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
Le Bougainville, Agean Odyssey ex Istanbul to Athens 01/11/19 7 nts
Le Bougainville, Treasures of the Black Sea ex Istanbul Return 10/07/20 9 nts
Le Lyrial, Treasures of the Aegean Sea ex Istanbul to Athens 10/07/20 7 nts
Le Lyrial, Mediterranean Escape ex Istanbul to Rome 10/07/20 28 nts
Le Bougainville, In the Heart of the Aegean Sea ex Istanbul to Athens 19/07/20 9 nts
Le Bougainville, In the Heart of the Aegean Sea ex Istanbul to Athens 06/08/20 9 nts
Voyager, Crossing Continents ex Istanbul to Athens 30/09/20 8 nts
Splendor, Picturesque Shores ex Istanbul to Venice 14/10/20 10 nts
Ovation, Turkish & Aegean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 17/10/20 7 nts
Ovation, Mediterranean Wonders ex Istanbul Return 17/10/20 14 nts
Ovation, Turkish & Aegean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 31/10/20 7 nts
Ovation, Pearls Of The Spice Route ex Istanbul to Dubai 31/10/20 23 nts
Sirena, Footsteps of Discovery ex Istanbul to Dubai 21/11/20 20 nts
Sirena, Mediterranean Fusion ex Istanbul to Barcelona 08/04/21 10 nts
Mariner, Byzantine in Bloom ex Istanbul to Barcelona 23/04/21 10 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 02/05/21 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 02/05/21 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 02/05/21 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 02/05/21 28 nts
Insignia, Colossal Antiquities ex Istanbul to Barcelona 18/05/21 15 nts
Voyager, Kingdoms & Empires ex Istanbul to Haifa 18/05/21 10 nts
Mariner, Colossus to Parthenon ex Istanbul to Athens 20/06/21 12 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 27/06/21 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 27/06/21 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 27/06/21 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 27/06/21 28 nts
Riviera, Idyllic Greek Isles ex Istanbul to Athens 30/07/21 10 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Adriatic Treasures ex Istanbul to Venice 22/08/21 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 22/08/21 7 nts
Viking Sky, Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn ex Istanbul to Rome 22/08/21 21 nts
Viking Sky, Mediterranean's Iconic Shores ex Istanbul to Barcelona 22/08/21 28 nts
Nautica, Ancient Awakening ex Istanbul to Rome 26/08/21 24 nts
Nautica, Greek & Turkish Legends ex Istanbul to Athens 26/08/21 10 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities ex Istanbul to Rome 17/10/21 14 nts
Viking Sky, Ancient Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Athens 17/10/21 7 nts
Viking Sky, Iconic Mediterranean Treasures ex Istanbul to Barcelona 17/10/21 21 nts
Riviera, Byzantium Sojourn ex Istanbul to Venice 18/10/21 10 nts
Riviera, Mediterranean Empires ex Istanbul to Monte Carlo 18/10/21 20 nts
Splendor, Return Of The Byzantine ex Istanbul to Athens 28/10/21 7 nts
Nautica, Ancient Discoveries ex Istanbul to Dubai 12/11/21 20 nts
Serenity, Black Sea Mosaic ex Istanbul to Monte Carlo 16/04/22 13 nts
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