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Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

1. Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxury cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Get a welcome cocktail on arrival and then set sail for the Black Sea passing some of Istanbul's most famous monuments along the way. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

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Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

2. Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

After departing from your hotel, you will jump into this unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, the bridge that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty. During the journey you'll pass magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace as well as Çırağan Palace, refurbished in 1874 by Sultan Abdulaziz and now restored as a grand hotel. Overshadowing Istanbul’s traditional architecture is one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, the Boğaziçi Bridge, linking Europe and Asia. Tour Program Welcome cocktail on deck D.J. Katibim (traditional Turkish melody musical performance) Asuk Masuk (imitation play of little people from the Taseli district of Silifke, performed by 2 male dancers) Belly dancer Henna ceremony Turna folk team Turkish romany dance Meal Menu Cold Starters: Cold and smoked meat plates Selection of fine cheeses Ottoman-style appetizer plate Special sultan spring rolls Exotic medallions Main Dishes: Grilled filled steak or Meatball with rice and garlic or Tornado chateau with mushroom sauce or Grilled spring chicken breast or Filled sea bass pane or Chef's recommendation From the Garden: Seasonal salad Orient house salad Dessert and fruit: Selected Turkish dessert or Seasonal fresh fruits or Fresh fruit salad Drinks Drinks are available for an additional fee Turkish coffee Alcoholic beverages are included if you choose the corresponding option.This option also includes unlimited local drinks including local wines, beers, spirits, and soft drinks. After the cruise you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

3. Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and taken to the cruise ship in the Bosphorus Strait. Once you board the ship you will sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. When you board enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner as well as ten different cold starters. For dinner, you will be served a fresh seasonal salad before your main. You will have three options for dinner: grilled fish with scallion garden rocket mashed potatoes, and lemon, or grilled chicken steak with rick and mashed potatoes, or grilled meatballs with rice and mashed potatoes. Throughout dinner, you will be able to enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic local (or optional unlimited alcoholic) drinks. After your entree, you will be served dessert and can enjoy coffee or tea.  Onboard you will not only enjoy dinner and the stunning views of the city but have plenty of entertainment. There will be an Anatolian folk team onboard and you will get to watch a traditional Turkish musical performance known as Katibim. You will also get to watch a performance by two male dancers known as Asuk Masuk, and belly dancers perform. You will also get to enjoy live music onboard, as well as a Turkish Romany dance and a dance party. After taking in the sights, enjoying dinner and watching the shows you will be taken back to your hotel at midnight.

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Istanbul Dinner Cruise with Sema Ceremony

4. Istanbul Dinner Cruise with Sema Ceremony

Climb aboard a Bosphorus cruise boat and see Istanbul at sunset, while feasting from an open buffet dinner. Even if you have already been on a day cruise of the Bosphorus, seeing Istanbul with its evening illuminations reflected in the water is an unforgettable experience. Following a transfer from your city center hotel to the Golden Horn, board your boat and set sail to marvel at the Old City to the north. Sail through the legendary Bosphorus Straits for breathtaking views of some of the palaces and gardens lined along the banks. Feast from the on board open buffet as you enjoy live entertainment of typical Turkish songs and folk dances, such as the asuk-masuk, and kolbasti dances. The buffet includes delicious hors d’oeuvres, chicken shish, fish,, fresh fruit, and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Dance the rest of the night away or just sit back and relax, as your cruise back to the harbor for around Midnight.

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Bosphorus: Dinner Cruise with Live Performances Experience

5. Bosphorus: Dinner Cruise with Live Performances Experience

After being collected from your hotel, you will be driven to the port to meet your ship. The dinner cruise will then depart from port at approximately 8:45PM. After being seated at your table, appetizers will be brought to you and you can commence your wonderful evening. The ensuing main course will then contain 3 different options, such as grilled sea bass, grilled meatballs and grilled chicken. Once dinner has concluded, the show will begin with the "dance of the tambourine", followed by Asuk Masuk (an imitation play of dwarfs), Naz eyleme (a traditional Turkish melody musical performance) and belly dancing. There will also be a henna ceremony (a traditional bride's ceremony before a wedding), a Turkish-Romani dance show, a folk team and a live DJ performance. Your program will conclude at around midnight, at which point you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Istanbul: Turkish Night on the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

