Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Istanbul

Dolmabahçe Camii at Dusk

Over the weekend, I went on a Bosphorus dinner cruise with traditional Turkish music and dancing – hoping it would be as enjoyable as the Vltava River cruise in Prague. It was completely different from what I imagined but still fun!

Ortaköy Camii and Bosphorous Bridge

I sat at a table with three lively women travelers in their 30s. One was an Australian now living in England and the other two were friends from Northern California’s Santa Cruz. They were well-traveled with interesting lives and lots of fun! The other cruise members were placid Turkish families with children – not as much fun…We enjoyed chatting and dancing and it was fun hanging out for the evening. They were on 2 – 3 week trips and unlike me, they were only spending a few days in Istanbul. It was a rainy evening so taking photos outside the boat was difficult, but I managed a few interesting shots and got wet again….

Palace on the Bosphorous
Princes’ Islands, Dervish Performance, Hamam

When the weather clears, my plan is to spend time riding day and night Bosphorous ferries to explore the Princes’ Islands and admire Istanbul from the water. I booked a Hodjapasha dervish performance this weekend and am looking forward to it! The dancers perform in the circular of a 550-year-old converted Hamam – Turkish Bath.

Hillside Mosque at Dusk