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  • Istanbul: Spice Bazaar Tour and Bosphorus Morning Cruise

    1. Istanbul: Spice Bazaar Tour and Bosphorus Morning Cruise

    This alternative Bosphorus Cruise is suitable for travelers with limited time in Istanbul. Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel and depart for a Golden Horn Sightseeing tour. Visit the Spice Bazaar to learn about the myriad of herbs from your guide, and taste delicious Turkish delights. Then, join a 90-minutes Bosphorus cruise and enjoy fantastic views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, and beautiful mansions. Finally, disembark at Eminönü Pier to continue your exploration of the city.

  • Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

    2. Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxury cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Get a welcome cocktail on arrival and then set sail for the Black Sea passing some of Istanbul's most famous monuments along the way. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

    Everything was well organized, the driver is coming to pickup you on time, and dropping you to the boat directly. Entertaining was enjoyable, only food was not what i expected but it was ok.

  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment

    3. Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment

    Your 5-hour program begins with a free pick-up at your Istanbul hotel between 19:00 and 20:00. When you board the cruise ship you’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome drink that you can enjoy along with the live music. Relax and get ready to enjoy an evening cruising along the Bosphorus Strait. Your cruise follows a route that passes historical sites, including Ottoman palaces, and stunning bridges illuminated by night. For dinner, you can choose from a fish or meat main course on a menu that features 3 courses. While you enjoy your meal you’ll be entertained by traditional belly dancing, a henna ceremony, a Romany dance, folk dancing, a live DJ, and an asuk-masuk show. You’ll be picked up and transferred back to your hotel, arriving by midnight.

    We did enjoy our tour very much !! It was amazing to se Istanbul at night . Food was tasty ,,you can choose between alcohol and soft drinks . They offer you fruit and coffee after . We got all we asked for . Dancing group was really fun ,,and overall really good atmosphere :)) Would recommend . And tour was much cheaper to book here then from hotel or tourist attraction place.

  • Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

    4. Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

    A sunset on the water is an amazing way to end your cruise experience and an equally amazing way to start your evening. Whether it is to impress that special someone with a picture-perfect moment or just to appreciate a great time with great friends, a sunset cruise is something everyone will remember.  Few places in the world are as mesmerizing as Istanbul in the setting sun. Aboard an elegant yacht, drinking traditional Turkish drinks, and nibbling on canapés and fruit from tastefully arranged platters, glide by palaces and minarets as you sail along the Bosphorus. When dusk sets in, a soothing breeze arrives from the Sea of Marmara and the sky over the city puts on a colorful show, tinted with shades of orange and rose. The muezzin calls from a towering minaret. Majestic palaces and villas standstill along the strait’s banks, as if nothing has changed over a millennium. Breathe in t...

    Amazing experience and the snacks provided were absolutely delicious. Best tour of the Bosphorus that is available.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

    5. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxurious cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, while dining from a 3-course menu of Turkish meze and local drinks. Sail past some of Istanbul's greatest monuments, while watching traditional entertainment along the way. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the yacht for the start of your journey. Get a welcome cocktail on deck as you begin to sail as far as the Black Sea. Cruise between Europe and Asia, passing under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the grand Ottoman fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle.

    Soak up some of Istanbul’s legendary nightlife as you pass famous nightclubs, such as Reina and Sortie. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas that line the Europea...

    Great experience. Very nice, polite and helpful staff. We enjoyed the performance except the belly dancer. We didn't like her at all. Two years ago I went on the same cruise and the bellydancer was fantastic. Very beautiful and with a smile on her face. The food was ok. The cruise to Bosporus something worthseeing. Transportation from our hotel ok... but felt exposed because noone was wearing a face mask for COVID 19 and the driver didn't say anything.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

    6. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

    Take part in one of the best Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul and admire the cosmopolitan city from a completely different perspective while enjoying the beautiful views of the Orient and the Occident at the same time. The Bosphorus is 32km long, separates Europe from Asia and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. Cruise along the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe and discover Istanbul tourist attractions, magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and other historical sites, as well as fine seaside residences and the Bosphorus bridge. Historical places you will see from the distance include Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque. Furthermore, you will have a glance at the spectacular pieces of authentic civic architecture on the European and Asian coast.

