Port of Istanbul (Galataport Istanbul)


The port of Istanbul is located in the historic center of the city, meters from the Galata Bridge, the famous mosques and several of the main attractions of ancient Constantinople.

Are you ready to take your journey to another level? We are offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover Istanbul’s most popular sightseeings in just 7-9 hours, depending on the length of your cruise’s port stay. We are inviting you to an express Istanbul shore excursion to take an unforgettable stop during your cruise trip.

On our private shore excursions, we are meeting you at the port with our VIP car and take you to Istanbul’s Old City, which is considered as the center of Istanbul, Rome, and even the world. In the beginning of the tour, we will go to the Million Stone, which is also known as the as the heart of the world. Then, we are heading to apple of the eye of Istanbul, the greatest temple of the middle age: the magnificent Hagia Sophia. The next stop is the splendid Topkapi Palace, one of the grandest museum-palaces of the world in which you will witness the Ottoman palace life style. Next, we are exploring one of the most accomplished architectural wonders of Turkey, the heavenly Blue Mosque. Before ending our great shore trip, we’ll visit the Grand Bazaar, that is known as one of world’s oldest and largest shopping markets.

You can book private or group shore excursions from our website. All our tours are designed to offer an unforgettable experience to our customers, who would like to take an express tour of Istanbul’s main attractions. We are arranging the programmes according to your cruise’s waiting time and provide you superior service quality while exploring the city’s most prominent highlights.
Our shore excursions are available to passengers on Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruises, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Cruises, and Seabourn Cruise Line. We have the greatest shore excursions in Istanbul, Turkey, that can fit your schedule, whether you are going with these cruise lines or with others.

Some Information You Might Want To Know

What is there to do in Istanbul on a cruise?
Istanbul is home to a plethora of amazing attractions, religious and historical sites, as well as stunning city views. In Istanbul, you may see some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, try delectable Turkish food, and marvel at the city’s stunning views. To sum up, Istanbul has a lot to offer if you are travelling as part of a cruise or as a regular tourist. Check out our Istanbul tours on our website and book the one that best suits your needs.

Can you buy shore excursions on the ship?
You can purchase a trip at any time and from any location. The only thing you will require is access to the internet. Visit our website, select your excursion, and make a reservation.

Where do the cruise ships dock in Turkey?
Istanbul and Kusadasi are the most popular ports for cruise ships.

Do cruise ships still go to Istanbul?
Most cruise companies dock at Istanbul to provide their passengers the opportunity to experience this fascinating city.

What are the best Shore Excursions in Istanbul?
We offer multiple shore excursions that are tailored exclusively for cruise passengers. You can find all of the information about our shore excursions on our website. Some of the most popular can be named as: “Istanbul Private Selfie Tour”, “Istanbul Landmarks Shore Excursion – Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia, Hippodrome Square & Blue Mosque”, “Istanbul Landmarks Shore Excursion with Tram- Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia, Hippodrome Square & Blue Mosque”, “Discovering Istanbul Private Shore Excursion with Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome Square & Grand Bazaar from Istanbul Port”.

How much are excursions on a cruise?
We provide a variety of shore excursions at various costs, based on the content and services provided. To learn more about the costs of each tour, visit our website.

What are the categories of shore excursions?
Depending on the mode of transportation, we offer two types of shore excursions. We provide transportation in private, air-conditioned cars for our tours. We also provide shore excursions using a more local mode of transportation: a tram.

Top attractions from Port of Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

Istanbul is the home of many significant landmarks. Hagia Sophia is definitely one of the most important ones; as it is not only a very valuable legacy for Turkish citizens and Muslims, but also a sacred place of pilgrimage for Christians.

Topkapi Palace

It is said that 4000 people were living in Ottoman sultans’ houses. How? How big can a house be?

Sultanahmet Square

Can you imagine horses occupying the heart of the city? In the heart of Istanbul, there is Sultanahmet Square that is also known as the Horse Square. The neighborhood earned this title because of the fact that in Byzantian times, the square was used for chariot races.

