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The Bosphorus is the maritime border between Europe and Asia. The sights of Istanbul - graceful mosques, magnificent palaces, villas, modern skyscrapers, restaurants and much more are visible on the shores of the Bosphorus.

Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul

Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Marmara

Bosphorus is translated from the Turkic language as "cow ford." A beautiful legend says that the great Zeus fell in love with the daughter of King Inach named Io. The lovers were not destined to be together, the angry wife of Zeus Hera turned the girl into a white cow. And that remained nothing but the search for salvation in the depths of the fabulous Bosphorus.

Strait now: the world's main waterway. It connects the Black and Marmara seas, and then goes into the famous Dardanelles Strait, merging with the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. This is a huge transport and tourist center, uniting countries and continents. The length of the water artery is 30 km, the width in some places reaches 4 km, and the depth is up to 80 m.

The view of the strait from the plane is bewitching

The Bosphorus Strait is famous for its heavy traffic of ships, boats, ferries and other water vehicles. Movement occurs against the backdrop of weather changes, especially in winter and autumn. This is what the Bosphorus is interesting for: unusual natural phenomena, mass shipping, the extraordinary beauty of the European and Asian parts of the great city. Istanbul and the Bosphorus are best seen from the water, and for this it is worth making a memorable ferry trip - a tour of the Bosphorus. It offers tourists both long and short tours, more about the duration and organization of such tours can be found here.

You can also combine a sightseeing tour of the Bosphorus Strait with a trip to the Princes' Islands.

Bridges over the Bosphorus

It is impossible to imagine the magical Bosphorus without the magnificent bridges connecting it. These are the business cards of Istanbul and all of Turkey. Back in the 6th century A.D. Persian wars crossed the sea barrier over the deck laid on top of boats that were fastened together.

New technologies of the twentieth century made it possible to create truly monumental designs. In total, three bridges are thrown over the Bosphorus, and each is distinguished by technical features, design decisions and different time periods for their construction.

Bosphorus Bridge - Martyrs Bridge July 15 (Boğaziçi Köprüsü - 15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü)

Bosphorus Bridge (Boğaziçi Köprüsü)

Istanbul needed modern crossings as air, however, political turmoil and lack of funds did not allow to start building them. The first suspension bridge was conceived, being in projects on paper, back in the middle of the twentieth century, but its construction began only in the beginning of 1970. In the autumn of 1973, the bridge was inaugurated, the date was chosen by chance, October 29 marks the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of M.K. Ataturk Education of the Republic of Turkey.

The design and construction of the monumental structure was entrusted to the German company Hochtief and the English company Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company. For the sample chosen structure located in Northern England. The work began to boil: thousands of people worked on its construction, $ 23 million was spent - for today, a tiny amount.

View from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Strait

What is the bridge of the Martyrs July 15? The structure is installed on only two supports, each 165 m high, so it seems that the bridge hovers over the Bosphorus. This height was chosen by chance, the vessels have a maximum elevation of 60 m in height and pass freely under the bridge. Its length: 1.5 km, width: 33 m, main span: 1 km 75 m, from the roadway to the water surface 64 m. It is estimated that the daily traffic flow of the bridge is more than 200 thousand cars, and the passenger one is about 600 thousand people . The fare must be paid.

Initially, it was called the first Bosphorus Bridge, since later a new bridge appeared over this huge waterway: named after the Sultan Mehmed Fatih, which became the second Bosphorus.

The bridge changed its name several times, now the official name of the bridge is the Martyrs' Bridge on July 15th. The new name was given by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the events called the coup in 2016 in honor of the fallen heroes for the freedom and independence of Turkey.

The fare on the bridge for cars is 7 Turkish liras.

Sultan Mehmed Fatih Bridge (Fatih Sultan Mehmet köprüsü)

Sultan Mehmed Fatih Bridge (Fatih Sultan Mehmet köprüsü)

Istanbul, a city where all the religions of the world are mixed and their bright representatives are respected. The second Bosphorus Bridge is named after Sultan Mehmed Fatih: the famous Ottoman conqueror who commanded the troops of his empire. Under him, the great Constantinople fell under the onslaught of the Turkish hordes.

The crossing began to be built in 1985 in order to be in time for a significant date: 535 years of the conquest of the city by the Ottoman troops. And on May 29, 1988, the bridge was inaugurated.

