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Dinner Cruise by Night on Bosphorus with a Traditional Show provided by Local Experiences Istanbul

Dinner Cruise by Night on Bosphorus with a Traditional Show
3.5
Dinner Cruise by Night on Bosphorus with a Traditional Show
By Local Experiences Istanbul
from
$53.79
per adult

Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration:
3h
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 103596P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Dinner (fish, chicken or meat)
  • Unlimited Local Alcholic drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks)
  • 3-course dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from city center hotels only)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • For 18 years old and above
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Cruise
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We have free pick up and drop off services from several city center hotels in Istanbul Please confirm your hotel and time before the services
  • Dentur Avrasya Kabataş İskelesi, Ömer Avni, Mahallesi, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:34, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey Our boats are located behind the Petrol Ofisi Oil Station in Kabatas at Dentur Port. Please contact us to get the boat details
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Inclusions
  • Dinner (fish, chicken or meat)
  • Unlimited Local Alcholic drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks)
  • 3-course dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from city center hotels only)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • For 18 years old and above
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Cruise
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We have free pick up and drop off services from several city center hotels in Istanbul Please confirm your hotel and time before the services
  • Dentur Avrasya Kabataş İskelesi, Ömer Avni, Mahallesi, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:34, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey Our boats are located behind the Petrol Ofisi Oil Station in Kabatas at Dentur Port. Please contact us to get the boat details
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Dentur Avrasya Kabataş İskelesi
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Bosphorus Cruise
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    bosphorus dinner cruise istanbul
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    Dolmabahce Palace
    Bosphorus Bridge
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

3.5
7 reviews
Excellent
3
Very good
1
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1

Sometimes Traveler
4 contributions
Feb 2022
Disclaimer: I am not sure which company or boat we were on, but I reckon they are all the same anyway, given that sellers communicate eagerly, the ships all leave at the same time, and take the same route. With that in mind, this was without a doubt the worst experience I could have in Istanbul.

1.) The prices are easily negotiable. A vendor near the Galata Bridge offered us a price of 60€ w/ alcohol, and 50€ without. A brochure we picked up claimed 40€/50€. Further talks with the vendor dropped the price down to 30€/40€, and, upon talking to our hotel staff, the price was brought down to 30€/35€ with a table front and center. Do not pay the full price without asking, and do not expect this to be where the money is made. That comes later.

2.) The taxi service from the hotel to the ship was good and on-time, but the van that picks up passengers does not wait for a single minute. If you are late, your money is gone. No refunds.

3.) The food on offer isn't bad. The appetizer dish is copious amounts of ordinary sliced bread with traditional Turkish tasters, including cheese, cream, perhaps hummus and couscous. (I do not know their names, nor can I say for certain what these spoonfuls of tasters were, in fact.) The main dish we got was chicken or fish with fries, or spaghetti in tomato sauce. Sweets are available, but are 5€ apiece. Naturally, the pieces are small. You do not come on this cruise for food.

4.) The event is supposed to be 150-180 minutes of Turkish entertainment, with the program mentioning traditional Turkish dances, belly dancers and driving over the Bosphorus to the Asian side. The actual event begins with painfully loud speakers shortly after boarding and after everyone's orders have been taken. At least an hour of the paying customers entertaining each other ensues, under the pretense of global friendship, executed by calling out each table's nationality to the dance floor. You can arrange for your table to be skipped if you do not wish to make a fool of yourself. This whole charade is noted *nowhere* in the promotional material. Halfway through it, I left the table to stand outside by the toilets, as the speakers were too loud to the point of pain, and noticeable but thankfully only temporary hearing loss in my right ear. Most guests didn't seem to mind this, although whoever came out was speaking noticeably louder than necessary. I was perpetually joined by one lady who continued on a video call for the next two hours or so, who didn't mind the cold February night in the middle of the Bosphorus strait.

