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Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

1. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

Enjoy magical views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Sail on a yacht and watch a show with traditional Turkish folk dancing. Enjoy dinner and drinks while seeing sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge.  Choose from a cruise with hotel pickup and drop-off from Istanbul via an air-conditioned van or meet directly at the port. Enjoy drinks like Turkish coffee, tea, unlimited soft drinks, and unlimited alcoholic drinks (depending on option selected). Pick between a standard meal or a VIP option. Savor an appetizer plate with options like a seasonal salad or hot starters. Choose a main course like mixed grilled meat, seasonal fish, or a vegetarian menu. Finish your meal with a sweet dessert.  Dine on your tasty food while watching live entertainment like Turkish folk dancing, Latin flamenco dancing, and a DJ. Gaze out the window at the imposing Galata Tower and Maiden's Tower, which has stood since the medieval Byzantine period. Enjoy shows such as live music, Dervishes, Turkish dances, Latin dance, flamenco, Sirtaki, and belly dance in the middle of the Bosphorus. Capture pictures of the Baroque Revival architecture of Dolmabahçe Palace and the Ortaköy Mosque. Admire the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges which span the Bosphorus strait. Take in the waterside Ottoman architecture of the Beylerbeyi Palace. Vip Menu Starters: • 10 types of mixed Turkish appetizers or mixed seafood appetizers • Vegetable pastrami pie • Fish pastry • Shrimp stew • Fish meatballs • Grilled squid Main Dishes: • Mushroom beef stragozate • Beef medallion • Mixed grill plate (meatballs, lamb skewers, steak, chops) • Vegetarian vegetable casserole • Seasonal seafood grill • Italian pasta types • Salad • Mediterranean Turkish salad Desert and Fruit: • Mixed Special Turkish desert or fruity chocolate cake • Unlimited local and non-alcoholic beverages

Istanbul: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Commentary

2. Istanbul: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Commentary

Explore the beautiful city of Istanbul at your own pace with this hop-on-hop-off bus ticket including audio commentary in 8 languages. Your ticket is valid for 1 day and will let you spend more time discovering the highlights that most interest you. Jump aboard your double-decker bus and enjoy a tour designed for those who want flexibility during their sightseeing exploration of Istanbul. With additional commentary from your audioguide, you will learn interesting facts about key sights. During the route you can stop at locations like Sultanahmet Square, Eminönü, Karaköy, Galataport, Dolmabahçe Palace, Naval Museum, Beylerbeyi Palace, Taksim Square, Beşiktaş Bazaar, Şişhane, and Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

Istanbul: Party Pub Crawl with Party Bus

3. Istanbul: Party Pub Crawl with Party Bus

With Istanbul’s Top Rated Party Tour, you’ll meet up with a group of like-minded young explorers & party-ers from all around the world, ready to dive into the night and party for at least 6 hours together. The party hosts starts the night with some fun ice breaking drinking games at the meeting bar and build up the night with some Raki (Turkish strong liquor) shots & dance in the Party Bus before ending in the clubs. Your entrance to the 3 hidden rooftop party spots of the city will be fast&free! The team will not only make sure the party atmosphere is on fire, but also ensure your safety all night long! The pub crawl ends at Taksim in the last club around 3.30 am. If you need, the team will happily help you to get an uber/taxi in the end.

Istanbul: Galata Tower, SALT, and Spice Bazaar Walking Tour

4. Istanbul: Galata Tower, SALT, and Spice Bazaar Walking Tour

You’ll start at the bustling Taksim Square, the central hub of Galata, filled with restaurants, shops, and hotels. Then you’ll walk through Istiklal Caddesi, historically known as the Grand Avenue of Pera Ottoman. Wander through the busy streets and soak up the sights, sounds, smells, and more. Spy vendors selling their wares, locals going to and fro on their daily commute, and witness the energetic atmosphere of the neighborhood. Then you’ll head to the area’s focal point, Galata Tower. Considered as one of the symbols of Istanbul, this historic monument was also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List in 2013. It is thought to be one of the oldest towers in the world, dating back to 500 AD. Next you’ll pass by the Camondo Stairs, an art deco style pedestrian stairwell that is eye catching for its ribbon-like design. Snap some photos by the stylish steps before heading to the SALT Galata Art Gallery. This former bank building turned modern art gallery features numerous rotational exhibitions of contemporary art pieces. View some of the art pieces and exhibitions and stop for a quick coffee/tea break before heading to the Galata Bridge. This iconic bridge that spans the Golden Horn is a central part of Galata, featuring in numerous Turkish literature, poems, theater, novels, and more. You’ll cross the bridge and take photos of the view before ending up in Eminonu. Once there, you’ll pass by the Spice Bazaar where you can wander around the bustling aisles before ending the tour.

