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“Be selective of tour operator”
Review of Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus Strait
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Be selective of tour operator”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Hotel suggested half-day afternoon boat tour of Bosphorus via Senkron Travel Agency (brochures in hotel lobbies). Toof the Saturday tour # ST-08 as it was at a discounted rate of 25 euros, including pick-up at hotel (they dropped off after the tour nearby). 2 -15 minute stopovers were part of the tour - not much time to do anything but buy a yogurt at Kanlica or take photos. onboard entertainment was staff performing local dances. there was also a tour guide speaking English and Spanish.
After leaving the hotel on the bus, a stop was made to collect money and pick up the tour guide which seemed to waste some time. we were the last ones to get on the boat. on the return, we got back to the pier earlier than scheduled, by at least a half hour. so the advertised trip of 1300-1730hrs included the back and forth on the bus so we felt a litle gypped. maybe better to get to the pier on your own? PS bring your own snacks/drinks on board as what they provided was expensive and limited

Visited November 2012
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“Took a beautiful cruise, followed by lunch on shore”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

I was travelling with a tour group and this was an included activity. We had a lovely cruise and historical dialogue for almost 2 hours. Followed by a family style lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Istanbul is a great city to explore. Plenty to do and see.

Visited March 2012
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The Netherlands
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“No need to book a cruise, just take the Ferry”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We did just take the ferry from Sultanahmet to the Azian side. No need to book a cruise, the ferry shows you the Bosphorus for only 3 Lira per person, one way. You have several ferry options, without the oversized tour guides.

Visited November 2012
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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quick trip across the Bosphorus”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We just took a ferry back and forth to say we crossed. Would like to take a more extensive tour of this area. Very crowded and busy with boats but still exciting nonetheless

Visited October 2012
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Vienna, Virginia
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“A trip on the commuter ferry”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I decided to just take the regular commuter ferry, as opposed to a cruise tour of the Bosphorus. Proved to be cheaper and more flexible ( I could get off and begin my return trip at whatever stop I wanted) Recommend going to at least the second bridge.

Perhaps not a "can't miss", but pretty close.

Visited November 2012
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