Experience the Best of Istanbul with Our Exclusive Lunch Cruise

Join us for a memorable Bosphorus lunch cruise, where you can relax, dine, and explore the stunning waters of the Bosphorus Strait, leading to the enchanting Black Sea. This half-day tour offers a unique perspective of Istanbul’s historic and natural beauty, complemented by a delicious lunch onboard.

Why Choose Our Bosphorus Lunch Cruise?

  • Scenic Views and Landmarks: Sail past iconic landmarks including Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy, Rumeli Fortress, and more. Capture breathtaking photos of Istanbul’s skyline and its famous Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Delicious Onboard Lunch: Enjoy a sumptuous two-course meal featuring grilled chicken, typical meze dishes, soft drinks, a fruit platter, and coffee or tea. Experience the flavors of Turkey while cruising.
  • Black Sea Adventure: Reach the charming coastal town of Anadolu Kavağı on the Black Sea. Explore its lush hills, medieval fortress ruins, and enjoy the serene beauty of the area.
  • Summer Swimming Opportunity: During the summer months, take a refreshing swim in the Black Sea. Remember to bring your swimwear, towels, and sunscreen for this delightful experience.
  • Professional Guide: Learn about Istanbul’s rich history and culture from our experienced and licensed tour guide, ensuring a deeper appreciation of the sights along the way.
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Services Included

  • Hotel Pickup: Convenient transportation from Fatih and Beyoğlu areas.
  • Two-Course Lunch: Savor a delicious meal with typical Turkish dishes.
  • Soft Drinks and Beverages: Enjoy unlimited soft drinks, along with tea and coffee.
  • Guided Tour: Expert commentary and guided visits to notable sites.
  • 5-Hour Cruise: Relax on a spacious boat with ample deck space for sightseeing.


  1. Departure from Kabataş: Start your journey with a scenic cruise departing from Kabataş.
  2. Sightseeing Stops: Brief stops at Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy, Rumeli Fortress, and other landmarks.
  3. Black Sea Visit: Reach Anadolu Kavağı, explore the area, and enjoy the natural surroundings.
  4. Swimming (Seasonal): Optional swim in the Black Sea during summer months.
  5. Return to Istanbul: Cruise back to Kabataş, taking in more sights along the Bosphorus.

Optimal Times for a Bosphorus Lunch Cruise

The best times to visit Istanbul and enjoy a Bosphorus lunch cruise are from March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn). During these periods, the city’s attractions are less crowded, accommodation rates are more affordable compared to the peak summer season, and daytime temperatures are pleasantly mild, typically ranging between 15°C and 25°C.

Booking Information

  • Duration: Approximately 5 hours.
  • Price: Starting from €150 per person.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Flexible Booking: Reserve now and pay later to keep your travel plans flexible.
  • Tour Days: Operates only on Sunday and Wednesday.

Important Information

  • Meeting Point: Kabataş Vapur Iskelesi, accessible via T1 Tram Line.
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Seasonal Tips: During summer, bring swimwear, towels, and sunscreen.
  • Tour Days: This tour operates only on Sunday and Wednesday.

Plan Your Bosphorus Lunch Cruise

Boarding Point: The Bosphorus lunch cruises start and end at Kabataş Pier.

Address: Ömer Avni, İskele Yolu, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

NOTE: Look for the VELENA TRAVEL company board. Arrive 15 minutes before departure.

  • By Tram: Take tram T1 to Kabataş Tramvay Istasyonu tram station.
  • By Bus: Several bus lines, including 22, 22B, 26, 26A, 26B, 27E, 27SE, 28, 28T, 29C, 29D, 30D, and 40T, stop at Kabataş bus stop.
  • By Metro (Funicular): Take the F1 line of the metro’s underground funicular route to Kabataş inclined railway station.
  • March: High of 11.8°C (53.2°F), Low of 7.4°C (45.3°F)
  • April: High of 16°C (61°F), Low of 8°C (46°F)
  • May: High of 20°C (68°F), Low of 12°C (54°F)
  • September: High of 25°C (77°F), Low of 16°C (61°F)
  • October: High of 19°C (66.2°F), Low of 13°C (55.4°F)
  • November: High of 15.3°C (59.54°F), Low of 7.6°C (45.68°F)
  • Photography: Visitors are encouraged to take photographs and videos during the cruise to capture the beautiful moments and scenic views of Istanbul.
  • Hotel Transfers: Depending on your chosen cruise package, pick-up and drop-off services are available for your convenience.
  • Multilingual Guide: The Bosphorus sunset cruises offer guides in English and Spanish.
  • Pre-book Tickets: Reserve tours online in advance to secure the best experiences and discounts.
  • Carry Photo ID: Bring a valid photo ID for verification before entry. Non-Turkish citizens must present their passport and visa information upon arrival.
  • Accessibility: Note that Bosphorus sunset cruises are not fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Weather Preparation: March to May and September to November can be chilly; dress in layers and bring a jacket.
  • Arrive Early: Arrive 10-15 minutes early to avoid delays.
  • Safety Guidelines: Follow all safety instructions and refrain from climbing any structures on the cruise boat.
  • Weather Implications: This experience is weather-dependent. An alternative date or a full refund is provided if the activity is canceled due to inclement weather.

Bosphorus and Black Sea Lunch Cruise FAQ

Experience a relaxing cruise with a two-course meal, scenic views of Istanbul, and a visit to the Black Sea.

Yes, from hotels in Fatih, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş, and Şişli

You’ll see Dolmabahçe Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden’s Tower, and more, with a guided tour to the Black Sea

  • Cocktail: Spring Rolls, Snacks, Soft Drink
  • Hors D’oeuvre Plate: Calf Ham, Feta Cheese, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Russian Salad, Zucchini Hash Browns, Carrot Salad with Yogurt, Lentil Balls, Tomatoes and Cucumber Salad
  • Warm Starters: Spring Balls or Rose Pastry
  • Main Course: Barbecued Meat or Fish with sides
  • Seasonal Salad and Fruit Platter
  • Beverages: Two Soft Drinks, Turkish Tea, and Nescafe

Yes, vegetarian meals are available upon request. Inform us during booking.

The cruise is 4 hours and 30 minutes, from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

Yes, you’ll have time to explore the fishing town and the medieval castle with Black Sea views.

Yes, the cruise runs rain or shine.

Yes, you can bring your own drinks, and we’ll provide utensils and serve them.

Yes, parking is available near Kabataş at T.B.M.M National Palaces Dolmabahçe Parking.

We recommend booking at least one day in advance as the cruise is popular and often sells out.

Yes, child tickets are available for ages 4-12. Children aged 3 and under travel free with an adult.

Yes, the Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch is suitable for children.

The tour operates only on Sunday and Wednesday.