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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)
From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour afternoon tour shows you the best of magical Istanbul.

Highlights

  • Four-hour afternoon tour of Beylerbeyi Palace and views from Camlica Hill
  • Travel from Istanbul's European shores over the Bosphorus to the Asian side of the city
  • Elegant Beylerbeyi Palace and its waterfront location
  • Panoramic views over Istanbul from Camlica Hill
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Two Continents Half-Day Tour

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul

Your tour of Istanbul starts with a visit to Beylerbeyi Palace.
Beylerbeyi Palace was constructed in 1861–65 by Sarkis Balyan, a famous Armenian architect. Beylerbeyi is the largest and most elegant Ottoman palace, located right by the Bosphorus Bridge and the waterfront.

After touring the palace, you will then cross the Bosphorus Bridge for a unique chance to travel from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in only two minutes!

Once on the Asian side, you'll enjoy magnificent views of Istanbul from Camlica Hill, the highest point in the city. The picture-postcard panorama of Istanbul is spread before you from a viewpoint of beautiful gardens landscaped in the traditional Ottoman style.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

While the tour was short, it was a great opportunity to visit the Asian side of Istanbul. The temperature was a bit cooler than the European side and it has beautiful palaces and vista outlooks. We also had an opportunity to taste delicious Turkish ice cream made with goat milk and Orchid powder1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Guide excellent. Wonderful trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Istanbul...what a great city! A city on 2 continents. While most of the treasures
are on the European side, a tour, including the Asian side, makes the trip better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Beautiful views across Istanbul and marvelous palace with good guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great half day trip to the Asian side of Instabul. Crossing over the bridge you'll visit a palace and then up the hill for panoramic views! Beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Another awesome experience through Viator. Our tour guide was super friendly and very knowledgeable about Istanbul, answering all of our questions and explaining what we were seeing in great detail. The tour included a trip over the big cable suspension bridge and up to the top of the highest hill in Istanbul with spectacular views of the entire city, plus a guided tour of the summer palace used by two sultans in the 19th century. I highly recommend this tour as its a great way to see both continents in one day. Amazing views and definitely worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

This was a good tour and enjoyed by all three of us. It gave us a better understanding of Istanbul and we were very pleased.

Inita G
Latvia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Most enjoyable day in Istanbul, unforgettable tour and very well organized. Umut is a fantastic guide, full of knowledge, spoke perfect english and kept our interest at all times. The summer residence was delightful and absolutely amazing! Stunning views from Camlica Hill. Loved this tour and highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Very enjoyable, fabulous trip - saw lots of places we wouldn't have had time to see on our own. Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

A half day is not a great deal of time to see much of anything, but Viatour came through with this tour, providing a good overview of the city, the information on the sites and much, much more. Thoroughly enjoyed and for anyone who has very limited time available, this is a good tour to take.

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