by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
Turkey is surrounded by water,
which makes ships and yachts a
good way to get around. Here's
ports of call are popular with cruise
Many Istanbul region
of Marmara routes are served by İstanbul
Deniz Otobüsleri A.Ş. (İDO),
a private company that operates fast
catamaran car ferries and passenger
Fast, sleek İDO catamaran
car ferries zoom across the Sea
of Marmara from Istanbul's
Feribot Terminalı to
Güzelyalı (for Bursa),
to Yalova (for İznik and Bursa),
and to Bandırma (for Çanakkale and İzmir). More...
Also, İDOBus passenger-only catamarans depart Istanbul's Kabataş ferry docks for Bursa's Güzelyalı docks numerous times daily. More...
Car ferries cross the ancient Hellespont (Çanakkale
Boğazı) between Eceabat on
Peninsula and Çanakkale,
and Gelibolu and Lapseki,
with some additional service between Çanakkale and Kilitbahir. More...
Feries and passenger
catamarans connect Greece's
Aegean islands with the
Turkish mainland, providing frequent
service in summer, and useful (but
less frequent) service year-round. More...
Here's all the info on ferries from one Greek island to another,
and to Athens. More...
there are no direct ferries between Çeşme (the
port west of İzmir),
and Brindisi and Ancona in
Italy, but you can go via Greece. More...
also cross to Turkish Cyprus from
several cities along Turkey's Mediterranean
coast, including Alanya, Mersin and
Taşucu (Silifke). More...