5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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

Private Half-Day Tour: Istanbul's Two Continents

From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour private afternoon tour shows you the best of magical Istanbul.


  • Private half-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul
  • Explore both the European and Asian aspects of the city
  • Visit Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Cross the Bosphorus Bridge from the European continent to the Asian continent
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of Istanbul from Camlica Hill
  • Entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

Private Half-Day Tour: Istanbul's Two Continents

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul

Your personalized tour of Istanbul starts with a visit to Beylerbeyi Palace.

Beylerbeyi Palace was constructed in 1865 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 October 2014

great trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Excellent guide and tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Punctual pickup; Clean car; knowledgeable tour guide;

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Was great to see the sword of David.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012


4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Our guide was very knowledgable and really friendly. So glad we took this tour because it went to some places we hadn't expected or thought of going to. We also got an insight into some places to visit on our next trip to Istanbul. Would highly recommend it.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2012

The actual trip to the Dolmabache palace, harem and over to the Asian side, Camlica hill was very interesting and the palace was certainly filled with "baccarat cystal" at every turn. Unfortunately our guide did not appear to be that interested in telling us "tidbits" of info about what we were seeing and did not seem to be aware that we had people in our party who could not race along and climb stairs easily. He only spoke to those at the front of the group. So while I recommend the tour, I would suggest ensuring your guide is suited to your group and your group's "thirst" for knowledge of what you are seeing.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2012

Informative tourguide. Would love to recomend someone else who is willing to pay a visit.
Should have made it longer thou, asian part doesnt have sufficient time.

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