This time the choice fell on the Japanese designers and builders, who in a record period of three years erected another decoration of the Bosphorus: the bridge of Mehmed Fatih. This time it cost taxpayers more: $ 130 million. The construction was erected in the narrowest spot of the strait. Here, once Darius built his first pontoon ferry for his army. Thus, another path was laid connecting the European region of the metropolis Rumeli Hisarı with its Asian part, Anadolu Hisarı.

The length of the structure is 1.5 km, of which a suspension structure occupies a little more than 1 km, the width is 39 m. It is one of the largest bridges in the world. It, like the Martyrs' Bridge on July 15, is held by two enormous supports, each 65 m high. It has to be paid for it, it is closed to pedestrians, the traffic flow is 150 thousand cars per day.

The fare on the bridge for cars is 7 Turkish liras.

Sultan Selim Yavuz Bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim köprüsü)

Sultan Selim Yavuz Bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim köprüsü)

Modern construction technologies have relieved Istanbul's traffic flows. For 15 million residents of the metropolis, two crossings across the strait were clearly not enough, and in 2013, in the presence of Turkish officials, the first stone of the monumental structure was laid. On August 26, 2016, the bridge was opened, giving it the name of Sultan Selim Yavuz. Historical sources speak of the ninth ruler of the Ottoman state as a formidable and merciless ruler, a wonderful strategist and conqueror.

The third bridge in Istanbul was opened in 2016

The Turkish authorities did not change themselves, deciding on the choice of contractors in favor of well-known companies. And this time the construction of the crossing was entrusted to a large Italian company Astaldi. However, the amount that construction cost has increased significantly: they spent $ 3 billion.

In order not to disturb the overall picture, the bridge of the Sultan of Selim Yavuz was also made suspended. Its length is 2 km 164 m, the suspended part is 1 km 400 m, the width is 59 m, the height of each support is 322 m. It connected the northern regions of Pashakoy and Odayeri, being part of the global project “The northern Marmara highway project”, which defines the transport development of Istanbul and the country generally.

The fare on the bridge for cars is 11.95 Turkish liras.

Transport tunnels under the Bosphorus Strait

The rapid development of Istanbul and its environs, population growth, an increase in tourist flow and the transformation of the Bosphorus Strait into one of the world's main waterways, led to the search for new transport routes. The tunnels became an excellent addition, partially relieving the active traffic of Istanbul and reducing the gas pollution in the metropolis.

Marmaray tüneli submarine railway tunnel

Marmaray railway tunnel (Marmaray tüneli)

The development of new technologies has allowed to realize a bold project. The construction of the tunnel began in 2004, and was delayed, as designers and builders thought out every little thing, taking care of the safety of passengers, most importantly, seismic fitness. In addition, in the process of work, historical values ​​were discovered that were hidden under the thickness of the earth. The project had to be quickly changed, it took a lot of time. We opened the track only in 2013 instead of the planned 2009, in 2015 the second section began to work, so the tunnel was fully commissioned. Marmaray is the first railway of Istanbul, connecting the European and Asian areas of the city.

Marmaray received the name by combining two concepts (Marmara - Sea of ​​Marmara) and (rail - rail). The length of the tunnel is 13.6 km, of which part of the deep drilling is 9.8 km, part of the path is 1.4 km under water, the deepest section of the tunnel is laid 60 meters from the surface of the Bosphorus.

Tunnel "Eurasia" (Avrasya Tüneli)

Tunnel Eurasia (Avrasya Tüneli)

The foundation of the Eurasia tunnel was laid on April 19, 2014, and after three years the construction work was completed. According to official figures, the tunnel is the deepest and widest on the planet, built taking into account the occurrence of earthquakes and tsunamis.

The name of the tunnel speaks for itself: the new construction fulfilled the main task of the transport system of Istanbul: it connected Europe and Asia. The automobile tunnel with a length of 14 km and 600 m opened in 2017 and was truly a miracle of construction thought. There is a path 5 km 400 m long under water, its depth in some sections reaches 100 m. The tunnel is two-tier: the upper tier is used for small vehicles from Europe to Asia, and the lower tier is used to move in the opposite direction.

