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Bosphorus Strait

Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Beautiful view from the boat, 1.5 hour trip while going through the most places of historical Istanbul.

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Seoul, South Korea
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We took the longer 3 hours tour and ate at the last stop. Get the audio guide and put on automatic. Take the one in the morning, I think it was at 11AM, so that you can arrive on time for lunch at the stop.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The boat cruise was a lovely experience, seeing the city all lit up at night was beautiful. The food on the boat was great, the service was wonderful. The show on the cruise was a special insight into old fashioned courting ways of a Turkish man to woman. Very cute. Dancers were very talented. Costumes great

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Bosphorus trip by boat was a good experience with a lot to see from both sides of European and Asian sides.

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Loughborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We debated about a cruise but decided we wanted to visit the different shores of the city so instead used the local ferries to cross at night. The views are spectacular, the crossing cheap and it means you spend your time visiting other sights rather than being stuck on a boat for hours

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Cruise down Bosphorus Strait for about 45mins. It's another way to see Istanbul, both the Europe and Asia side of Istanbul. It can get pretty windy while cruising.

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Saitama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The cheapest way to experience this is to take the ordinary ferry from Eminonu - e.g. to Kadikoy. It costs you 3 lira (less with an Instanbulkart / Akbil). Spend a few hours wandering around Kadikoy. where no one will try to sell you anything on the street but it has nice pedestrian streets and an antiques road to browse... More

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Millburn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We took the all day tour which gets you almost to the Black Sea and in sight of the new bridge being built over the Bosphorus. There's a lot of time of lunch at the far end, so take 45 minutes or so and walk up the hill to the castle. Great views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Few cities have grand waterways. New York City and maybe London come to mind. Istanbul spreads for miles and miles on either side of the Bosphorus Strait into Asia and Europe. You can cross it by ferry or pass under it on the Marmaray subway (new 10/2013 - no photos allowed). All views are great but the view from the... More

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Greve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

There are regular boat services as well as organized tours. If possible visit some of the highlights along the route: Dolmabace Palace, Rumeli Fortress, etc. Excellent fish restaurants at the village nearest to the Black Sea

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