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    Bosphorus and Island Tours, Istanbul, TR
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  • Bosphorus and Island Tours, Istanbul, TR
    Bosphorus and Island Tours, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
  • Bosphorus and Island Tours, Istanbul, TR
    Bosphorus and Island Tours, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
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    Bosphorus Cruise

    by supune Written Dec 26, 2007

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    We were told by a couple locals to go to a tour agency and book a cruise on the Bosphorus. We went to an agency called Pride Travel that got us a very good price on a cruise + city tour. It's easy to book one if you go to any of the travel agents in Sultanahmet. Ours cost 25 Euros/person. I didn't research to see if we could find a better deal.

    The city tour was very informational. Even though the cruise was enjoyable, it was a bit long and we didn't get to visit Taxim. After awhile some of the cruise got boring. I would recommend this for families or travelers with historical interests.

    The guide was very knowledgable and we were served tea.

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    Bosphorus Strait

    by MM212 Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    The Bosphorus & Istanbul - Jan 2010
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    Point of clarification: The Bosphorus is NOT A RIVER, but a sea. It is a strait separating Europe from Asia and linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and ultimately the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

    Like the canals to Venice, or the Nile to Cairo, the Bosphorus makes Istanbul what it is. The Strait has been a source of inspiration to the city's inhabitants, and admiration to its visitors, since its founding. The blue waters act as a beautiful backdrop to any city panorama and provide visitors with the ability to admire the city and its elegant silhouette from afar. A ferry ride on the Bosphorus is thus a must for any visitor to Istanbul, whether to cross to Asia or to another part of the city.

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    Take a River Cruise

    by mtcowgirl Written Jul 5, 2007

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    From Ortakoy, jump on board one of the Bosphorus river cruises. The cruise takes approximately 45 minutes and you will get to see many of Istanbul's sights from the boat. The boat usually cruises up-river from Ortakoy to Rumali Fortress and then back down towards Dolmabache Palace. There are plenty of photo opportunities so make sure you bring your camera!

    The cruise is quite affordable, maybe just around US$10 if I remember correctly. Jump on board and grab a seat, one of the boat crew will come to collect your fare as you get going.

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  • a unique cruise where you will see 2 continents

    by doctor_anees Written Jun 3, 2007

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    A breezy straight and cruise

    a cruise in the bosphorus is so nice and you would garuntee to be hit by the cool breeze even in the hot summer. The cruise is so unique in that you can see 2 continents .Asia on one side and europe on the other and unless you cruise suez canal or panama canal or gibraltar straight or behring strait you can live such an experience but i am sure there are no cruises for those places so i guess IT is the only cruise which makes this true.
    Along the shores you will see a series of historical palaces and castles which look so magnificant from the strait.
    Also you will go beneath Mehmet Fatih bridge between asia and europe and to tell the truth it is a great great engineering accomplishment...the japanese built it

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    take the ferry ride on both sides of the Istanbul

    by Audrey118 Written May 11, 2007

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    I think every tourist shld try to do this cruise along the Bosphorus river, where you can sail to the European and Asian side of the Istanbul city. Many people go on the TurYol ferry ; http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Sights/Bosphorus/ferry.html

    remember to buy a warm apple tea during the cruise... i did enjoy having one. we took the cruise late in the evening so we managed to enjoy the sunset and also saw some parts of Istanbul with lots of sunlight and then with night lights... beautiful with night lights as well.

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    boat tour

    by adinda Updated May 10, 2007

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    A boat tour on the Bosporus is a must. Get in at Eminonu. The last stop is at the Byzantine Fort you (barely) see in the picture. If you walk up, there's a great view of the Bosporus and the Black Sea.

    Don't book an expensive boat tour, just take the regular line which stops along the way. You can get off and on wherever you want.

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    Yali's

    by adinda Updated May 10, 2007

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    yali's

    Yali's alongside the Bosporus. These beautiful villa's are to be found everywhere alongside the river. The rich sure knew where to put their houses!

    It was in the second half of the 17th century, when the Empire stretched from Makkah to Budapest and from Tunis to Tabriz, that it became fashionable for Ottoman viziers, admirals and civil and military pashas to build prestigious summer homes along the Bosporus, the strait that separates Europe and Asia. These homes were called yalis, a word deriving from the Greek yialos, or seashore.

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    a boat trip through the Bosphorus

    by smeagol13 Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    sailing under the Bosphorus bridge / istanbul

    the boats take off every hour. actually, i waited about an hour after getting on the boat because of the delay. but the tour is really worthy of that.

    the boat begins its tour near Galata Bridge in Eminonu, and starts moving to North on a very close route to the European shores. here you can see the Dolmabahce Palace, Galata University, Ortakoy -and the mosque-, you go under the two bridges and see the Rumeli Hisar; then tou get closer to the Anatolian side and travel near the Yali's (the great houses close to the Bosphorus), several beautiful houses and palaces, Kiz Kulesi and finally you turn back to Eminonu just after seeing the Sarayburnu (Topkapi Palace) from the sea.

    the tour may captivate and charm you by the beauty of Istanbul. if you are interested in photography, i suggest you take the tour in an hour close to the sunset; that will enable you to take silhouette photos of the city. especially Ortakoy + Bosphorus Bridge; and Suleymaniye + ships combinations are good.

