TWO CONTINENTS, ONE CITY
Istanbul is divided in half by the Sea of Bosphorus which is one of the world’s busiest water ways. Half of Istanbul resides on the European Continent and the other half of Istanbul resides on the Asian Continent. The majority of Istanbul is on the European continent, including the majority of the tourist attractions and other points of interest.
Bosphorus is the world’s second busiest strait in the Northeast of Marmara that is internally connected to the Black Sea. It came into being at 5600 B.C. when the water has risen from the Mediterranean Sea and it penetrated through the Black Sea. In Turkish, the Bosphorus Strait is known as Bogazici which means ‘inner strait’. Bosphorus itself is a Thracian word that means ‘Ford of the Cow’ and is named after Io (one of the Zeus lovers). It all happened when Zeus (Greek god) tried to send away Io from his wife Hera (Greek god) and transformed her to a small cow. The cow reached transversely in the sea and Hera sent big flies to the strait that constantly bothered her till she ended up in the Aegean Sea (now known as Ionian Sea). This strait is sited between the Black Sea and Marmara Sea. Also, it segregates the two continents, Europe and Asia. The strait is 31 km long and 3329 & 2826 m wide at north and south respectively. Previously, it was a river valley that was furnished in the Tertiary period.
HISTORIC AND ECONIMICAL RELEVANCE
This strait has played a very vital role in wars like Russo-Turkish war in 1877-1878 as well as in battle of Gallipoli, when in World War I, the Allied forces attacked on the Dardanelles in 1915. After World War I in 1920, Treaty of services cleared the strait from the military and made this strait an international region and gave its control of the League of Nations. The strait has upheld its importance today as well, since a wonderful tunnel is being constructed between Uskudar and Yenikapi by a Japanese company. The rail track is known as Marmaray. Along this rail track, several underground stations will also be built at Yenikapi, Sirkeci, and Uskudar. Moreover, above 30 ground stations are also renovated to meet the requirements of coming tourists in this area. The strait remains busy as lots of ships, oil tankers, fishers and passenger boats sail through it.
BOSPHORUS DINNER CRUISE OVERVIEW
Spend your evening in Istanbul bosphorus dinner cruise around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding through the water, your boat follows a route that includes views of Istanbul’s top attractions – all enchantingly illuminated at night. Cruise past the Blue Mosque and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge while eating, drinking and enjoying the show!
- 3.5-hour evening Bosphorus dinner cruise from Istanbul
- Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise under Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
- See Istanbul’s illuminated sights like the Blue Mosque and Dolmabahçe Palace
- Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner with unlimited drinks
- Marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show
- Hotel pickup and drop-off included
ISTANBUL BY NIGHT
Either start your evening with a hotel pickup by luxury coach, or meet your guide at the port for your dinner cruise. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat and cruise out into the Bosphorus – the strait that splits Istanbul onto two continents.
Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
Help yourself to a welcome drink from the on-board bar, and then sit back and enjoy the enchanting scenery. As the sun sets on the Bosphorus, admire Istanbul’s famous relics from the comfort of your window-side seat, seeing highlights like Dolmabahçe Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Kiz Kulesi tower. Watch out for Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and gaze in wonder at the iconic structure that connects Asia to Europe.
As you cruise through the waters around Istanbul, your host will serve a traditional Turkish dinner with unlimited drinks. See the Itinerary for a sample menu. Sit back and watch a folklore show to give you a taste of Anatolian culture in the city. The vibrant floor show features live music and, of course, belly dancing – the ancient traditional dance enjoyed by Turks of all ages!
After 3.5 hours of cruising up and down the Bosphorus, your Bosphorus dinner cruise tour finishes back at the port. Continue your night from here on your own, or return to your hotel by coach.