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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

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
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.

Reviews

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P
, Nov 2016

Tour guide was minimal. Not comfortable with hilm

V
, Jun 2016

This tour was excellent

K
, Apr 2015

Overall not a bad tour, but not the most interesting topics. Might not do again.

M
, Oct 2014

It was a great bus tour but the resistance to let me use my mobility aids limited the trip because the driver wouldn't let me use my wheelchair. He was very upset that I wasn't 100% physically fit and able to run a marathon. I could not find anyone who spoke English to explain why the risk of the palace in plastic shoe covers is extremely dangerous for falls and wondered if they had safer options. I saw the English guide for about 30seconds and was told to sit in the corner at the Palace because he had to get going. No one else spoke English. He didn't apologize, ask if he could help out at all, nothing. He told me I couldn't go on his tour, but needed to take the spice market tour instead, which wasn't my interest. I suspect it was just his attitude. I opted for the French and German speaking bus rather than fight with the English guide or take a tour I didn't need.

j
, Oct 2014

Good short half day tour. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. We started by going to Asia. Had some time to take pictures and walk around. We then went to the palace, which was great. The tour guide could have been a little bit more personalable. He seemed somewhat robotic, but nice.

M
, Oct 2014

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

V
, Jul 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

g
, May 2014

Unfortunately it rained heavily on the day of the tour and we saw very little, but enjoyed the Sumer palace

E
, Apr 2014

It was nice taking a trip over the Bosphorous, but this could have been so much better.
Aziz was a great tour guide, explaining the history and taking you around.
This trip was really only 2 hours not a half a day, add in another hour of picking up and dropping people off.
You start off with some free time up at the highest point on the Asian side, really nice views. Then you drive around, I forget what places we stopped at except the last stop which was the Sultans summer palace. Really nice palace. This trip could be so much better however. Suggestions: Spend more time in other Asian parts and also make a stop at the Dolambache palace - that would have been really nice.

c
, Mar 2014

Guide excellent. Wonderful trip


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