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Bosphorus Strait

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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US$100.57*
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul Europe Side
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US$94.71*
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Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, and Shopping
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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Most beautiful waterway

I loved the ferries, views, activities on the Bosphorous. I felt like I could ride on the ferry all day and it get tired of the beautiful views.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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hauula, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved the ferries, views, activities on the Bosphorous. I felt like I could ride on the ferry all day and it get tired of the beautiful views.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took full day bosphorus cruise and enjoy it so much. The boat ride was fun and we got to see a lot of museum a long the strait. But it was raining heavily when we reached asian side of Istanbul, so we cannot venture into the village. A lot of stray dogs there and my children were scared. It... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are already soaking in beauty Istanbul has to offer, this boat trip is to seal the deal. In 2 hours trip, you will not only see the spread of city but also the historic emphasis of Istanbul. It’s a capsule view of Istanbul, covering all the major attractions and adding some historic tidbits on its way. Even when... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are many amazing opportunities to get onto the Bosphorus, one of the jewels of Istanbul's crown. We chartered a yacht, which was more affordable than it sounds. We also rode several ferries to get to some of the islands. Gorgeous!

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a great boat cruise along this straight in 2015 that showed lots of historic and monumental buildings right by the waterside. I only wish I had a personal tour guide. There was a lot of history going on as you pass by and these are really impressive buildings, the on-board Turkish coffee also a treat. When I was last... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed overlooking the Bosphorous Strait. Every morning we use to see the sunrises and the ships go through. It was a wonderful experience.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Only take the trip in Good weather. During rain the upper deck windows are covered with wind lashed water from which photography is very poor. On some boats the lower deck windows are clear and protected but do not offer such good views. Do not take these trips in the rain

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Board a cruise along the Bosphorous and enjoy the breathtaking views of the monuments from a distance..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait; we went to the upper deck and had a 360 degree full view of the Strait and the buildings on both sides; w enjoyed the breeze blowing towards us; we saw many landmarks eg expensive hotels, famous restaurants, government buildings etc

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is pretty cool to see Istanbul from this part of sight. There are some restaurants and souvenir there. Overall, the place offers you a good and relaxing view

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Staying in Besiktas

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Besiktas
In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighbourhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
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