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The Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul

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Board a ferry or a cruise ship and sail under The Bosphorus Bridge for the best views of the bridge, the first to connect the continents of Europe and Asia. This suspension bridge with steel cables was completed in 1973. The only way to access the bridge today is by car. Put The Bosphorus Bridge at the forefront of your travel plans using our Istanbul vacation planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    All you really want from a bridge is that is doesn't fall down. I went under it twice, on a Bosphorus cruise, and emerged safely the other side, so that's good. It's attractive enough from a distance,...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Let's dig deep. Aöa 3. Cheap bridge. The bridge connects the continents but not connect the're ever going to. Kaliteşi low kantiteşi yükşek adamımşı travels here a the product has been altered.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We didn't actually make it to the gridge. Pity, since it connects two continents. However we viewed it at night from our cruise ship and the colored light show is very pretty.  more »

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Where to stay in Istanbul

The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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