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.
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