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

Private Half-Day Tour: Istanbul's Two Continents

Experience Istanbul’s top European and Asian attractions on this privately guided half day tour. Spend four hours exploring luxurious palaces along the coast of the Golden Horn and discover the Asian side’s best vantage points.


  • 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

In the afternoon, meet your guide at your centrally located hotel in Istanbul (European side only) for a 4-hour private tour of Istanbul’s two continents. Hop in your vehicle and head to Beylerbeyi Palace, the largest Ottoman palace, built in the 19th century by the renowned Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan. Then, admire the opulent architecture as you gaze over the Bosphorus Strait.

Next, leave the palace and drive over the famous Bosphorus Bridge which connects the European and Asian continents. Enjoy jumping from one continent to the other in only two minutes!

Continue into the Asian side and relish a stunning vantage point of the entire city from atop Camlica Hill, the highest place in Istanbul. Snap sweeping panoramic shots that extend over breathtaking Ottoman style gardens. Afterwards, hop back in your vehicle and return to your hotel where your tour ends.

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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