Guided tour

Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

3.5 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

From US$ 53.57 per person

Cross from Europe to Asia on this guided tour of historic Istanbul. An expert bilingual guide brings history to life when you visit landmarks like the stately Dolmabahçe Palace and picturesque Camliça Hill.

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Duration 4 hours
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English, French, German, Spanish


  • Cross over from Europe to Asia in two minutes by bus, using the Bosphorus Bridge
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and dropoff in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait from Camlica Hill
  • Benefit from a tour with museum entrance fees included
Full description
Tell your friends you’ve been to Asia and Europe in one day by joining us on a guided tour of Istanbul’s most historic sites. Led by an expert guide, you’ll visit the impressive Dolmabahçe Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Built by two famous Ottoman architects, the palace houses a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art and antiquities. Then it’s off to the Bosphorus Bridge, which straddles the narrow waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Once you’ve crossed the bridge it’s time to head to Camlica HIll, which offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city from almost 300 meters above sea level. Please note, on Mondays and Thursdays the palace is closed, so the tour will make three different stops: Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk park.
  • Complimentary transportation with air conditioning
  • Complimentary pickup and dropoff from central hotels
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Parking fees
  • V.A. tax (18%)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please note that Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • On Mondays and Thursdays the tour will not stop at Dolmabahçe Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, or Çamlica Hill. Instead, it will stop at Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Pierre Loti Coffee House, and Miniatürk.
  • After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability.
  • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. Please note: When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 13:00 and 14:00 (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 19 reviews

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Two continents and a palace in 4 hours. Wow.

Right from the beginning when dealing with the local contractor to sort hotel pickup, this tour was a well oiled and professional feel to it. The buses we used were clean and air conditioned, plenty of seat belts available as well. Our guide was generous with information, much about the contemporary city. Visiting two continents and the Dolmanxhe Palace is an afternoon was a real treat. It was my seventh visit to Istanbul in 3 years, and definitely the best few hours I have had. I would strongly recommend half day tours in Istanbul.

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July 10, 2016

Tour in English instead of German, tour was rescheduled the day before, tour guide was 20 minutes late. Two stations where you are almost forced to buy. As I wasn't willing to pay more, I got kicked out of the tour after 4 hours

September 8, 2022

A very pleasant visit to the palace, which is beautiful, and then a cafe on the Asian side with good views.

July 27, 2022

Product ID: 18460