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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Istanbul Two Continents Half-Day Tour

See two continents in one incredible afternoon during this 4-hour guided tour from Istanbul. Visit the elegant Beylerbeyi Palace on the European side and capture stunning panoramic views from the Asian side while receiving informative commentary from your expert guide.


  • 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

After meeting your guide at your central Istanbul hotel, hop aboard your vehicle for a 4-hour tour of two continents. Start by following your guide into the 19th century Beylerbeyi Palace one of the largest and most beautiful Ottoman palaces. Built by Sarkis Balyan, a renowned Armenian architect, learn about the grandeur of this Ottoman monument as you admire views along the waterfront of the Bosphorous Strait.

Next, leave the Beylerbeyi Palace and head across the expansive Bosphorus Bridge connecting the European and Asian continents. Enjoy the feeling of crossing from one continent to the other in only two minutes!

Continue to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. As you arrive at Istanbul’s peak point, hop out for an opportunity to capture sweeping views of the city’s skyline. Surrounding this vantage point, your guide will point out the wonderful Ottoman gardens making this view even more irresistible.

Snap your last photos, hop back into the vehicle and head back to your Istanbul hotel.

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

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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