Bosphorus Cruise


Mosques from the Bosphorus

Kiz KulesiIf you visit Istanbul I recommend a cruise on the Bosphorus. This strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of ​​Marmara and a length of 30km. It's not just a pampering experience, but the best way to understand the difficult geography of the city. Also you can admire the majesty of the great mosques and palaces, and wooden summer houses, the Ottoman aristocracy and foreign ambassadors built on its banks between the seventeenth century and nineteenth.

During the tour will find on the Asian side neighborhoods Üsküdar, Grand seigneur, Çengelköy, Anadoluhisarı, Kanlıca, Paşabahçe, Beykoz y Anatolian poplar. In the European shore, Besiktas, Ortakoy, Arnavutköy, Rumelihisan, Emirgan, Istinye, Sariyer, Rumeli y Kavagi.

Rumeli Fortaleza


Shortly after starting our journey, we found the island on which is built the Girl Tower (Maiden's Tower). Below and on the European side, before reaching the Bosphorus Bridge, found Ortaköy glass (Mosque built between 1853 and 1855). Amazing is the passage under the bridge. Inaugurated in 1973 It is the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world. After passing, on the Asian side we can see Beylerbeyi Palace, it was the palace of Abdul Aziz retirement (1861). On the shore see Kuleli military school, Founded in 1860. Continuing our journey, in the European area, admire the Convention Çırağan, Dolmabahçe, Yildiz y Feria, well as summer palaces and Hidiv Ihlamur, Haralambos and churches Prophet Helias and Rumeli Fortaleza, built by Sultan Mehmed before the conquest of Istanbul.

Since EMINONU salen ferris constantly. Usually many people offering various cruises to different prices, but at the same port there is an office in the company "Eminönü Boğaz turu" ( offers a price of 12TL (5 Euros approx.). The length is between 1.5 and 2 hours.

At the end of this pleasant tour, do not fail to try a mackerel sandwich. They are extremely tasty and really typical in the area. In the vicinity of the port you will see hundreds of stalls sold.

Mackerel sandwiches

View map in a nod to Istanbul Turkey


Bosphorus Cruise — 4 Comments

  1. Hello friends
    Just leave Istanbul and we discuss a few things about the tour of the Bosphorus.

    The public company has reorganized Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Tours offers two types, short, it now costs 10TL and long (full) it costs 25TL and extending to the mouth of the Bosphorus overlooking the black sea, in the localidad of Kavagi.

    We choose the long, and schematic map of the advertising suggests that tour reaches Kavagi and returns directly to Istanbul, but in fact the route reaches there and performs Kavagi stop 3 hours, namely, run the 12:00 and the return is at 15:00. The booklet of the route

    During these 3 hours Kavagi the only option is to visit the Byzantine castle that dominates the entrance of the Bosphorus from the black sea and in the current archaeological excavations are made. The bad part is that the way to the top of the castle is surrounded by restaurants and cafes whose waiters tourists relentlessly besiege (much more than in the Grand Bazaar).

    Personally I felt cheated by the assembly route-restaurants, and we were not seeing the archaeological museum and mosaics by this unexpected stop, however, This rogue is part of the charm of Istanbul and Turkey and is best know to appreciate fully enjoy the country.

    I must also say, Kavagi that I prepared a spicy durum done when bread dough and wood oven. If you arrive to Kavagi to output port rather than go the way of the castle, Take the first right, is the latest restaurant in town. If seguis forward, going on a military base (there are many in the area) podreis enjoy a quiet seaside spot.

    Finally tell us that there are many more companies that offer tours by bosforo, so you have to choose….

    That you enjoy Turkey.

    • I agree with you that you have to enjoy what you do instead of worrying about what you could be doing. In fact, there are many possibilities for the Bosphorus cruise and that is always good to ask for all the details to choose what best fits your plans. Anyway, I still recommend doing the tour in all its forms. Enjoy your journey.

      • Asi es Jose

        Certainly, was I forgot to comment on the delicious sandwich of mackerel around the tour.

        ¡No lo perdoneis!

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