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Bosphorus Strait

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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US$79.00*
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Full-Day Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, and Shopping
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US$84.00*
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul Europe Side
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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Bosphorous cruise... chilly but exciting

We had this cruise on a boat during the evening...it was very cold but the excitement of cruising through the channel that divides Asia and Europe kept us warm.. I visited this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had this cruise on a boat during the evening...it was very cold but the excitement of cruising through the channel that divides Asia and Europe kept us warm.. I visited this place in 2012 September, but writing this review now

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Bosphorus Straits are some of history's most important, and contested, stretches of water. Along it you will quickly see why; it was the lifeblood of empires - it's beauty and shimmering brilliance soon apparant to all who sail through it.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the busiest shipping route in the world. Sitting on the terrace of a Restaurant overlooking the strait i could help and surprised how many ships went through this narrow strait whilst i have dinner at the restaurant. Also the view is awesome and staring and looking to Asia on the other side

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Try taking a cruise if possible. I did and thoroughly enjoyed it in spite of inclement weather. The waters of the strait have a uniquely dark blue colour which makes the view very impressive. Most of the hills alongside both banks are populated with old and new buildings. You can also capture a couple of landmarks including an old battlement.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

to visitOur tour guide was weak but the views from the water helped us appreciate the size of Istanbul and the many districts

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking the boat across the Bosphorus is well worth doing when in Istanbul, when you get to the other side you can wander, go and have tea at a tea garden before your return, you should allow a morning or afternoon for this

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

İrrespective of where or what time of the day you shoot a picture, it will be as good as those of photograpic artists. Just make sure you aim yor camera at Bosphorus😊

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Europe on one side and Asia on the other and take your pick of the very old or the modern around you. Do not just cross from one side to the other but go a little ways up or down Bosphorus. You can rent a private boat by the hour, take a commercial tourist tour or join the locals on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A natures bliss to the people of Turkey and a wonderful ocean that is strategic for Asia and Europe since its is made navigable

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would not recommend a boat ride as it was too long and did not enjoy it very much. the lunch we had when we go of the boat was good though

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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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