We all arrived at the departure wharf with our kidneys and wallets intact, and boarded the vessel.
|Cruise ships in port|
We then realised that there were a number of other questions that ought to have formed part of our due diligence! Luck had shined on us, because the boat was a reasonable size and it did have shelter from the sun. The Turkish music wasn't too loud (and was turned off at prayer times). It also met the 2 hour duration requirement, but it wasn't quite as fast as some of the many other boats we saw. But I think the majority probably only got to the 2nd suspension bridge, as we did.
There was quite a breeze, but our concerns about the water being rough didn't eventuate.
On our return, we took a taxi to the Chora museum with its many frescoes and mosaics, but it will be the subject of a future post.
We leave Istanbul tomorrow, so we now have our final packing to do as well as making transfer arrangements to get us to the airport. Our experience of Istanbul traffic leads us to the view that one of the shuttle services may be preferable to a taxi!