Nice option to see Istanbul and The Bosphorus from the seaside to join one of those tours.
Scheduled departures, tickets can be bought just at the kiosks at the harbour station. Multilingual guiding service avalable on the boats for the comfort of the tourists and guests ...
Here is my HD "Boats on Bosphorus" Video ... :
Its located at Kabatas district, just next to the Dolmabahce Mosque, even walking distance from Besiktas area. If u r located at Taksim Square area, a finucular tunnel system takes u there to Kabatas in just 10 minutes, easy to reach ...
Enjoy the Bosphorus and the Princess Islands ... :)
The Bosphorus is famous for its position as a divider of continents, despite the fact that the two continents it separates are in fact joined by the massive landmass known as Russia. Nevertheless, it holds a certain mystique for the psychological divide it has always represented for Western Europeans: between Christianity and Islam; between West and East; between civilized and wild. I say Western Europeans because anyone who is acquainted with the cultures and peoples of the lands on either side of it is acutely aware of the fact that no such dividing line exists, and that centuries of migration and intermarriage have resulted in the Bosphorus meaning little in a sociological sense, except as a symbolic divider of narratives. In a modern setting, however, the Bosphorus is important for its economic and ecological position, as a massively busy shipping lane used by oil tankers and war vessels, not to mention a throbbing transportation route for the city's 13.5 million people.
It really is hard to imagine a better place to enjoy coffee and a snack than along the waters of the Bosporus. I am not unmoved by the wonders of watching life go by on a busy pedestrian street or to the great pleasures of sitting in a sunny square in Spain or Italy and sipping one’s coffee, but there is something invigorating about the fresh air of the Strait and the busy hustle of the boats that adds a bit of excitement to languishing in a chair with a cup of coffee. Maybe it is just that I enjoy the idea of constantly being on the move, but it is undoubtedly also the view towards the Asian side of Istanbul that intensifies this pleasure, as it is hard not to feel the presence of a frontier, of a line that can be crossed when traveling into an entirely new experience and view of life.
Almost all the cities with a river have boat trips in it. Mostly times with good reasons, because people "live" the rivers and most interesting spots are at their edges.
Some other times, only... because!
Bosphorus is one of the first, where the main monuments in the hills show another perspective from distance, and the coast reveals new beauties we didn't notice inland.
Our 3 hour Bosphorus ferry trip was a good opportunity to view the suburbs. We were not surprised to find the waterfront districts were similar to all great cities of the world. Spectacular!
Waterside is always prime residential and Istanbul has many apartments, mansions and a few derelect mansions lining its waterway. The steep hills to the side of the Bosphorus are ideal for mansions as it is rare the view to be built out.
When we stopped at Anadolu Kavagi, the old fishing village, for an hour we enjoyed looking at the old fishermens houses which when they were built 80 years ago would have been considered mini mansions.
Recommend this ferry trip for anyone visiting Istanbul. The Government run ferry (Turkish Maratime Lines)departs Eminonu 2 or 3 times daily for the return trip along the Bosphorus. The 3 hour ferry trip we took stopped for 1 hour at Anadoulu Kavagi, the half way point, for passengers to alight to enjoy lunch or just enjoy the sights of this small fishing village on the Bosphorus.
The ferry provides the opportunity to quickly enjoy the Bosphorus waterfront, the many palaces from past times, the modern luxury villas and apartments built overlooking the Bosphorous. The ferry passed under some magnificent bridges, we also sighted an old fortress, countless marine craft including a submarine.
A most enjoyable 3 hours.
Istanbul is city on two continents. There isn't wall to separate both continents but Bosphorus. if you like to look at both continents or both parts of the Istanbul from point of Bosphorus, then take a cruise and prepare cameras for taking many nice pictures.
It was a free ride with the travel package, really beautiful, to go around the bophorus, with beautiful music, and gorgeous views, just make sure to take a light jacket for your kids, if you Have any. A must go.
The Bosphorus is a busy sea strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. From the Highway bridges you have a great view onto the waters. Even better is to take a Bosphorus cruise. At the Galata bridge there are several cruise boats available and the ferry between the European- and Asian side of Istanbul.
