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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

By Bosphorus Tour Istanbul
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Swap the hustle and bustle of Istanbul’s streets for a more peaceful way of sightseeing—a sunset cruise down the Bosphorus strait on a luxury yacht. Admire panoramic views that you wouldn’t see otherwise, and access excellent photo opportunities of Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, the Rumeli Fortress, and many more local landmarks.
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Ages 0-99, max of 60 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Swap crowded bus tours for a luxurious Bosphorus sunset cruise
  • Get incredible sunset photo opportunities you wouldn’t see otherwise
  • Learn as you travel—hear commentary from an on-board guide
  • Enjoy luxury perks—drinks and canapes are included

  • This insightful tour is guided and commentated by an experienced host
  • Complimentary drinks (homemade lemonade in summer and fresh fruit juice in winter), tea and coffee
  • 25-meters cruise vessel, luxury moto yacht
  • Delicious canapés and snacks served aboard
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Daily prepared fresh season fruits
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic Beverages


Start:
  • İdo Kabataş Deniz Otobüsü İskelesi, Ömer Avni, İskele Yolu, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
    Meeting Point: KABATAS TRANSFER CENTER (opposite of Kabatas Tram Station) Please follow the sign KABATAS - PRINCES' ISLANDS LINE We will be holding our company board, VELENA TRAVEL We kindly request our guests to show up at the meeting point 15 minutes before the cruise departure time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 69435P18

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The cruise is weather permitting and schedule may change daily
    • This is a small group cruise, not a private cruise
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • We kindly ask you come to the meeting point 15 minutes before the cruise departure time.
    • Please provide us your WhatsApp number while booking the cruise, we will send you the Pin location of the meeting point and other details how to find us easily in the pier.
    • Schedule subject to change without notice
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 69435P18

