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Address: Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey
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Bosphorous Strait was one of my favourite parts of exploring Istanbul - seeing the houses, the bridges up close as well as Ortakoy and Dolmabace from the water was nice.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bosphorous Strait was one of my favourite parts of exploring Istanbul - seeing the houses, the bridges up close as well as Ortakoy and Dolmabace from the water was nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

İ recomend everybody to visit this place specialy at the evenning time so. You can see the best view of the Bosphorus bridge and have the best test of (CAMPEER) THE TURKİSH TRADİTİONAL FOOD.

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Thank azadvictory
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour of the Bosphorous was phenomenal, we loved it here it was calming and beautiful. The journey itself was smooth and very educational. Soaking up a lot of sun on the way. It definitely is something to try out in Istanbul

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great experience. Take the boat tour where you can go under the beautiful bridges as well as see amazing views of the city itself.

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must do while in Istanbul. The inexpensive way is to hop on one of the ferries but I would recommend a boat that takes you up the Straight so you go under the bridges.

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Salt Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My daughter and I took a day trip on the Bosphorus Strait which was a highlight of our week in Istanbul. It was so nice to get out on the water and relax. We stopped at a little town before heading back to Istanbul which was very charming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views of the city. You can see many of the great sites from the water. Worth taking a few ferry trips that are cheap and you are mixing with the real Turkish people. Refreshments are cheap on-board and a crossing can on average take 20 minutes. Time well spent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Must take this cruise - reasonable, amazing, incredible - and gives you a sense of Istanbul's place at the crossroads of Asia/Europe...East/West...

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I am born and living in Istanbul for my entire life and I'm not sure how to visit all the Bosphorus. First of all Bosphorus is a natural canal connecting Marmara Sea with Black Sea. The entrance of the Bosphorus from the Marmara Sea is marked with the Maiden Tower (Kız Kulesi). At this point we can see Üsküdar on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great trip to see both continents at once. Nice yacht cross Marmara see for 3 hours. Our guide Sada gave us a good information during the whole tour. We had our buffet lunch on board. Chance to dress Sultan and take pictures also. Three hours is too much for the tour.

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Besiktas
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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