Ferry from Besiktas to Kadikoy

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Ferry from Besiktas to Kadikoy Istanbul Reviews

irenem irenem
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The best ferry ride in the world Feb 25, 2017
We now live in Hong Kong and while I'm sure it's not a good idea to denigrate one place at the expense of another, in Hong Kong the tourist board bills the Star Ferry as the best ferry journey ever. We both laughed at this idea as in our minds the best ferry journey ever is taking the public ferry from Besiktas to Kadiköyin Istanbul - a journey from one continent to another.

First you pass Ortaköy Mosque and the fantastic Dolmabahçe Palace, then you pass Leander's Tower. At certain times of the day you can hear the call to prayer drifting across the water. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling at sunset, you will see Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque silhouetted against the night sky.This has to be one of the world's most stunning views.

Add to all this the vitality of the ferry. First the tea man wanders round calling out, "Çay, Çay, Taze Çay." Then some beggars start to sing a song and ask for a donation, or a street vendor starts to demonstrate his wares in a highly exaggerated and entertaining fashion. Then comes the sahlep man selling his thick milk-coloured drink made from the roots of orchids.

No matter where you are going, you are in no hurry to arrive. You are simply enjoying the best ferry trip in the world with its spectacular scenery and constant free entertainment..
Ferry passing Haghia Sophia
The Golden Horn
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