The Turkish dancers do eventually arrive, but their routine is short and not very well coordinated. Some female dancers seemed to be making it up as they went. The belly dancer was a scantily clad girl who would collect tips into her pants and bra like a bad entertainer in a cheap adult club. She shoved at least one person's face into her near-nude breasts despite that person showing obvious disinterest. The money she dropped was quickly picked up by other staff, namely the photographers.

The latter are also quick to take pictures of all the tables. They are entertaining to work with and pose for a few laughs round the table, and the snaps aren't half bad, but they are presented to the customer near the end, a few of them packed together in a nice album, but for an outrageous price, I think 40€.

The cruise also doesn't go very far -- The starting point is the Katabas dock, then the boat speeds to the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, just before the Ortakoy dock. The ship then does circles in the same spot for about two hours -- joined by all the other ships that have the same business model -- before finally returning. Nothing is said of the traditions, culture, or history of Istanbul, the Byzantine or Ottoman empires, or modern Turkey as it has existed for the past century.

5.) Whoever tells you this is "the best way to spend an evening in Istanbul" has no taste, or no appreciation for the many centuries of history having unfolded here, or indeed the culture residing here today. It is a cheap thrill that might cost you your hearing, that offers little in return. Most street restaurants offer better food for much cheaper, with much more hospitality, and in a far more authentic setting. Better dances are likely available elsewhere in Istanbul, or indeed free recordings of professionals may be found online. Likewise for the belly dancer, although if you crave the intimate contact she offers (which is evidently above the dancing itself in terms of importance), that can likely be arranged in a more professional and private setting, as well.

The fact anyone thinks of this "tour" as anything more than a fun night out that they could have had literally anywhere else on the planet is saddening. Nothing ties this event to the Bosphorus specifically, and indeed such "cruises" exist worldwide. I was just unlucky enough to take part in one in a city as historically and culturally rich and wonderful as Istanbul.
Written February 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
localexperiencesist
TThank you, your comments are valuable for us and help us to improve our services Look forward to see you in İstanbul
Written March 11, 2022
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Latricia N
2 contributions
We went on the cruise Last night, and the food and service was not bad, but if you want to do this cruise to see a show, its not the best option, only people sitting around the small area in the middle of the boat where the dancers perform, can appreciate the performance, tables at the back are all blocked by people standing and watching the performance.
Written March 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Culture09665505294
Hi Thank you for your comments All important We will improve our services If you inform us accordinly on that night we will be happy to change your table Please do not hesitate for further visiwe will do our best
Written March 15, 2020
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James L
2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Food was absolutely terrible, starter was tasteless and main course was cold, even sent it back and the next one still came out cold.
Waiter was very attentive and drinks were okay but did not taste like gin and tonic. £40 odd could have got you a 3 course meal at a top restaurant with a bottle of wine in Istanbul so a bit disappointing but don’t think you are paying for the food. The entertainment was okay but the setup was shared tables with other people so ended up sharing with random people which was a bit weird
Written March 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Culture09665505294
Thank you for important comments All valauble We will do our best to improve
Written March 15, 2020
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George Saramet
Bucharest, Romania14 contributions
Nice and fun. The best way to spend a evening in Istanbul! I recomand, it was interesting !
In the price they take you from the hotel and back
Written February 15, 2020
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Culture09665505294
Hi Thank you four your kind message and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed We look forward to see you again in our services All the best Local Experiences İstanbul
Written February 16, 2020
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Saad
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Good cruise, entertainment and music. Food quality could be improved a bit. Will recommend to family and friends
Written January 12, 2020
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Culture09665505294
Hi, Thank you for your suggestions, your compliments are valuable for us to improve our services look forward to see you in Istanbul again
Written January 16, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rajat
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India9 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Overall the experience was good with lively atmosphere at the deck on board. A definite to do experience. Similar to other cruises of Europe but yes the inclusions in our package were good with regards to local wine and food and so was the DJ and the belly 😉
Written January 1, 2020
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Culture09665505294
Thank you for choosing this lovely experience with us Look forward to see you in Istanbul
Written January 2, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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