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Planning a Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

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Planning a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul is an excellent way to experience the unique beauty and history of the city, where East meets West. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you plan your Bosphorus cruise;



1. Choose the Type of Cruise

Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise: Lasts about 2 hours, usually travels from Kabataş to the second Bosphorus Bridge and back.

Full Bosphorus Cruise: Takes about 6 hours and goes all the way to the Black Sea, often with a stopover in a village like Anadolu Kavağı.

Private Yacht Cruise: More luxurious and intimate, offering customizable itineraries.

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise: Offers a unique experience with dinner and often entertainment as you view Istanbul by night.


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2. Select a Cruise Company

Velena Travel is the premier Bosphorus cruise company specilised on organizing small group cruises on Luxury yachts. Velena Travel is the cruise operator that owns its own Luxury yachts.


3. Book Your Tickets

Purchase tickets online in advance, especially during peak tourist season, to ensure availability. You can book your cruise tickets online through www.velenatravel.com

Some cruises can be booked on the spot at Kabataş, but advanced booking is recommended.


4. Plan Your Itinerary

Timing: Morning cruises are less crowded. Evening cruises offer a view of the sunset and city lights.

Departure Points: Velena Travel Bosphorus Cruises depart from Kabatas Pier.

Duration: Plan your day accordingly, especially if you choose a long cruise.


5. Prepare for the Cruise

What to Bring: Camera, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses for daytime cruises. A light jacket might be needed for evening or sunset cruises.

Food and Drink: Some cruises include meals or have cafés onboard. Check in advance and plan accordingly.

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6. Arrive Early at the Departure Point

To avoid any last-minute rush and you are ensured that you will have have good seats as Velena Travel Yachts have more rooms than the passangers.


7. Consider Landmarks and Attractions

The cruise will pass by significant landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and the Bosphorus Bridges. Knowing about them in advance will enhance your experience.


8. Check Weather Conditions

The Bosphorus can be quite breezy, and weather conditions can affect the cruise experience.


9. Look into Combo Tours

Velena Travel offers Bosphorus cruises combined with other Istanbul attractions like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, or a city tour.


10. Stay Informed About Safety and Regulations

This cruise is a memorable experience, offering stunning views of Istanbul's skyline, historical sites, and the unique beauty of the Bosphorus strait. Enjoy your journey!