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Ortaköy Tours

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Ortaköy
Istanbul’s bustling waterside neighborhood of Ortaköy buzzes with the energy of bars, restaurants, cafés, and nightclubs. The main sight here is the Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Cami), a 19th-century structure featuring a blend of baroque and neoclassical influences. Behind it, the Bosphorus Bridge looms, connecting the old Istanbul with the new.

The Basics
Historically, Ortaköy was home to a mix of Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Jewish residents. Now the area is primarily Muslim, but churches and synagogues still dot the neighborhood. The mark of the Ottoman Empire remains in Ortaköy at the Ciragan Palace (Çırağan Sarayı), an exquisite building on the Bosphorus that currently houses a luxurious hotel.

Many small-group and private tours that include Bosphorus cruises call at Ortaköy. Tours to Ortaköy usually also visit Dolmabahce Palace, the Spice Bazaar, Anadolu Kavagi, Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisarı), and more.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ortaköy is a must-visit for architecture and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to stroll around the neighborhood.
  • If you want to visit the synagogue in Ortaköy, you must obtain permission in advance from the head rabbi.
 
How to Get There
Ortaköy is on the European side of Istanbul, a short distance from the Besiktas ferry pier. You can walk or take a bus from there to Ortaköy. You can also take the tram to Kabatas and get a bus from there, or take a bus from/to Taksim Square. The neighborhood is located along the major shore road, and taxis are easy to find.

When to Get There
Ortaköy is calm and quiet in the morning. By the afternoon and evening, Ortaköy becomes much more active. To beat the crowds, arrive earlier in the day. Traffic to Ortaköy can get congested around rush hour from 5pm to 8pm, so if you are arriving in a vehicle, it’s best to set out before or after that time.

Kumpir in Ortaköy
Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood is famous for its waterside kumpir stands. Kumpir is a baked potato stuffed with cheese, vegetables, meze, meat, and whatever else you choose. As you select your fillings, the kumpir maker will construct your potato in front of you. Then head to a bench by the water and enjoy your tasty snack with a view.
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Traditional Shows

Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Traditional Shows

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Step aboard a cruise between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus to enjoy dinner and shoreline views. Eat a 3-course menu of traditional Turkish meze accompanied by soft drinks and alcohol. In addition to enjoying views of the sites on shore—such as the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge—enjoy a show of traditional Turkish entertainment.
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  • 4 hours
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (Non-Alcoholic)

Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (Non-Alcoholic)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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Turnatour Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus with Traditional Show

Turnatour Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus with Traditional Show

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Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine and wine as you watch the sunset over the Istanbul skyline, then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Show

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Cruise between 2 continents as you dine on Turkish meze on a 3-hour Bosphorus cruise of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and enjoy a full program of entertainment, such as folk and belly dancing. جولة على الباخرة بين قارتين، بينما انت تستمتع بعشائك على باخرة خمسة نجوم لمدة 3 ساعة في مضيق البسفور، تعتبر سهرة البسفور المسائية في مضيق البسفور من اهم وامتع الرحلات السياحية التي يمكنك القيام بها في المدينة، ففي هذه الرحلة ليس فقط يمكنك مشاهدة اهم معالم مدينة اسطنبول من البحر ولكن ايضاً سوف تشاهدها مع العروض التركية والفلكلور التركي الرائع مع الرقص الشرقي والرقص التركي ايضاً.
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  • 3 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive)

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Book your evening cruise on the Bosphorus ahead of time; this must-do activity sells out quickly. Step on board the boat for views of Istanbul's top landmarks—including the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Blue Mosque—lit up for the night. Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner with drinks, followed by entertainment.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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Begin your 3-hours Bosphorus dinner cruise with either a coach pickup from your hotel or join your guide at the port. Then, board your festive boat for a sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait and see the monument-laden European and Asian coastlines. To help you settle in, grab a complimentary drink from the cabin bar, and then pick your favorite viewpoint to gaze out at Istanbul’s stunning monuments. Enjoy this exciting performance of music and dancing which sheds light on the city’s Anatolian culture. As the show picks up, get ready for classic belly dancing with playful twists and shakes enjoyed by all. Once the show is over, spend the last few minutes admiring the sparkling city as your boat arrives at the port. Next, either head back to your hotel by coach or continue your evening from here at your leisure.
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  • 3 hours
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5 Star Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - All inclusive

