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Virginia R

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.

Johanna P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Beautiful views across Istanbul and marvelous palace with good guide.

Claudia A

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!

Julian E

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.

Betty S

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!

Laura S

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.

Loren G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2011

Very good tour. The guide spoke very good english and was clearly understood. The pace of the tour was fine.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2010

The guides were very knowledgeable- the beginning of the trip was little unorganized-but it finished great

Christine H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

An excellent tour lots of history and current information. Tour guide knowledgeable with good English. Summer palace tour was breathtaking. Only drawback was traffic but this could be because IMF summit was on that day

Lemiel P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

Truly beautiful scenery!

Helen L Qatar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Fantastic. The Sultan's summer palace was amazing. If you are interested in the Ottoman period, don't miss this tour.

Kevin M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

It was a great tour! The views on a clear day are magnificent from the highest point of Istanbul. If you are up there when the call to prayer is going on, you can hear the echoes throughout the valley of the chants. The guide gives a thorough tour of the palace and the harem to show public and private life.

Mrs E S Duarte D

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Nice to see a different part of the city and good overall views. Would be best done on a clear day. Excellent guide

Robert S

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

The guide on this tour was less fluent in English than the guide on my other tour.
This tour spent more time on the bus than I expected, hence less time at the sites I wanted to see.
I'm not loudly complaining, it's just that I didn't find the half-day tour to be as valuable as a full-day tour.

Dimity Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2012

Palace was specatular. Great insight into the city


4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

This was an interesting afternoon, the Beylerbeyi Palace was amazing and the view from Camlica Hill was great. Would recommend.

Paul C USA

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

I would definitely recommend this tour but it did seem a bit hurried. Not the tour companies fault, just a lot to cover in a short amount of time.

EARL S Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

Tour was very good. They picked us up at our hotel, on time and drove us to the meeting point. As it turned out, the real tour started about 1/2 mile from our hotel. They could just ads easily picked us up on the way to the Asian side.
The view from the Asian side is much different than the European side. This area is newer, more modern. They took us to the highest hill and the views were terrific.
The summer palace was nice, but they do not allow you to take pictures and we would have liked to do so.
All in all, the guide was knowledgable and answered questions. His English was very good.


4 star rating: Recommended
June 2012

Very good way to get an overview of Istanbul on both sides of the Bosphorus


4 star rating: Recommended
March 2012

good overview

Brian O

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2012

This was a good trip efficiently organised. The guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable. My only criticism was that so much infomation was given on the coach that one could not take it all in. Perhaps it would be better if the details of not every building were given.

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