One of the major cultural capitals of the globe, cruises from Istanbul are a marvellous starting point for any holiday. Positioned perfectly between two continents, cruises departing from Istanbul offer a near-perfect blend of two worlds where East truly does meet West. Gaze in awe at the jaw-dropping mosques and religious structures, wander through the dozens of museums and galleries, fall in love with the delightful local food scene. Be sure to spend a moment exploring this fantastic city before setting sail on your enchanting cruise from Istanbul.

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Visit two extraordinary continents on cruises from Istanbul

Located right between Europe and the Middle East, it’s no wonder thousands of tourists flock to Istanbul every year. Now, with an ever-growing selection of cruises from Istanbul to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond, it’s never been more enticing to book a voyage from this lovely city. Before embarking on your Istanbul cruise, you’ll have plenty of sightseeing opportunities in this Turkish city. In fact, we strongly recommend spending a couple of days before or after your voyage exploring incredible Istanbul. As the capital of both the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, it’s safe to say Istanbul is an absolute must-visit for any traveller, especially history buffs. Whether you want to shop at their famed Grand Bazaar, spend a few moments to take in the glorious Hagia Sophia, or saunter through Dolmabahçe Palace, the day will be undoubtedly special no matter where you wander in Istanbul.

The alluring Aegean Sea awaits on cruises departing from Istanbul

Once you set forth on cruises from Istanbul, the Aegean Sea is all but yours to explore. With a number of major cruise lines including MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, and Oceania Cruises all having cruises departing from Istanbul to Europe, organising a holiday is easy. The only real tough decision is figuring out which cruise line you want to sail on first! Luckily at Cruise Guru, we’ve compiled all the sailings into one easy spot (right here!) for you to compare voyages. Whether you’re a stickler for a good Istanbul cruise deal or just want the cheapest fare available, we’ll have you covered.

Destinations for cruises from Istanbul, Turkey

There are three directions to choose from on any cruise from Istanbul. East towards the Middle East, West towards the Mediterranean, or both! While we’d honestly recommend doing both in one epic world cruise, every sailor has a budget to follow and with that in mind sticking to one region is still just as special.

If you’re planning to go towards Asia and the Middle East, you’ll be likely sailing along the western coast of Turkey heading down towards Cyprus then Israel. Major stops here might include the magnificent city of Kusadasi in Turkey, the coastal harbour of Paphos in Cyprus, and the religious city of Jerusalem in Israel. Don’t be surprised if on your way down or to round out your trip you still visit Greek islands including Rhodes and even Athens.

Going west you’ll be hopping from one Greek Island to the next including Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini before you journey into the Adriatic Sea. From here the Mediterranean awaits with highlights such Dubrovnik in Croatia, Venice in Italy, and even Rome if your voyage permits. Whether you prefer to spend your days lounging on the sandy coasts of Greece or exploring the old towns along Croatia and Italy, there are a treasure trove of different cruises from Istanbul to the Mediterranean to choose between.

For other cruise ports with similar itineraries, we suggest looking into cruises from Athens, cruises from Venice, and cruises from Bari.

Frequently Asked Questions for Istanbul cruises

How do I get to the Istanbul cruise port?

Cruise ships dock at the Galataport Istanbul, otherwise known as the Cruise Port of Istanbul. A new port, Galataport Istanbul is in the heart of the city. This means getting to port is relatively easy assuming you give yourself plenty of time and organise transport to or from the port. We recommend organising with your respective cruise line transfers to and from the cruise ship. Otherwise, calling up a cab is a viable option, especially if you’re short on time.

What’s there to do in Istanbul?

So much! With literally centuries of history spanning more than two world-conquering empires, Istanbul is jam-packed with exciting things to do. We always recommend the first visit being to one of the largest cathedrals in history – the Hagia Sophia! Saunter through Topkapi Palace and discover how sultans of the Ottoman Empire lived. Barter with the locals and score a few trinkets and knick-knacks while you wander the Grand Bazaar. Taste delectable street food at one of the many vendors scattered across the city. These are just a few examples of the never-ending selection of exciting landmarks, experiences, and things to do in Istanbul.

What is the closest airport to Istanbul, Turkey?

For international visitors, Istanbul Airport is the closest option for those flying into the city. Only 45 minutes away from the heart of the city and the cruise terminal, we recommend organising transport beforehand either with the cruise line or through a private transfer.

Book your Turkey cruises from Istanbul stress free with cruise insurance

Want to sail with peace of mind? Then we highly suggest taking cruise insurance before you start your next Istanbul cruise. Depending on your level of cover, you can embark on your voyage knowing that you’ll be taken care of in the event of unforeseen events, medical emergencies and accidents. Whether you’re just sailing for a couple of days or plan to go across the world, cruise insurance provides that peace of mind no matter the destination.

You’re just moments away from your next adventure

Planning your next cruise from Istanbul is easy when you book through Cruise Guru. Offering the lowest fares on all the major cruise lines, we’re certain you’ll find your dream voyage at an affordable price. Contact us today and our team can connect you to the perfect cruise deal that suits your budget and your preferences. Call us on 13 13 03 or fill out a call back form and one of our Gurus will be with you shortly to organise your next adventure.

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