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    Bosphorus River

    by realde14 Written Mar 11, 2007

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    Mosque and Bosphoros Bridge

    This is definitely one of the highlights of any visit to Istanbul: to get on a ferry and cross the Bosphorus from the European side to the Asian side or going down the rives past beautiful palaces, mosques, fortresses and mansions towards the Black Sea.

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    Chilling along the river

    by kentishgirl Written Jan 10, 2007

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    Busy Bosphorus - Istanbul


    We often walked along the Bosphorus River. Its a fascinating place, with so much traffic and always lots happening.
    The view across the river is beautiful, the people watching is great too! Here is the perfect place to eat the Istanbul traditional snack "corn on the cob" on the go! Lots of vendors hang around here for the business from tourists, locals and people crossing the river.

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    The Bosphorus river

    by ophiro Updated Mar 25, 2006

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    building near the river

    The Bosphorus is a 30 km sea-crossing , a strait as a matter of fact , from Marmara sea and the black sea.
    The bosphorus is between the asian side of Turkey and the Europeam side.

    Because Istanbul is a huge city you will see all the way up the black sea a lot of houses from istanbul and near villages.

    This is a beautiful thing to do - relaxing on a cruise to Anadolu Kavagi.

    The trip should cost you 7.5 YTL for both direction and on your way you can see many beautiful places like : the two bosphorus bridges between the 2 continents , Dolmabahce palace , Beylerbey palace , Rumeli fortress , the fortress up the hill in Anadolu Kavagi , ciragan palace that is now became hotel , Ortakoy mosque and many more beautiful buildings.

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    Cruise the Bosphorus

    by maykal Written Feb 8, 2006

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    First of all, despite the category heading, the Bosphorus is NOT A RIVER! It is a sea, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, separating Asia and Europe. SEA, not river, got it?! Good...now, if you walk along by the ferry terminals in Eminonu, no doubt someone will approach you to persuade you to take a Bosphorus cruise. Sounds nice, but what they don't tell you is that their tour cruises only go as far as the first bridge and dump you back on dry land a couple of hours later. instead, look for the pier marked Bogaz Hatti (Bogaz is Turkish name Bosphorus), which is the local ferry stopping almost everywhere along both European and Asian coasts, finally reaching the small village of Anadolu Kavagi. There might not be loud music, garbled commentary and false merriment on these boats, but you will see a lot more and save a few lira to boot!

    Leaving Eminonu, your first stop is commercial Besiktas, where some tourists opt to join the boat. Passing the impressive beautiful-ugly Dolmabahce Palace, the Swissotel Ciragan Palace and the trendy village of Ortakoy, you soon reach the first bridge. The boat pushes further on without stopping, so you can only admire Arnavutkoy, swanky Bebek and the two fortresses of Rumeli Hisari and Anadolu Hisari from afar, passing under the second bridge to pull into Kanlica on the Asian side. Famous for its yoghurt, a couple of sellers climb onboard to sell you pots of the stuff. Next stop is upmarket Yenikoy, home to a number of European consulates during the summer months. On to Sariyer, quite a conservative sort of place famous for its fish restaurants, and Rumeli Kavagi, a tiny village with a couple of beaches nearby. If this is your first time, I suggest continuing to Anadolu Kavagi, where you can spend a couple of hours waiting for the next ferry back. You can get off at any of the previous stops, but then that ruins your return ticket for some reason, and you'll have to take a bus back to Eminonu. Use the cruise to get an idea of what you want to visit later on.

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    The Bosphorus

    by yurxlnc Written Dec 15, 2005
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    Try to take a trip along the Bosphorus. It's a pleasant way of seeing the area around Istanbul, both sides. Mosques, buildings, summer homes, trees all slip past as you move slowly under graceful bridges.

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    It's sooo good to be lost :-)

    by lillyia Written Sep 15, 2005

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    When your group is too excited and fast... you could be lost... The plan to visit the Asian part of the city didn't happen for me - I jumped on the wrong boat! But it was one of the greatest surprises the chance gifted to me. Of course, till I realised what's going on and where the boat is going to it was a bit scary experience. But the sea is beautiful, there are many and different and interesting boats and ships passing some beautiful buildings, fortresses, houses... Most of the passengers were foreigners - only several Turkish families. The stuff almost don't speak English, but the tea and everything is at the same prise like in the city! There are several stops but I decided to go to the very end. The place is small and charming. Seems there are only restaurants and souvenir shops for the tourists. Half an hour is enough - actually the shortest possible stay, as the others are waiting for me. Everybody eat ice cream. I'm looking for a coffee, but... no chance - only ice coffee in a tin... For the way back I bought a ticket - 4 YTL. The trip back is about one hour. This was a very good present! I believe I'm lucky in Turkey, hope this would be true for the future...

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    This is my way to take a cruise

    by prikje Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    houses on Bosporus river

    Taking a boat along the Bosprus river up to the black sea you have a great view on all the old lovely houses next to the river.
    There are several stops where you can get off and on.
    A nice way to spend a day,much value for little money on this boat trip.
    The first half of the trip is the most beautiful.
    lots of beginning of the 20é century houses with an eastern accent in them.

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