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    • Ömer Avni, İskele Yolu, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
      Meeting Point: KABATAS TRANSFER CENTER (opposite of Kabatas Tram Station) Please follow the sign KABATAS - PRINCES' ISLANDS LINE We will be holding our company board, VELENA TRAVEL We kindly request our guests to show up at the meeting point 15 minutes before the cruise departure time.
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      "This beautiful strait, sometimes spelled Bosporus and sometimes Bosphorus, was so called from the earliest ages by the ancients; from the mythology of 10, the mistress of Jupiter, having passed over it in the shape of a cow. It resembles the Dardanelles, in length, breadth and current, and like it, is a narrow separation which divides Europe from Asia; but it has many features familiar to itself. Instead of being a solitary stream running between deserted shores, it is a body of water full of life and animation, winding its way through banks covered with palaces and villages, shaded with magnificent forest trees, presenting to the eye, at every mile, a new scene of crowded existence."
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    • Bosphorus Tour Istanbul
      2,366
      Istanbul, Türkiye
      Joined in October 2015
    • arianan422
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tour of turkey
      The View were amazing, the speaker gave through descriptions and even took us on a short little adventure to a delicious yogurt and ice cream spot
      Written July 17, 2024
    • OpinionatedFoodie
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Terrific and enjoyable introduction to Istanbul
      Excellent experience. Our guide, Denis, provided historical commentary on the parts of the city and the buildings we cruised by and a good orientation to present day Istanbul. He was knowledgeable, engaging, and perfectly fluent in English. It was a blistering hot day, but it was cool and breezy on board. The number of passengers was quite small, about a dozen or so. Snacks and drinks were provided. The 15-minute stop on the Asian side of the city included an optional visit to a yoghurt stand. We took this on our first full day in Istanbul and felt very oriented to the city afterward. It was a delightful and rewarding two and a half hours. Highly recommend.
      Written July 15, 2024
    • Venture18280777083
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day trip
      If your a fan of history this trip is for you. You walk a lot so be sure to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. All in all was a great day out and I learned so much about this country that has such an amazing history. Highly recommend.
      Written July 11, 2024
    • PelleasPhiladelphia
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Loved this!
      This 2.5 hour cruise feels like an essential way to get to know Istanbul and it is certainly relaxing. It’s a really nice small yacht with comfortable seating. Lots of space to relax. You take a cruise up river, cross to the Asian side, then explore a town for 20 mins and come back. A really great guide narrated about half of it and it was honestly interesting the entire time. They treat you with free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks throughout (alcohol is for sale). We felt well pampered. And the views are amazing. A must do and well worth the money.
      Written July 8, 2024
    • Theperthharmans
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Easy way to see old city in a day
      Was very enjoyable Ahmet our guide had lots of history knowledge Being able to skip entry queues was fantastic The boat cruise was a highlight
      Written July 7, 2024
    • 682jennyr
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      See it all in one day!
      The tour with Ahmet was an amazing way to see lots of Istanbul in one day. He had plenty of information and stories. The tour is busy with time to shop and yummy lunch with a view.
      Written July 6, 2024
    • 907davidy
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unforgettable Wedding Day
      Serdar and his team were exceptional in making our special day truly unforgettable. He was always available, night or day, to provide detailed information not only about our yacht experience but also about our entire trip to Istanbul. On the day itself, we were fortunate to have Serdar present to ensure everything was perfectly arranged for our 55 guests, and he managed this with remarkable diligence. The staff went above and beyond, ensuring we had everything we needed, and our guests praised the catering, which catered to all tastes and dietary requirements. The yacht was in pristine condition and beautifully decorated for our onboard ceremony. I cannot recommend Serdar and his team enough! If you’re considering a memorable trip on the Bosphorus, look no further than Serdar and the Safir.
      Written June 28, 2024
    • mahfuzuls2023
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We were very happy.
      It was a good trip. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour. We are planningto take the tour again.
      Written June 23, 2024
    • bieneschmid
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Relaxed and knowledgeable
      We had a great day with Sengün who gave us great insights on the Ottoman history and at the same time entertained us well. The cruise was the perfect finish of a great day. We would recommend booking this tour - everything was well organised, on time and super easy.
      Written June 19, 2024
    • Trip123781
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      As promise the best sunset photos
      The best tour guides, so much info. and the transport from Pickup at Hotel and drop back at hotel was excellent. They kept us informed the day before and on the morning of the tour Info on the dresscode. 5star Transport and Boat prefect condition
      Written June 17, 2024
    • sylviasW7109NT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing tour
      Absolutely amazing tour. They were very knowledgeable, responsive and kind. I would recommend this. This was our first time in Istanbul and the tour was amazing.
      Written June 14, 2024
    • glenj30
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended
      Excellent tour. The yacht was beautiful and the crew provided a very friendly service with a selection of nuts, fruit, a bagel with cheese, water and tea. The guide was incredibly knowledgable and the sights and scenery stunning. Highly recommended.
      Written June 2, 2024
    • renetai2019
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience!
      Amazing trip! The staff was friendly and spoke fluent English, all the people were friendly, snack was nice and enough. Recommended!
      Written May 31, 2024
    • Tony D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous, relaxing, educational, enjoyable
      The entire tour was a pleasure. Well organised (text with extra directions once you make your booking). Amazing boat and staff, really friendly happy staff - yummy snacks. The guide was a gem, fabulous sense of humour. Very educational - information on Turkish music, movies, real estate, history, architecture. What a fabulous day, even when the trip came to the conclusion our tour guide was giving us tips on restaurants and other attractions.
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    • Nazeema D
      0 contributions
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      A great way to see both sides of Istanbul in a single outing.
      Great time on a really fancy yacht. Friendly yet professional crew with a very knowledgeable guide who also has an excellent sense of humor. A special treat were the yogurt loving dogs at the stopover on the Asian side. Although the yacht was fairly full, it was sufficiently spacious to not feel crowded.
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    slieder
    Bujumbura Mairie Province, Burundi146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2019
    I'll start by saying the tour was great but everyone wants to get to the top deck and get an unobstructed view....skip the top deck and stay on the main level and go the back where there is room for 10, except nobody is there.
    The cruise takes you up along the Europe side then back down along the Asia side, and there are some wonderful sights to be seen. The crew is friendly and helpful. They do serve wine, and there is no dinner setting to confine you inside and miss the views.
    Once you turn south the sun is setting and the temperature cools down quickly, making the main deck aft end seating the best place. I went downstairs to get more wine and saw only 2 people sitting there, so I brought my wife down and we joined them. It is sheltered from the wind and you get to see just as much but can also move up to the bow for more pictures.
    Overall well worth the money and time!
    Written January 2, 2020
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    Lelik1
    Moscow, Russia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020
    Very nice cruise, with good boat and excellent team! Before the cruise started, we came to a different pier when going from Asian side due to change in ferries routes – and the guide was very kind to pick us up from the wrong place and brought us to the right one. During the cruise, we got enough snacks for free and plenty of refreshments (at reasonable extra cost). The ride was very enjoyable, the weather was excellent, the sea was smooth. The guide told us in details what we were seeing on both sides, it was really interesting to see how big the city is and see buildings from various times and in different styles. And eventually, the sunset was totally amazing!
    Written November 16, 2020
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    Tugrul G
    Hi Irina, How nice to see your review of Bosphorus Sunset Cruise organized by Bosphorus Tour Istanbul. While you were getting to the pier from Kadikoy, the public ferry was canceled by the maritime lines last minute. Our guide met you in Besiktas to make sure that you could be on our cruise in time, and yes you made it! We are always generous in serving snacks, cookies, baklava, fresh season fruits, some delicious local drinks, tea, and coffee as complementary services on the cruise. Our guide has long years of experience in guiding, he also has a good sense of humor so that he could make fun with our guests throughout the cruise. The unforeseen surprise was the end of the day, after heavy rain during the day, the sun came up with its different colors and made the day unforgettable even for us :) We hope to see you back in Istanbul another time. Best regards,
    Written November 16, 2020
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    Karim Asadi
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2021
    I've been looking for a Bosphorus tour in order to surprise my partner for our engagement. From the moment i made contact with Serdar, i was confident that the surprise would be wonderful. He and his colleagues did an amazing job in organizing the event days in advance, the communication with them was very easy and i just had to tell him my preferences and he did everything else!

