Cruise over the Bosphorus
A cruise is a must to experience Istanbul full on. It is the best way to discover this multifaceted city, the wealth of its neighbourhoods and the beauty of the Bosphorus’ blue waters.
Avoid touts who will try and sell you tickets for cruises at 3 to 5 times the price. Go directly to the Galata Bridge (near Sultanahmet) and buy your ticket for 10 TL. You can also get it in other places: Kabataş, Besiktas, Ortakoy (see map).
Embark on a 2-hour cruise and stop wherever you like; you can always take the next boat and continue your exploration.
We strongly recommend this cruise: it is reasonably priced and just the best way to discover Istanbul. Those who love dancing, neon lights and a nightclub atmosphere will enjoy the Thursday and Friday evening cruises but be warned: they are extremely noisy and the choice of ‘international music’ is somewhat disconcerting to say the least. Perhaps photographing these large marine musical fireflies will suffice.