Istanbul: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket and Scenic Cruise

5. Istanbul: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket and Scenic Cruise

Discover every corner of Istanbul with this unique sightseeing tour combination. Travel around the city on a hop-on hop-off bus tour with stops in both European and Asian parts of town. Navigate down the scenic Bosphorus Strait on a cruise and upgrade your experience with an insightful walking tour. Hop-on hop-off Bus Tour Travel aboard a double-decker bus and enjoy a hassle-free tour of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks and historical sites. Explore a looping route with 11 strategically placed stops close to must-see sights. Jump off at any of the stops or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through the vibrant streets. Pass by the famous Galata Bridge with fishermen lining the railing and Galata Tower soaring into the sky. Admire the view as you cross the legendary Bosphorus Bridge from Europe to Asia. The sightseeing route offers the following stops: 1. Sultanahmet 2. Eminönü 3. Karaköy 4. Galataport 5. Dolmabahce Palace 6. Istanbul Naval Museum 7. Beylerbeyi Palace 8. Beşiktaş Çarşısı 9. Taksim Square 10. Şişhane 11. Spice Bazaar 12. Sultanahmet Bosphorus cruise Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and navigate past spectacular palaces, mosques, and mansions from different empires along both shores of the Strait. Start out in the Old City, then navigate along the European side until the second Bosphorus Bridge, then return along the Asian coast. See the city from a whole new perspective as you sail past historical landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Ciragan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, Maiden Tower, and many more. Learn about the history and culture of Istanbul with the onboard audio guide. Optional walking tour Set foot on the Asian side of Istanbul by selecting the activity option with an included walking tour. Discover the famous local food market of Kadıköy, learn about Turkish food culture, and visit the backstreets of a local residential neighborhood.

Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

6. Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Pick your card up at the airport or at the Istanbul Welcome Card offices in Istanbul. After booking, check your email for a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.

Istanbul: Madame Tussauds Entrance Ticket

7. Istanbul: Madame Tussauds Entrance Ticket

Meet world famous celebrities and cultural heroes cast in wax with an entrance ticket to Madame Tussauds in the historic city center of Istanbul. Explore the famous visitor attraction at your own pace and take memorable selfies with legendary athletes and singers.  See historical and cultural heroes from the history of Turkey, along with current celebrities from the arts, sport and politics. Stroll around the 2,000-square-meter venue set within the Grand Pera project on Istiklal Street at leisure and discover interactive environments across 6 distinct zones. Have fun spotting famous people and end with a special party finale!

Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Customizable Guided Tour

8. Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Customizable Guided Tour

Explore Istanbul according to your own interests on a tailor-made sightseeing tour. Meet your guide at your hotel or port and work together to create an itinerary that suits you best, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul. On 1st day, marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia. On 2nd day, take the public ferry to Bosphorus to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. From here, visit Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata area and the Spice Market. On 3rd day, guide takes you on a walk through the streets of Fener-Balat neighboorhood. Enjoy a cable car ride and soak up views of Pierre Loti Hill, then visit Iron Church, and see the Suleymaniye Mosque. You can create your own itinerary with your tour guide on tour day, to have an idea, here you can see our suggested tour itineraries are below; Day 1 - Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Highlights, Grand Bazaar. Day 2 - Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower (from outside) Day 3 - Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), Pierre Lotti Panoramic Hill, Rahmi Koc Museum (or alternative options) Important Notes: - Skip the line service is not available for active mosques - there is a queue for the entrance. - On Fridays, Hagia Sophia or Blue Mosque will be visited from outside because of the worship. - If one of the mosques is not visited, Basilica Cistern will be visited as a replacement. - For the tours that start later than 11 am, kindly note that you may have to skip one/a couple of sites as the sites are closed by 7 pm. Your guide will adjust the program according to your priorities.

Istanbul: Private Customized Tour with Guide & Transport

9. Istanbul: Private Customized Tour with Guide & Transport

See Istanbul's sights and attractions on a private tour complete with a personal guide and transportation. Tailor your tour and visit popular destinations such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and more. Meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel to go over the day's itinerary designed by you with the guide's help. Hop in your private vehicle and set off to check out the city. Have the chance to discover Istanbul without the hassle of a strict schedule and spend the time as you like. Choose to visit Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome, or the Spice Bazaar. Explore the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and be taken to see panoramic views of Istanbul's old city from Pier Loti Hill.

Istanbul: Private Culinary Walking Tour

10. Istanbul: Private Culinary Walking Tour

The guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and take you on a private 5-hour food tasting tour. During this tour you will have the chance to eat like a local, in the street, stopping along the way at local markets. There is no pre-arranged itinerary for this tour, it depends on the season and your group’s preferences. You can expect to taste everything that is considered very typical of Turkish cuisine. Apart from kebabs,  there are also so many vegetable meals that vegetarians will enjoy. When it comes to sweets, Turkish baklava, kadayif and Turkish delight are just some of the desserts that those with a sweet tooth should not miss.  You will have the chance to meet families whose many generations have been trying to keep culinary traditions and original recipes.

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The Bosphorus Dinner cruise was an excellent value and a beautiful evening. The information and communication was excellent. The staff was attentive and the food enjoyable. You can be inside or outside on the boat and the views were amazing. The entertainment was really enjoyable and the timing worked so that you could enjoy the dance and yet have conversation or go outside in between.

Highly recommended to take the full package, including all the drinks and hotel transfers. Food and entertainment is very good and the tour is well organised.

The boat show was fantastic. Good food, a lovely boat, and entertaining dance and music acts. I really like the atmosphere, we had good fun!

Nice experience! The food was relatively ok. The view worth all the money. I recommend it!

A very nice experience. It was a surprise for my parents and they love it