Monday, October 13, 2014

Bosphorus Cruise - Istanbul (Turkey)


Returning from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome to the hotel, it was the decision time whether to opt for the Bophorus cruise or as you please the next day. For me, I have already decided back home even before embarking on this tour. So, I paid up and the rest, well, they pondered and pondered, eventually I suppose they realised that coming all the way and not experiencing the cruise is such waste. 


So, the next morning after the buffet breakfast at the hotel, a short drive before getting into the ship for the one hour cruise. Not a big ship but comfortable with lower and upper deck, initially as the ship started moving, everyone was over excited including myself. We stood on the upper deck and loved the cold breeze and the scenery while taking pictures none stop. Within the next 20 minutes as the breeze was unbearable. we quickly came down to the lower deck, ordered the famous Turkey apple tea and the windows were the soul to what we saw around and in front of us. 


The Turkish guide on the other hand continued speaking but I guess none actually listened as seeing the entire Istanbul city and one side Asia and the other Europe was more captivating. The ship also passed under the famous Bosphorus bridge which connects the southern part of Istanbul with the Western side. More to that, as the ship cruised further up. we also saw the the New Mosque, Galata Tower, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.


  



Now, cruise (Malacca River CruiseVenice, Ayutthayaa, Mandurah Ferry Cruises and Fjord Cruise) as always is interesting for lets say most-most the first 30 minutes. Thereafter, basically as the ship makes a turn, you see the same things. Of course for this cruise you also see the more than 600 historic houses built during the Ottoman period on both sides of the shorelines and the huge luxury modern houses. 




Overall, it was indeed a wonderful worth paying for experience which I will treasure forever.  

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18 comments:

  1. I have been dreaming to visit Istanbul for so long, loved the pics:)
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  2. I absolutely adore the buildings in Instabul - another blogger I visited just visited as well so I have been enjoying both your blogs' photos :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Enjoy reading about your travels. These photos are delightful...reminded me of Orhan Pamuk's books.

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  4. Your pics remind me of my recent trip to Istanbul! We didnt take the Bosphorus tour but drove around to most of these places. Its such a beautiful place!

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  5. Tasty foods and awesome pictures <3 Navs

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  6. turkey is beautiful , looks like u had a lot of fun
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  7. Awesome pictures, love everything and you look fabulous and its clear from your pic that you really enjoyed it!

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  8. Places look amazing nava .One small request if you can add how much cruise costed and little details it would be really helpful for people visiting those places .Who knows one day i will be going here and see those wonderful places .

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  9. hopefully u enjoyed a lot sweety :) lovely clicks dear

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  10. Beautiful pics Nava and what a pose love it !.
    The cool breeze makes it tough to withstand cold may be a thicker jacket would have worked.

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  11. Nava, I think u had a great time,great clicks.

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  12. so nice to have time and freedom to travel, Nava

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  13. lovin this kind of old city!!!
    lucky you my friend.....

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  14. aah..thats a wide wide coverage. literally tuk us too on a cruise. :)

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  15. phew ! finally..i did get to comment here. have tried so many times previosuly..but somehow it never wud post. stays unresponding..thankfully..worked this time..yaay :)

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  16. wonderful clicks to show us!! thank u :)

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  17. i have always wanted to try Turkish food.. loved the pics and seems like u enjoyed a lot :)

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