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.
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!