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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise in Istanbul on the way to your favorite restaurant…

Route Map

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Cruise Route

Itinerary for Bosphorus Sunset Cruise

The evening Bosphorus Sunset Cruise in Istanbul is one of our most popular cruises. On the way to your favorite restaurant, why not start the night with a beverage during sunset on the Bosphorus gliding along both European & Asian waterfronts on a luxury yacht, the award-winning Zoe Yacht.

Enjoy unique views, comfort and a relaxing environment on board your very own private yacht for the evening in this private sunset tour, just for you and your chosen companions, loved ones, family or friends, nobody else.

You’ll see some of the most famous and beautiful highlights of the Bosphorus strait offering fantastic photo opportunities. Right on the water, you’ll be in one of the best places in Istanbul to catch beautiful sunsets and capture the waterfront palaces, mosques and mansions and boats of all sizes.

This cruise is ideal for couples, families or small groups of friends (up to 6 guests in total) wishing to experience the most delightful time of sunset falling over Istanbul’s unique skyline, or to celebrate a special occasion or romantic evening.

After this stunning evening cruise with ever-changing views, we can drop you off at selected piers or seaside restaurants along the Bosphorus, or to your hotel. A truly unbeatable location to sip champagne or cocktails in Istanbul. Highly recommended!

You’ll experience:

  • An evening Sunset Cruise along the Bosphorus, Europe & Asian shores
  • Unique views of the most famous waterfront sites and Istanbul’s magnificent skyline
  • Complimentary tea or coffee served on board
  • Beverages/champagne/cocktails prepared with care and served on board from a bar with great service for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (available for purchase on-board)
  • A friendly captain and crew at your service
  • Relaxing in your own private lounge terrace and 360 degree flybridge rooftop
  • A yacht for you and your chosen companions only, nobody else
  • Great photo opportunities to capture beautiful sunsets, waterfront palaces, mosques and mansions and boats of all sizes before night
  • Pick up and drop off from selected hotels, restaurants or piers (details below)

Restaurants for Drop-Off after your Sunset Cruise:

We can drop you off at a nice waterfront Bosphorus restaurant or pier at the end of this sunset tour, such as: Park Fora, Tugra Restaurant, Aqua Restaurant, Marina Balik Restaurant, Sortie, Delmare, Uskumru, Lacivert, Angelique, Feriye Restaurant, Ulus Sunset Restaurant Bar & Grill and other selected restaurants along the Bosphorus or in Taksim or Old City areas – please ask, or drop-off to your hotel instead. Alternative drop-off points include Kabataş, Kuruceşme, Arnavutköy or Beşiktas piers, or selected Bosphorus hotels (for hotel residents only, including Çırağan Palace, Four Seasons Bosphorus, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus Hotel, Radisson Blu Bosphorus, House Hotel Ortaköy, Shangri-La).

Sunset Cruise Schedule

Our Istanbul sunset cruise operates every day all year around at these times:

Daily 16:15-18:15*,  17:30-19:30** (duration: 2 hours)

Istanbul Sunset Times

Wondering what time is sunset in Istanbul? Please see below:

*During November-February period, the sunset sets during our 16:15-18:15 Sunset Cruise.
**During March-April & September-October period, the sunset sets during our 17:30-19:30 Sunset Cruise.
***During May-August, the sunset sets during our 20:00 departing Dinner or Evening Cruises.

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). Also see additional restaurant drop-off points further above.


For Small Groups: Zoe Yacht is ideal for up to 6 guests.
For Larger Groups: We also offer a selection of medium to large yachts for other group sizes – please just email us with your requirements.

What Our Guests Say About This Cruise:

Magical private cruise. This is a wonderful way to see Istanbul at night. We took the sunset cruise including dinner onboard. We were collected from our hotel and taken to the yacht. We had it exclusively for the two of us… As we set sail we were served canapés and wine. The crew pointed out all the places of interest as we sailed down one side of the Bosphorus, returning along the opposite bank. Most historic buildings are illuminated which made for a magical experience. After an hour we pulled up to a restaurant quay and our main course meal was brought on board directly from the restaurant kitchen. The food was delicious, the crew discreet but helpful when needed and the two hours were a memorable introduction to this amazing city. Highly recommended!
Couple from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

We happened to be in Istanbul for our American Thanksgiving holiday – yes, turkey day in Turkey!!! For a special memory, we booked Zoe for the 2 hour sunset sail. Our family of 4, including 4 and 7 year old boys, loved the private experience and getting to say we sailed Europe and Asia on Thanksgiving night! The day had been overcast all day, however, it cleared just as we boarded and we got the most gorgeous sunset!
The captain and crew were both very pleasant…we sailed an hour up the Europe coast and then an hour back down the Asian side. The boat was comfortable with blankets, champagne (we had ordered ahead) and juice for the kids – HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Family from Edmund, USA

Superb cruise on Zoe yacht. Very good communication with booking, transport to the boat and afterwards too was all organised perfectly.
Service and food on board was excellent. We had a 2 hour cruise from 6-8pm.
All staff were very courteous. Boat was super clean and cozy and warm.
Would highly recommend
A visitor from UK


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Special Occasions:

You can enhance your special occasion by adding a birthday cake, champagne and other extras while making a reservation in our online booking system. Considering this trip for a marriage proposal? Click here for more information.

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4.5 based on 325 votes
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Zoe Yacht
Tour Name
Bosphorus Sunset 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