Attractions on the banks of the Bosphorus

The importance of the Bosphorus is difficult to overestimate; it is indispensable for international transport links. The numbers are impressive: 150 large vessels pass through the strait a day, not counting small boats and ferries. This includes cruise ships, oil tankers, cargo ships. The Bosphorus is indispensable for the functioning of the world military-industrial complex. Submarines, military boats, aircraft carriers: ordinary participants in the active maritime movement in the Bosphorus.

The presence of undercurrents, sharp turns, unstable weather conditions: fogs, storms and active traffic threatens with dangers. Typically, ships are accompanied by tugboats, driven by experienced pilots from the Turkish Maritime Guild.

To come to Istanbul and not take a boat trip means not to see and understand the beautiful old city. The local population and tourists are offered pleasure boats, cruise boats (vapors), which are part of the city’s transport and passenger system. These are yachts, motor ships, boats of different classes.

Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi)

Traveling along the Bosphorus Strait will discover interesting historical places:

  • The Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi) will appear in the Asian area of ​​Istanbul. The historical building is located on a small natural island, in the place where the Bosphorus combines with the Sea of ​​Marmara,
  • The palace complexes of the Turkish rulers: Topkapi Palace (Topkapı sarayı) and Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe sarayı), Beylerbey (Beylerbeyi sarayı) and ыırağan Palace расположеныıraанan Palace are located at the very surface of the sea, on the shores of the strait. In these places, luxury hotels of well-known chains are built, for example, Four Seasons at the Bosphorus,
  • The fortresses of Anadolu Hisarı and Rumeli Hisarı will surprise with their magnificent appearance in a place where the strait is significantly narrowed.
  • Golden Horn Bay (Haliç). A place in the European part of the famous city that gave rise to the most important historical events. Here the Sea of ​​Marmara is reunited with the Bosporus, and in the 7th century BC the city of Byzantium began to exist, which later became, at the behest of Constantine the Great, New Rome, and then the center of world culture - Constantinople.

Near the Galata bridge (Galata köprüsü) you can try "balık ekmek" - fish caught in the waters of the Bosphorus. There are boats on the pier, from which fishermen pass freshly caught fish: red mullet or hamsa to the cooks. They instantly fry it and serve it in fresh bread, not forgetting to put various greens there. To drink this unusual dish is offered by the Turkish drink Shalgam. Cafes, which cook Balyk-Ekmek, enjoy well-deserved popularity both among local residents and tourists. The dish is fresh, tasty, affordable.

Its unusual appearance and aroma will take visitors to small cafes at a time when the great Constantinople flaunted on the banks of the Bosphorus, and merchant ships moored at its marinas, bringing a variety of goods from all over the world.

Hotels overlooking the Bosphorus

Bosphorus view of отеляırağan palace

Your independent trip to Istanbul can leave even more vivid impressions if you choose a hotel overlooking the Bosphorus. Of course, there are hotels located in close proximity to the strait, they not only differ in their luxurious interior and high quality of service - most importantly, this is a magnificent view from their terraces and rooms.

These, the most famous hotels with a gorgeous view include:

  • Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul 5 *. The hotel was built in 1986 and is located right on the shore of the strait.
  • Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus 5 *. Located next to the waters of the Bosphorus, this hotel is housed in a historic building of the 19th century.
  • Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul 5 *. City hotel overlooking the strait, located in the Besiktas area.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul 5 *. A hotel with a very convenient location (Sisli quarter) and overlooking the Bosphorus.
  • Sumahan on the Water 5 *. The hotel is located on the Asian side, on the first line with a magnificent view of the waters of the strait.
  • Swissotel The Bosphorus 5 *. Located in the Besiktas district, a well-known city hotel with stunning views of the Bosphorus.
  • Bebek Hotel. Located in the Bebek area, near the water of the strait. Locals of this elite area prefer to walk along the promenade and do sports jogging.

From the embankments of Istanbul you can watch the Bosphorus at sunset

Of course, to visit one of these hotels is a real pleasure, but it is not at all necessary to choose an expensive hotel located next to the strait - you can choose an apartment or a small hotel, from the last floors of which you will find no less bewitching views.

Therefore, today I propose to get acquainted with our accommodation options, a more affordable price category. You can choose one of the proposed options, or you can find a similar hotel through online search services.

