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“Excellent start of a visit in Istanbul” 4 of 5 stars
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Bosphorus Cruise Day Trips
Bosphorus | Binbirdirek Mah. Dostluk Yurdu Sokak No:10/8 Sultanahmet - Istanbul, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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Ranked #110 of 542 Activities in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This body of water that passes along the shores of Istanbul is 20 miles in length and is the physical divider between the continents of Europe and Asia.
Osijek, Croatia
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“Excellent start of a visit in Istanbul”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We went on a short Bosphorus cruise (Turyol) and paid 12 TL per person. This is no stop cruise. Boat goes close to the shore so you can see everything and make nice pictures. This cruise starts every hour and the boats are always full. This is fast way to see Bosphorus and both side of Istanbul.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We took the long trip. Leaves the Eminonu port (pier nearest the bridge) at 10:30am, but if you are going on a weekend and want the best seats get there an hour before hand. Buy the ticket (TL$25 return) just where you get the boat and not from the touts, you will not be on the boat you think you are going on if you do. You want to be on the left hand side of the boat for the best views, and you will find that the seats at the top look the most inviting, but so many people go to the top it gets very crowded and you will find yourself with people standing in front of you. Best seats for me are the ones that run down the side of the boat on the lower or first deck. No one stands in front of you, and you get a bit of shelter from the wind. Trip out takes 90 minutes, stopping at several other stops to pick up more passengers. The boat leaves Kavagi at 3pm sharp, so you have 3 hours. Walk up to the castle for some excellent views, stop at the restaurant near the top for a drink (and great view), but I hear the food is better at one of the many restaurants in town. The access into the castle is a bit hap hazzard. It was open (free entry) when we got up (although only part of it was accessable), but it closed about 5 minutes later with the guard trying to shoo people out. This would have been at about 1pm. Can't remember the name of the place we ate at, but it was good and cheep, and from what I hear fropm other travellers most people find this at any of the restaurants. Trip back takes 1 hour, so you are back at a little after 4pm. Great day out.

Visited March 2013
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“Bospurus cruise great <3”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Ohh I really loved the bospurus cruise ride, really great view and great sights in both shores, its great for all visitors and especially photographers. In emino port Anyone can buy ticket frm the booth or those guys who looking out fr turist price frm 15-25TL I paid 20TL, my cruise were big and the crew onboard were so friendly @ 1 point the captain literally let me stir the cruise when I got into the cabin to take pic with them :) Yes sum1 mention alredy about the bread its must buy weather u eat it or not jus buy it for the flocks of birds fly with u for entire trip so feed them and keep ur self extra entertained,, ok enough :p

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Iasi, Romania
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“Super cruise, great view!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Our group had a beautiful cruise with a ferry Turyol 2 without any stops. We had 2 hours of views of the both sides of Istanbul and go closer to Bosphorous... Beautiful houses on the both side... It was a nice day and we felt great... Worth it!!!

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Good visual, poor audio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We took the government ferry "Tur-yol" cruises, and they depart once every hour. It cost 12 TL for a return each per person and lasted 2 hours with no stops. It's just next to the Galata bridge where all the little boats are selling BBQ fish, and has a obvious sign, so look out for that and ignore the touts!

It was a gloomy day unfortunately but the views were still pretty. There was a commentary that would come on when we passed a place of interest but you could barely hear anything. Still nice to see the european and asian side of the Bosphorous. Would recommend if you have the time to spare. There are NO toilets so go before you board or you'll have to hold it in for 2 hours!

Visited March 2013
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