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  • Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

    1. 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

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

    3. 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.

  • Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Show

    4. Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Show

    You’ll be picked-up at your Istanbul hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to Kabatas port to board a luxury ship for this Bosphorus dinner cruise and show. The Bosphorus connects the Black Sea to the Marmara, dividing the city of Istanbul between 2 continents. The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Bosphorus and the spectacular area views is from the water. During the 4-hour cruise you’ll sail up to the Black Sea from the European side and return from the Asian side. You’ll be able to see many of Istanbul’s top landmarks from the ship, as you enjoy a sumptuous dinner and exciting live entertainment. Dinner Menu Welcome cocktail Hors d’oeuvres (10 kinds of Turkish appetizers) Mediterranean fresh seasonal salad Grilled fish or chicken steak or grilled meatballs Dessert or fruit Turkish coffee Drinks (unlimited local alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)

    This is a MUST! Amazing show food host and staff, if you want to have a great time THIS IS IT!

  • Istanbul: 3 Day Skip-the-Line Ticket to Main Attractions

    5. Istanbul: 3 Day Skip-the-Line Ticket to Main Attractions

    Enjoy hassle-free access to the main attractions of Istanbul. Get the most important information from a guide and benefit of an audio guide app. Meet your guide at the museums and get inside the fastest way. Inside each museum enjoy a 30 min. highlights tour with a local guide. After the tours and orientation tips stay inside the museums as long as you want and listen to the exciting stories and information in the included audio guide on your own smartphone. Saver Combo Ticket for Istanbul is valid for 3 Days: Your name will be on the list for 3 days. You can come at the available times, to the meeting points and visit with your local guide these top museums. You can visit and experience all 3 museums and the Bosphorus cruise in one or more days. Hagia Sophia Meeting Times Daily at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM Topkapi Palace Meeting Times Daily except Tuesdays at: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 P...

  • Istanbul: Half–Day Cruise, Coach & Lunch Tour

    6. Istanbul: Half–Day Cruise, Coach & Lunch Tour

    Explore Istanbul in three fascinating ways on this action-packed, 3.5 to 4-hour sightseeing tour by boat, then grab lunch in SultanAhmet. Take an amazing cruise between the two continents of Europe and Asia. Sail along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions, all the way up to the Rumeli Fortress near the Black Sea. See imposing Rumeli Fortress, Yildiz Palace and wooden Ottoman houses. Then head back to shore to wonder at the ancient City Walls, iron-paneled St Stephen's Church and colorful former Jewish district on a coach tour to the Golden Horn. As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two, is approximately 8 kilometers long and its widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its ...

    very good and knowledgable guide..xcllbt view for both the side..eurooean and asian...worth going..value for money

  • Bosphorus Tour With Lunch

    7. Bosphorus Tour With Lunch

    Istanbul is a city that inspires body and soul with its power. From the noise of the Grand Bazaar to the peaceful beauty of the Blue Mosque, no trip to Istanbul is complete without a view of this sprawling metropolis from the Bosphorus. On this cruise and two-continents tour, accompanied by your multilingual tour guide, you will be treated to several stops along this epic waterway, which divides Europe and Asia. After a short stop at the Spice Bazaar, head to Kabatas from where your ferry leaves at 10:30 AM and returns back around 12:00 PM. During this 1.5-hour cruise, you will see sights like Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace and Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, 2 Bosporus bridges and maritime landscapes. After the Bosphorus cruise, you will be transfer to the restaurant. After a nice lunch, you will now jump continents and set sail for Asia. It’s time to he...

    Owing to the expertise of our guide able to explain in english italien french to our group of four the tour was extremely lively and interesting but because of traffic delays the schedude changed a bit.On the whole a very refreshing vision of Istanbul with Emre’s amazing expertise!

  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Traditional Turkish Show

    8. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Traditional Turkish Show

    Sip your welcome cocktail on deck as you watch the sun set. Then set sail on the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia, passing under vast bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions, and modern villas on the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul at night is a stunning way to start the evening. Then enjoy a lavish dinner feast complete with unlimited drinks and watch the varied and vibrant traditional Turkish show on board, complete with music, dancing, acting, and a DJ. After a memorable evening sailing between 2 continents, you'll be returned to your Istanbul hotel by midnight. Traditional Turkish Show Program: (20:30 - 24:00) DJ music Katibim (A traditional Turkish melody musical performance) Asuk Masuk (A play originating from the Taseli district of Silifke, performed by 2 male dancers) Belly Dancer Henna Ceremony Turna Folk Tea...

  • Bosphorus: Dinner Cruise with Live Performances Experience

    9. Bosphorus: Dinner Cruise with Live Performances Experience

    After being collected from your hotel, you will be driven to the port to meet your ship. The dinner cruise will then depart from port at approximately 8:45PM. After being seated at your table, appetizers will be brought to you and you can commence your wonderful evening. The ensuing main course will then contain 3 different options, such as grilled sea bass, grilled meatballs and grilled chicken. Once dinner has concluded, the show will begin with the "dance of the tambourine", followed by Asuk Masuk (an imitation play of dwarfs), Naz eyleme (a traditional Turkish melody musical performance) and belly dancing. There will also be a henna ceremony (a traditional bride's ceremony before a wedding), a Turkish-Romani dance show, a folk team and a live DJ performance. Your program will conclude at around midnight, at which point you will be transferred back to your hotel.

    I went as a single and they sat me next to other singles. That made conversation easier and more fjn.

  • Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

    10. Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

    Discover the best of Istanbul with a combination package that includes a panoramic city tour and a boat tour from the Bosphorus. This ticket is valid for 1 day, during which you can join the tours as often as you’d like at the available times. You are free to join the tours on the same day within the ticket time limit. Istanbul Panoramic City Tour:On the 90-minute sightseeing tour, you will witness stunning panoramic views of the city as you pass Galata Bridge, where you can see the iconic Galata Tower and the majestic Dolmabahce Palace. During the tour, listen to fascinating stories from your live guide on Byzantine and Ottoman times when you pass by Taksim Square, Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and much more. Bosphorus Boat Tour:Sit back and relax as the 90-minute boat tour takes you to the Asian and European shores. Enjoy the beautiful skyline as y...

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OMG! If you want to have a great time you MUST take this boat ride! Friendly staff, amazing show, great food, great time! If you want to have great time, this is it!

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

It was a beautiful day with a nice group of people. I'd recommend it a one-day trip from Istanbul!

This is a MUST! Amazing show food host and staff, if you want to have a great time THIS IS IT!

Fun evening with good food and excellent entertainment.