Get on the Turyol ferry across the Bosphorus for a budget friendly no frills tour offering excellent views of Istanbul.
Departing every hour from Eminonu between 10am and 7pm, this simple 1.5 hour round trip cruises along the Asian and European shores on the Bosphorus. You don't get off the ferry until you return to Eminonu.
Audio guides and maps are provided at extra charge.
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The Bosporus View
I have been to Istanbul dozens of times, but I can't go without standing at Eminonu pier for hours, staring across the harbor before taking a ferry to Kadikoy. I love buying fresh caught fish from the BBQ for some delicious "Balik et" or fish sandwich.
Here are 5 steps to enjoy a day out by the Black Sea.
1. Jump on a Sehir Hatlari ferry at Eminonu Port and cruise the waters of the breezy Bosporus to the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi.
2. For lunch, relax in a village cafe by the Bosporus and dine on a crispy garden salad, freshly baked bread, and catch of the day from the Black Sea.
3. Work off the lunchtime calories by climbing the nearby hillside and conquering the medieval Yoros Castle.
4. Photograph the panoramic views from the castle where the Bosporus greets the Black Sea.
5. As the sun sets behind the minaret skyline, cruise back to Old Istanbul with a cup of Turkish cay in hand, satisfied you've had a relaxing day out.
Sehir Hatlari run daily ferry services to Anadolu Kavagi. Check their website for the timetable and tariffs.
Balik Ekmek: A delicious sandwich of grilled fish, lettuce and onions sold at one of the boats in Eminonu.
Don't forget to try this at one of the decked up boats at the Eminonu harbour. The fish is caught and grilled on the boats. The street stalls with low seating see brisk business as Balik Ekmek is one of the cheapest and most filling meals available on the street in Istanbul.
These hard to miss decked up boats at the Eminonu harbour have just one thing on the menu- sandwiches of grilled fish, lettuce and onions called Balik Ekmek or 'fish in bread'.
Don't forget to try one of these when in Istanbul!