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Bosphorus Strait

Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Alfred, New York
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159 reviews 159 reviews
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Seeing the Bosphorus Strait was an unforgettable experience. It was fascinating to travel from one continent to another in a matter of minutes.

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had read the ferry was the best way to go and it certainly suited us. Some reviews complain you have 3 hours turn around at the end with nothing to do except be drawn into the tourist trap. For us it was the best part. We walked up the hill( yes, it's a pull but gives you an excuse... More

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australia
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had a fabulous way up high view from our cruise ship but there are regular Tour Boats that you can get on. It was amazing to see the way the Rulers and mega wealthy lived in these giant waterfront properties. It seems that many still do and you can only but dream. The massive 2 bridges are fun to... More

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Worcester UK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This may seem a strange title, but you will be bombarded at other sites by touts offering you glossy brochures for overpriced boat trips (your hotel will also offer these). A better suggestion is to take yourself down to the harbour side where you will find any number of more local operators offering day or half-day ferries up the Bosphorus... More

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Dunfermline
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The grandeur of the city is perhaps best appreciated from the sea. Worth learning a little of the history of the Muslim conquest of it to appreciate what a feat that was.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

There are long and short cruises, depending on your desires. There is a publicly offered cruise near a tram stop by the Galatea Bridge. This is much more reasonable trip than the ones for which you will be given fliers.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We did a sunset boat cruise along the water and it was beautiful. It was a nice and refreshing change to see the city from a different view. You get to the Blue Mosque and Ayasofya from the water which made for a nice photo. You also get to see how the rich live with their huge mansions along the... More

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you do not take a ferry ride on the Bosphorus you are missing out. It sports lovely views of the city and bridges. The seafood under the Galata Bridge is also not to be ignored. Just please negotiate with the waiters trying to draw you into their establishments and make sure you have noted down the prices they agree... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I booked long Bosphorus tour that went all the Black Sea. We saw lots of palaces and summer homes along the edge. The final stop near the black sea was a cute little town with a former castle nearby. Do hike to the top to get a great view of the Bosphorus and the Black Sea.

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houston, texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you have the time and the weather is fine this is a pleasant and entertaining 2-3 hours. The 'half day' voyage just goes up to the second bridge and back. The boats are actually ferry boats - partly enclosed, partly open. There is a modest narration of the sights. You may save time and money by simply taking a... More

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