Evening Sunset Cruise In Istanbul

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Begin a special evening in Istanbul with this sunset cruise. Witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent Bosphorus. Cruise past ornate Ottoman palaces, grand villas, mosques and mansions. See the great domes and elegant minarets which grace Istanbul's skyline. Witness the spectacle of Istanbul's city lights dancing across the water from Europe to Asia.


  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

Know More about this tour

Visitors to Istanbul should not miss to make a Bosphorus cruise on the 32 km (20-mile) long strait which joins the Sea of Marmara to the south with the Black Sea to the north of Istanbul.

Its English name "Bosporus" comes from mythology. Zeus had an affair with a beautiful woman named lo. When Hera, his wife, discovered his infidelity, she turned Io into a cow and created a horsefly to sting her on the rump. lo jumped clear across the strait.

What you see on the Cruise:

Topkapi Palace, Europe
You motor out of the Golden Horn past Topkap Palace, covering the hill at the tip of Saray Burnu (Palace Point).

Maiden's Tower, mid Bosphorus
A 12th-century Byzantine fortress occupied the tiny islet where the 18th-century Kz Kulesi (also called Leander's Tower) now stands. A tower here may have served as a customs post. Featured in the James Bond movie From Russia With Love, the tower now houses a restaurant.

Üsküdar, Asia
The largest Asian district, directly across the Bosphorus.

Dolmabahce Palace, Europe
The façade of this great Ottoman palace (1853) is nearly a quarter of a mile (400 meters) long.

Cragan Palace, Europe
Finished in 1874, the marble palace of Ciragan (CHEE-rah-AHN) has a tragic history.

Yldz Park & Palace, Europe
The swath of green forest behind Ciragan is Yldz ("Star") Park.

Ortaköy & Mecidiye Mosque, Europe
You've probably seen photos of the Mecidiye Mosque (1854).

Bosphorus Bridge (connecting Europe and Asia)
Ever since the Persian emperor Darius built his bridge of boats acoss the Bosphorus in 490 BC, rulers of Istanbul have dreamt of a bridge between Europe and Asia.

Beylerbeyi Palace, Asia
2.5 km (1.5 miles) northeast of Üsküdar, is a "small" Istanbul summer palace overlooking the Bosphorus from its Asian shore

Northern Bosphorus
Beyond the Bosphorus Bridge there's plenty more to see: The village of Cengelköy, Kuleli Naval Academy, Arnavutköy with its photogenic Ottoman yals (wooden Bosphorus seaside mansions), Rumeli Hisar (the mighty Fortress of Europe), the town of Bebek with its pretty bay, and Bosphorus University.

Inclusions for Evening Sunset Cruise In Istanbul

  • Cruise Fees

Exclusions for Evening Sunset Cruise In Istanbul

  • Food and Drinks
  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
  • No guide included

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Turn in your Viator voucher and the ticket box will
issue an admission ticket to the boat which departs
right next to the ticket box

Please arrive 15 min earlier

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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12 reviews by the users

  • We never made on the boat. Directions were confusing. Time of departure shouldn and #39;t be listed for the whole year and be specific for the month that voucher was paid for

  • Very nice and affordable cruise. You get the feel of the city of Istanbul from the Bospherous River. Many people commented that location was hard to find, however, it can't get any simpler. the ferry is right behind the service station 50 m walk from is Kabatas tam station.

  • Very disappointing. No information for foreigners on how to get a ticket. Could have ended up anywhere if we got on wrong boat...nearly did. People in ticket box not helpful. Lucky for passing girl who spoke english.

  • Well, where do I start. How about the convoluted instructions on how to find this tour! Kabatas area, behind the gas station.. What?! Anyway, 8 taxi ride, to the Kabatas docks which are now closed for construction and no boats leave rom there! When finally found a ticket office, it was for the Hop On-Hop Off boat, that claimed they didn't know anything about my certificate, and their last boat had already left. Since it was getting late, and as a 60 year old woman traveling alone, and leaving the next morning, I decided to drown my frustration back at my hotel, and call this 'tour' a bust! 8 taxi ride back.

  • Perfect timing, and well organized tour.

  • I'm not sure how the actual tour was because of the description on departure times. On the Viator site it says that there are three departure times but there is no way to indicate which one you want! We wanted to latest one but when we received the confirmation email it said we had to be there for the first departure. Despite me emailing several times to find out what the deal was no one ever got back to me and we were unable to make the time they stated on the confirmation email. Poor instructions on behalf of Viator.

  • The information on the cruise port was late, and it was hard to hear the description of the sites on the boat. However, the views from the boat are beautiful.

  • First of all, there is no 'local guide.

    To receive our vouchers, we were instructed to get off the tram at a particular stop, look for a red petrol station, and then hunt for a sign with a name on it. Nearby we should look for a man who would hand us our vouchers and point us in the direction of the boat.

    We got to the meeting place well in advance. No one was there to meet us. Where were the other tourists, we wondered?

    We called our local contact. New instructions: go to a certain building nearby, look for an office with men wearing a certain kind of uniform and speak to someone in charge there. Huh? We wasted an hour, with anxiety and confusion, hunting for our liaison, and finally got a feeble nod from an unidentified official who told us he had no voucher for us but was authorized to allow us onto the boat.

    The boat filled with Turkish locals. It appears we were the only tourists. Apparently, Sunday is a day for leisure and recreation in Turkey, when families enjoy outings with their children. This would explain the many children on board, doing what kids do best: running around, laughing, screaming and causing a ruckus.

    So Sunday may not be the best day for this type of public cruise.

    As soon as passage was permitted, the mobs and baby strollers pressed forward in a frenzy racing to get to the upper deck where limited outdoor seating was available. Left side of the boat has the best views, by the way.

    Loudspeakers blared out sightseeing highlights in Turkish, followed by English translation. The sound quality was not great, and it was difficult to catch much information above the roar of the boats engines coupled with the gregariousdin of 500 passengers sociably gabbing.

    Istanbul is a beautiful, historical city and the stunning photograph advertising this excursion is a glorious testimony. This cruise, however, fails to deliver any of that sparkle.

  • Our guide came and picked us up from our hotel, though it wasn't part of the price, he gave us tons of info on Istanbul, and even paid for our metro ticket. This was the most attentive tour we've ever experienced. Not only did we arrive at the dock safely, but we also learned so much more about life in Istanbul. Thank you!

  • Very nice Guide. Besides our sightseeing he gave us many other informations where we can have a nice dinner, can shop like a local and what I shouldt do and see else while in Istanbul

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