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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: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

2. Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

Join a sightseeing dinner cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dine with live entertainment. Pass some of Istanbul's most famous monuments, including Dolmabahçe Palace. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer, and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

3. Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Witness the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and see the whirling dances and dervishes. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the show. Step inside a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and take your place. Learn more about the Mevlevi Sema from the provided booklet. Marvel at this cultural dance that dates back 800 years. The program begins with a classical Turkish music concert. See the dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, hear the drum voice as the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony which represents the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Strait Catamaran Cruise with Dinner Show

4. Istanbul: Bosphorus Strait Catamaran Cruise with Dinner Show

Enjoy Turkish food and entertainment on a scenic cruise with the mesmerizing city of Istanbul as the backdrop. Come across sites such as the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, and Anatolian Fortress as you watch a vibrant dance show and listen to live DJ music. Get picked up from the European side of Istanbul or arrive at the meeting point by yourself, depending on the option chosen. Begin your experience with the Whirling Dervishes show, a spiritual ritual performed by the followers of famous mystic Rumi. Be captivated by the Zeybek, an Aegean folk dance with heroic vibes. Admire the energetic celebration dance of Latin and Halay from Central Anatolia. Witness Turkish belly dancing and some fast-paced Roman dancing. Move on to the jaw-dropping Kafka dance performed with Caucasian music. End the experience on a high note with a demonstration of the Black Sea's Horon dance before dinner. Taste a delicious meal of fish or grilled meat, accompanied by unlimited soft drinks. After dinner, a live DJ performance will make your night even more magical as you head back to the port.

Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

5. Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

Witness the Sema ceremony unfold at the Hodjapasha Center in Istanbul. Watch the Whirling Dervishes perform this 800-year-old spiritual ritual complete with traditional music. Embark on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. See the Sema ceremony with its roots in 800-year-old mysticism. Watch the ceremony unfold with a live musical introduction of Mevlevi music. A Dervish is a Sufi and member of the Mevlevi Order who seeks to find divine truth and love directly with God. Observe this masterful cultural performance as the Dervishes portray the journey of man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love. The community of Sufism developed religious practices focusing on self-control that enable both mental and mystical insights as well as a loss of self, with the ultimate goal of mystical union with God.

Istanbul: Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

6. Istanbul: Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

Get tickets to the Turkish Dance Show at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center for an entertainment-filled evening in Istanbul. Watch a lively performance with traditional dances, folk music, colorful costumes, and video projections in a former hammam built in the 15th century. Be enticed by Turkish folklore dances from different regions of Anatolia performed by professional dancers, blended with modern choreography, stunning costumes, and live music. Enjoy the intimate and authentic atmosphere of this evening show inside the Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, situated within the ancient construction of the Hodjapasha Hamam, a restored 550-year-old Ottoman bath. Admire the original architecture of the building and discover the Dervish exhibition, presented in the foyer area.

Istanbul: Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table

7. Istanbul: Dinner Cruise & Entertainment with Private Table

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxurious cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, while dining from a 3-course menu of Turkish meze and local drinks. Sail past some of Istanbul's greatest monuments, while watching traditional entertainment along the way. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the yacht for the start of your journey. Get a welcome cocktail on deck as you begin to sail as far as the Black Sea. Cruise between Europe and Asia, passing under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the grand Ottoman fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle. Soak up some of Istanbul’s legendary nightlife as you pass famous nightclubs, such as Reina and Sortie. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas that line the European and Asian coasts. As you feast on a meal of typical meze dishes and mains, watch live folk dances from different regions of Turkey. Be seduced by the sensual moves of a belly dancer, and relax to international music by the on-board DJ. Back on dry land, enjoy a free shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

8. Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

Take an evening cruise up the Bosphorous, with delicious food, drink, and entertainment on board. Choose from your choice of main course, benefit from unlimited drinks, and relax with some live music as you sail up the iconic strait. Start with pickup and be taken to your cruise ship in the Bosphorus Strait. Board the vessel to sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia. Pass under suspension bridges and view the Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions, and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner before tasting 10 different cold starters. For dinner, be served a fresh seasonal salad before your main. Take advantage of three different options for dinner: grilled fish with scallion garden rocket mashed potatoes, and lemon, or grilled chicken steak with rick and mashed potatoes, or grilled meatballs with rice and mashed potatoes. Throughout dinner, sip on unlimited local non-alcoholic or, if option selected, alcoholic drinks. After your entree, feast and some dessert served with coffee or tea.  Sit back and watch the onboard entertainment, including an Anatolian folk band. Take in a traditional Turkish musical performance as well as Romany dancing and a belly dancing show.

Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

9. Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

Enjoy the fantastic views of Istanbul with a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy music and traditional live entertainment as you enjoy a 3-course dinner onboard. After pickup from your hotel, hop onboard the cruise that sails through the strait of water that separates Europe and Asia. Admire the views along the shore which are a mix of historic and modern architecture. During the journey, you'll pass magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace as well as Çırağan Palace, refurbished in 1874 by Sultan Abdulaziz and now restored as a grand hotel. Sail underneath the imposing Boğaziçi Bridge, linking Europe and Asia. Take your seat for your 3-course meal. During the evening, enjoy Katibim (traditional Turkish melody musical performance), Asuk Masuk (imitation play of little people from the Taseli district of Silifke, performed by 2 male dancers), belly dancers, a Henna ceremony, and Turkish Romany dancing. After the cruise, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Cold Starters: Cold and smoked meat plates Selection of fine cheeses Ottoman-style appetizer plate Special sultan spring rolls Exotic medallions Main Dishes: Grilled filled steak or Meatball with rice and garlic or Tornado chateau with mushroom sauce or Grilled spring chicken breast or Filled sea bass pane or Chef's recommendation From the Garden: Seasonal salad Orient house salad Dessert and fruit: Selected Turkish dessert or Seasonal fresh fruits or Fresh fruit salad Drinks Soft drinksAlcoholic beverages are included if you choose the corresponding option.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Show

10. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Show

Have a unique and authentic dinner while cruising along the Bosphorus. Take in the magnificent views of the coastal shores of Istanbul, complimented by the delicious flavors offered by a rich variety of Turkish food. The boat trip offers multiple landmarks of great cultural importance; the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, the Ciragan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, seaside mansions, and the Maidens Tower. Centuries old, they are still magnificent and original today. After dinner, you will witness an impressive dance show including folk and belly dancing, as well as international songs played by the night's DJ.

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based on 7 reviews

What an amazing experience, highly recommend. Many thanks to Usmond who treated me like royalty always ensuring I was ok and even going so far as to bringing me tea while out on the deck in the cold of night while I was thinking of all the memories from the trip.

You get a lot for the money. The dance shows are well done and the food delicious. However, they also expect a small tip for service. You shouldn't be stingy, then you'll have a good evening

Everything was perfect, definitely recommend. Great program Great shows Great music Delicious food Smooth process

Friendly staff, good food, punctual transfer. Complements for the really very beautiful shows!

Amazing experience, an hour to reflect and medidate! highly recommend! is