5 Star Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - All inclusive

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Cruise between 2 continents as you dine on Turkish meze on a 3-hour Bosphorus cruise of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and enjoy a full program of entertainment, such as folk and belly dancing.
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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

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Witness the beauty of Istanbul at dusk on this evening sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides. Marvel at all the sights as you sail past; keep a look out for Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Ortaköy & Mecidiye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Cıragan Palace.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Cruise trough Bosphorus Istanbul

Private Cruise trough Bosphorus Istanbul

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Having a Luxury Yacht cruise on Bosphorus is a lifetime experience which no one should avoid! But not just a cruise. For a few hours give yourself and your loved people the leisure to feel like a Sultan who is traveling around his city, watching from a length all the interesting see sights, by hiring one of our super luxurious yachts! We guarantee you an unforgettable experience which you will not want to end. Don’t forget this pleasure out of your significant moments of your life! Celebrate any case you could imagine by taking a Bosphorus cruise with the Private yacht. Bosphorus is a benefit which makes Istanbul unique! We offer great moments on this glorious straight during your yacht cruise until the second bridge! One of our cab drivers will take you to the yacht at the pre-appointed time while the captain and the crew will be expecting to meet you and help you to have a great time during the cruise.
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  • 3 hours
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Istanbul Private Guiding Service

Istanbul Private Guiding Service

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This fully customizable private guided tour of Istanbul ticks off the highlights with a bespoke itinerary, tailor-made just for you. Arrange to be picked up at your hotel or port, making this an ideal option for first-time travelers or cruise ship passengers. Get enriching background commentary on your choice of attractions, from ancient relics to Ottoman splendors, as you take in the history-packed city at your own pace.
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 All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise

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All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise

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A PERFECT DAY IN ISTANBUL If you have limited time in Istanbul and you want to make the most of it, we have planned a perfect day for you in which you can see the most important sights such as Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and finish with a relaxing sunset cruise on The Bosporus. Avoid the long lines for the main sights with fast entrance accompanied by your guide, witness the rich history of Istanbul with commetary of our knowledgeable guide and put a classy end to the day with a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht. Your Most Personalised Bosphorus Cruise Experience in Istanbul Witness the enchantment of Istanbul with a 2.5-Hour evening cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus! Aboard the glass-encased luxury yacht, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk with informative commetary of your guide, savor a delicious tradational Turkish drink and canapés as you cruise the strait and delight in the magic of Istanbul’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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  • 10 hours
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Istanbul Photography Tours

Istanbul Photography Tours

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Capture incredible Istanbul on this private photographer tour: great for budding photographers or those wishing to brush up on their skills. Photograph sensational spots around the city, with the assistance of a documentary photographer working in the area for over 13 years. Wonder down Istiklal Street, enticing side streets and the vibrant area of Kadikoy. See incredible views from Uskudar Pier, Princes’ Islands and more: capturing moments as you go with the assistance of your guide.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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2 Hours Sunset Yacht Cruise in Bosphorus

2 Hours Sunset Yacht Cruise in Bosphorus

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Along a 2 hours evening sunset cruise, enjoy unique views, comfort and a relaxing environment on board with very luxury yacht istanbul. Aboard the glass-encased luxury boat, enjoy the Istanbul’s main attractions at dusk, including the Maiden’s Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Ortakoy Mosque Bosphorus Bridge and much more… Savor a delicious traditional Turkish drink such as poppy (GELİCİK ŞERBETİ) as you cruise the strait and delight in the magic of Istanbul’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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  • 2 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise

Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise

Watching one of the most beautiful silhouettes in the world with Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Leander’s Tower will be your exceptional experimentation to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic sight of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face.!! Offered In: Arabic English Spanish Chinese (traditional)
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  • 4 hours
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Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

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Step aboard a cruise in Istanbul for a few hours to see the sights along the coast of the Bosphorus, all the way to the Black Sea. As you travel, sit down for a 2-course lunch accompanied by soft drinks and coffee or tea. You'll get great photo ops of the sights from the water, and stop in the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi to visit the ancient fortress there. Book ahead to make sure you check this must-do cruise off your list.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Dinner Cruise on Bosphorus

Dinner Cruise on Bosphorus

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You will be picked up from your hotel around 19:00-19:30 transfer to boat. We are offering a luxurious dinner cruise night out in Istanbul. Enjoy delicious gourmet foods while you dance with the panaromic view of the Bosphorus that separates the two continents Europe and Asia. Enjoy as you cruise The Bosphorus and see historical places like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumeli Forthress , Fatih Bridge , Beylerbeyi Palace, Maiden's Tower and also Istanbuls very famous night clubs as you wine and dine the night away. No other Istanbul experience can match this unique combination of romantic ambiance. We combine fresh food with unparalleled views of Istanbul and live entertainment to create Istanbul's leading Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. After the dinner you can enjoy the entertaining music provided by professional DJ and traditional show programs or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the view.
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  • 3 hours
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment

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See the glittering lights along the Bosphorus Strait on a 3-hour cruise with dinner and a cultural show in Istanbul. Kick off the night with a welcome cocktail on deck, and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline. Relax over Turkish appetizers and grilled entrees as belly dancers and folk dancers take the stage to the haunting sounds of traditional music. Sip a cup of Turkish coffee or a drink from the open bar, listen to music from a live DJ and soak up stunning nighttime views of Istanbul.
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul

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Ensure your spot on a Bosphorus River dinner cruise for a memorable night out in Istanbul. The dinner cruise includes a 4-course meal of Turkish fare, and live entertainment that features traditional music and belly dancers. Soak in the sights of the city at night during your cruise on a tour that includes the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic )

Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic )

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There are a lot of Bosphorus cruise packages available, but it’s hard to find ones that are as suitable for 4-year-olds as they are for 40-year-olds. This all-ages dinner cruise, with discounted tickets for under-8s, fits the bill. Savor your river views of the lights of Istanbul burning in the darkness, stack your dinner plate with fresh seafood and delectable Turkish cuisine, and enjoy the thrills and colors of a cultural show with sword dances, whirling dervishes and much more.
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  • 4 hours
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Istanbul Bosphorus and Two Continents Tour

Istanbul Bosphorus and Two Continents Tour

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Take in Istanbul’s incredible position straddling Europe and Asia on this full-day tour. Rather than concentrating purely on the city’s European side, enjoy a 2-hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, sailing between two continents past sights including the Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Then, drive across the strait via the Bosphorus Bridge for a panoramic tour of the colorful Asian side. 3-course lunch, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Along the Shore

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Along the Shore

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See Istanbul’s fairy-tale skyline from the water on a 4-hour afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus, taking in ancient and modern sites along both sides of the strait. Spot elegant homes on the shoreline and Ottoman fortifications, the neighborhoods of Ortaköy, Bebek and Beşiktaş, deep bays and rambling palaces. Watch slender minarets and soaring domes drift by, then hear ancient legends about Kizkulesi, a Byzantine lighthouse on a tiny Bosphorus islet.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Dinner Cruise Non Alcoholic

Istanbul Dinner Cruise Non Alcoholic

Step aboard a boat for a must-do dinner cruise that provides sights of Istanbul's top landmarks lit up for the evening. Besides dinner and soft drinks, traditional Turkish entertainment such as belly dancing and folk music is included. Snap frame-worthy photos of the sun setting over the Bosphorus as you travel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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