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Route Map – Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

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Istanbul map showing dinner cruise on the Bosphorus

Itinerary – Private Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

This is a unique Istanbul Bosphorus cruise with Dinner by night on your own motor-yacht. Perfect for a romantic dinner-for-two or for a special occasion for families and small groups of friends. One of our most popular boat tours.

If you are looking for the best Bosphorus dinner cruise in Istanbul, a romantic dinner cruise in Istanbul, or where to have an exceptional evening meal in Istanbul for culinary enthusiasts, then try us at Zoe Yacht. Your guests will love this dinner party with a difference; a private dining cruise, freshly-prepared authentic Turkish cuisine and the spectacular scenery of Istanbul by night as backdrop.

Once the sun has set, you’ll start to tour Istanbul in style aboard your very own fly-bridge motor-boat charter. Taking a Bosphorus night cruise allows you to see Istanbul city in a totally different and spectacular light. At the same time you will also enjoy the ultimate yachting and dining experience.

Marvel at Istanbul’s beauty by moonlight or starry night with breathtaking views of the waterfront palaces, mosques and bridges. Sail along the calm banks of the Bosphorus Strait at nightfall. Discover secret views only possible from the water, letting you see the best of Istanbul in a way that very few know or expect!

During your cruise/dinner party, treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail from the on-board bar (purchase required). If you like fine-dining, then look to our choice of dinner menus for our specially selected examples of Turkish food and wine (dinner is an optional extra, advance reservation required.)

Enjoy the luxury of having a whole dinner cruise boat to yourselves, for a more personalized, romantic or tranquil tour. Relax in comfort on wrap-around lounge seating, indoors and outdoors. Eat and drink alfresco, dining in Istanbul at a large table on the lower deck. Or go upstairs to the fly-bridge lounge for 360 degree sea views.

This panoramic Bosphorus night cruise takes you along both the Asian and European shores. Soak up the incredible views of Istanbul’s most famous monuments illuminated by night. Watch them changing colors, golden, twinkling, sparkling and dazzling for an unforgettable ambiance.

Sights envisaged include: Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus Bridge I, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge II, Anadolu Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. (Though not directly on the cruise route, you  may also envision the skyline of Seraglio Point in the background. These sights include Topkapı Palace, Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower and Maiden’s Tower.)

Afterwards, we can arrange drop-off at the pier, cruise-ship dock, your hotel, or you can get-off at selected Bosphorus restaurants/bars, venues and nightlife spots.

This is one of the best ways to enjoy a special evening adventure, event or boat party in Istanbul Turkey. Highly recommended!

You’ll experience:

  • Stunning views of Istanbul’s best attractions beautifully illuminated by night
  • An intimate, luxurious or romantic private dinner cruise for dining alfresco
  • A friendly captain and crew at your service
  • A delicious dinner in Istanbul (dinner optional) served on board
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and water served on board
  • A cruise on the Bosphorus by night in comfort and a relaxing environment
  • A yacht for you and your chosen companions only, nobody else
  • A full bar with great service for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (available for purchase on-board). Alternatively an unlimited drinks or soft drinks package can be arranged beforehand, at booking time.
  • Great photo opportunities to capture the end of sunset time and Istanbul city by night
  • A romantic dinner tour in Istanbul at night

Schedule – Istanbul Dinner Cruise:

Our private Bosphorus dinner cruises depart every night from central Istanbul, right through summer and winter at these times:

3 hours – Daily departures at 20:00
2 hours – Daily departures at 20:00, 21:00 or 22:00

Pick Up & Drop Off:

We can collect you right from your hotel or cruiseship in Istanbul with round-trip hotel transfers for pick-up and drop-off provided for an extra fee (for European-side city-center hotels or cruiseships – see these Istanbul neighborhoods here), or from Kuruçeşme, Arnavutköy and Kabataş piers (European Side), or from Beylerbeyi and Kuleli piers (Asian Side), or from selected Bosphorus hotels and restaurants with their own piers (for hotel residents / with restaurant reservation). (From any other locations, apartments, suites, residences, B&Bs or private addresses, we will advise the nearest selected hotel or pier for you to come to for pick-up instead).


For Small Groups: Zoe Yacht is suitable for up to 6 guests comfortably served while sitting.
For Larger Groups: We also offer a selection of medium to large yachts for other group sizes. Please just email us with your requirements. (For larger private groups of over 100 people, further entertainment may be possible for an additional cost including: Turkish night show, dinner and belly-dancing show, Anatolian and Turkish folkloric culture show, or a belly dancer on board for a Turkish belly dance performance.)


Zoe Yacht Private Day Tours has Five Star Reviews and has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner for every year.

Dinner Menu:

Our dinner menus include a selection of seasonal Turkish meze appetizers, a traditional grilled seafood, meat or vegetarian dish for the main course followed by dessert. Please view a full description of our 3 menus here for this dinner cruise in Istanbul.

What Our Guests Say About This Cruise:

Excellent Experience
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner cruise. Boat is very nice; service is attentive but not intrusive. We highly recommend Zoe.
New York City, New York

Second Time
We had a wonder experience our first time using Zoe Yachts that we decided to do again. This time seemed even better. The main difference between the 2 experiences is that this time we were picked up at the hotel’s pier (last time we were not at a hotel on the Bosphorus). Was a nice touch for the romance though. Both times we chose for a dinner cruise and anyone wanting a unique experience of Istanbul we would highly recommend this as part of your trip.
Portland, Oregon, USA

The only way to tour the Bosphorus
I just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful dinner cruise! Totally exceeded my expectations and the staff were fantastic. For a surprise 60th birthday for my father you guys really helped in making it special!
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Romantic Birthday Dinner Cruise
I surprised my wife with a private dinner cruise on the Bosporus. We were picked up on time and driven to the ship, which was exquisite. Once on board, appetizers were waiting for us. Drinks and wine offered at reasonable prices. A delicious meal and desert was provided at our pace, which gave us plenty of opportunity to ogle the magnificent sites along the way. It was a spectacular ride without all of the distractions that goes on with a larger commercial operation. There are two levels to the yacht and after dinner we were able to go topside, where the view are incredible. After the cruise we were taken back to our hotel without wait. It was a fantastic and romantic evening.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA


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Tour Rating
Aggregate Rating
4 based on 377 votes
Brand Name
Zoe Yacht
Tour Name
Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

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A truly magical experience... it was certainly the perfect way for friends to celebrate a special occasion. Thank you for all the lovely details, like the flowers and your staff’s helpfulness.

Katalin.B., USA


I would recommend this experience to anyone looking for an exclusive and impressive way to discover the Bosphorus.

Alain.M., France