Why exactly these hotels? They are selected by combination: price / location and view of the Bosphorus. Of course, each hotel has its pros and cons - from some hotels it is inconvenient to get to the historical part by public transport, but if the strait view is a must, then check out our small overview of hotels.

The grand tarabya

The grand tarabya

The hotel boasts truly magnificent views of the Bosphorus, and there are also rooms with views of the yacht parking. A modern hotel with a good rating, located on the first line to the sea.

You will have to get to Sultanahmet with several transfers: from the Tarabya İskele stop (Taraby Iskele) by bus to the Hacıosman Metro stop (Hadzhiosiosman metro), then by metro to the Vezneciler stop (Vezneciler), walk to the T1 Laleli-Üniversite tram station (Laleli Universite) after 3 stops, go to Sultanahmet. Or get to the historical part by taxi.

The cost of accommodation from 750 lira / day.

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel

Radisson Blu superior room overlooking the Bosphorus

Located next to the pier and Ortakoy Mosque. Ortakoy quarter is a wonderful place for leisurely walks. Here you can wander through the many streets, admire the mosque or choose souvenirs in local shops.

Some rooms have views of Ortakoy Mosque or the Bosphorus.

Getting to the historical part of the city is quite simple: from the Kabataş (Kabatash) stop by bus 30D to the Tophane (Tophane) stop, and then from the Tophane stop of the T1 tram to Sultanahmet.

The cost of living from 700 lira / day.

Gezi hotel bosphorus

Gezi Hotel, room view

The most successful view opens from the upper floors from the Deluxe Bosphorus room rooms - the lower floors cannot boast a similar view and are a bit noisy.

The Bosphorus Hotel Gezi Bosphorus is located in close proximity to Taksim Square and Gezi Park. From Taksim Square you can take a walk down Istiklal Street, have a coffee in one of the cafes, look at the Flower Passage (Çiçek Pasajı), wander around the many shops and shops.

There is a Taksim metro station within a five-minute walk, and down Istiklal Street there is a tunnel with a T2 tram that will take you straight to Karakoy.

The cost of accommodation starts at 500 lire / day.

Conrad istanbul

View of the Bosphorus suite at Conrad

A magnificent view of the Bosphorus opens from the bar on the 14th floor, as well as from the rooms of the Bosphorus suite, executive king room and executive room.

Yildiz Park is a 15-minute walk, and Besiktas Marina is a 14-minute walk, from where you can take the ferry boat to the Asian side and stroll along Kadikoy and Bahariye Street, or take a trip to the Princes' Islands.

The cost of living is from 500 lira / day.

Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel

Renaissance Hotel overlooks the Bosphorus from several types of rooms

A breathtaking view of the Bosphorus opens not only from the terrace of the bar on the top floor, but also from the hotel rooms. In all its glory, you can watch sunrises and sunsets from your window.

This is a fairly modern and comfortable hotel with a good location.

The Darphane stop is located next to the hotel, from here you can take the 7C bus 29C, 29D, 41E, 62 or 63 to Fındıklı (Fyndykly), then walk a minute to the T1 Nut Mimar Sinan University tram stop and go straight to Sultanahmet.

It takes about 20-25 minutes to Dolmabahce Palace: from the Darphane stop (Darfan) by buses 27E, 29C, 29D, 41E, 58A or 58N to the Akaretler stop (Akaretler), and then 7 minutes on foot. Besiktas Marina is 8 minutes away.

Room rates from 350 lira / day

Novotel

All Novotel suites overlook the Bosphorus

Sultanahmet is easily accessible from the hotel - a five-minute walk is the T1 Tram Station Tophane, and the journey to the historic center takes only 10 minutes.

A 15-minute leisurely walk from the hotel is the Galata Tower, and then, climbing the streets, you can go to the promenade Istiklal street with its cafes and shops.

You can walk along the Bosphorus embankment, which is only 3 minutes away.

Novotel has a pretty good spa with a hammam, so if you are tired after long walks, you can always relax by visiting the traditional Turkish bath.

The cost of hotel accommodation starts at 300 lira / day.

Suitel bosphorus

View from the hotel balcony

Suitel Bosphorus is within walking distance of Taksim Square and Istiklal Street.

