Water activity

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Activity provider: VELENA TRAVEL

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Activity provider: VELENA TRAVEL

From US$ 54.37 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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 us in front of Kabatas Iskelesi, we 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 580 reviews

Review summary

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A nice river ride with a superb guide, great crew and remarkable hospitality on a 90 foot yacht - the luxury description is unfortunately put into perspective with about 40 other “not so luxurious” guests on board. Also suitable but a bit boring for children (our son is 7 years old). Nonetheless recommendable and well organized.

October 5, 2022

The experience was amazing however there was a bit of confusion at the meeting point before the groups were organised. But nothing that prevent me to enjoy the activity. The yacht was in a superb condition. The crew and our guide were great professionals always looking after the guests. Our guide had a great knowledge and shared lots of hints about the places we were watching. Organisation on board was perfect matching the sunset at the perfect moment. I consider the time for the activity is perfect - it doesn’t feel boring or short of time. The food and drinks were sufficient - I don’t think the main purpose of this experience is the food but enjoy the views on a reduced group.

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September 26, 2022

It was a great experience for us. Our guides were Tanner(I believe was the name, sorry if i got it wrong) and Mehmet. The meeting point was very easy to get to. The cruise started on time, and the yacht had enough space for everyone to enjoy. The cruise also had water, lemonade, baklava, biscuits, and a fruit salad included. We got the perfect view of the sunset behind the Sulemani mosque and the European side. I highly recommend this tour!

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September 26, 2022

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