Of course you can jump on a typycal touristic boat for the cruise but you'll be charged at least 20 EUR.For a cheaper version you can take IDO Scenic Bosphorus Tour or Turyol Bosphorus Tour. The first one departures from the main Eminonu dock,costs around 25 TL round trip and brings you almost to the Black sea.There are 3 ferries in the morning,at noon and in early afternoon(not sure about exact hours). If you wish you can go by the first one and then get back by the last one because there is a fortress that could be visited and you can also eat in one of the fish restaurants at Anadolu Kavagi(the last tour stop). But one way journey takes 90min so if you choose this trip you have to anticipate almost a whole day. If you don't have enough time you could have a shorter cruise for only 15 TL with Turyol. Their ferries departure from Eminonu(the dock near Galata Tower).This ferry would bring you to the second bridge and back for 90min.
Whatever option you will choose you'll be fascinated by the beautiful buildings and the nature around the Bosphorus
I chose to do the Bosphorus cruise with the public ferry. It departed at 10.35am and back in Istanbul at 4.30pm.
This cruise is very popular, so make sure you arrive early.
I arrived half hour early, and already the queue was long. They started letting you on not long after I arrived, later, people were standing!
The ferry pulls in at a few wharfs on the way, to on/off load passengers, before its arrival at Anadolu Kavagi. This is as far as it goes. You have enough time here for lunch, and for a walk to the Castle ruins, so it works out just fine. The sights are wonderful from the water, you get to see so much.
On the ferry there is a kiosk where you can buy food & drinks. A steward also comes around selling tea/coffee and Yoghurt.
It is best to sit on the left hand side, this way you are not looking into the sun, so you can get good photos.
It departs from the Eminonu wharf.
There are three departures each day—10:35am, 12:00 noon, and 13:35 (1:35pm)
Leaves from Eminonu 10.35am, Besiktas 10.50, Kanlica 11.15, Yenikoy 11.30,
Sariyer 11.45 Rumeli Kavagi 11.55, Anadolu Kavagi,12.05
These are the times for the ferry that I caught.
COST IN 2009 was 20t/l
Departs 10.30 - Returns 4.30pm
Website for ido ferries is.................www.ido.com.tr/en/index.cfm -
I took a Bosphorus Cruise that departed Eminou ferry terminal at 10:35 am. I didn't really have any information and I didn't know what to expect, so the whole day was full of surprises for me.
I would recommend sitting on the top deck, on the left hand side. Make sure your camera battery is charged because the trip is full of sights you'll want to photograph, from Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul to Yoros Castle, almost at the Black Sea. As you cruise along the Bosphorus (the waterway dividing Europe and Asia) you'll pass under a variety of bridges, stop at numerous places along the way, and get a look into the weekend past-times of Istanbul's well-to-do.
Even today I'm not sure how the stop system works on the ferry, and I don't know how often you can exit and re-board the ship. I just followed the crowd and got off at Anadolu Kavagi, near the Black Sea. From there I climbed an extremely large hill in the extremely hot sun to the ruins Yoros Castle. I checked out the meeting point of the Bosphorus and Black Sea, headed back down to the fishing village for lunch, and then stayed on the ferry all the way back to town. It was a relaxing day (except for that uphill walk!) and a great opportunity to see the outskirts of Istanbul.
One of the joys of being in Istanbul is that you get a chance to take a trip on the Bosphorus.
You can take a tour, catch the water taxi or get on one of the many public ferries.
I have been on a couple of the private tours and these are great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. They give you great views of the spectacular hotels and palaces which adorn the shoreline.
A cheap way to explore the Bosphorus is to use the public ferries that work up and down the Bosporus from Eminönü (ferries dock at the Boðaz Iskelesi) on the historic peninsula of Istanbul to Anadolu Kavaðý near the Black Sea, zigzagging between the Rumelian and Anatolian sides of the city.
It is also possible to experience the Bosphorus by taking a regular ride in one of the public ferries that travel between the European and the Asian sides.
You could also go on one of the privately owned ferries available between Üsküdar and Beþiktaþ or Kabataþ.
Istanbul has no rival anywhere !! It spells adventure. It has the ingredients that unite to create glamour , excitement and mystery. With its strait, Bosphorus Istanbul is a bridge between Europe and Asia, we wanted to see it at night time and decided to attend a dinner on a boat on Bosphorus. This was a great experience we will never forget. The Bosphorus Tour Company had a complete service including the hotel transfers ec...the Turkish dances with belly dancers were professional and performeds best samle of Turkish dances. Thank you for arranging such a fantastic trip.
Passing through the strait divides Europe & Asia you will admire the Ottoman Marble Palaces, Fortress, ancient wooden houses and modern residential . I highly recommend bosphorus cruise.Thanks for your service.