    When we arrived on the marina, the crew's treatment was superb and they had everything covered up. We loved every bit of the cruise, with some great sights to Istanbul's attractions. We also enjoyed good wine and food during the cruise. We had stops on many places to take pictures as well.

    I would strongly recommend these guys for anyone who is looking to make his Bosphorus trip a special and exciting one!
    Written March 24, 2021
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    Tugrul G
    Hi Karim, Thank you wholeheartedly for choosing our company for your marriage proposal. The Bosphorus, connecting two continents is perhaps the best point for a marriage proposal, which is the first step of uniting two lives When you receive excellent service during the proposal cruise, it is even more meaningful, as we are aware of the importance of this, from the beginning to the end of the cruise, everything is checked several times in order to make sure that everything goes perfectly as planned. We wish you have a long and prosperous life together. We thank you one more time for choosing Bosphorus Tour Istanbul. Kindest regards,
    Written March 25, 2021
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    Claire H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Business
    We chartered a private sunset cruise to entertain around 60 guests for a corporate event in October 2023. From the initial enquiry, right through to our guests leaving the yacht, I cannot fault Serdar, his team or this company! Communication was excellent - I was organising this event from the UK so effective communication was essential. The transfers which were arranged to take our guests from a nearby hotel were to a really high standard. The cruise itself was just perfect – from the quality of the yacht to the attentiveness of the staff, to the right amount of narration and music. I'd highly recommend this company – either for a private event or a leisurely cruise (I did both).
    Written October 26, 2023
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    Rameeshay J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cruise was amazing! The guide was great and he explained the history of the sites really well. The service on the ship was great too; we were frequently served food and drink. The only thing I would recommend is that the driver should pick up guests from the hotel earlier since Istanbul is a highly congested city.
    Written September 16, 2021
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    Jesus L
    Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend Bosphorus Sunset Cruise for anyone visiting Istanbul. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable.

    Staff reach out to you before the trip to confirm attendance.The meeting point was right next to the tram making it easy to find.

