The Bosphorus Strait with a length of approximately 30 kilometers is one of the most important waterways in the world and separates the Asian and European continents. It has determined the identity and destiny of the city starting from the people of Megara (the founders of the city according to the legend) to the present day.
The Bosphorus or “Boğaziçi” as it is called in Turkish, is one of the most prominent symbols of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, and is frequently used in the promotion of the city and the country abroad.
Beginning from early 18th century, a period called “Tulip Era” in Ottoman History, the prominent families of the city started to build summer coastal houses called “yalı” near the Bosphorus. These houses are outstanding architectural examples that gave the Bosphorus its identity and as a result, a unique “Bosphorus Life Style and Culture” emerged.
During our guided Bosphorus Tour, we will start from the Marmara Sea (South) entrance of this important waterway and sail towards Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the second bridge that crosses the Bosphorus which was completed in 1991. Our guide will tell us about the history of the palaces, mansions, piers, mosques and other structures that adorn the Bosphorus like pearls on both sides.
This tour will also give the opportunity to observe the unique flora and natural life of this exceptional geographical beauty.