Bosphorus Boat Trips, Istanbul
Having a "Boat Trip" on The Bosphorus is one of the must's of a Istanbul visit as you will have so many options to start with ...
Most tours usually start / end at the Karakoy and Eminonu ports, but here as an alternative I will suggest you to take a public bus from Besiktas and ride along the seaside about 30 mins till you reach Yenikoy and embark the boat as of "Yenikoy Port" to Beykoz and Pasabahce which are on the Asian Side of the city ...
So, you will have the opportunity to cross the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia and back and you can say that u have stepped a foot on another continent in just 30 mins .... :)
Enjoy your boat ride ...
I just took the "10 Euro Bosphorus Boat Trip" in istanbul. What a horrible experience! The boat is tiny, making for a rough ride. Inside it's loud, forcing you outside where it's freezing. And where smoke from smokers will blow on you. A most UNpleasant experience. I thought paying twice as much as regular boat would guarantee a better boat, a more enjoyable time. Instead it was a disaster.
Take the 10 lirtutsi hour tour from Turyol. Their boats are sleek, modern, big. Double deckers, if you don't smoke, just stay inside. Wish I'd done that.
Bosporus cruise probably was the most memorable thing to me in Istanbul, I loved to glance at beautiful surroundings with green hills and nice villas, few castles, fishermen on the shore, and also it was nice to know I am balancing between physical Europe and Asia.
So called “official” Bosporus cruise ticket could be bought from Eminonu ferry terminal called “Bosporus cruise”. Ticket costs 25 liras (~11,20 euros) with return and 15 liras (6,70 euros) one way. Full cruise takes 1,5 hours up to Black sea near Anadolu kavagi, 3 hours here as a free time to visit hill with castle ruins and 1,5 hours back to Sultanahmet district. So, it is clever that almost whole day could be reserved for this.
I suggest you to come to buy ticket at least 30 minutes before ferry starts journey, as it is very popular attraction, later possibly you won’t get tickets or simply will sit at not so good overlooking place.
You don't need to book an expensive cruise to enjoy one of Istanbul's most romantic spectacle - the Bosphorus sunset. Around sunset, take one of the dozens of ferries to the Asian side (Uskudar and Kadikoy) from Eminonu or Karakoy on the European side and enjoy the Bosphorus sunset unfold before you - from pale orange, turning darker into flaming red, before darkness finally envelopes the horizon. Perhaps the most strategic location to watch and photograph the sunset would be from the back of the ferry boat where you have an unimpeded view of the Sultanahmet skyline.
Perhaps the only drawback of taking the local ferry is the presence of friendly kids who want their pictures taken, too, competing for the limited amount of time you have to capture the fleeting moments of Istanbul's romantic sunset.
Wear some warm clothes if it's around autumn and winter - the sea breeze could get chilly.
Enjoy the photos!
In the history Sultans make their transportation from the sea with some special boats powered by man power (14 man power)
Nowadays we have the replicas of this boats for touristic trips on bosphorus and the Golden horn .Its motor powered and its safe and pleasant to make a trip with this originals sultans boats ..
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The trip up the bosphorus to the black sea is very relaxing trip and i think it is a must for a tourist but sometimes the problem is time.
If you will take the tourists' boat it will cost you 30 usd but if you will take the locals' boat it will cost 7.5 YTL.
From Duatepe Hill, on the European side, you can admire the magnificent panorama of the bridge and the Bosphorus. Below Duatepe, beautiful Emirgan Park bursts with color when the tulips bloom in spring. Opposite, on the Asian shore is Kanlica, a fishing village now a favored suburb for wealthy Istanbulites. Crowds gather in the restaurants and cafes along its shores to sample its famous yogurt. Shortly after Kanlica and Çubuklu is the Beykoz Korusu (Abraham Pasa Woods), a popular retreat. In the cafes and restaurants you can enjoy the delightful views and clear fresh air. On the European side, at Tarabya Bay, yachts seem to dance at their moorings. The coast road bustles with taverns and fish restaurants from Tarabya to the charming suburbs of Sariyer and Büyükdere. Sariyer has one of the largest fish markets in Istanbul and is also famous for its delicious varieties of milk puddings and börek (pastries). A little further on past Sariyer, the narrow strait widens and disappears into the Black Sea.
