Visit Istanbul’s Two Continents: Europe and Asia
- Beylerbeyi Palace: Wonder how the Ottoman Sultans lived? Visit one of the largest and most beautiful Ottoman Palaces and gain an inside look into their opulent life.
- Bosphorus Bridge: Here’s your chance to be on two continents in a matter of minutes. Step into Asia and Europe on the same day!
- Camlica Hill: Travel to the highest point in Istanbul and admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the Asian side. View the Bosphorus Bridge from these beautiful gardens that feature traditional landscape design.
About This Istanbul Tour
Enjoy an exploration of both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Your first stop will be the Beylerbeyi Palace, which dates to the 19th century. This beautiful palace is one of the largest built in the Ottoman Empire.
Completed in 1865, the palace expresses opulence through its white marble exterior. This lavishness is matched by the interior that features porcelain vases, Bohemian crystal chandeliers and French clocks.
Explore this Ottoman monument and marvel at its grandeur. Keep your eyes and camera busy with the breathtaking view of the Bosphorus Strait. Just a short distance from the palace is the Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia. Cross from Asia to Europe in only two minutes!
Upon its completion in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge had the 4th longest suspension bridge span in the world, and the longest outside the United States. The Bosphorus Bridge remained the longest suspension bridge in Europe until the completion of the Humber Bridge in 1981.
From the Bosphorus Bridge, more attractions await you at the Camlica Hill located on the Asian side. This is Istanbul’s highest point and offers a scenic view of the city’s skyline. The spot provides a vantage point for viewing the beautiful Ottoman gardens. Pure bliss is what you will experience.
Make sure your camera has enough space for photos!
Beylerbeyi Palace: A Sultan Palace Turned Prison
The Beylerbeyi Palace is a mammoth beauty with one Turkish bath, six halls and 24 rooms. The monument was built as an Imperial Ottoman summer residence. While the palace was to be a royal summer house, one of the royal members, Sultan Abdülhamid II, was held prisoner here for six years until his death in 1918. You can still see some of the dining chairs that the sultan carved during his imprisonment.
Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise us at when you reserve your tour so we can meet you in the lobby.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Stores accept US dollars, euros and credit cards.
You will be walking for about 3 miles, up inclines and stairs and over cobblestones. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour, Bus Tour
40-seat Air-conditioned Bus
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have problems with your knees or climbing up/down steps, this may not be a suitable tour for you.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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