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“Relaxing Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait”
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Bosphorus Cruise
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Private Tour: Custom Istanbul City Sightseeing Tour
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Bosphorus Dinner and Show Cruise in Istanbul
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Sightseeing on Bosphorus With a Private Yacht From Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are experts in cruises to the amazing Bosphorus providing unforgettable tours with Boats and Luxury Yachts to couples, families, business groups, group of friends and moreover for special occasions, such as Gala dinners, Weddings, Birthdays and all kind of Parties! Taking part in our Bosphorus Tours, you will live experiences that will be forever engraved in your heart. Explore the magnificent Bosphorus and all the sights along its length, discover the marvelous Princes Islands and get amazed by the Old city and all its significant monuments! Istanbul is waiting for you…
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“Relaxing Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Bosphorus Strait is the body of water that forms part of the boundary between Eaurope and Asia. It is the narrowest strait used for international navigation and it connects the Blacksea and the Sea of Marmara. Maritime and commercial traffic abounds in the Bosphorus with a number of cruise ships navigating its channel frequently.

On a visit to Istanbul, a cruise of the Bosphorus Strait should not be missed as it affords a relaxing but enjoyable view of the European as well as the Asian side of Istanbul. There is a fee for the cruise, but varies depending on the cruise company that you take. The cruise lasts about two hours. The best view of both the European as well as the Asian side can be had if you stay on the left hand side of the tour boat.

From the departure docks, spectacular views of theSuleymaniye and the New Mosque are available on the the European side, and the Galata Tower and Bridge on the Asian side. Along the cruise tour, views of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace stands out. Numerous palaces, castles, bridges, and mosques can be seen during the cruise on both sides of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus cruise affords close up views of the more than 600 historic houses built during the Ottoman period, both on the European and Asian shorelines of the Bosphorus. The two hour duration of the cruise is time well spent. After the cruise, the Istanbul Spice Market , just a stone throw away, is waiting for your shopping pleasure.

Visited May 2014
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“OK but not spectacular”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Interesting sights but nothing special, the relaxation element is more the attraction. Take your own water, fairly pricey on-board! Good way to get off your feed for a few hours or a day.

Visited June 2014
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Amman
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“A relaxing day on the water”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We opted for a half day afternoon cruise operated by IBO (International Bosphorus Organizations), who also offer half day morning cruises or by joining the two together you can make it a full day. We were picked up from the hotel and taken to Rumeli Fort which is about half way up the Bosphorus on the European side, and at which point we joined the cruise boat. Shortly after setting sail a hearty lunch was served on board which provided a good opportunity to get to know our fellow passengers. The cruise then took us up towards the Black Sea past the imposing structures that will support the third Bosphorus bridge, and to the small port of Poyrazkoy. At this point the boat anchored for an hour so that we could enjoy a swim. On the return trip fruit was served together with various drinks, and the on board guide provided interesting descriptions of points passed en route to our final destination of Kabitas near Dolmabache Palace. From Kabitas we were delivered back to our hotels after a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The price of the trip was 40 Euros each which is quite a bit more expensive than the ferries that depart from near the Galata Bridge, however the fact that food and drinks were provided and the boat being smaller but far more comfortable than the ferries we still considered the trip to be good value for money.

Visited July 2014
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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“Take the public ferry instead”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We were about to take the bus tour around cos we just wanted an overview of istanbul for a couple of hours when we first arrived. The guy talked us into the river cruise. I can't tell if any of the other reviewers used the same company as us but ours was somewhere around 35 euros for 2 of us and lasted around 2 hours. It was sold to us at the square in the old city where the blue mosque and the big open buses are.
Actually we enjoyed the cruising and it was really nice to see istanbul from the river. But there are a couple of things you should know before you do this.
1. The public ferry does just the same thing for a fraction of the price and you can jump on and off whenever you want. (Not into the river of course, at stops!)
2. I'm sure the guy was saying very useful and interesting information but we couldn't understand a single word of it. The P.A system was terrible and we couldn't fit into the area where the speakers were anyway.
3. There are a lot of people on this boat. No seats for everyone unless you want to sit inside in the covered area (which no one does). It seems oversold but there is room if you want it, it's just terrible viewing room.
4. The toilets are sooooooo disgusting. I don't even want to describe them, I'm sure you can imagine sufficiently..... Go to the loo before you go!
5. Sadly, while they have a bar which is a lovely touch, they ran out of beer...... A pub with no beer... Someone should write a song about that....

Catch the public ferry instead....istanbul is beautiful from the river for sure....

Visited August 2014
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“Excellent cruise - beware of the restaurants”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Took the Sehir Hatlari ferry from Eminonu (pier 3 next to the Galata Bridge) which leaves at 10:35 each day (buy your tickets at the gate -TL25 per person for a round trip). It's a wonderful journey and great for giving the feet a rest for a day. The ferry stops at various piers on the way with a final destination of Anadolu Kavagi at the mouth of the Bosphorus / Black Sea where you have just short of 3 hours before it returns which is ample time to walk up to the castle for a spectacular view before returning to the harbour for lunch. Unfortunately you will be hassled by the many restaurants touting for your business and be aware that they use sharp practices such as water and bread on the table which you don't ask for but are charged and the automatically add 10% to the bill despite the service being substandard. You have been warned but don't let this stop you going on a fantastic ride - give the expensive Boat Cruises a miss and just catch the ferry.

Visited August 2014
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