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Sehir Hatlari Cruise

Istanbul, Turkey
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Kevin S wrote a review Oct 15
Pontypridd, United Kingdom4,051 contributions753 helpful votes
Buy a ticket at the kiosk to Eminonu waterfront was the plan. Different websites quote different timetables, some say it will stop twice, others 5 times, to pick and drop passengers, others no tops just a round sightseeing trip of 90 minutes which was what we wanted. Itineraries differ at times of day. A long six hour cruise with a 1.5 hour stop in the middle is only 25tl and runs in the morning. What we wanted runs at 2.30pm, which was just as well when we had arrived at 2.10pm. Perhaps itineraries change, it seemed the easiest way was to find the ticket booth and ask. Be careful, there are several ticket booths. A large one selling normal commuter boat tickets and several other companies as well as touts offering trips. One tout outside the Şehir Hatları ( public ferries) office was offering what sounded the same trip, 90 minutes no stops, depart and return for 8euro. Starting with ‘our car will take you to our boat’. No, Sehir Hatlari , the boats start from where we were standing and the ticket is 25tl, about 3euro. A similar tourist boat will charge 10-15euro or more only adding commentary on points or interest during your journey. And so off we went. A comfortable open air wooden seat with great views to one side. Stay there and view one shore out, the other on return, or there was sufficient room to move around the boat. A vendor came around regularly offering coffee, soft drinks and snacks. All major sites were covered in an enjoyable 90 minutes at 50tl for two people.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Strawberries007 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom431 contributions10 helpful votes
After all the hustle and bustle of Istanbul it's necessary to take this crusie. We arrived Eminonu port just shy of 5mins before departure almost given up hope of getting on but no queue, we paid on jumped aboard. A real delight to be on the Bosphorus enjoying the sights from a calm place. We hiked up to the castle for some breathtaking shots and then grabbed loads of seafood to eat on the boat. To think we almost went on a tour 10 times the price of this one! Thank God for TA!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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ALO wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China5 contributions
If you go to Istanbul, the cruise is a must!! Such a beautiful city, such gracious people. Will definitely come back.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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itravel71 wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore230 contributions83 helpful votes
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Took the short cruise that lasted about 1.5hrs from Eminönü and got off at Ortaköy station to sample the much talked about kumpir (jacket potatoes) plus a walkaround the small waterfront area. Sat at the top of the ferry in the open deck braving the chilly air but enjoying every bit of the coastal scenery. Bring a map to locate the famous sites along the coast as there are no guided audio points. It’s run by the same company that has other public ferry connections to centres like Kadikoy and Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul which is worth the ferry trip from Eminonu. They are cheap and you can use the Istanbulkart to pay for the ferry tickets. We enjoyed these ferry trips as they are a cheap and efficient way to explore the coastal towns along the Bosphorus. Definitely a must do for first time travellers!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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sitiaishab wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions8 helpful votes
It was awesome. The weather was frigid cold and my mum and I loved it! The booth was not very hard to find, thank goodness and the 6 hour trip was well worth it. Very peaceful and calm trip. The boat is very clean and well maintained. I even took the boat cruise twice! 25 lira well spent indeed. If you happen to go all the way to Anadolu Kavagi which is the last stop where you can have lunch for 2.5 hours, do stop by to get decorative lights or souvenirs at a shop called 'Last Stop Gift Shop'. It is so much cheaper than buying at Grand Bazaar and the person who owns the shop Mr Ahmed has a wonderful and friendly persona. I bought four different decorative lights there, thus the 2 trips.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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