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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Take a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus Strait to see the European as well as Asian half of Istanbul. Jump aboard a luxury yacht from Kabatas and keep your cameras ready as you cross mosques, palaces, and seafront villas. Learn about the city’s centuries-long history through your guide. Start the tour at Kabatas Pier 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, feel the soothing breeze from the Sea of Marmara on your skin as the sky puts on a colorful show, tinted with shades of orange and rose. Few places in the world are as mesmerizing as Istanbul in the setting sun. Hear the muezzin's call from a towering minaret. Cruise past majestic palaces and villas along the strait’s banks. Breathe in the legacy of ancient Byzantium, Constantinople, and the mighty Ottoman Empire with each breath of fresh salty air. Kick back and ride gentle waves in the comfort of a yacht. Watch the city and its iconic landmarks pass by, which is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. End the experience at Karakoy Pier.

Istanbul: Outdoor Nature Experience with Rumeli Fortress

2. Istanbul: Outdoor Nature Experience with Rumeli Fortress

Skip the crowded tour buses and board a comfy, air-conditioned vehicle that will bring you to the first stop of the day, Arnavutkoy. Located on the shoreline of the Bosphorus Strait, Arnavutkoy is home to many historic buildings, Ottoman mansions, and quaint restaurants. The most famous of the buildings being the prestigious Robert College. Wander around the area and take in the buildings and architecture before heading to the next stop. Up next is the Rumeli Fortress. This medieval fortress was commissioned by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II in the mid-1400s as part of his campaign to capture Constantinople. It took more than 3,000 people to build this massive fortress in just four months! Today, the fortress is now an open-air museum that also hosts events such as concerts and festivals. After marveling at the impressive Rumeli Fortress, you’ll head to the Ataturk Arboretum. This tranquil oasis in the northern part of the city is every nature lover’s dream. With serene lakes and almost 2,000 different kinds of flora from all over the world, it is a great place to stroll around and take in the nature around you. The last stop of the day is at Belgrad Forest. This deciduous forest is known as one of the greenest places in the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon picnicking in the forest grounds, taking in the beauty of nature, and having fun with friends and family.

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4.7 / 5

based on 654 reviews

Great tour Snacks could have been a little more substantial but no real complaints! Crew very cool and helpful And translator/ and tour guide should get a promotion!!! Fabulous guy?? Totally recommend this tour!!! And great price!!! Peter from New York

One of the highlights of our trip. Put this with my husband, son and his girlfriend. Excellent explanation of the sites as you sail by.

This is the best cruise. Istanbul cruise is the best attraction to do. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Very recommended

Guide was knowledgeable and food was great. Overall service was amazing! Thank you!

Amazing experience. The staff is friendly and the tour is really enjoyable