Taksim Metro Station is a 5-minute walk. Such a good location of the hotel (on a quiet street) has a wonderful view from the windows of the rooms over the city and the Bosphorus.

Room rates from 220 lira / day.

Manesol old city bosphorus

Nice hotel near the traffic intersection

The hotel is not only with a beautiful view, but also in a very convenient location - 2 minutes walk to the T1 tram stop (Sirkeci station), which provides easy access to the historical Sultanahmet district. Opposite the hotel is the Eminenyu Ferry Terminal, from where you can catch a ferry to the Asian side of Istanbul.

From the hotel you can walk on foot not only to the historical center, but also to the Egyptian Bazaar, as well as the Galata Bridge, walk along the Eminen and try the Balyk Ekmek.

The cost of living is from 220 / day.

Deep hotel

Breakfast on the balcony of the Deep Hotel

The hotel is located in the Besiktas district, in the Ortakoy quarter, on the slope of Portakal Yokuşu hill, which is why some of the hotel rooms offer not only a beautiful city panorama, but also the Bosphorus.

The hotel is small, several accommodation options: small room, standard, deluxe and suite.

The cost of accommodation is from 200 lira / day.

What to look for when booking a hotel

The vast majority of tourists, when choosing a hotel, read reviews before traveling and view photos of rooms. Now, when many share their impressions and reviews, choosing a place to stay during the trip has become easier. I would like to recall some nuances that can be overlooked when choosing a hotel.

Guest Room View of Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel

  • Speaking of viewing photos of hotel rooms, it is worthwhile first of all to pay attention to those that tourists themselves post, because such photos, as a rule, are not beautiful. Also pay attention to the area of ​​the room, because in the photo it may seem larger than in reality.
  • It is worth looking at the map where the hotel you are interested in is and whether there are public transport, metro or tram stops nearby, is it easy to get to the historical center of Sultanahmet. After all, if you want to save money, but the hotel has a bad location, you will have to spend money on a taxi. In Istanbul, public transport is very well developed and it is quite comfortable (as far as public transport can be comfortable in principle), so wherever possible - safely use trams, metro, ferries and buses.
  • If you are traveling on a trip to Istanbul during off season, then if you have any doubts about choosing a hotel, you can pre-book it for 1-2 days. It is very convenient to book only for a day, and not for the entire period of the trip, since if the hotel disappointed you or did not like it, you can easily move to another place the next day or every other day. Recently, I have been doing just that, because in winter, late autumn or early spring, a very large selection of hotels and available rooms.
  • Hotel prices may vary on different sites - on hotel sites, as a rule, more expensive. There are various discounts and special offers in online booking systems, so even in an expensive hotel you can book a room at a good price.
  • Do not forget that in Istanbul, in small hotels, only Turkish traditional breakfast is offered, and the choice of different types of breakfast is usually in large hotels. Therefore, if you book a hotel immediately for the entire duration of the trip, pay attention to the busy streets with various cafes next to it - this will help you out if the hotel does not have enough food.
  • Since we are talking about hotels with a view of the Bosphorus, you need to understand that not all rooms have a view of the strait: somewhere it is a view from afar or partly the sea is visible. In hotels located far from the coastline, it is worth choosing higher floors.

When you have definitely decided that you want to stay in a hotel with a view of the Bosphorus, then you should start searching and booking. One of the most popular and convenient online hotel reservation and reservation services is Booking.com. When booking a hotel, carefully read all the conditions and rules so that your trip is not overshadowed by accommodation.

You can use the search form and make a choice - for this we enter the desired dates, city or specific hotel and start choosing.

We wish you new experiences and pleasant journeys!

A bit of geography

The strait divides the capital of Turkey into two approximately equal parts - European and Asian. Its length is 30 km, the maximum width is 3700 m, the minimum is less than a kilometer. At its narrowest point, there are barely 700 m, making the Bosphorus the narrowest natural canal on earth, connecting the Black Sea and the Marmara, which is part of the Mediterranean basin. The strait is a unique strategic object. International shipping is well developed here, governed by the Maritime Convention and the Law of the Sea. It passes an average of 50 thousand large vessels per year.

The significance of the Bosphorus is not limited to its favorable geographical position. It is unique in the number of cultural and historical monuments located along the banks. That is why, on a tour of the Bosphorus, the first thing all guests of Istanbul go to.

