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Istanbul 7-Hour Pub Crawl: Big Night Out

1. Istanbul 7-Hour Pub Crawl: Big Night Out

Join this 7-hour pub crawl for a big night out in Istanbul if you’re looking for the best places to party and the craziest places in the city. Start out with a free welcome beer at the meeting point and then head to at least 3 of the top party spots, where your entrance is free! Act as the locals do and experience alternative venues that tourists have never heard of before. Gather your group of friends together, or head out into the night to meet new friends from around the world. The pub crawl ensures free and immediate entry to all locations visited. You’ll find this pub crawl to be different than many of the others, as the guide takes you to the most popular bars, clubs, and pubs in Istanbul.

Istanbul: Turkish Night on the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

2. Istanbul: Turkish Night on the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a romantic dinner cruise of the Bosporus at night, and see some of Istanbul’s top attractions on 2 continents. Following a pick-up and transfer by air-conditioned, non-smoking coach, climb aboard the boat with the help of your guide. Boat staff will welcome you and present you with some authentic Turkish Delight. Then, the wait staff will escort you to your seat and take your order. By the time you sit down, your starters will be served. Choose from 3 different options for your main course, such as grilled sea brass, grilled meatballs, and grilled chicken. Once dinner is over, relax as you watch a program of folk shows, starting with katibim (a traditional Turkish melodic musical performance), and followed by Aşuk Maşuk (an imitation play of dwarfs), belly dancing, the dance of the tambourine (Gaval Regs-i), and a henna ceremony, See performances from around Turkey as the Turna Folk Team take to the floor, and marvel at traditional Turkısh Romany dances. After the show is over, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Istanbul: New Year's Party Cruise with Buffet and Drinks

3. Istanbul: New Year's Party Cruise with Buffet and Drinks

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an unforgettable cruise on the Istanbul Bosphorus. Experience Istanbul at its most romantic. Eat and drink your fill and watch live performances as you drift across the Bosphorus Strait. Be picked up from you hotel and board your boat. Kick off the night with a cocktail, then dance on deck as you enjoy stunning views of palaces, bridges, and mansions that line the water’s edge. Watch performances by traditional dancers and relax over a sumptuous buffet dinner with unlimited drinks. See the stars come out over the city and watch a midnight firework display. Gaze in wonder at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge which connects Asia to Europe. Dine on traditional Turkish appetizers, spring rolls with cheese, fresh seasonal salad, roasted turkey with rice, mixed fruits, and dessert.

Istanbul: 3-Day Tours & Transfer Package

4. Istanbul: 3-Day Tours & Transfer Package

Explore Istanbul on this 3-days Tour/ Airport transfer package that includes visits to major attractions and a spectacular dinner cruise. Start the tour with pick up from Istanbul Airport/Sabiha Gokcen then transfer to the your hotel in Istanbul .Than At 7: 30 PM a driver will pick you up for your dinner cruise along the Bosphorus River - a memorable way to spend your first night in this incredible city. Admire the handsome mansions of the Ottoman elite that line the river banks. The dinner cruise includes a 4-course Turkish meal and live entertainment that features traditional music and belly dancers. Start your morning at 8:30 AM the next day to begin your comprehensive guided tour of Istanbul's main highlights. Discover how, originally named Constantinople, the city was once the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and Europe’s wealthiest metropolis. Visit the iconic Blue Mosque, one of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, and notable for its exquisite blue Iznik tiles. Cross over to the Hagia Sophia. Now a museum, this jewel of Christian architecture dates from the days of the Roman Emperor Justinian, and was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, and the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. Head back to the days of Roman and Ottoman charioteers at the Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. End your day at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets. With 58 streets and over 4,000 shops, the bazaar is especially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices, and carpets. End the tour with a convenient transfer back to the your hotel. Start your morning at 8:30 AM the next day to begin your Istanbul Princess Island Tour.It’s a breathtaking experience and once in a lifetime catch! With a professional onboard guide, learn all fascinating history about islands. Take some pictures and enjoy viewing places from the boat. This tour offers an unforgettable experience. Stop at Heybeliada and Buyukada which is the largest island of the Princes’ Island archipelago. During summer the Princes’ Island area is a popular destination because of the beautiful beaches and incredibly peaceful surroundings. Than leave Heybeliada and head towards Büyükada with own boat. During this absence, service a special lunch on our boat.. End the tour with a convenient transfer back to the your hotel...

