bosphorus ferry boat tour

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architecture, amazing scenery, dolphins and more Aug 24, 2012
don't leave before you do it. but i recommend it you to do it with ido company. i did it last spring it was 25 turkish liras for the long trip. at this long trip they give you 2 tickets so you can choose 1 station to visit. i recommend Anadolu Kavağı it is a small town mostly fishermen live . it's full of trees and this is the most green area that you can find in istanbul. after you get off from ferry at Anadolu Kavağı, there is a castle at the top of the hill called yoros castle ( you can find it easily with sings, first go there you will get tired a little bit after that go back and eat fresh mussel and calamary with cold beer you gona love it! and eat some ice cream -don't pay more than 50 turkish lira for per person for all this meal make bargain before you sit at a restaurant- than take the ferry again with the same ticket. you shoul check the schedule 1 day before at least because ferry is very rare be careful about time.this ferry takes off from sirkeci-eminönü and has too much stations don't get of at the wrong station there is no anouncement in the ferry ask the staff around there but they don't know english so speak slowly and be simple and clear. you may just ask the name of the station. and one last thing seat the right side if you want to see spectacular mansions next to the bosphorus or don't take risk just choose the top seats of the ferry so you can see the both side. you will find the peace with this trip promise
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Typical tourist trap Aug 22, 2011
Whether you take a traditional Istanbul ferryboat, or a smaller, faster TurYol or other boat, you're sure to enjoy a tour-cruise up the Bosphorus. You can do it in as little as 1.5 hours.

You set out from the Eminönü ferryboat docks (on the Golden Horn between Galata Bridge and Sirkeci Station) and head north toward the Black Sea. More...

Here are the sights you'll see (including six Ottoman palaces), divided into two parts, the Southern Bosphorus (from the Golden Horn and city center to the Bosphorus Bridge) and the Northern Bosphorus, (from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Black Sea):

Southern Bosphorus

The most impressive sights are along the southern shores of the Bosphorus, nearest to the city: Topkapı Palace, the mid-Bosphorus Maiden's Tower, the Selimiye Barracks (where Florence Nightingale worked), Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Yıldız Park & Palace, the chic art-boutique-and-cafe scene in the village of Ortaköy, the pretty Ottoman baroque Mecidiye Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge. More...

Northern Bosphorus

Beyond the Bosphorus Bridge there's plenty more to see: Beylerbeyi Palace, the village of Çengelköy, Kuleli Naval Academy, Arnavutköy with its photogenic Ottoman yalıs (wooden Bosphorus seaside mansions), Rumeli Hisarı (the mighty Fortress of Europe), the town of Bebek with its pretty bay, and Bosphorus University.

North of the Fatih Bridge, second to be built across the Bosphorus, is Anadolu Hisarı (the Fortress of Anatolia), Küçüksu Kasrı (a fine little rococo palace), the Hidiv Kasrı (fine Art Nouveau villa built in 1900 for the Khedive of Egypt), the pretty restaurant village of Tarabya, the town of Büyükdere (with its excellent Sadberk Hanım Museum), and Sarıyer (with a fish market and several seafood restaurants on the shore).

Rumeli Kavağı (the farthest northern dock on the European shore of the Bosphorus), and Anadolu Kavağı (the final dock on the Bosphorus cruise-tour) are about 10 km (6 miles) south of the Black Sea, but these docks are as far as the Bosphorus cruises go.

If you take the traditional ferry's Bosphorus tour all the way to the end, you will have to wait three hours at the northern terminus of Anadolu Kavağı for the ferry's departure for the return to Istanbul. But you can get off the boat in Sarıyer, have lunch, then ride south along the shore.
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Posted on: Jan 30, 2012
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Bosphorus Ferry Ride Jun 08, 2010
If you want to have a cheaper option to tour the Bosphorus on a boat - go for the ferry instead of the cruise. The ferry cost only TL 10 and the cruise can go up to TL 30 per person. Experience will be the same except that the cruise option has more comfortable seat & lunch provided. Well, I went for the ferry.

It was pouring and it was also the last day of my visit to Turkey, so I still went for it. I dock the ferry at the Eminonu jetty. There were only 7 passengers including me so it was quite empty. Anyhow, the ride takes you along the lower Bosphorus line covering sites like below (just to name a few):

*Blue Mosque

*Sofia Sophia

*Dohlambace Palace

*Iskele Mosque

*Naval Museum

*Bosphorus Bridge

The ride takes approx. 1.5 hours and you an sip tea on board while enjoying the view. This is definitely a recommended tour in the afternoon. I did enjoy it very much.
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