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  • Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

    1. 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.

  • Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

    2. 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

    3. 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: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

    4. Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

    The Sufi Ceremony is a transcendental performance by Sufi Dervishes, also known as Whirling Dervishes. It is referred to as "Semah" in Turkish. You can embark on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love. do not miss this experience of music and moves. A Dervish is a Sufi, member of the Mevlevi Order. A Sufi is a mystic that seeks to find divine truth and love directly with God. Sufism is the centuries old stream in Islam for the followers of 13th century poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi from Konya, Turkey. He is mostly known for the themes of acceptance and tolerance in his teachings and poetry. The community of Sufism developed religious practices focusing on self control that enable both me...

    Event started 30 later than it said on the tocket. It is less a show and more a ritual. Very interesting experience, but quite repetitive from an audience viewpoint.

  • Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

    5. Istanbul: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Princes Islands

    Exchange your voucher at the ticket office in Kabatas and get access to the boat. The boat departs four times a day from Kabatas ferry station and returns in the afternoon and evening. A Marine Officer will welcome you at the departure pier, help you onto the boat, hand you a Bosphorus cruise plan, and explain to you what you will see during the crossing. Set off for the Princes' Islands, which in Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times were used as exile sites and as a monastery region. Today only 4 of the total 9 Princes’ Islands are open to public settlement. Arrive at the most famous and beautiful of these islands called Büyükada, or 'Big Island'. The size of the island is 5.4 km2 and there are 7,300 inhabitants. No traffic except emergency services, carriages and bicycles are allowed there. Spend the day exploring the island at your own pace. Take a walk through the center and get use...

    The service was very good, especially handling our check-in to the boat, because my mother and I arrived half an hour earlier and they offered a complementary soft drink. Also, the staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this experience.

  • Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

    6. Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

    Meet with your professional local guide in front of Hagia Sophia. Hear a short history of the Old City then start the Hagia Sophia Tour.  Your guide will explain the mystery of the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building. 

    The tour was great! We learned so much about the history and importance of the Hagia Sophia

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

    7. 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.

  • Vialand: Isfanbul Theme Park Admission Ticket with Packages

    8. Vialand: Isfanbul Theme Park Admission Ticket with Packages

    Enter the most exciting theme park in Turkey home to the first shopping center that combines shopping and exhibition centers, entertainment and lifestyle complex. Isfanful (formerly known as ViaLand) offers its guests world-class fun with its park consisting of rides selected carefully from all around the world and specialized staff. Spend quality time with your children and family in a safe environment.  Feel the adrenaline on Nefeskese, the 4th biggest rollercoaster in the world which exceeds speeds of 110 kph in 3 seconds. Then, experience the fantastic 15 m sudden drop on the Viking water ride before heading over to the 360-degree entertainment station which is suitable for all ages.  See all of Istanbul under your feet at the Tower of Justice viewing platform which is 50 m high. Finally, swing on the Saray Salincagi ride, with a 40-person capacity and 20 m diameter cycle. End you...

    The place is nice and clean. But kids between 5 and seven years old might not have a lot of things to do due to heights regulations. They will not enjoy babies section and most of thrilling games needs 120 cm height and above.1cm less is a big issue for them. The worst thing about it is when you leave you will not find a taxi. We stayed there for an hour and then we went by a bus that we dont know where was it going. We made a very long trip from buses to metro and back home. Make sure you arrange your trip with a taxi to take you back before you go. Still its a nice experience for both you and your kids.

  • From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    9. From Istanbul: Full-Day Princes Island Tour with Lunch

    Explore Büyükada, the largest of Turkey’s Princes islands, on this 9-hour excursion from Istanbul. Cruise across the Sea of Marmara, watching the sights of Istanbul slip from view. You can explore the pedestrianized island in the best possible way – by bike (not included) or spend time at leisure, perhaps relaxing on one of its beaches, before returning to Istanbul. Travel from your hotel by air-conditioned coach to the port with your guide, and board the boat that will take you to the Princes islands. The largest and most interesting of the islands is Büyükada, which is your destination for the day. From the boat you can look back on the sights of Istanbul, seeing iconic landmarks such as Topkapi Palace and the pretty Kiz Kulesi (also known as the Maiden’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film, The World is Not Enough. Dock in Büyükada and then take a stroll through the ...

    The tour guide was a very fun guy and helped pass the ride with lots of fun and knowledge, it was just shorter then expected and due to corona, everything was closed up.

  • Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Show

    10. 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!

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,629 reviews

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!

I booked this as a birthday present for my wife and it was a complete success. It was really fun. The service was very friendly and the show was very good.

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

Pleasant fun evening sailing with good food and entertainment.

Fun evening with good food and excellent entertainment.