I breakfasted in Europe, climbed on board the Bosphorus tour ferry at 11:30 am and was having lunch in Asia before returning to Europe for a cold beer in the evening.
When you are living in Istanbul that’s not difficult to achieve, in fact the whole trip took just over 6 hours, and 3 of them were on the ferry cruising the Bosphorus.
I was on one of the many ferry trips that originate out of Istanbul (Europe). The Bosphorus waterway is constantly is use by the local ferry operators, the local merchant shipping operators and then the larger scale operations that use the Bosphorus as an access way through to Crimea and other countries with Black Sea coastline.
Mine was a tourist trip and we made 5-6 stops along the way to collect other passengers, but in the main we just cruised along admiring the Summer Homes, the Palaces and Consulates that have prime water front addresses.
At Anadolu Kavagi (Asia), the northern most point of the cruise there’s a 3 hour break that provides time for lunch and for those with a little bit of energy, time to climb the hill behind the village and look over the ancient castle that sits on the ridge line with views north to the Black Sea and south to Istanbul.
If you decide to stay in the village expect to be harassed by every restaurant maitre de as you walk through the streets. There’s staff in cafes, ice cream stalls, patisseries, souvenir and jewellery stores all out to assist in lightening your wallet. At the allotted time I was pleased to escape the constant attention from the street vendors and re-board the ferry back to Istanbul.
The return trip isn’t nearly as exciting or interesting because theres nothing new “just around the next corner” as it’s a replay of the mornings sights.
I had been non committal about taking this cruise but looking back now I’m pleased I made the effort and used 1 full day from my Istanbul stop-over to complete it.
I’ll leave all the useless information about water flow rates, depth of the channel and much more for you to read at wikipedia – it’s an extensive read (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosphorus).
Here’s some of my photo’s from the day out. Share with your friends if you like them – thanks.