Up The Bosphorus, Bosphorus Tour

  • A boat up the Bosphorus
  • Enjoy views at Fortress of Europe
  • Stroll through the pretty village at Bebek

  • Bosphorus, Istanbul Strait

    Bosphorus, Istanbul Strait

    Bosphorus Tour Istanbul Itinerary


  • Catch a bus from Taksim Square or Eminonu bus terminus heading for Sariyer or Emirgan and get off at Arnavutkoy on the Bosphorus.
  • There are some lovingly restored Ottoman houses and mansions to admire here, most of them painted in pastel shades and trimmed with intricate wooden fretwork.
  • Cafes line the back streets, so sit and linger over a coffee and a pastry.
  • From Arnavutkoy, continue walking northwards, past the fishing boats and pleasure cruisers bobbing on the water, until you reach Bebek, one of Istanbul's most affluent villages.
  • There are more than enough chic clothes and antique shops here to tempt visitors to part with their cash and work up an appetite for lunch.
  • Dine in style at the Poseidon. Here you can sip an aperitif and enjoy the splended view before savouring the menu of fresh fish.

  • Afternoon

  • Delve into history at the imposing Fortress of Europe, built in the 15th century as part of the Muslim conquest of Constantinople.
  • There is also a fantastic view of the Bosphorus from here.
  • Afterwards, walk around the delightful 19th century pavilions of nearby Emirgan Park with its hundreds of pine, fir and cypress trees and an ornamental lake.

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