To Athens

Departure: 19 Aug 2023 From: Cruise line: Emerald Cruises Cruise Ship: Emerald Azzurra.

21 Night Cruise sailing from Istanbul to Athens aboard Emerald Azzurra.

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Azamara Quest, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 13 Sep 2023 From: Cruise line: Azamara Cruise Ship: Azamara Quest.

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Seabourn Encore, 17 Night Greece, Turkey & Ephesus Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 24 Sep 2023 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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Seabourn Encore, 7 Night Greek & Turkish Treasures Ex Istanbul, Turkey To Athens (piraeus) Greece

Departure: 12 Nov 2023 From: Cruise line: Seabourn Cruise Ship: Seabourn Encore.

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