During the journey, you pass in front of the magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace; farther along rise the green parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the edge of this park, on the coast, stands Çiragan Palace ,now restored as a grand hotel. Refurbished in 1874 by Sultan Abdülaziz, it stretches for 300 meters along the Bosphorus shore, its ornate marble facades reflecting the swiftly moving water.
The beautiful Beylerbeyi Palace lies just past the bridge on the Asian side. Behind the palace rises Çamlýca Hill, the highest point of Istanbul. You can drive here to admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul as well as the beautiful landscaped gardens. On the opposite shore, the wooden Ottoman villas of Arnavutköy contrast with the luxurious modern apartments of neighboring Bebek. A few kilometers farther out, facing each other across the straits like sentries guarding the city, stand the fortresses of Rumeli Hisari and Anadolu Hisari. The Göksu Palace, sometimes known as Küçüksu Palace graces the Asian shore, next to Anadolu Hisari. The second link between the two continents; the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge straddles the waterway just past the two fortresses.
A stay in Istanbul is not complete without the traditional and unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty. Modern hotels stand next to yalý (shorefront wooden villas), marble palaces abut rustic stone fortresses, and elegant compounds neighbor small fishing villages. The best way to see the Bosphorus is to board one of the passenger boats that regularly zigzag along the shores.
You embark in Eminönü and stop alternately on the Asian and European sides of the strait. The round-trip excursion, at a very reasonable cost, takes about six hours. If you wish a private voyage, you can contact one of the agencies which specialize in organizing day or night mini-cruises.
Forget about organized 'tourist excursions'.
Ferry leaves daily from Eminou at 10:45, you can buy return ticket for 7.5 TL (about 4E).
You will arrive at Anadolu Kavagi (the last village on Asian side of Bosporus) at 12:00.
Ferry goes back at 15:00.
The boat trip is more than interesting by itself, but when you arrive at A. Kavagi
don't forget to climb to the top of the hill where the ruins of old tower are and enjoy in scenery.
Take a fish meal in one of restaurants, prices are lower than in Istanbul.
Take a motor boat and sail along Bosphorus up to the Black sea (the last stop Anadolu Kavagi), a lot to see along the shores. Return ticket costs 3.000.000TL (don't be frightened by the amount, it's only $2).
The cruise normally takes about 1-3 hours depending on how far you'd like to see. There are guided ones (which will cost quite a bit, probably US$25-50) & free & easy ferries (less than US$5). Take your pick & no matter which one you are on, you'll enjoy the views & the experience imho.
THE BOSPHORUS: It was named after a legend & a dream to many. The homes of the rich & famous front its shore. Europe, Asia... you can cross the 2 frontiers in few minutes. It's a must for most people (well, if u don't suffer from sea-sickness or jealousy of the rich & famous, that is) & one that guarantees to leave a fond memory for a long time to come. Be there!
The Bosporus ferry out of Istanbul eventually docks on the Asian side at the mouth of the Black Sea, the village of Anadolu Kavagi. On the hillside lie the ruins of a Byzantine/Genoese castle, but I confess I was too daunted by the presence of machine guns to ask admittance. As the entrance to the Bosporus from the Black Sea, this is a Turkish military station also. I'm sure people visit the ruins daily, but I was a little too gun-shy to ask the nearest gun barrel for instructions.
Meanwhile the friendlier merchants and restaurateurs swarm the planks to direct you to their establishments, which is generally more helpful than hindering. Prices are cheap in Turkey. You can get a great seafood meal for a few USD. I kept the fried mussels coming until the ferry left at 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.