Many international cruise
ships call at Turkish ports,
especially Istanbul and Kuşadası, with
at Dikili on the north Aegean
coast and Antalya on the Mediterranean
the cruise ships dock right in
the city center at the Yolcu
sah-loh-noo, "Passenger Terminal,"
Ship Dock) in Karaköy (Galata),
at the northern end of Galata
Bridge at the mouth
of the Golden
A bit farther northeast along the Bosphorus shore are the Salıpazar Docks. More...
Here are the top sights in Istanbul, and here are itineraries for one, two, three or more days.
A local tour company in Istanbul can offer you substantially better-value shore-excursion tours and transport options than you can get from your cruise ship. Here's why.
Efendi Travel, a TurkeyTravelPlanner partner, can set up a group
or private tour for you. More...
Want a private guide during
your shore time in Istanbul? Here
are my recommendations.
If you're interested in taking
a cruise from Istanbul or
another Turkish port in the Aegean, Adriatic or Mediterranean seas, consider these:
Istanbul, Cefalonia, Split, Venice, Ancona, Santorini, İzmir, Istanbul—wow! What a collection of ports! Best in the Aegean and Adriatic. MSC Armonia is not a 15-deck floating skyscraper, but rather a modern vessel (maiden voyage: 2001) of comfortable size (1554 passengers). More...
Cruise the Aegean and Adriatic on MSC Preziosa, an up-to-date vessel (maiden voyage: 2013) with all possible facilities for its 3959 passengers. First port of call after departure from Istanbul is Dubrovnik, followed by Venice, Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), and finally İzmir before returning to Istanbul. More...
Celebrity Cruises—one of the finest luxury lines in the world—will take you from Istanbul to the Black Sea ports of Sochi, Sevastopol, Yalta and Odessa; to Mykonos and Athens; to Egypt, Israel and Rome. More...
the cruise ship dock is also right
in the center of the
town, right next to the bazaar. Debark
from your vessel and after a two-minute
stroll you'll be in the midst of the
town, but to see Ephesus and other sights in the area, sign up for a shore excursion with Anker Travel, a travel agency and tour company of long standing and fine reputation located right in Kuşadası. Anker is a TurkeyTravelPlanner.com partner, and can offer substantially better value than the excursions offered aboard your cruise ship. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan