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Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

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 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. The tour starts at Kabatas Pier and ends at Karakoy Pier.

Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Wine on a Luxury Yacht

2. Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise with Wine on a Luxury Yacht

See Istanbul landmarks, hear thousand-year-old stories, and awe at the sunset with snacks and a glass of wine. Avoid the crowds on this safe and luxurious yacht with an experienced captain and crew. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 15 guests, so this will be a semi-private experience to remember. Board from the European side of Istanbul and be welcomed by a licensed guide. They will accompany the tour with fascinating facts about Istanbul's history, and the outstanding sites you will see. Relax as you see famous landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and the vibrant district of Uskudar. Enjoy the sights of the city's Euoprean and Asians sides you sail the famous Bosphorus Strait. Sit back and relax as you are served traditional Turkish snacks. Take in a famous Bospherous sunset while enjoying fruit and a glass of Turkish wine.

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Traditional Turkish Show

3. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Traditional Turkish Show

Enjoy magical views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Sail on a yacht and view a show which includes traditional Turkish folk dancing. Sip on unlimited soft drinks while seeing sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge. Have the option to choose from a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in Istanbul. With this option, enjoy being transported to the boat in an air-conditioned van. Select from tour options with or without unlimited alcoholic drinks. Savor an appetizer plate with options like a seasonal salad or hot starters. Choose a main course like mixed grilled meat, seasonal fish, or a vegetarian menu. Savor fruit and finish your meal with a sweet dessert. Dine on your tasty food while watching live entertainment like Turkish folk dancing, Latin flamenco dancing, and a DJ. Gaze out the window at the Maiden's Tower, which has stood since the medieval Byzantine period, and the imposing Galata Tower. Experience a traditional Turkish show program from 21:00-23:45 including: 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, Turkish Folk Team (mixed folk show), International Dance Team.

Istanbul: Tour of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque By Night

4. Istanbul: Tour of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque By Night

Skip the line and enjoy an atmospheric evening visit to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of these iconic buildings. Witness these UNESCO world heritage sites away from crowds of tourists. Learn about Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul from your professional, licensed guide. Marvel at this historic and beautiful architecture in a unique evening atmosphere.

Istanbul: Evening Discovery Tour for Cruise Ship Visitors

5. Istanbul: Evening Discovery Tour for Cruise Ship Visitors

Meet your local expert guide at the port and spend an evening in Istanbul. Leave your cruise ship and extend your time in Istanbul to discover the European quarter around Beyoglu and Galata. Join a private or small group for a walking tour beginning with a walk up the hill to the Galata Tower area to the famous pedestrian Istiklal Street. Learn about the area's rich history and culture originating from the Sephardic Jews of 1492. See how the Ottoman Sultans made Galata a residential area after the conquest of Constantinople in the 15th century. Learn how Istanbul was during the heyday of the Ottomans and the lifestyle of the non-Muslim population. Discover with your local expert guide as they explain the finest examples of the link between Muslim architecture in Istanbul and Europe. Walk on pedestrian avenues and see Istanbulites enjoy their evening and learn about the curious, old embassy buildings. See the local a fish and flower market, the liveliest and most colorful spot on the street. Explore the magnificent Pera Palace Hotel — where Agatha Christie is said to have written "Murder on the Orient Express" — built by the Orient Express company. Take photos of various churches, synagogues, descending steps to haunting courtyards, alleys, and of course, the most venerable restaurants. End the tour as you choose to spend free time in the Galata district or follow your guide back to your ship.

Istanbul: Highlights Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

6. Istanbul: Highlights Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

See the main historical sights of Istanbul and take a 2.5-hour luxury cruise along the beautiful shoreline as the sun sets. Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Learn about their histories on a guided tour. See the site of the Ancient Roman hippodrome. Transfer to the glass-encased luxury yacht in the evening and enjoy a welcome drink of traditional Turkish demirhindi. Enjoy the sights of the city at dusk with informative commentary. Feel the soothing breeze coming over the Sea of Marmara at dusk on this highlights tour and cruise in Istanbul.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 118 reviews

A well organised tour, person was at meeting point and we left meeting point to boat on time. Cruise started on time and Through the cruise we had a commentary on the history which was very informative and was served tapas snacks. All very good and staff very friendly, a must do in Istanbul.

In a very nice yacht you can see other areas of Istanbul, it is a very nice experience with very beautiful views, the sunset makes it even more magical with the colors that the sunset over the Bosphorus gives it, unforgettable. It is highly recommended to wear a thick jacket.

The excursion was great, the explanations from the tour guide were great and the food on board and the service were excellent! We can recommend this excursion in Istanbul.

Amazing cruise. Great friendly staff and lovely luxurious yacht. Absolutely the best activity and must-do when visiting Istambul.

Great experience. Very nice boat, not much people, a lot of snacks.