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Aboard the public ferry on the "Bosphorus Special Trip" through metropolitan Istanbul in Turkey

This is a view from the upper deck of an Istanbul public ferry on the Bosphorus Special Trip. The cruise takes 1.5 hours and zigzags between the Rumelian and Anatolian sides of greater Istanbul with stops at Eminönü, Beşiktaş, Kanlıca, Yeniköy, Sarıyer, Rumeli, Kavağı and Anadolu Kavağı.


The Bosphorus or Bosporus (also known as the Istanbul Strait) is the world's narrowest strait used for international navigation. It connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, a stretch approximately 30 km (19 mi.) long.


This ship is one of 32 commuter ferries operated by İDO, Istanbul Fast Ferries Co. Inc. İDO (İstanbul Deniz Otobüsleri) means Istanbul Sea Buses. The service was founded in 1987 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. At present, the İDO is the world's largest commuter ferry operator with its 87 passenger ships and 86 piers.


Bosphorus Straits, Turkey

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Taken on March 6, 2007