Istanbul: New Year's Eve Cruise Between Two Continents

5. Istanbul: New Year's Eve Cruise Between Two Continents

Celebrate the New Year with a 3-course feast of Turkish cuisine, Dj, and dance show on an all-inclusive Bosphorus dinner cruise. Soak up the atmosphere as whirling dervishes, belly dancers, and folk dancers strut their stuff. Experience Istanbul at night as you cruise past the illuminated city skyline and admire landmarks including the Dolmabahce Palace and the Bosphorus Bridge. Tuck into a delicious meal with 3 main course options to choose from including grilled fish, marinated grilled chicken breast, and grilled meatball all served with arugula salad, onion, and lemon. Enjoy hot and cold starters and traditional Turkish desserts. Toast the New Year with champagne at midnight and a special New Year dance show.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Dance Show

6. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Dance Show

Admire Istanbul by night on a Bosphorus dinner cruise with a full traditional dance program. Taste local delicacies over a carefully created 5-course menu, and choose to pair your dishes with either alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Get incredible views of the city's famous landmarks from the water vantage points, including the Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahçe Palace, and Rumeli Fortress as you enjoy your meal. Glide along the water, and watch as expert, local dancers put on a full traditional show for you with the city's lights sparkling in the background. See a Turkish gypsy dance, a belly dancer group show, a sword dance, and much more.

Istanbul: Luxury Dinner & Traditional Dance Bosphorus Cruise

7. Istanbul: Luxury Dinner & Traditional Dance Bosphorus Cruise

Immerse yourself in the magic of Turkey's culture and history on this dinner cruise on Istanbul's Bosphorus river with a 3-course meal. Enjoy a range of international and Turkish entertainment such as Turkish folk dance, belly dancing, a singer, and a DJ. Start the evening with convenient pickup from your hotel in Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Topkapı, Taksim, Harbiye, Beyoğlu, or Karaköy. Sit down at a private table for you and your group. Admire spectacular views of Istanbul’s beautifully illuminated palaces, mosques, and Bosphorus bridges while you wait for your 3-course meal. As you eat, watch belly dancers, whirling dervishes, and other local artists. Be enticed by Turkish folklore dances from different regions of Anatolia performed by professional dancers. After the cruise, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Istanbul: New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise Ticket w/ DJ & Drinks

8. Istanbul: New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise Ticket w/ DJ & Drinks

Be picked up from your hotel and delivered to the boarding of your cruise boat for the night. Join others on board the group of up to 500 guests, and find new friends to celebrate ringing in 2023. Board the boat around 8:30 PM, and be welcomed with a glass of champagne. Settle in for dinner as you enjoy limitless local drinks, soft drinks, and water on board. Take in scenes of the Bosphorus along the way. Next, let yourself be entertained by belly dancers and whirling dervish performances as supper is served. Enjoy traditional Turkish cold appetizers, spring rolls with cheese, fresh seasonal salad, and roasted turkey with Turkish rice. Sip on a Turkish coffee as the dessert of mixed fruits and sweets is brought to your table. Take in more live entertainment, like a Romary dance and a live DJ performance as the night continues.  Finally, at 11:30 PM, you'll get whistles and New Year's themed glasses to ring in the year at 12 AM with a bottle of champagne. Your cruise boat will dock at 2 AM and you'll be safely delivered back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Second time in this cruise, after the first in 2019, July, with same tour-operator, Turna Tour. Pick up from the hotel and drop off after in super speed , convenience and on time . Excellent atmosphere made by dancers and DJ. Food was OK. I recommend the fish or chicken as main course. Magnifiscent views over Bosphorus straight and main 2 bridges we passed under. We were this time with our child of 13 YO. He enjoyed it as much as we did!

This is definitely a must-try if you are in Istanbul and looking to meet people and have a taste of the nightlife there. I went there with a friend and it was definitely a great decision, the organizers were very warm and helpful and everything was organized very well!

This dinner cruise was superb, fantastic, amazing, I tried it 2 times and I enjoyed it too much. The food was very delicious with a variety of choice and the shows of different dances was spectacular. The staff treatment and service was very professional.

It was a nice experience after covid. Host is really nice and friendly! We had fun meeting people from all around the world. We came from Korea and we met people from Lebanon, Lybia, Canada!! Some experience we will never had before!

Was very fun. The tour guides took care of all participants and created a good atmosphere. A recommendation from me!