The Bosphorus is Istanbul’s iconic waterway dividing the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Get a good view of this amazing waterways by walking or doing the Hop on Hop off a bus.

It is worthwhile to take a cruise along the Bosphorus Straight and get the orientation of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.

The Bosphorus Strait that runs through Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, has been named as one of the 50 places in Europe a person should visit in their lifetime, according to Business Insider magazine.

Straddle two continents on a boat tour along the Bosphorus is an excellent way to relax and see another view and side of Istanbul.

You can spend a day cruising on the Bosphorus Strait. See Istanbul from the water and each of the seven hills and all of the minarets dotting the city. Cruising up the Bosphorus allows you to see the stunning mansions, beautiful old palaces and all of the neighborhoods lining the river.

A natural connection between Europe and Asia, Bosphorus is the Soul of Istanbul. The 33 km strait that joins two seas and two continents is a striking beauty lined by “yalıs” flirting with the navy blue sea, each with a tale of its own.

If there is one single thing that explains Istanbul’s awe-inspiring beauty, it surely has to be the Bosphorus. The incredible stretch of water that sweeps down from Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, passing through the town center and dividing Asia from Europe as it goes. It’s the moods of the Bosphorus that defines the city day by day as the color of the sky is reflected in its water and then bounced back up to the sky again.

Saffet Emre Tonguç, one of the best tour guides in Turkey, tells the story of Bosphorus in his delightful way and takes you to a short cruise along the historic houses and old districts of Istanbul.

The waterway bisecting the European and Asian shores of Istanbul is the 39th item in the list thanks to its “geographic uniqueness.”

You can enjoy the Bosphorus on the cheap by taking one of the ferries for only 3TL ($1). Or indulge yourself with a truly relaxing evening while sipping a glass of wine from the comfort of your own private Yacht for a unique Bosphorus Dinner Cruise.

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