    Nothing beats spending the afternoon cruising the Bosphorus with just a few other people as you enjoy the sun set over the city. You get bank for your buck!
    Written December 9, 2020
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    Tugrul G
    Hi Jesus, Thank you for taking our Bosphorus Sunset Cruise and your nice review about us. The weather was so nice that you could see the sunset even in December :) We wish to see you back in Istanbul soon. Best regards,
    Written December 9, 2020
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    Poohvinkie
    Singapore, Singapore81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our group of 16 had a free day on the last day of our package tour at Istanbul. Booked via their website 2 days prior and sent a whats app text found on the same website.
    Received a prompt reply and paid a token deposit via credit card. They arranged a pick up at Taksim Square and brought us to the meet up point. Met up with the operator and guide Guide and an assistant brought up to the yacht. Actual yacht cruise lasted slightly over 2 hours. We were served snacks, fruits, juices, water and tea. Everything went well and as advertised. Guide was also very professional and would mingle with guest around the yacht, providing information and history. Would highly recommend to everyone.
    Pros - reliable, relatively cheap online rates, professional guide, clean and comfortable yacht, small group size
    Cons - Think there are different websites (including this) selling for just one operator Velena Travel, can get confusing as I checked with a few agents.
    Written January 1, 2023
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    Carina P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Couples
    The boat is very nice and comfortable. You start from the european part, go slowly (giving you time to admire the surroundings) by the european shore and then turn and come by the asian shore to catch the sunset setting behind the european side.

    The crew is very nice, the guide is funny and informative and you receive some snacks (baklava, peanunts, pretzels, fruits) and lemonade and tea.

    Really amazing experience, the views are amazing, the vibe is great and it’s all really romantic!
    Written October 12, 2020
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    Tugrul G
    Dear Carina, How delightful to see your review about our Bosphorus Sunset Cruise. Thank you for joining our cruise and your post. As last-minute reservation, you go the last two seats! Even the traffic jam, you made it on time. One more time, we like to thank you for your participation. We hope to see you back in Istanbul again. With warm regards,
    Written October 12, 2020
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    IvanStPetersburg
    St. Petersburg, Russia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good team, yacht of a perfect size - not too big, thus a reasonable number of guests and not too small thus tossing is low. Open and closed decks offer a good opportunity for photos and hiding from wind. Friendly and welcoming staff. Cruise undoubtedly worth its’ price and 100% worth taking.
    Written April 5, 2021
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    Tugrul G
    Hi Ivan, We were pleased to host you and your lovely family with kids on our Bosphorus Sunset Cruise. Your participation in our cruise added something more special with all your smilings :) and we hope to see you on our cruise again. Best regards,
    Written April 6, 2021
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    James Lingo
    Saranda, Albania4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat cruises are definitely the best way to see Istanbul, and this was definitely the best of the options available. I recommend to all my friends, and if it’s your first time in istanbul do this first so that you’ll have the low down on all the spots to checkout for the rest of your trip.

    It wasn’t super crowded, great tour guide and hospitality, a more intimate size than the full dinner cruises and there’s even a photographer on board. My first trip the weather wasn’t super great in the morning before the launch so a lot of people cancelled. Everything was fine though because plenty of indoor lounge areas and it ended up being warm enough to use the decks; but to make up for it the crew gave me the full tour and then invited me back as their guest. Very awesome hospitality and service. Class.

    The trip includes çai, baklava, assorted hors d’œuvres and for extra they have wine, beer, alcohol (not expensive). They will help you with transit if needed and the trip goes all the way down to the last bridge before the Black Sea on the European side, then up the Asian side all the way to the Marmara and finishes up at the mouth of the golden horn. They even take you within a few meters of the Maiden’s Tower.

    I can’t say enough good things about the experience and the crew, it’s the perfect duration and can’t wait to come back in the spring when the hillsides are in full bloom. I travel quite a bit, am the typical annoying American with high expectations and standards, but this was one of the best experiences I’ve had. My girlfriend was like “wow” every ten minutes and said she “felt like a princess.” 100 stars.

    Written April 10, 2021
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    Tugrul G
    Hi James, It was our pleasure to host you on our Bosphorus Sunset Cruise second time :) The first time you took the cruise, it was not a sunny day, thus, we offered you free entry to the cruise any time you want. And yes, you did come to the cruise as our guests of honor :) All your comments about the cruise, we really loved what touched us was to hear that your girlfriend felt like a princess:) We look forward to seeing you for the third time on our cruise! Kindest regards,
    Written April 11, 2021
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