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Bosphorus Strait

Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #10 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Bodies of Water
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took the 2-hr "short" cruise, which goes up the Bosphorus way past the second bridge. We had a great day, and I thought the shortie was more than enough to get the flavour up river and to sit back and relax. I think it costs about 10 TL each, which you can buy right at the... More

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Karachi, Pakistan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Purchased ticket for 45 euro. Lunch and snack included. Guided tour from bhospuras to black sea and Asian and European side importance with all historical places can be seen from sea... loved it

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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Unless you are a seasoned or jaded traveler, you'll be impressed with just being in the Bosphorus Strait and seeing the Black Sea on one end and the Sea of Marmara on the other. We took a boat tour and it was well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you come to Istanbul a boat trip on the Bosphorus is a must. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, the strait is more like the sea than it is a river. We were greeted twice with the sights of a group of dolphins during our boat trip. This was the most amazing unexpected surprise.! ;-)

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Tickets are 12 lire purchased from the ticket office by the wharf in Eminonu. The company is Turyol and the ferries leave every two hours. This is a lovely way to spend a time and you see so much. The views are amazing, palaces, stately homes, fortifications. Before you leave grab a fish sandwich from the boat kiosks next door... More

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Eye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Bosphorus property is some of the most expensive in the world and it must be galling having spent $100 million dollars or more to have tourist boats cruising past! Fascinating to see the different styles of architecture and sizes of houses; the flowering Judas trees giving bright purple patches over the hills. A long history of being the place to... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Bosphorus is a unique strait bringing the east and the West, Europe and Asia together. It is beautiful in every season but spring means a lot of green and pink as all the Judas trees are in bloom in spring. You can walk along the Bosphorus, take a ferry to cross it or take the special 'Beggar's boat' that... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

You can get a ticket for 10 TL when boarding (don't purchase from elsewhere as more expensive) and children are free. Make sure you use the loo beforehand as the onboard facilities are so poor one could not be blamed for preferring to pollute the sea instead. Go for the 2 hour ride as that is more than enough. The... More

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Velika Gorica, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Love the cruising around the Bosphorus, love the people in the boat with their tea and other drinks, love the wiev,

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Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

If you get a day at hand go to Eminönü ferry terminals for the bosphorus cruise with Sehir Hatlari at 25 Turkish Lira (2014). Dirt cheap. If in a hurry use the ferry from there to the Asian side for a three Lira token (passing by the Maiden's island) and go back for another three. If you use Sehir's ferry... More

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