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Bosphorus day cruise

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In another thread, I read Stu's suggestion that the poster take a cruise on the Bosphorus stopping at various places along the way. Is there a particular cruise/boat you would recommend? Particular towns that would be interesting? Would this be an all-day thing, or half a day?

(Stu, I couldn't find your email address!)

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    Unfortunately, there are no cruises which stop frequently along the Bosphorus.

    You have the following options :

    - Full Bosphorus cruise with 3 hours at the last stop to climb to castle, just wander around and eat an over-priced meal.

    - Pay for the full Bosphorus cruiese but get off at the last or one before last stop, on the European side. Eat a better meal and have control over your time. get back by bus or dolmus (minibus to Besiktas or Mecidiyekoy) and then taxi or bus or metro plus tram, etc.

    - Take a short cruise and get off where you started.

    - Take tram to Kabatas and bus or taxi to Arnavutkoy, to take the "Cengelkoy-Istinye" line continuous ring ferry, where you pay with Istanbul card and can get off at :
    - Cengelkoy, Asia, picturesque village with great view and expensive restaurants but cheaper viewless food places also.
    - Kanlica, Asia, where you can get the famous Kanlica yoghurt with or without confectionery sugar, next to the sea. Interesting old Ottoman houses, many restored on walks up the hill.
    - Kandilli, Asia, tiny village with a good reasonably priced fish restaurant just next to the pier, best for fried "Istavrit", Horse mackerel. Good walk up the hill.
    - Emirgan, Europe, Close to Sabanci Museum and the fabulous Changa Restaurant (not cheap but best fusion in Turkey). Ozsut cafe on coast road is decent and very reasonably priced, or just corn on the cob. Also the pleasant Emirgan Park with its small royal pavillions operated by municipality as dry cafes.
    - Bebek, Europe, Upscale residential and entertainment district. A good seaside promenade to Rumeli Fortress and walk up to the grounds of the former Robert College, now Bosphorus University, celebrating its 150th year.
    - Arnavutkoy, Europe, itself, some decent meatballs and fish on inland street, expensive fish on the coastal road, a nice village with interesting walkable streets and great ice cream at Girandola at village end towards Bebek.

    - Finally, You can take one of the commuter ferries which leave Eminonu, close to the end of Galata bridge between 17:30 and 19:30 and get off at some of the above mentioned stops or close to them and get back by bus or taxi after dinner.
    In June, with the long days, you will have excellent views and the best lighting for photography on these commuter ferries. There will be very few tourists but of'course resident going back home.

    - Additional names to stop :
    Yenikoy, Europe, Excellent fish restaurant, Aleko-Deniz Ati, nice upscale village.
    Sariyer, Europe, crowded busy, almost like another city, all types of restaurants and walkable areas.
    Rumeli Kavagi, Last stop in Europe, fish restaurants, good Black Sea views.

    Ferry schedules under "voyages" :

    http://www.sehirhatlari.com.tr/en

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