6. Istanbul: Turkish Night on the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a romantic dinner cruise of the Bosporus at night, and see some of Istanbul’s top attractions on 2 continents. Following a pick-up and transfer by air-conditioned, non-smoking coach, climb aboard the boat with the help of your guide. Boat staff will welcome you and present you with some authentic Turkish Delight. Then, the wait staff will escort you to your seat and take your order. By the time you sit down, your starters will be served. Choose from 3 different options for your main course, such as grilled sea brass, grilled meatballs, and grilled chicken. Once dinner is over, relax as you watch a program of folk shows, starting with katibim (a traditional Turkish melodic musical performance), and followed by Aşuk Maşuk (an imitation play of dwarfs), belly dancing, the dance of the tambourine (Gaval Regs-i), and a henna ceremony, See performances from around Turkey as the Turna Folk Team take to the floor, and marvel at traditional Turkısh Romany dances. After the show is over, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment

7. Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment

You’ll be picked up at your central Istanbul hotel and transferred to the port, where you’ll board a private yacht for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, splendor and simple beauty. During the 4-hour cruise you’ll pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace and then Ciragan Palace, refurbished in 1874 by Sultan Abdulaziz and now restored as a grand hotel. Overshadowing Istanbul’s traditional architecture is one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, the Bogazici Bridge, linking Europe and Asia. Enjoy a delightful dinner on board, accompanied by a variety of drink selections and traditional entertainment. Dinner Menu Cold appetizers: Shrimp cocktail; cold and smoked meat plate; selected cheese board; Ottoman-style appetizer plate (Sultan Spring Roll, Exotic Medallion) Main dishes: Grilled fish, chicken steak or meatballs Seasonal salad Dessert and fruit: Selected Turkish dessert; or seasonal fresh fruits; or fresh fruit salad Drink options: 1 – Unlimited soft drinks: fruit juice, tea, coffee (alcoholic beverages and imported drinks available for an extra charge on the boat) 2 – Unlimited local drinks: wines, beers, raki, spirits and soft drinks (imported drinks available for an extra charge on the boat) At the end of the cruise you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. 

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Istanbul: 3-Day Hotel & Tour Package with Dinner Cruise

8. Istanbul: 3-Day Hotel & Tour Package with Dinner Cruise

Explore Istanbul on this 3-day and 2-night package that includes visits to major attractions and a spectacular dinner cruise. Start the tour with pick up from Ataturk Airport/Sabiha Gokcen or New Istanbul Airport then transfer to the Rose Garden hotel in the Old City center of Istanbul Sultanahmet. At 7: 30 PM a driver will pick you up for your dinner cruise along the Bosphorus River - a memorable way to spend your first night in this incredible city. Admire the handsome mansions of the Ottoman elite that line the river banks. The dinner cruise includes a 4-course Turkish meal and live entertainment that features traditional music and belly dancers. Start your morning at 8:30 AM the next day to begin your comprehensive guided tour of Istanbul's main highlights. Discover how, originally named Constantinople, the city was once the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and Europe’s wealthiest metropolis. Visit the iconic Blue Mosque, one of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, and notable for its exquisite blue Iznik tiles. Cross over to the Hagia Sophia. Now a museum, this jewel of Christian architecture dates from the days of the Roman Emperor Justinian, and was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, and the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. Head back to the days of Roman and Ottoman charioteers at the Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. End your day at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets. With 58 streets and over 4,000 shops, the bazaar is especially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices, and carpets. End the tour with a convenient transfer back to the same hotel. On the final day, a representative will escort you to the airport for your onward journey.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

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3.7 / 5

based on 1,108 reviews

Beautiful night cruise, I do not regret at all having chosen this one. I was just hoping to see the same dishes that describe a variety of dishes here, including smoked ones and desserts that were never brought out. Otherwise excellent service, great dances, beautiful belly dancer, excellent service.

I really liked the attention of the staff, the kindness, the show and the night views of the Bosphorus !!! It was a good experience!

It was an experience beyond my expectations. In night, Bosphorus view was an extraordinary. Staffs were helpful and dinner was well.

It was a great night, perfect hosts, great vibe, wonderful entertainment, a must do whist in Istanbul

Great .. nice to do At least once .. go under the bridge is beautiful .. are beautiful photos.