Istanbul Lunch Cruise: Long Circle Bosphorus Cruise up to Black Sea

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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  • 5 hours
  • Istanbul
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Overview

Enjoy incredible views of Istanbul sailing between two continents towards the Black Sea as you enjoy delicious two-course lunch onboard a lovely boat.

Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the Bosphorus Strait during this spectacular 4-hour lunch cruise. Take in the iconic sights along the way and stop for a visit in the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi and discover the old fortress remnants on a hill with breath-taking views of Bosphorus and The Black Sea.

Climb aboard a gorgeous boat and forget your worries as you enjoy a relaxing half-day cruise down the Bosphorus Strait. Admire the views of beautiful castles, palaces , old mansions and the minarets of the city mosques. During the cruise you will have plenty of time to relax, sit back and indulge in two course lunch that offers a variety of delicious dishes and fresh seasonal fruits.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Istanbul is a bridge between Europe and Asia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, a position that endows it with one of the most unique and beautiful settings in the world. For, between the hills on the European and Asiatic shores flows the Bosphorus, the brightest gem in the diadem of nature.

"This beautiful strait, sometimes spelled Bosporus and sometimes Bosphorus, was so called from the earliest ages by the ancients; from the mythology of 10, the mistress of Jupiter, having passed over it in the shape of a cow. It resembles the Dardanelles, in length, breadth and current, and like it, is a narrow separation which divides Europe from Asia; but it has many features familiar to itself. Instead of being a solitary stream running between deserted shores, it is a body of water full of life and animation, winding its way through banks covered with palaces and villages, shaded with magnificent forest trees, presenting to the eye, at every mile, a new scene of crowded existence."

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Pass By: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace
It stands on the European shore of the Bosphorus and the with its various dependencies forms almost a little town, its gardens extending for a mile or more along the water's edge. Though the exterior of the Dolmabahce Palace, built by Sultan Abdülmecit (1839-1861) exhibits a variety of architectural styles, mainly baroque, and is decorated with a profusion of ornament, the general effect is not unpleasing, and the site is remarkably well-chosen. The heart of thePuildiny is chandeliers and a musician's gallery. Its interior, like that of other palaces, glitters whith gilded decorations, costly chandeliers and mirrors, priceless porcelains and gorgeous brocades of gold and silver tissue. The vast gardens were originally laid out by European landscape architects and comprise parterres and fountains. Built by architect Balyan Usta in 1853, the palace has a 600 metres long marble pier and landing stages that run splendidly along the Bosphorus, whilst access from the land is through beautiful tall Baroque gates.

Pass By: Dolmabahce Mosque, Omer Avni Mh., Dolmabahce Cd. Right beside Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul 34357 Turkey

The Dolmabahçe Mosque is a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It was commissioned by queen mother Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan.

Pass By: Bosphorus Bridge, Kuzguncuk Mahallesi 15, Istanbul Turkey

Which was inaugurated on October 29, 1973 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Turkish Republic, has the longest span in Europe and the fourth in the world. This suspension bridge has a total length of 1560 metres (1706 yards) and a width of 33.4 metres (110ft). The span between pylons is 1074 metres (1175 yards) and the clearance above sea level is 64 metres (210ft). The constrnction of the steel box-girder suspension was carried out by a British-german consortium. The second bridge to link Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus will be completed in 1989 between Emirgan and Kanlica.

Pass By: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Bosphorus Through The Ages
Istanbul has no rival anywhere. It spells adventure. It has the ingredients that unite to create glamour, excitement and mystery. Centuries of invaders have been intrigued with this magic and majestic city with its 340 Byzantine columns, 500 mosques, fabulous palaces, fountains, cisterns, baths, churches, wells and covered bazaars. NO city on earth has so many old buildings of beauty and distinction.

Istanbul is no myth. Its reality lies in its extraordinary history that goes back through countless phases to the first colonisation in 657 BC by the Megarians who named it Byzantium after their commander Byzas. The Roman Emperor Constantine elevated Byzantium to the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire in the third century AD and renamed it Constantinople after himself. The Turks finally brought the Eastern Empire to an end when they burst through the city walls in 1453 and established Constantinople as capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Pass By: Bebek Park, Istanbul 34342 Turkey

Bebek is a historic Istanbul neighbourhood that falls within the boundaries and administration of the Beşiktaş district. It is located on Bebek Bay along the European shores of the Bosphorus strait and is surrounded by similarly affluent neighbourhoods such as Arnavutköy and Etiler.

