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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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Good half day cruise

Great to see the Asian side of Istanbul, many palaces and unusual buildings. we also went to the Blue Mosque, the underground Cistern where we saw the head of Medusa, the Grand... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great to see the Asian side of Istanbul, many palaces and unusual buildings. we also went to the Blue Mosque, the underground Cistern where we saw the head of Medusa, the Grand bazaar and many spectacular buildings.

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great way to see both the European and Asian side of Istanbul is by boat. The view from the boat is superb. You can see the panoramic view of the Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, historic houses sitting on the banks and many many more. There's so much historical sightseeing in Istanbul. It was such a great... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Crossing the strait by boat is one of the musts of every Istanbul visit. Ferry is quite inexpensive and view is very nice.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Spent an afternoon taking an amazing tour by ship around the area. What an impressive way to see the City and surrounding areas

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Stanger, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked the cruise with Marco Polo tours situated in the old city. It was a half day tour including a meal and a stop over in a small village. The views were spectacular and the hospitality on board was simply delightful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good guide who gave us a lot of informed history of the areas and attractions. Was expensive and foe maybe savvy people you could do this on ur pen too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hi guys This time i am giving my personal opinion to all of you to come here on this fabulous tour at sunset time because at that time you capture awesome views

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though I live in Istanbul, I can not restrain myself to have a tour of the Bosphorus Strait over and over again at every occasion. This is by far the best way to get to know that great city Istanbul is. There are various options to have a tour of the strait: you can take a sea taxi (it will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Standing on one side can mesmerize you with the scenic beauty of the entire place. It is so strategic between Black sea and Mediterranean ocean that seeing is believing. Eating joints offer good food to spend the entire evening relishing it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bosphorus is one of the reasons of endless reasons for why I love Istanbul so much. Very beautiful Strait 29 km long approx. Breathtaking scenery, magnificent views and alot of 5 start hotels and resturants along with the Bosphorus Strait.

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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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