Discover Istanbul at Sunset with an Exclusive Cruise

Join a memorable Bosphorus sunset cruise in Istanbul. Relax aboard a luxurious yacht and experience the city’s breathtaking skyline as the sun sets. This two-and-a-half-hour cruise offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty, comfort, and relaxation.

Why Choose the Bosphorus Sunset Cruise?

  • Spectacular Views: Witness the stunning transformation of Istanbul as the sun sets over iconic landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Luxurious Yacht: Sail in style aboard a 25-meter luxury yacht equipped with all the amenities needed for a comfortable and memorable evening.
  • Welcome Drink: Enjoy a complimentary welcome drink as you settle into the serene atmosphere of the cruise.
  • Professional Guide: Learn about Istanbul’s rich history and culture from a knowledgeable guide, providing insights into the landmarks and their significance.
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Services Included

  • Professional Tour Guide: Expert commentary on the history and significance of the sights along the Bosphorus.
  • Light Snacks: Enjoy a variety of light snacks during the cruise.
  • Cookies and Baklava: Indulge in delicious cookies and traditional Turkish baklava.
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruits Platter: Savor a selection of fresh seasonal fruits.
  • Homemade Lemonade (Summer): Refresh with homemade lemonade during the summer months.
  • Fresh Fruit Juice (Winter): Enjoy fresh fruit juice in the winter months.
  • Bottled Water: Stay hydrated with complimentary bottled water.
  • Tea and Coffee: Relax with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Small Group Cruise: Enjoy a more personalized experience with a small group setting.
  • Luxury Yacht: Experience the beauty of Istanbul on a 25-meter luxury yacht.
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off (Optional): Convenient transportation from selected areas in Istanbul if this option is selected.


  • Boarding at Kabataş: Start the evening with a warm welcome and a refreshing drink as you board the yacht at Kabataş.
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus: Sail past Istanbul’s most famous landmarks, including Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Sunset Views: Experience the magical sunset over the city, offering perfect photo opportunities.
  • Return to Kabataş: Cruise back to Kabataş, enjoying the illuminated beauty of Istanbul by night.

Optimal Times for a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise

The best times to enjoy a Bosphorus sunset cruise are during the spring and autumn months (March to May and September to November). The weather is mild, and the city’s attractions are less crowded, allowing for a more enjoyable experience.

Booking Information

  • Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Price: Starting from €60 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.

Important Information

  • Meeting Point: Kabataş Transfer Center (opposite of Kabataş Tram Station). Follow the sign KABATAŞ – PRINCES‘ ISLANDS LINE. Look for the VELENA TRAVEL company board. Arrive 15 minutes before departure.
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Seasonal Tips: During cooler months, bring a jacket for the evening breeze.

Plan Your Bosphorus Sunset Cruise

Boarding Point: The Bosphorus sunset 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 Sunset Cruise FAQ

Experience the stunning transformation of Istanbul at sunset from the comfort of a luxurious yacht.

Yes, from selected hotels in Istanbul if this option is selected.

Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge, and more, with guided commentary on their history.

  • Professional tour guide
  • Light snacks
  • Cookies and baklava
  • Fresh seasonal fruits platter
  • Homemade lemonade (summer)
  • Fresh fruit juice (winter)
  • Bottled water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Small group cruise on a 25-meter luxury yacht

Yes, dietary preferences are catered upon request. Inform during booking.

Approximately 2.5 hours, starting in the evening to capture the sunset.

English and Spanish, with guides available in multiple other languages.

Yes, the cruise runs rain or shine.

No, bringing your own drinks is not allowed, but a complimentary welcome drink is provided.

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

It is recommended to book online 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 Sunset Cruise is suitable for families.