Start planning your cruise from Istanbul or choose an itinerary that includes this historic city and book your excursion to explore the area
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, a place where the ancient East meets the contemporary West. Spanning both Asia and Europe, this charismatic metropolis is a banquet for the senses — from its Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage to its dazzling array of mosques and palaces.
Discover opulent museums, sail cobalt blue waterways, or sample delectable Turkish cuisine in an atmospheric restaurant. An MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, Istanbul is a cultural melting pot.
Select an unforgettable tour from a list of MSC Cruises excursions including:
- Topkapi Palace
- Kumkapi Dinner
- Bosphorus Cruise
Explore Topkapi Palace, Istanbul’s masterpiece museum, home to the Ottoman sultans in the 15th and 16th centuries. Boasting four courts, a harem complex, and an imperial treasury, this architectural icon seduces the eye with its fairy tale turrets, mesmerising mosaics, glorious gardens, and the fifth biggest diamond in the world: the 86 carat Spoonmaker.
Seafood lovers can experience an authentic taste of Istanbul with a visit to Kumkapi. This vibrant institution is home to a vast range of fish restaurants serving up the freshest catches of the day in buzzing al fresco environs.
Feel the breeze in your hair and the sun on your skin on a breathtaking Bosphorus cruise. See Istanbul’s stunning sights and landmarks from the comfort of a boat as it skims along the strait (dining option can be included).