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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Activity provider: VELENA TRAVEL

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Activity provider: VELENA TRAVEL
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From US$ 59.80 US$ 53.82 per person

Have a relaxing evening on a luxury yacht, admiring the stunning evening lights of Istanbul's celebrated towers, bridges, and landmarks, narrated by an informative and entertaining tour guide.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Enjoy a scenic sunset cruise between two continents
  • Marvel at the unique views of Istanbul’s magnificent skyline
  • Take memorable photographs and capture the beautiful sunset
  • Enjoy a drink and some tasty local dishes
Full description

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.

  • Bosphorus cruise
  • Luxury yacht
  • Live guide
  • Light snacks
  • Drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Kabatas Vapur Iskelesi, right across from Kabatas Tram Station. Use T1 Tram Line to get to the meeting point to avoid traffic jams. Cross the traffic lights and you will see a representative in front of Kabatas Iskelesi, they will be holding a board: "Velena Travel" in front of Kabatas Vapur Iskelesi. Guests are recommended to use the tram instead of taxis to avoid traffic jams.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The cruise is weather-dependent and might be rescheduled or canceled
  • The boarding station is Kabatas which is easily reachable by tram from the city center
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 680 reviews

Review summary

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Just one word - AMAZING!!!! This is a MUST HAVE experience if you are visiting Istanbul. Watching the sunset at the Bosphorus was definitely one of the key highlights of my trip. The tour was well organized, the guide explained all the places we passed by during the cruise. It did get very cold but, thankfully the team offered us blankets and tea. ;)

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January 24, 2023

It was a nice boat ride. The boat was good and not too crowded. The crew was helpful and friendly. There were free snacks like nuts, baklava and fruit. There was water, juice and tea to drink. Alcoholic beverages could be bought. The meeting point was accessible from our hotel in Sultanahmet by the Super tram.

November 14, 2022

magnificent yacht ride on the Bosphorus and the golden horn. Explanations in English and Spanish, water, tea and the best orange juice I've ever drank. accompanied with typical sweets and peeled fruit. You can closely admire the two parts of Istanbul, so different from each other, Asia and Europe. Two and a half hours, observing the afternoon, sunset and night. An indelible journey for the senses.

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November 8, 2022

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