The straits which divide Europe from Asia and define Istanbul. A trip to the city would not be complete without a cruise along its shores. You will see Imperial palaces which are interspersed with seaside mansions, decorative ferry landings, the twin fortresses of Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı and two continental bridges. Along the way, stop to explore Rumeli Hisar. Sultan Mehmet had the castle built in 1452 so he could lay siege to the city. If you take the circular tour from Eminönü (two hours each way), you can enjoy a seafood lunch at Anadolu Kavağı. Private boats can be hired or you can make a reservation for one of the many dinner cruises available throughout the year.
The Prince’s Islands (Adalar)
A group of nine islands, four of which are Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada, Büyükada. The islands have been a favourite summer escape since Byzantine times as they are quiet haven. With beautiful villas and pine groves, they offer lovely walks all year around. No cars are allowed, so transportation is either by foot, or horse, or buggy. Ferryboats and seabuses leave from Sirkeci and Kabataş on the European side and Kadikoy and Bostanci on the Asian side.