    Really enjoyed the trip. The recording played over speakers guiding the trip was not very clear.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

    7. Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

    You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and taken to the cruise ship in the Bosphorus Strait. Once you board the ship you will sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. When you board enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner as well as ten different cold starters. For dinner, you will be served a fresh seasonal salad before your main. You will have three options for dinner: grilled fish with scallion garden rocket mashed potatoes, and lemon, or grilled chicken steak with rick and mashed potatoes, or grilled meatballs with rice and mashed potatoes. Throughout dinner, you will be able to enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic local (or optional unlimited alcoholic) drinks. After your entree, you will be se...

    It was OK, don't expect too much, wi-fi is 5 euro on board... Anyway, the staff was very nice...

  • Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

    8. Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

    After departing from your hotel, you will jump into this unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, the bridge that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty. During the journey you'll pass magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace as well as Çırağan Palace, refurbished in 1874 by Sultan Abdulaziz and now restored as a grand hotel. Overshadowing Istanbul’s traditional architecture is one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, the Boğaziçi Bridge, linking Europe and Asia. Tour Program Welcome cocktail on deck D.J. Katibim (traditional Turkish melody musical performance) Asuk Masuk (imitation play of little people from the Taseli district of Silifke, performed by 2 male dancers) Belly dancer Henna ceremony Turna folk team Turkish romany dance Meal Menu Cold Starters: Cold and smok...

    It was really amazing night,, the food was great, and service too.. shows entertained us and was well organized, thanks.

  • Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Wine on a Luxury Yacht

    9. Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Wine on a Luxury Yacht

    See Istanbul landmarks, hear thousand-year-old stories, and awe at the sunset with snacks and a glass of wine. Avoid the crowds on this safe and luxurious yacht with an experienced captain and crew. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 15 guests, so this will be a semi-private experience to remember. Board from the European side of Istanbul and be welcomed by a licensed guide. They will accompany the tour with fascinating facts about Istanbul's history, and the outstanding sites you will see. Relax as you see famous landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and the vibrant district of Uskudar. Enjoy the sights of the city's Euoprean and Asians sides you sail the famous Bosphorus Strait. Sit back and relax as you are served traditional Turkish snacks. Take in a famous Bospherous sunset while enjoying fruit and a glass of Turkish wine.

    Really nice, recommended for everyone, just bring the jacket because it’s windy, the food is like a aperitif , and it’s really delicious, and you get one glass of wine that is included in the price. If you don’t drink wine you can choose the first drink, the second drink and all of the other, of course you pay. Recommended

  • Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with Audio App

    10. Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour with Audio App

    Admire the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul from a completely different perspective beyond the regular tourist paths while enjoying the beautiful views around you. There are 4 points you can leave the boat and join the next one again 60 or 120 minutes later. Without hopping off you can make this tour in 100 minutes. Your ticket is valid for a full day. The hop-on-hop-off stops are Kabataş, Emirgan, Kucuksu, Beylerbeyi, Beşiktaş and back to Kabataş. The first stop on the Bosphorus will be Emirgan, a perfect place for a coffee, a snack or a lunch break at the cafes next to an 18th-century mosque. Visit the green Emirgan Park, Sabanci museum, or walk along the beautiful shoreline. Then, catch one of the next boats and cross to the Asian side to go to the second stop Kucuksu, known for its ornately decorated royal hunting pavilion. After enjoying the pavilion and its surroundings, head over t...

    Very informative site. Filters make it very user friendly. Rating helped tremendously when choosing an activity. I just felt that some of the points of drop off/ hop on may not be worth much from a tourist perspective. Check for local attractions before disembarking. Also note exactly where boat stops on quay, and that there are two different vessels that you can use, as we missed it twice and had to twiddle our thumbs for an hour.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 233 reviews

Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

Wonderfully organized walk with amazing views !!! I recommend this particular variant of a trip to the Bosphorus to everyone!

It was really amazing night,, the food was great, and service too.. shows entertained us and was well organized, thanks.

The greatest trip that you can buy! Our guide Haluk was a very nice and funny guy! I recommend this to everyone!

Excelente experiencia!!!! Muy divrrtida. La cena riquisima! La recomiendo