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Bosphorus Strait

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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Crossing the strait by boat is one of the musts of every Istanbul visit. Ferry is quite inexpensive and view is very nice.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Crossing the strait by boat is one of the musts of every Istanbul visit. Ferry is quite inexpensive and view is very nice.

Thank pierremichelshanghai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent an afternoon taking an amazing tour by ship around the area. What an impressive way to see the City and surrounding areas

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Stanger, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked the cruise with Marco Polo tours situated in the old city. It was a half day tour including a meal and a stop over in a small village. The views were spectacular and the hospitality on board was simply delightful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good guide who gave us a lot of informed history of the areas and attractions. Was expensive and foe maybe savvy people you could do this on ur pen too.

Thank Lubna I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Hi guys This time i am giving my personal opinion to all of you to come here on this fabulous tour at sunset time because at that time you capture awesome views

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though I live in Istanbul, I can not restrain myself to have a tour of the Bosphorus Strait over and over again at every occasion. This is by far the best way to get to know that great city Istanbul is. There are various options to have a tour of the strait: you can take a sea taxi (it will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Standing on one side can mesmerize you with the scenic beauty of the entire place. It is so strategic between Black sea and Mediterranean ocean that seeing is believing. Eating joints offer good food to spend the entire evening relishing it.

Thank ssanger
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bosphorus is one of the reasons of endless reasons for why I love Istanbul so much. Very beautiful Strait 29 km long approx. Breathtaking scenery, magnificent views and alot of 5 start hotels and resturants along with the Bosphorus Strait.

Thank 130ambera
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everone ask you to go but it is normal, i think taking fairy from atokay port is the best before sunset, then stay there until 9. The location is very nice to get few shots

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lots of cruise ticket agent but we chose this as more reliable & better reputation company. Only 12TL. Boat/ferry is big. They do sell some snacks/tea, coffee, juices. 5TL for a fresh oranges juice, 2TL for apple tea. I do recommend to take the 1700 so this allowed you enjoy the sunset during the cruise.

Thank Alice K

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In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighborhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
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