Pass By: Ortakoy, Istanbul Turkey

Ortaköy is a lively area centered on its waterfront square, where crowds gather to listen to impromptu concerts or sip tea on cafe terraces. Stands serving waffles or kumpir (stuffed baked potatoes) share busy alleys with souvenir stalls. The ornate, light-filled Ortaköy Camii mosque sits at the water’s edge in the shadow of the Bosphorus Bridge. After dark, upmarket restaurants and clubs nearby draw a chic crowd.

Pass By: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Hisarustu Kavacik Yolu, Istanbul Turkey

The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge, is a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey spanning the Bosphorus strait. When completed in 1988, it was the 5th-longest suspension bridge span in the world; today it is the 24th.

Stop At: Anadolu Kavagi, Anadolu KavagI, Istanbul Turkey

Anadolukavağı, also known as Anadolu Kavağı, is a neighborhood of Beykoz district in İstanbul Province, Turkey. "Anadolu" is the Turkish name for Anatolia, and "Kavak" means "control post" in Ottoman Turkish referring to the strategical position of the location on the Bosporous.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Yoros Castle, Fener Yolu cad., Istanbul Turkey

The purpose of the castle, located in Beykoz, is to protect the Black Sea entrance of the Bosphorus. Although it is known as Genoese Castle in most sources, it is understood that it was built by the 8th Byzantine Emperor Mihael Palaeologos, according to the information in the inscription. It is believed that it may have taken its name from Oros, which means mountain and hill in Greek. Yoros Castle has been closed for a long time. But you can also enjoy the view of the 3rd Bridge with a view of the Bosphorus and some climbing.

Pass By: Rumeli Fortress, Yahyakemal Cad. No.28, Istanbul 34470 Turkey

Rumelishisari Fortress - (Rumelihisari Castle)
At the narrowest point of the Bosphorus stands the Rumelihisarr Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror on the European shore. The Sultan himself on the 26th day of March 1452 laid the foundation stone of the Fortress with a view to controlling the passage of the ships through the Bosphorus and using it as a base for his attack on the city. The fortress or castle was built upon the ancient site of Hermaion. It was completed in five months on August 28th 1452. The cannon on the towers could command this narrowest part of the Bosphorus opposite the older fortress of Anadoluhisarr. Darius in 500 BC had thrown a pontoon bridge across the Strait at this point and passed over 700,000 men. To Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror, it was the key to Constantinople. The design of the walls and the towers display the Prophet's and the Conqueror's name - Muhammet - Mehmet.

Pass By: Beylerbeyi Palace, Abdullahaga Cad., Istanbul Turkey

Beylerbeyi Palace
Situated on the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus between the villages of Kuzguncuk and Cengelköy, the palace was built by Sultan Abdülaziz in 1865. Beylerbeyi Palace seen from the Bosphorus floats like a white vision in a fairy tale. It is the most extravagant royal house of the 19th Century on which millions were spent. It is built completely of marble, surpassing all the Palaces of European Kings. Empress Eugénie, during her visit of 1869 stayed in this palace as well as Czar Nicholas Il of Russia. Edward VIII was a guest in 1936. Stone lionesses recline on marble carpets set in lawns, and swans float and fish swim in the unobtrusive pool where pigeons fly to catch the spray of the fountain upon their wings. Miss Pardoe, on her visit to the Palace, was so impressed with its Imperial Bath, that she wrote:

Pass By: Kucuksu Pavilion, Kucuksu Cad. No:12, Istanbul 34810 Turkey

Kucuksu Palace
The summer Palace of Kucuksu, sometimes called the Palace of Göksu, is situated between the villages of Anadoluhisan and Kandilli on the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus. The Kucuksu Palace was first built by Mahmut I in 1749. Later it underwent a restoration during the reigns of Selim Ill and Ahmet Il. It was renovated by Sultan Abdülmecit in 1857. Sultan Abdülaziz gave the palace a new face-lift and had it refurbished and redecorated. It is a small but elegant edifice, stretching along the lip of the Bosphorus, surrounded by intricately cast iron railings. Waters and waves of the Bosphorus wash its terraces of glittering marble and sometimes penetrate their latticed and mysterious recesses.

Pass By: Anadolu Hisari Fort, Anadolu Hisari, Istanbul Turkey

Anadoluhısarı Fortress (Anadoluhısarı Castle)
On the opposite bank stands the Anadoluhisari Fortress by the Göksu stream.

This romantic castle which adorns the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus was built in 1395 by Sultan Bayazit, the Thunderbolt and named as "Güzelcehisar". Later it was extended by Mehmet, the Conqueror. Today, as the first possession of Turks on the Bosphorus, it serves as the landmark of Turkish rule.

