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Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

Product ID: 61038
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Cruise between 2 continents as you dine on Turkish meze on a 3-hour Bosphorus cruise of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and enjoy a full program of entertainment, such as folk and belly dancing.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 8:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Turkish, English, Arabic
Booklets
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up from hotels on the European side of Istanbul available on request
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 3-course Turkish dinner aboard a luxury yacht
  • Cruise between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Watch traditional folk dance and music performances
  • Sail under the Bosphorus Bridge
  • See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans
  • Marvel at minarets illuminated for the night
Full description
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 night life as you pass famous night clubs, such as Reina and Sortie. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas that line the European and Asian coasts.

As you feast on a meal of typical meze dishes and mains, watch live folk dances from different regions of Turkey. Be seduced by the sensual moves of a belly dancer, and relax to international music by the on-board DJ.

Back on dry land, enjoy a free shuttle transfer back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off by air-conditioned, non-smoking coach (from hotels on the European side)
  • 3-course dinner
  • Unlimited local drinks (wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks)
  • Service charge and local taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Imported drinks
  • Tips and gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking indoors
Know before you go
• Please note, pick-up is available from all hotels on the European side of Istanbul
• Hotel pickup begins 30 to 90 minutes before boat departure. Hotel drop off is done at approximately midnight
• The entertainment program is as follows: Katibim show (a traditional Turkish melody musical performance), Asuk Masuk (an imitation play of dwarfs from the Taseli district of Silifke, performed by 2 male dancers), traditional mixed folk dance, belly dancer, Caucasian folk dance and professional DJ
• The dinner menu is as follows: Welcome cocktail, 10 kinds of cold mezes (starters), fresh seasonal salad, main dish (from 4 options: grilled fish with scallion garden rocket, mashed potatoes and lemon; or grilled chicken steak with rice and mashed potatoes; or grilled meat ball with rice and mashed potatoes; or vegetarian meal), dessert, unlimited local alcoholic drinks (selection of local wines, beers, raki, vodka, gin and soft drinks) and Turkish coffee
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 620 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.9 / 5
  • Organization
    3.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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I booked this tour for my family (elderly folks) - they really enjoyed the entire experience. Communication from them was prompt and always on time, pickup was smooth and punctual, the package included local drinks and food which was enjoyable, but most importantly - the experience with all the music and dance during the cruise was fun.

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11 February 2020

I had a long layover in Istanbul from 16:00 to 3:30, so I decided to take the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. I was blessed to have my cousins join me. It was an exceptional experience. The crew members and team were greatly cooperative and punctual. I had requested good seating (near the performance and near a view) and had precise pick-up/drop-off times due to my flight. Everything was set perfectly. The food was great (I had the chicken dish), and the performances were breathtaking. I highly recommend taking this tour to solo and group travelers. Everyone on the boat was friendly and the staff is very engaging and prompt with responses. The boat is also quite big and nice to explore (upper deck, front, and back). I will return with more family soon!!

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9 January 2020

They took it from the hotel at 19.00 approximately, got to the ferry at 19.30 probably, while they sat down, they were waiting for snacks on the table and ordered a drink. They did not regret even once that they took a cruise with alcohol) They returned home about 12 nights. I liked the show. Kruizh too. The food is delicious. The wine is tasty (but hoppy). I advise you, do not even hesitate! My husband and I were satisfied. By the way, there are not so many Russians. They were even surprised. There are approximately 250 guests.

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30 November 2019

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Istanbul City Tour

Product ID: 61038