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Review of Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus Strait
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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul
Ranked #6 of 1,123 things to do in Istanbul
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Bosphorus is laced with multiple ferries operated in conjunction with the public transport system in Istanbul. Get yourself a travel card and it costs 1.95 Turkish Lira to travel on ALL public transport links.
Way cheaper than the tour boats which you will be hassled to take.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I found the cruise to be quite an enjoyable trip. In its entirety, it lasts about 6 hours (and costs 25 lira); about 3 hours of the trip is cruising up the Bosphorus and back with a 3 hour layover on the Asian side.

The cruise portion provides some very good views of the European and Asian coasts of the area. The layover in Asia presents a good opportunity to hike up to to Yoros Castle and view the Black Sea; the rest of the town is mostly restaurant hawkers (I don't eat seafood, so none of them appealed to me).

I think the audio guide rental is well worth the additional 5 lira cost, though you will be required to submit additional money or an ID card as a deposit (which you will receive when you return the device).

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

If you have time just take a ride in one of the ferries thta cross the strait: they are cheaper and more interesting than the tourist boats. Forget about the so called fish restaurants under the Galata bridge: they are just crap.

Thank fran07Belgium
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Overpriced, as many things are in Istanbul, but interesting. The piped music and mood lighting help with the ambience (unlike the shrieking tourists paying 10 lira to dress up like Sultans and harem girls, for photos).

Thank Slartibartfarst
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

First of all, in English it's simply "The Bosphorus."
The Bosphorus is the main feature that makes Istanbul what it is; without it, not only would Istanbul have much less scenic beauty, it would also have little reason for its existence.

I think the best way to see the Bosphorus is to take the city lies cruise that leaves from the Bosphorus Quay (BOĞAZ İZKELESİ) in Eminönü and goes up to Anadolu Kavağı, where you'll have time to walk up to the Yoros castle and enjoy the green and view of the Black Sea. Down in the village, there are lots of fish restaurants covering a wide range of prices and atmospheres. Also try the lokma, deep fried "donuts" drizzled with syrup, available at the stands near the waterfront.

If you don't have all day, you can take the shorter (1 1/2 hour) tours on smaller boats that leave from nearby the Bosphorus Quay. The tour only goes as far as the second (Fatih Sultan Mehmet) bridge, but you'll see the most important areas including Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı, the castles built by the Ottomans at the narrowest point.

But if you have time, you should also take a bus or taxi if you're feeling flush, up to some of the charming villages on the shores. On the European side, Arnavutköy, Bebek and Emirgan are nice; you can also visit Rumeli Hisarı. On the Asian side, Kuzguncuk, Beylerbeyi, Çengelköy and Kanlica are beautiful, with lots of old Ottoman homes. Anadolu Hisarı is also pleasant but rather small with few dining options, and the castle there is not open to the public though you can look in through the gate. I hear there are plans to open it eventually.

If you have time and the means, one of the nicest places is Anadolu Fener, at the very end of the Bosphorus on the Asian side. It's a quiet, even sleepy little village overlooking the Black Sea, and there are several relaxed, informal fish restaurants there. But it's quite a haul up there and the value is more in the rural nature of the place rather than historic sights.

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