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Set foot in both Asia and Europe on a tour of Turkey

Turkey tours are some of the most unique travel experiences because they blend the culture of Europe and Asia more than perhaps anywhere else on earth. This is evident everywhere from the architecture to the artwork, but if you want to be at the literal confluence of the two continents, a trip to the Bosphorus is a must.

The Bosphorus, which is also known as the Istanbul Strait, is located in the easternmost portion of the country and forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. But aside from having geographic significance, the narrow waterway provides some of the best views in the region and there are many historic buildings located along the shores of each side.

There are a number of ways you can experience both sides of the Bosphorus, whether it be driving across the waterway on one of the bridges or taking any number of the ferries that shuttle back and forth. Whatever you choose though, it's good to be on the lookout for some of the most famous landmarks.

On the European side there's the Rumelihisari, which is a palace located on a hill just offshore. The majestic structure dates back to 1451 when it played an important role in the Ottoman Empire. Today it serves a much different purpose, and has been used as both a museum and an outdoor concert venue for much of the last 50 years.

There are also some more modern structures built on the banks of the Bosphorus that lend a bit of architectural flare to the natural landscape. In fact, there are approximately 620 waterside residences dating back to the 19th century situated on the waterfront.

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