İstanbul Galataport

Cruise Destinations & Ports

İstanbul, Turkey’s largest city with a population of more than 15 million, is the country’s main hub for cruise ships. 

Known as the capital city of three empires, the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires respectively, İstanbul is built on two continents and is the bridge connecting Europe to Asia. As a world-famous metropolis, it is celebrated for its stunning geography and historical beauty. The historical quarter is a few steps away from the port, and you can enjoy superb dining, shopping, and sightseeing. Favorite sites include Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque.

When the sun goes down, İstanbul opens its doors to all kinds of entertainment. While the city is undoubtedly Turkey’s cultural and historical capital, it is also the ultimate center for dining, entertainment, and shopping with a great range of restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, concert halls, and shopping centers.

İstanbul has always been at the crossroads of major trading routes. Since shopping and trade are central characteristics of this great city, shopping is on every visitor’s to-do list.

İstanbul has historical bazaars dating back to the Ottoman era and modern shopping malls that are an essential part of all modern metropolises. One can find everything in İstanbul, where people live together in a whirlwind of hustle and bustle, and where the mystery of the East meets the practicality of the West.

Galataport İstanbul

It's the city’s new cruise port year-round. The history and grandeur of the area make it the ideal locale for hosting cultural and artistic events, including open-air exhibitions, art installations, and concerts. With the historical Tophane Clock Tower at its center, the 14,000-square meter Tophane Square will be a popular central meeting point flanked by celebrated monuments and museums. Besides being İstanbul’s first museum square, Tophane Square will feature live performances, special exhibitions, fashion shows, festivals, and family events throughout the year. Both İstanbul Museum of Modern Art, aka İstanbul Modern, and İstanbul State Art and Sculpture Museum, Turkey’s top institutions for contemporary art, will call Galataport İstanbul home.

Port Info

Berthing Line Length: 980 m

Number of Berths: 3


City Center: 0 km

Airport: 40 km

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İstanbul with 5 senses
  • Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Topkapı Palace
  • Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Ortaköy Mosque
  • Galata Tower
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Istiklal Street
  • Rumelihisarı (Roumeli Hissar Castle)
  • Yedikule Zindanları (Yedikule Fortress)
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
  • Maiden Tower
  • Kumpir (baked potatoes with various toppings)
  • Balık ekmek (grilled fish sandwich)
  • Local dishes in luxury and boutique restaurants
  • Rakı (Special Turkish alcoholic beverage)
  • The tulips in spring months
  • The endless variety of spices in Spice Bazaar
  • The friendly cats and dogs of İstanbul
  • The continuous breeze coming from the Bosphorus
  • The fresh air in the forests of İstanbul
  • The sun and the sea in a Bosphours Tour
  • The ferry boats sounding their horns
  • The seagulls’ songs
  • The stories of Grand Bazaar