Here's a full-day itinerary for
exploring the Bosphorus in Istanbul:
a traditional Şehir Hatları ferry from
Bridge up the Southern
Bosphorus, get off the boat and
have lunch in Sarıyer,
along the European
at the major sights which you
you cruised north. (For a shorter
1.5-hour cruise, go by TurYol
First thing is to get to the Boğaz
İskelesi Ferry Dock in Eminönü.
You can easily walk to the dock from Sirkeci
walk or take the Kabataş
Sultanahmet or Beyazıt
Square hotels, take the Füniküler to Kabataş,
then the Bağcılar
tram to Eminönü.
9:30 to 10:00 am: Go
Eminönü Boğaz İskelesi Ferry Dock
Although the ferry doesn't depart until
10:35 am, get to the dock
early to buy your ticket. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to stand in the sun (or rain) after that until the ferry departs.
10:35 am: Bosphorus
See the pages on Bosphorus Sights, Southern
Northern Bosphorus and European
Shore for details.
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10:50 am: Beşiktaş Dock
11:15 am: Kanlıca Dock
11:30 am: Yeniköy Dock
11:45 am: Sarıyer Dock
Here's an alternative schedule to
return south by land. (For transport options south from Sarıyer,
see the Bosphorus European Shore
am - 13:30 (1:30 pm): Sarıyer
Leave the ferryboat when
it docks at Sarıyer. Stroll
around busy Sarıyer, enjoy the ambience
and choose a place for lunch, preferably
one of the seafood restaurants on the Bosphorus shore.
If you only want to see Sarıyer and perhaps
the beach at Kilyos or the Sadberk
Hanım Museum, you can re-board the ferry for
the southward trip when it returns from Anadolu Kavağı to Sarıyer in mid-afternoon.
13:45 - 15:00 (1:45
- 3 pm): Sadberk
Spend an hour or so in this marvelous
art and antiquities museum. More...
15:45 - 16:45 (3:45
- 4:45 pm): Rumeli
Climb the castle walls for the marvelous
A Bosphorus cruise boat passes Rumeli
17:00 - 18:00 (5
- 6 pm): Ortaköy
Stop here for a rest, a
drink hot or cold, a snack or meal,
and some pleasant people-watching. Don't
miss the ornate Ortaköy mosque. More...
19:00 (7 pm): Eminönü
Return to Eminönü in
time to clean up and go out to dinner.
—by Tom Brosnahan