Hippodrome Istanbul

Imagine yourself time-travelled, you are watching a chariot race in the heart of Istanbul old city. This may seem unlikely; but you can still discover the historical arena, Hippodrome, and learn about its mysteries.

Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul is a city with great history coming from many dynasties reigned on its lands. There it is no surprise it hosts some of the most glorious landmarks. Dolmabahce Palace is one of them, standing on the Bosphorus strait with all its elegance.

Blue Mosque ( Sultan Ahmed Mosque )

Istanbul has a great reputation of historical landmarks, especially the ones that gracefully garnish old city area. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, is of course no exception.

Beyoglu District

Istanbul is known as a city that never sleeps. great city with never-ending fun and hustle. And Beyoglu District is one of the places that makes this great city own this title. Istanbul’s liveliest neighborhood Beyoglu offers you a lot to discover.

Taksim Square

Istanbul is great city with never-ending fun and hustle. And one of the liveliest place in Istanbul is definitely the Taksim Square.


We all can agree one thing: Istanbul is special city. If anyone here to agree, just answer this: Is there another city in the world that connects two continents? No! Case closed then.

Camlica Hill

Istanbul is the city with seven hills, such a convenience to enjoy the city's amazing silhoutte! Camlica Hill is one of the best places to admire Istanbul's amazing scenes from Bosphorus to old city. Therefore it is called ``the balcony of Istanbul`` and the hill earns the title so graciously.

Galata Tower

Galata is a small, lovely neighborhood that has hosted a vibrant Jewish community for over 1,000 years. This quarter of Istanbul has a peaceful vibe to it that makes you feel like you are in another world.

Golden Horn ( Halic )

Istanbul has no shortage of natural wonders and historical landmarks. Golden Horn is definitely one of them, with its amazing views and relaxing atmosphere.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

You may already know that Istanbul is a very dynamic city full of hustle and crowd. But did you know that one of Istanbul’s liveliest places is the Grand Bazaar where you can find all kind of products imaginable from the local artisans and shopkeepers.

Suleymaniye Mosque

The greatest Ottoman sultan and the greatest Ottoman architect coming together, what could possibly go wrong? Built by Sinan the architect with the order of Suleiman the Magnificent, Suleymaniye Mosque displays the magnificence of the most glorious period of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul Airport

Istanbul’s is one of the most important cities of the world, bringing the continents of Asia and Europe together. The gate to enter the city from the European side, is the Istanbul International Airport known with the code IST.


Istanbul is great city with never-ending fun and hustle. And one of the liveliest place in Istanbul is definitely the Kadikoy, reclined along the Bosphorus shore and bragging with its amazing views.


Visiting a historical landmark is great, visiting two is even better. But what if you have the chance to see them see them all in one place? That would be literally bomb!

Pierre Loti Hill

Istanbul is a great city in every way, that is for sure. But the city from the top of a hill, that is priceless. One of the best location to experience this pleasure is the Pierre Loti Hill.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Istanbul’s is one of the most important cities of the world, bringing the continents of Asia and Europe together. The gate to enter the city from the Asian side, is the Sabiha Gokcen Airport known with the code SAW.


Would you like to get some Black Sea air nearby Istanbul? Are you looking for a break from Istanbul’s crowd but you cannot leave for long? Sile is definitely your savior then with its great nature, its relaxing atmosphere and its cool waters of the Black Sea.


Are you looking for a break from Istanbul’s crowd and rush? We know just the place for you. Agva is welcoming you with open arms; offering the peaceful harmony of green and blue, lots of fresh air and many different activities to have fun. Do not miss your chance to see the Louisiana of Istanbul, sitting on the shores of the Black Sea and displaying the most exquisite views of Goksu River.


Isn't it everybody's dream to be two different places at the same time? Istanbul is the metropol city of Turkey that can grant this wish. The city connects the continents of Europe and Asia with the amazing Bosphorus, while offering some of the most exquisite city views of the world.

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