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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 from Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise Date Nights
Star Legend, Aegean Sea Odyssey via the Corinth Canal ex Istanbul to Athens 2024-05-02 8
Star Legend, Aegean & Bosporus Escapades ex Istanbul to Barcleona 2024-05-02 16
Voyager, 7 Nights Sacred Aegean Sanctuaries ex Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus) 2024-05-08 7
Vista, Ottomans & Oracles ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 2024-05-11 10
Vista, Iconic Civilizations ex Istanbul, Turkey to Trieste, Italy 2024-05-11 21
Azamara Onward, 13 Night European Gems & Icons Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Chioggia, Italy 2024-05-17 13
Queen Victoria, 21 Nights Istanbul ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy 2024-05-20 21
Queen Victoria, 14 Nights Istanbul ex Istanbul, Turkey to Trieste, Italy 2024-05-20 14
Queen Victoria, 7 Nights Istanbul And Greek Isles ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy 2024-05-20 7
Azamara Journey, 7 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2024-06-08 7
Grandeur, 10 Nights Grandeur In The Greek Isles ex Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus) 2024-06-11 10
Vista, Aegean & Adriatic Vistas ex Istanbul, Turkey to Trieste, Italy 2024-06-19 10
Vista, Mediterranean Solstice ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 2024-06-19 22
Vista, Eastern Mediterranean Gems ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2024-08-02 12
Azamara Journey, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2024-08-10 10
Voyager, 9 Nights Meze & Magic In The Mediterranean ex Istanbul to Trieste 2024-08-22 9
Queen Victoria, 14 Nights Mediterranean And Greek Isles ex Istanbul, Turkey to Southampton, England, UK 2024-10-07 14
Queen Victoria, 7 Nights Istanbul To Barcelona ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 2024-10-07 7
Riviera, Aristotle's Treasures ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2024-10-08 7
Riviera, Timeless Turkey & Greece ex Istanbul, Turkey to Trieste, Italy 2024-10-08 17
Azamara Pursuit, 7 Night Greece & Turkey Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2024-10-12 7
Star Legend, Aegean Sea Odyssey via the Corinth Canal ex Istanbul to Athens 2024-10-12 9
Voyager, 10 Nights Majestic Mediterranean ex Istanbul to Barcelona 2024-10-27 10
Celestyal Journey, Legendary Aegean ex Istanbul to Athens 2024-10-31 4
Navigator, 10 Nights Archons, Emperors & Sultans ex Istanbul to Rome (Civitavecchia) 2024-11-05 10
Silver Dawn, 9 Nights Mediterranean ex Istanbul to Naples 2025-03-16 9
Star Legend, Aegean Sea Odyssey via the Corinth Canal ex Istanbul to Athens 2025-04-11 8
Star Legend, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Beyond ex Istanbul to Haifa 2025-04-11 16
Le Bougainville, 7 Night Cruising the Aegean: Turkey and the Greek Isles ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-04-15 7
Grandeur, 12 Nights Travel Through Time ex Istanbul to Venice (Fusina) 2025-04-16 12
Splendor, 24 Nights Ancient Legends & Holy Lands ex Istanbul to Rome (Civitavecchia) 2025-05-07 24
Splendor, 13 Nights Sojourn Through History ex Istanbul to Jerusalem (Haifa) 2025-05-07 13
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-05-07 9
Navigator, 12 Nights Mythical Places, Magical Nights ex Istanbul to Rome (Civitavecchia) 2025-05-13 12
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-05-16 9
Norwegian Sky, 11 Night Greek Isles: Santorini, Athens & Florence ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 2025-05-16 11
Norwegian Viva, 9 Night Mediterranean: Greece, Turkey & Egypt ex Istanbul, Turkey to Haifa, Israel 2025-05-18 9
Queen Victoria, 21 Nights Istanbul ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy 2025-05-19 21
Queen Victoria, 7 Nights Istanbul And Greek Islands ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy 2025-05-19 7
Queen Victoria, 14 Nights Istanbul ex Istanbul, Turkey to Trieste, Italy 2025-05-19 14
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-05-25 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-06-03 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-06-12 9
Allura, Mediterranean Bounty ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 2025-06-15 10
Allura, Grandeur of Antiquity ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-06-15 22
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-06-21 9
Norwegian Pearl, 11 Night Greek Isles: Santorini, Athens & Croatia ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 2025-06-21 11
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-06-30 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-07-09 9
Allura, Sultans & Sunshine ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 2025-07-17 12
Allura, Wondrous Mediterranean ex Istanbul, Turkey to Monte Carlo, Monaco 2025-07-17 19
L'Austral, 8 Night Antique wonders of the Aegean ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-07-17 8
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-07-18 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-07-27 9
Nautica, Echoes of Antiquity ex Istanbul, Turkey to Haifa, Israel 2025-07-27 12
Azamara Pursuit, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-08-02 10
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-08-05 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-08-14 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-08-23 9
Norwegian Pearl, 11 Night Greek Isles: Santorini, Athens & Croatia ex Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy 2025-08-23 11
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-09-01 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-09-10 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-09-19 9
Star Legend, Aegean Sea Odyssey via the Corinth Canal ex Istanbul to Athens 2025-09-20 8
Vista, Hellenic Inspiration ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-09-26 7
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-09-28 9
Norwegian Sky, 12 Night Greek Isles & Italy: Santorini, Athens & Florence ex Istanbul, Turkey to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 2025-10-02 12
Star Legend, Aegean Sea Odyssey via the Corinth Canal ex Istanbul to Athens 2025-10-06 8
Queen Victoria, 7 Nights Spain And Greek Islands ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 2025-10-06 7
Star Legend, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Beyond ex Istanbul to Haifa 2025-10-06 16
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-10-07 9
Azamara Onward, 10 Night Greece Intensive Voyage ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-10-08 10
Norwegian Viva, 10 Night Greek Isles: Santorini, Rhodes & Israel ex Istanbul, Turkey to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 2025-10-09 10
Mariner, 9 Nights Heritage Sites & The Holy Land ex Istanbul to Jerusalem (Haifa) 2025-10-13 9
MSC Fantasia, 9 Nights ex Istanbul, Turkey Return 2025-10-16 9
Marina, Havens & Holy Lands ex Istanbul, Turkey to Haifa, Israel 2025-10-16 11
Marina, Ottomans & Idyllic Isles ex Istanbul, Turkey to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands 2025-10-16 32
Marina, Hallowed & Historic Lands ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 2025-10-16 22
Voyager, 14 Nights Aria Of The Aegean ex Istanbul to Venice (Fusina) 2025-10-17 14
Navigator, 12 Nights The Best Of The Med ex Istanbul to Barcelona 2025-10-19 12
Vista, Mediterranean Seafarer ex Istanbul, Turkey to Barcelona, Spain 2025-11-09 10
Vista, Transatlantic Odyssey ex Istanbul, Turkey to Miami, Florida USA 2025-11-09 24
Nautica, Grandeur of the Ancients ex Istanbul, Turkey to Dubai, UAE 2025-11-20 20

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