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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.

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 the Bosphorus and take in the grand spectacle of the city’s houses and palaces from the river. Finally, enjoy a tour of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, once the administrative heart of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Tour

3. Istanbul: Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Start your tour going over the Bosphorus Bridge. Drive on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing the bridge from Europe to Asia. It is 1704 meters long and was the 4th longest in the world when it was completed. This is a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in just 2 minutes. Then take a short break for lunch at the top of Camlica Hill. Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, invites you to a beautiful panoramic view of Istanbul city and the Bosphorus. Then drive through Ortakoy, a cosmopolitan area near the waters of the Bosphorus. Turks, Greeks, Armenian's and Jews are live here and the neighborhood hosts many different religions. it is also a popular spot for locals with art galleries, night clubs and restaurants. Arrive at your final stop, Dolmabahce Palace, the first European style palace in the Ottoman Empire. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846. It is the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. It is also famous for its great collection of European art. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in this palace and died there. On Mondays the palace is closed and is replaced with a visit to the Galata Tower. This Tour departs daily with departure at 11:30AM and return at 5:00PM.

Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace and Uskudar Guided Tour

4. 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 of the era are evident everywhere you look. This palace boasts 285 rooms, 6 baths, 68 toilets and a ceiling made from 14 tons of gold. Splendid bohemian chandeliers adorn nearly every room and the famous crystal staircase is another example of the era’s decadence.

Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour

5. Istanbul: Full-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour

Experience the vibrancy of Turkey’s largest city on a combined full-day cruise of the Bosphorus and shopping tour, and discover the world’s only city to straddle 2 continents. Following a pick-up from your hotel at 8:30, visit the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, where the air is filled with the aroma of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and every other conceivable herb and spice. Then climb aboard for your Bosphorus cruise and see old wooden villas, marble palaces, historic fortresses, and small fishing villages along the shore. Pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. Continue to Ciragan Palace to marvel at the marble façade facing the water. Arrive at Ortakoy, where a vast number of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Pass Rumeli Fortress. built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, and completed in just 4 months to control the infamous Bosphorus passage. Next, see the summer residence of the Ottoman sultans at Beylerbeyi Palace, featuring original antique furniture, magnificent gardens, and a historic harem. Cruise under the Bosphorus Bridge for a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Go to the highest point of Istanbul at Camlica Hill. Once at the top, admire the panorama of Istanbul and Bosporus from the landscaped Ottoman gardens. Then, it’s time to shop, and watch traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see and buy jewelry, handicrafts, modern leatherwear, and more.

Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace Tour Full Day

6. 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 the most fascinating aspects of the palace, and answer any questions you may have on 19th century Ottoman history. Enjoy a journey of discovery through the stories, myths and great works of art related to this special place. Including religious sites such as Dolmabahce Mosque, this one day tour covers the full range of culture, history, and art of Istanbul in a relaxed, informative environment.

Istanbul: 3-Night/4-Day City Tour with Airport Transfers

7. Istanbul: 3-Night/4-Day City Tour with Airport Transfers

Day 1: Get picked up from the airport and transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Check-in and stay overnight here. Day 2: Begin your full-day of sightseeing at 9 AM when you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel. Spend the day exploring all of Istanbul's top attractions and sights including the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar). After the tour, transfer back to your hotel at around 6 PM ready for your second overnight stay.  Day 3:  Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 8:15 AM and enjoy another full day of sightseeing. Visit the Spice Market then take a boat cruise along the Bosphorus River. Explore Beylerbeyi or Dolmabahce Palace, and Camlica Hill. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel at around 6 PM ready for your third and final overnight stay.  Day 4:  After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the airport ready and in time for your onward departure.

Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

8. Istanbul Half-Day Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of the Ottoman palaces and Byzantine neighborhoods of Istanbul, including a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait between Asia and Europe. Transfer from your hotel to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), a bustling marketplace constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex. Rents from the shops went towards the upkeep of the mosque and its charitable activities. Next, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, looking at Asia on one side and Europe on the other. Marvel at the marble palaces, wooden villas and luxury apartments that line the waterway. Pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and see Beylerbeyi Palace, built by Sultan Abdulmecid on the site of a wooden mansion. Admire its blend of eastern, Turkish, and western motifs. Step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in just 2 minutes, and go to Camlica Hill for panoramic views of the city and its famous body of water.

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

9. 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.

Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise

10. 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 at the stunning city walls built by the Romans to surround and defend the city. 

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What people are saying about Camlica Hill

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 280 reviews

This was an amazing experience. Mev (apologies if I misspelt the name), our guide, was lovely and knowledgeable and made the tour that bit more exciting. We started the tour at the Pierre Loti hill where we had some nice views of the city and enjoyed a morning coffee. Then we went to see the Dolmabahce Palace which was impressive. After a delicious lunch, we took a cruise on the Bosphorus and saw the city from a different perspective.

Mevhibe was extremely helpful in the tour and I highly recommend her being tour guide wherever you go in Istanbul. We did the Bosphorus cruise and cable car with Dolbahmace Palace and it was very informative.

The tour was very nice but we suffer from traffic jams and wasted time. we got to the Spices Bazar late. Mev was sooo nice all day long and interested on our life. She was very professional.

The tour was amazing! My guide (Mev) was well informed and made the experience very personal. the sights, the food, and the cruise made the day something unforgettable!

Guide and driver were excellent. Guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. He always asked what we were interested in