Saint Sophie Cathedral

Its recognizable shape has long been a symbol of the city. Hagia Sophia for thousands of years has been the main church of the Orthodox world. It is from here that the Russian ambassadors, struck by the magnificence of the temple and the enlightenment of its abbots, brought Prince Vladimir the idea of ​​adopting Christianity in Russia. After the conquest of Constantinople by Muslims, the cathedral was converted into a mosque. Therefore, today all of its architecture and interior decoration is a unique combination of the traditions of two great religions. The cathedral witnessed many tragic events: wars, fires, earthquakes. You will learn about all this while traveling around the Bosphorus.

Blue Mosque

The main mosque of the Ottoman Empire, built under Sultan Ahmet I in 1616. Even in the appearance of the cascading domes, the mosque is like its Orthodox “neighbor”. The mosque got its name because of the blue tiles that cover the walls and floor of the temple. The proximity to the Hagia Sophia was not chosen by chance, as the Islamic rulers wanted to emphasize their superiority over Orthodoxy.

The Blue Mosque is the only one with 6 minarets, which contradicts the canons of Islam. According to legend, this sultan Ahmet I incurred the wrath of the Almighty and soon died at the age of 27 years.

Topkany Complex

The palace complex in translation means "cannon gate". It was built on the site of an ancient Byzantine imperial palace. The construction itself, which dragged on for three centuries, ended only in the middle of the XVIII. So the complex received the architectural outlines of several eras. Today, there is an open-air museum that tells about the heyday of the Ottoman Empire.

Dolmabahce Palace

The beautiful residence of the last sultans of the Ottoman Empire stretched along the coast of the Bosphorus with a white swan. The construction began in 1843, and the opening coincided with the end of the Crimean War in 1856. At the same time, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire moved to Dolmabahce from Topkana Palace. Sailing past, you can observe all 12 gates of the palace complex and the changing of the guard at the main entrance, which takes place every hour.

Rumelihisar and Anadoluhisar Fortresses

Two ancient fortresses, which are symbolically located opposite each other on both sides of the Bosphorus. One - Rumelskaya rises in the European part and belongs to the 15th century. The literal translation of the name means “cutting the strait”, after its construction, the Ottoman Empire began to completely control the passage through the canal.

Another fortress is located in the Asian part and is considered the oldest in Istanbul. It was built in 1393 and was an outpost during the siege of Constantinople.

Golden Horn Bay

Many compare the shape of the bay with the Turkish dagger, which cuts through the European part of Istanbul. It is a military and commercial harbor 12 km long. In fact, this is the very center of the city at all times: Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul. There are many colorful marinas along the shores; there is a brisk trade in freshly caught seafood at any time of the day.

Four bridges are thrown across the Golden Bay. The most famous is Galata, where you will definitely return for souvenirs and the unique color that the capital of Turkey gives its guests.

Travel Tips

A walk along the Bosphorus takes no more than 1.5 hours. Boats depart from the Galata bridge. You can get here from any part of the city, a detailed map can be found on our website. At the pier you can buy a delicious dinner and have a real feast on board. We give some practical recommendations for tourists who travel independently:

Motor ships on the Bosphorus ply on the principle of Hopp on Hopp off. What it is? You can get off at any stop along the route, take a walk around Istanbul or visit your favorite attraction, and then continue on another ship. Schedules are available at each pier.

For a romantic date, an evening flight at 19:00 is well suited. Illumination of buildings along the banks and beautiful bridges will not leave indifferent even a sophisticated guest. You will take away many unique photos of Istanbul at night.

There is also a long tour of the Bosphorus with access to the Black Sea, which leaves only twice a day. It was organized by the state carrier, so you can significantly save on travel, the fare is 20 lira. Ferries depart from the pier Eminenu at the Galata bridge, tickets are sold at the ticket office closest to the bridge.

If you want to get overview information about Istanbul during your walk, book a guided tour. The offer is very much, from group to individual on a private boat. On our site you can choose a trip with a qualified guide who will tell you a lot of interesting things.

In good sunny weather, the appearance of the boat does not matter. If the sea is stormy and windy, then only a trip on a ship with glazed decks will give pleasure, where through panoramic windows you can admire the floating views with a cup of traditional Turkish tea.

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