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Bosphorus Strait

Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Starting from Eminonu, the tour takes almost the whole day. Have tea on the ship and enjoy the view. Food at Anadolu Hisari was also great. You can get off in Besiktas on the way back.

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Cody, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

No trip to Istanbul is complete without a cruise of the Bosporus. It is the best way to cap off a trip to the city.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Best way to see both sides of the Bosphorus Strait in 2 hrs. A few companies to choose from. There are cruises with food and a drop off but the 2 hr trip with no commentary is much cheaper and really good to see the various buildings.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting make sure you take time to do this cruise. You get to see a different vantage point of the city that you don't see from the street. It took about an hour and a half and some of the sights were great

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Picked a tour from a kiosk in Sultanahmet. 20TL, easier. I did the sunset tour (7pm in April) to get the best pictures. The boat itself was fine, a bit rickety but you get what you pay for. The trip around was lovely - no guide, no information though so I suggest you read up before going if you wanna... More

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

If you stay more than two days in Istanbul, then spend 2 hours cruising at Bosporus Strait. Surely you will not feel the same as cruising at Venice Grand Canale or Seine at Paris, but it is worth to spend those 2 hours. Feels like turning back in time waiting for an old greek ship to get by.

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Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Don't miss that if you visited Istanbul, it's such a good tour, you will enjoy amazing scenes along the tour. make sure you take the long tour at day time and to get the electronic guide the rent it at the ticket place get on board early so you can get a good spot , you can get down at... More

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Take a ferry/tour of the Bosphorus. The best one is the Metro run one that you can get at Eminonu. Its relaxing and fun way to see Istanbul from. There is so much water traffic on this strait that you might think its a highway.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Around 2 hours, great to see the wonderful architecture along both sides of the strait. A nice way to rest your feet and drink some tea!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Be careful not to buy tickets from travel agencies or street venders. Tickets can be bought easy at a pier and easy to get thickets for 10 or 15 TL for a short tour. There are short and long tours. We took a short tour in the late morning and felt it was right. Coffee or tea can be bought... More

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