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Reviewed August 25, 2019 via mobile

In addition to the major sites, I highly recommend taking a ferry ride on the Bosphorus. Tour operators sell expensive packages. Skip those and take either the scheduled “ touristic “ ferry that covers the whole Bosphorus ( stop at the end and hike up to the fort for a view of the Black Sea followed by lunch near the ferry station) or, if you don’t have all day, take any of the commuter ferries part of the way up. All the stops on both sides have restaurants and things to see.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 24, 2019

It is nice to visit the location by Boat. No traffic jam and very relaxing on the boat.
There are many companies that provide the ticket.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Very_Old_fashioned
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Reviewed August 23, 2019

The Bosporus (a.k.a. Strait of Istanbul) separates Europe and Asia, and (in Turkey) divides Thrace from Anatolia. It connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, (which connects to the Aegean and Mediterranean seas) and is the world's narrowest strait used for international navigation. As part of the only passage between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the Bosporus has always been of great importance for commerce and the military; most sea shipments to Russia pass through it. The strategic importance of the Bosporus dates back millennia. Athens depended on grain shipments from the Black Sea area passing through the strait. The Bosphorus was one reason why Roman Emperor Constantine founded his new capital, Constantinople here in 330 CE. At its peak in the 16th and 18th centuries, the Ottoman Empire used the Bosporus to expand their influence into Black Sea which they regarded as an "Ottoman lake". There is always shipping traffic, pleasure boats, ferries and cruise ships on the waterway. One of the best ways to experience it is by boat. There are many Bosporus cruises available, and a night cruise with buildings and bridges lit up is spectacular. An inexpensive way to enjoy the Bosphorus is to take a ferry (about a dozen routes are available). I greatly enjoyed the ferry from Sirkeci (the dock is just east of the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn) to Harem on the Asian side (cost is 4 TL one way, but with my Istanbulkart it was about half that). I also walked several km along the Bosphorus shore, following the pedestrian path near Kennedy Cd. Fresh sea breezes, wheeling seabirds, ever-changing views, and watching the local fishermen made for an enjoyable morning's walk.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Carol A S
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Reviewed August 22, 2019

We did a number of Bosphorus Strait cruises but this time was our first experience at a night time cruise. Any cruise on the Bosphorus is great, but the lights from the city make a night time cruise extra special.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 22, 2019

Bosphorus is definitely the best thing in Istanbul for me. Its fresh breeze and lush hills are a relief during the summer, while its stately Ottoman mansions are pleasing the eye at every twist and turn.

Date of experience: July 2019
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