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Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

February 28, 2015 by David Herd

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul is a must for your bucket list, I took the long cruise to Anadolu Kavağı, departing 10.30 from Galata Bridge with a 3 hour break for lunch and returning at 4.30.

Bosphorus bridge connecting Europe and Asia was completed in 1973,  it is the 22nd longest suspension bridge span in the world.

The trip starts here

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

The ferry leaves from the Galata bridge for the 1.5 hour cruise to Anadolu Kavağı.

Rumeli Hisarı Fortress

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At the narrowest part of the Bosphorus, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror ordered the great fortress of Rumeli Hisarı to be built on the European shore in order to control commercial and military traffic in preparation for the siege of Constantinople.


Homes on the Bosphorus

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

You really get an appreciation of the sheer size of the city when you take the Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul. Anadolu Kavağı is about 25 kms towards the Black sea and on both sides of the river there are thousands and thousands of homes.

Luxury home on the Bosphorus

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

Looking back I realise I should have allocated at least a few more days to explore this interesting part of the world.

Up market Istanbul

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

There are many upmarket areas in Istanbul.

We have arrived at Anadolu Kavağı.

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

Time to leave the Bosphorus river Cruise and have some lunch.

 The restaurants wait for customers

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

It must be the off season as there are not many people in the restaurants.

Many restaurants to choose from

Bosphorus river Cruise IstanbulThey all compete aggressively for customers, each guy seems to use the same spiel, they say the price of this fish is 20, but for you 16, and so on.

Street cooking

  Anadolu KavaIstanbulThis is a good way to sample the food which is very reasonably priced.  

Two very friendly guys

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

These happy fellows really made you welcome.

 The seafood here was reasonably priced

  Bosphorus river Cruise IstanbulExcept the large king prawns were very expensive.  

Decision has been made

Bosphorus river Cruise IstanbulThe fish was quite good, the salad average, with a small bottle of sparkling water & a basket of nice fresh bread the cost was only $12 AUD.

Waterfront homes

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

  Right beside the wharf with the waves splashing on their doorsteps.


Bosphorus river Cruise, now will this rust bucket get us home?

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

Thanks for visiting my Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul photo blog, please add this city to your bucket list.

That’s all folks

Bosphorus river Cruise Istanbul

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