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  • Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

    1. Istanbul Highlights: Two Continents Half-Day Tour

    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.

    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.

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

    2. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour with Dolmabahce & Bosphorus Cruise

    Get a comprehensive overview of Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city by coach, boat, and cable car. Perfect for those who aim to get a sense of what makes Istanbul unique, this full-day exploration gives a varied tour of the city. It will reveal a mixture of Eastern and European influences that makes the city so unique. First, get picked up from your hotel by bus and driven along the length of the Golden Horn, the historic water that divides Istanbul. Take in the sites of the historic city center and the main port, dating back to the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Then, travel to the top of Pierre Loti Hill by cable car, and admire panoramic views of the city as you drink coffee at the famous Pierre Loti Café, named after the French novelist who spent much of his time there.  Next, experience the splendor of Istanbul from the water. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on th...

    The tour guide was great. but unfortunately the weather was pretty bad and the river cruise was cancelled. and because it was booked on a Sunday most things where closed. if I knew that before I would have changed the day. but it was still a great day experiencing Turkey the Palace is absolutely stunning

  • Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise

    3. Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise

    After being picked up from your hotel, set off on a full-day tour of Istanbul. Begin with a cruise along the Bosphorus River and admire the shoreline of one of the most beautiful cities in the world built astride 2 continents. The cruise will afford you the unique opportunity to view both sides of the city. Next, disembark in Sultanahmet and take a stroll through the Spice Bazaar. Marvel at the colorful array of market stalls selling fruits, vegetables, and flowers. After enjoying the variety of shops, cross over the bridge and head to Camlica Hill which offers panoramic views of the city from almost 300 m above sea level. Make a stop at the Dolmabahce Palace, the official home of Ottoman Sultans. Learn about how the palace was built by 2 famous Ottoman architects. Discover a museum-worthy collection of European furniture, art, and antiquities housed in the palace. Finally, take a look...

    The tour was very well conducted by Hilal. She proved to be a very experienced guide who could help the group navigate the crowds of tourists at the various sites. She knew when to give members some time to wander around to admire the places and when to gather everyone to elaborate more on the historical backgrounds. I could sense that everyone felt relaxed and comfortable with Hilal and that in turn contributed to a wonderful sense of camaraderie within the group. I would certainly go through this tour again when I revisit Istanbul provided it is conducted by Hilal. Thank you and hope to see you again, Hilal! The "skip-the-queue" arrangement that is provided with this tour is an absolute God-send in terms of avoiding the snaking long queues!

  • Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

    4. Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

    Embark on a journey of historical discovery with this one-day tour of Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Place. Experience the majesty of one of the grandest palaces on earth, as well as first-hand history and culture of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Start your tour with a narrated walk through the Spice Bazaar of Istanbul. Then take a leisurely 90-minute cruise, fully narrated by a professional tour guide. From here you can see the city from the unique point of view of the Bosphorus and get perfect photo opportunities with such landmarks as Leanders Tower and Rumell Hisari Fortress. After a relaxing lunch, you will move on to Dolmabahce Palace. With 285 rooms, 6 baths (hamam), 68 toilets and a ceiling made of 14 tons of gold, this is truly a sight to behold. With strong French influences as well as the richness of the East, this is a must-see on any tour. Expert guides will take you through t...

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents and Bosphorus Cruise

    5. Istanbul: Full-Day Tour of 2 Continents and Bosphorus Cruise

    Experience the best of Istanbul's architecture, culture, and food on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in the city center, meet your guide and the rest of your group and make your way to the first stop of the day, the Old City Walls. Here, admire the remains of the defensive walls that protected the former city of Constantinople. Next, head to the Golden Horn, where you can admire panoramic views of the city and pick up a bite to eat for lunch. After a visit to the Spice Bazaar, where you can pick up some Turkish delights and spices to bring home to your friends, head to the pier where you will embark on a cruise around the Bosphorus. Take in unique views of sights such as the Bosphorus Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Camlica Hill. After your cruise, get dropped off back at your hotel.

  • Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Asia: Full-Day Tour

    6. Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Asia: Full-Day Tour

    Begin the tour with a stroll around the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and take in the magical scents of spices, fruits, and flowers. Continue with the Bosphorus Cruise and pass through the waterway separating the European and Asian continents. Marvel at the marble palaces and the ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture alongside modern luxury apartments and houses. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the last residency of the great Ottoman sultans. Peek into some of its 365 rooms and 22 saloons, famous for its great collection of European antiquities, furniture, and the 4.5 ton chandelier. Step from one continent into another within 2 minutes as you pass along the Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia. Then head up onto the Camlica Hill and take in the panoramic view over Istanbul and Bosphorus, before returning to your Cruise Ship.

  • Full Day Bosphorus Cruise & Asia Tour

    7. Full Day Bosphorus Cruise & Asia Tour

    After a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar (closed on Sunday), an unforgettable excursion starts between two continents, Europe & Asia. The cruise takes you along the latest palaces of Ottomans, The Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi, as well as 19th and 20th century, beautiful wooden Kiosks. Mansions and modern villas which form the elegant section of the city. Beylerbeyi Palace : A pleasant drive to the Asian part of Istanbul through suspension Bosphorus Bridge. The palace was the famous summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans with its magnificent gardens and breathtaking richness. The Beylerbeyi Palace lying on the beautiful shores of the Bosphorus is fully furnished and it is a perfect example of the late Ottoman architecture. Camlica Hill : Drive up to the highest hill of Istanbul called Camlica where you will enjoy a very impressive ...

  • Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace and Uskudar Guided Tour

    8. Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace and Uskudar Guided Tour

    Set off in your vehicle right from your hotel and drive over the first intercontinental bridge connecting Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus Bridge was built in 1973 and the length between its two legs is 1074 meters. At the time of its construction, it was the fourth-longest suspension bridge of the world. Explore the Ottoman mosques of Uskudar neighbourhood. After a photo stop, you will cruise along the suspension bridge before arriving at Dolmabahçe Palace. Explore the Dolmabahçe Palace, an architectural jewel in the heart of Istanbul. On Mondays, the palace is closed and will be replaced by Chora Museum. Led by a guide with specialist knowledge of the 19th Century Ottoman period, listen to the stories behind this luxurious building. Built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 and 1856, the Palace is a mixture of Turkish and French influences. The exquisite and luxurious tastes...

    Our tour guide was Mr Furkan Sari. We was an excellent guide who explained to us about Turkey’s history pretty well. We really enjoyed our tour with him

  • Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

    9. Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

    Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) was built between 1597 and 1664, also it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. You can find exotic aromas and various spices. It contains fruit vegetable, flower and fish shops inside. Rustem Pasha Mosque, for a tour. It was built by a famous Bosnian, Rüstem Pasha and designed by -one the most famous architect in history- Mimar Sinan. One of the most famous mosque in Istanbul for her interior design. Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Also famous with the great collection of European antiquity. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in the palace and died there. Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. Bosphorus Bridge, ...

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

    10. Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

    Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century A.D. and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and feat...

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What people are saying about Camlica Hill

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 259 reviews

The gate across two continents was really beautiful. We visited the Dolmabahçe Palace. A really impressive structure. Then we drove to a café from which we had a wonderful view of the Bosphorus and the surrounding residential area. Was fun.

We started our stay with this activity, which gave us a good idea of this gigantic city. The tour is well organized but a flat on the meal, we have never eaten so badly during our stay. It's the only regret of this tour

Great experience. Our guide Mevhibe was very friendly, gave really fascinating details about the places we visited and also gave us great insight into some of the Turkish traditions, culture etc. Highly recommend.

Our tour guide was Mr Furkan Sari. We was an excellent guide who explained to us about Turkey’s history pretty well. We really enjoyed our tour with him

Giro very nice and full of things to see. Prepared and nice guide.