Istanbul

Turkey

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Cruises To Istanbul

There's a new aura of excitement in Istanbul these days, as this centre of the Ottoman empire has become one the world's focal points for art, fashion, haute cuisine and nightlife. Of course there's always an abundance of ancient monuments and grand mosques with stunning frescoes to see here, like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Head to any park and you'll see why tulips have long been the symbol of this city. Explore more of Istanbul on a European cruise!

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Instanbul
    Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    EET (Eastern European Time)
    UTC/GMT +2 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Turkish. Say "hello" in Turkisy: "merhaba."
  • Currency & Shopping
    Turkish Lira (TRY)
    Native crafts, jewellery, leather goods and ceramics.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organised Shore Excursions for sightseeing. Buses, trams, metros and ferrys are available.
    • Famous For
      Known for its Byzantine art, bustling bazaars, lavish palaces and exotic food, Istanbul has thousands of years of history to see with just a leisurely stroll.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Don't miss the Hagia Sophia, built in 537 CE, which was the largest church in the world for 900 years before the Seville Cathedral was built.
    • Fun Fact #2
      Located on two continents, Europe and Asia and straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is the only transcontinental city in the world.

Istanbul TOP EXCURSIONS

A Variety of Choices

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Classical Istanbul

Lavish palaces, Byzantine art, beautiful mosques, bustling bazaars, Turkish food… all things that come to mind when you ...

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Istanbul by Land & Sea

Experience Istanbul by land and sea. Begin with a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to see a mixture of past and present...

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Exclusive Classical Istanbul

Discover the highlights of this fascinating city in the company of a small group. On this exclusive tour, you’ll experie...

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Capital of Two Empires

The Ottomans and Byzantines ruled this city for centuries and testament to these great empires stand the Blue Mosque and...

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7-Day Greek Isles Round-trip Athens: Santorini, Mykonos & Istanbul

Set sail aboard the all-new Norwegian Spirit. | Indulge in exquisite new dining experiences, like Onda by Scarpetta.
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PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Athens (Piraeus) (Greece);
Rhodes (Greece); Kusadasi (Turkey); Istanbul (Turkey); Volos (Greece); Mykonos (Greece); Santorini (Greece);
DISEMBARK Athens (Piraeus) (Greece);
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18-Day Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel & Monaco from Rome (Civitavecchia)

18-Day Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel & Monaco from Rome (Civitavecchia)

Sail in luxury and style on the updated Norwegian Dawn. | Spend a glamorous day in the glitzy playground of Monte Carlo.
SHIP Norwegian Dawn
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Rome (Civitavecchia) (Italy);
Monte Carlo (Monaco); Florence/Pisa (Livorno) (Italy); Naples (Italy); Valletta (Malta); Athens (Piraeus) (Greece); Kusadasi (Turkey); Istanbul (Turkey); Rhodes (Greece); Limassol (Cyprus); Ashdod (Israel); Haifa (Israel);
DISEMBARK Rome (Civitavecchia) (Italy);
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Naples, Italy

11-Day Greek Isles from Rome to Athens: Santorini, Mykonos & Florence

Enjoy 15 different bars & lounges aboard Norwegian Pearl. | Enjoy the Mediterranean from the luxury of The Haven.
SHIP Norwegian Pearl
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Rome (Civitavecchia) (Italy);
Florence/Pisa (Livorno) (Italy); Naples (Italy); Messina (Sicily) (Italy); Rhodes (Greece); Mykonos (Greece); Kusadasi (Turkey); Istanbul (Turkey); Volos (Greece); Santorini (Greece);
DISEMBARK Athens (Piraeus) (Greece);
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