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Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus is an English name "it" comes from mythology.

Bous meaning is cow and poros is crossing- palace.

Bousporus is crossing-place of the cow.

According to mythology:

Zeus had an affair with a beautiful woman named Io. When Hera, his wife, discovered his infidelity, she turned Io into a cow and created a horsefly to sting her on the rump. Io jumped clear across the strait.

The Bosporus or Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait, Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait is a channel of water 31 km long (appr.20 miles), connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and the strait that divides the European part (Rumelia) of Turkey with its Asian part (Anatolia). However, the Bosporus is so much more than just a body of water separating two land masses! Throughout history it has been coveted for its strategic location – attracting some of the world's most interesting cultures to lay claim to the beautiful shores.

Morning Bosphorus Cruise

Tour Depart : Morning 08:30 / Afternoon: 13:00
Every Day – Morning or afternoon

Bosphorus cruises of the strait begin in Eminonu. After a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar, an unforgettable excursion starts between two continents, Europe and Asia.

Eminonu area is at the junction of the Golden Horn and the starting point of the Bosphorus. As the boat leaves, you will have a great view of the old city peninsula with Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya and Suleymaniye Mosque all rising from the hill in full splendor. The cruise takes you along the latest palaces of Ottomans, The Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, as well as 19th. and 20th. century, beautiful wooden Kiosks. Mansions and modern villas wich from the elagant section of the city.

Visit Rumeli Fortress and return to hotel along the villages of the European side.

WHAT'S INCLOUDED:

  • Hotel pick up
  • Hotel drop off
  • Museum Tickets
  • Bosphorus Boat Tour
  • Guiding Service in the tour
  • All Transportation by non-smoking and Airconditioned Vehicle
  • Local Taxes
  • Service Charges


Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise

Tour Depart : Afternoon: 13:30
Every Day –Afternoon

After a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar* (*closed on Sundays), the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul, we embark on a cruise up the Bosphorus, the legendary strait separating Europe and Asia. We cruise past the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden 19th century seafront mansions, picturesque villages and modern pleasure palaces, disembarking at the mouth of the Black Sea. We then drive along the strait to the Sadberk Hanim Museum (closed on Wednesdays), a gracious three-story waterfront mansion housing a rich collection of Anatolian works of arts, antiques and relics dating back to 6,000 BC.

  • Hotel pick up
  • Hotel drop off
  • Museum Tickets
  • Bosphorus Boat Tour
  • Guiding Service in the tour
  • All Transportation by non-smoking and Airconditioned Vehicle
  • Local Taxes
  • Service Charges


Bosphorus and Asian Schore Cruise

Full day tour

Tour Depart : Morning 08:30 till afternoon 17,30(* The complete trip takes SIX hours!)

A Cruise Tour Of The Bosphorus

Bosphorus cruises of the strait begin in Eminonu.

Off-season, the one ferry departs from Eminonu (Istanbul's ferry-hub neighborhood) at 10:35 and comes back around 4:30.

After a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar, an unforgettable excursion starts between two continents, Europe and Asia.

Eminonu area is at the junction of the Golden Horn and the starting point of the Bosphorus. As the boat leaves, you will have a great view of the old city peninsula with Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya and Suleymaniye Mosque all rising from the hill in full splendor.

As you head towards the first stop on the European side, you will see the second residence of the Ottoman sultans, called Dolmabahce Palace, built in 1849 by the Balyan brothers. The boat will stay close to the European side for some time and you will pass one of the other works of the Balyan brothers - Ciragan Palace. After that, you will pass by the village of Ortakoy, which plays an important role in the summer nightlife of Istanbul. It has many water-side restaurants, bars and cafes. It is also an area supporting three religions - having a church, a mosque and a synagogue.

Once you pass under the first bridge (Bosphorus Bridge), built in 1973, you will see two stylish outdoor night clubs on the European side, with Beylerbeyi Palace on the opposite Asian side. Soon you will approach an artificial island in the middle of the sea, named Galatasaray Island, built for the sports team by that name.

Looking to the Asian side, you will see a massive building with two towers - the military high school of Kuleli, built in 1861. Continuing on, a great fortress on the European side - Rumeli Fortress, greets the eye. It was built in 1452 by the Ottoman Turks to launch an attack on the Byzantines for control of the city. On the Asian side, there is another smaller fort, built half a century ago. Nearby is another small palace, again the work of the Balyan Brothers, called Kucuksu Palace, the hunting palace of the sultans.

After you pass the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, built in 1988, there are mostly private residences and yalis on the banks. Many of these are very ornate and in attractive colors. The boat will stop at Kanlica (Asian side), Yenikoy and Buyukdere, before you reach the end point of the trip - Anadolu Kavagi. Here, you should get off (for a break of about 1,5 hours before the boat returns). You can enjoy something to eat in a cozy fish restaurant and go up the hill to see the medieval Genoese fortification, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Bosphorus and the entrance of the Black Sea.

On the return, get off at Eminonu again, or disembark at another quay if it takes your interest.

WHAT'S INCLOUDED:

  • Hotel pick up
  • Hotel drop off
  • Museum Tickets
  • Bosphorus Boat Tour
  • Guiding Service in the tour
  • All Transportation by non-smoking and Airconditioned Vehicle
  • Local Taxes
  • Service Charges
  • Lunch

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