If 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.
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" (www.tarifeyebak.com/content/bogaz-uzun-bogaz-turu-vapur-seferleri-yaz-2012) 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.