Stop At: Anadolu Kavagi, Anadolu KavagI, Istanbul Turkey

Anadolu Kavagi: A traditional fishing village on Asian Shore
The ruins of the Byzantine-Genoese Castle on the hill, which was established at the junction of the Black Sea and Marmara, watch the passage from a magnificent view. Separated from Beykoz by a wooded area, the main square of this fishing town is full of fishermen's restaurants serving Bosphorus travelers.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Galata Koprusu, Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425 Turkey

The Galata Bridge is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels.

Pass By: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkey

The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus.

Pass By: KIz Kulesi, Uskudar, Istanbul Turkey

Leander never crossed here even in the legend which refers to the Hellespont, Dardanelles. The Turkish name is KIZ kulesi ( Maiden's Tower ). It is now a modern lighthouse. In the past, it served as a fort to tax ships up to one tenth of their cargo, similar to Pfalz Castle on the Rhine.

Pass By: Turkish Black Sea Coast, Turkish Black Sea Coast

We go all the way to the Black Sea, we even pass the third Bosphorus Bridge, the tipping point between the Bosphorus and the Black Sea.

Pass By: Yavuz Sultan Selim Koprusu, Istanbul Turkey

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is a bridge for rail and motor vehicle transit over the Bosphorus strait, to the north of two existing suspension bridges in Istanbul, Turkey. It was initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge.

Inclusions
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

Exclusions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Kabataş, Ömer Avni, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey


Departure Time

12:00 PM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

5 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

stkayrakan

24 Jan, 2023

If you want to get away from the city and get the sea and forest air in Istanbul, this tour is the perfect choice. The boat is very clean and the staff are very professional. The food is very tasty and there are many options. On the starter plate given before the main course, 6-7 types of appetizers were both plentiful and fresh. We were very pleased with our choice of Fish and Meatballs as the main course. We missed fresh fish. :) Our tour guide Taner gave us very useful information while telling us all the details of the Bosphorus and Anadolu Kavağı in an entertaining way. His delightful narration was very successful. The tour manager Muhammet, fulfilled our every request in detail with his smiling face and helpfulness. Special thanks to him. The interior design and open spaces of the boat are quite spacious and the number of people is very meticulous. There are areas where everyone can sit and rest comfortably. The prices of alcoholic beverages sold on the boat are generally affordable, and I can say that the best prices you can find in the of the Bosphorus. We were very happy to come to this tour, which was amazing with its food, service, guide and everything in general. I recommend this tour to everyone. Velena Travel is by far one of the best tour companies in Istanbul and never compromises its quality.

alabalikk

23 Jan, 2023

This cruise was far beyond my expectations. I was totally satisfied with everything from the boat to the lunch. The boat was new and I can say that it is a kind of luxury boat in its class. I guess that they cater the lunch in their own kitchen on the boat and that is why it was warm, fresh, and delicious. The serving staff was very attentive to our meal and drink preferences and that made me feel eating in a high-class restaurant but on the water :) We sailed all the way to the third bridge but did not go further because of the high waves and crossed to the Asian side where we landed in a very lovely fishing village called Anadolu Kavagi. I already had lunch on the boat I did not go to any lovely restaurants in that village but If I were hungry, I would have tried their meals. The ice cream shop the guide suggested was fantastic with many different choices. I even tried to climb up the castle, Yoros Castle, I guess but the time was limited, so I did not. When the guests were back on the boat, the staff kept serving plates of fresh seasonal fruits and delicious Turkish black tea, which was all free and included in the price. I can not finish without mentioning the guide, Taner, the guide did a great job, he pointed out the landmarks and told lots of interesting stories besides their history and other facts, he had balanced his speech so, his entire guidance was very entertaining, special thanks to him. I think that Velena Travel, the cruise company considers customer satisfaction, and all their staff are well educated and you can see that when interacting with them. I would not hesitate to go on the same or another cruise with Velena Travel.

Rahuish

22 Jan, 2023

It is as a wonderful experience especially with the crew Members and the tour guide Taner. Very friendly and hospitable experience. Most recommended, they would help you with good places to visit and shop.

153sharifh

22 Jan, 2023

Great experience Excellent customer service. Staff are very friendly and helpful! We highly recommend!!

arjon2002

08 Jan, 2023

Recommended 10/10 Very respectful and polite guide. You can enjoy the sunset and see the both sides of Istanbul, European side and asian side

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