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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Cross Istanbul’s stunning Bosphorus Bridge, take in spectacular city views from Çamlıca Hill and explore ornate Dolmabahçe Palace on this 5-hour tour! Travel by comfortable coach to Çamlıca Hill on the Asian side for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and then cross the glittering Bosphorus Bridge back to the European side. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the waterside Dolmabahçe Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Filled with exquisite chandeliers, gold, marble and silk, this extravagant royal residence will take your breath away with its opulence!

Highlights

  • 5-hour Istanbul sightseeing tour including the Bosphorus Bridge, Çamlıca Hill and Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Cross the Bosphorus Bridge for spectacular views over the Bosphorus Straits
  • Explore the Dolmabahçe Palace’s extravagant interiors with an expert guide
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from Çamlıca Hill on its Asian side
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

Cross the stunning Bosphorus Brige on your tour

Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned coach as you hear interesting facts about Istanbul’s history from your guide.

Once on Istanbul’s Asian side, your first destination is Çamlıca Hill, the highest point in Istanbul at 875 feet (267 meters) above sea level. Drink in the panoramic views over the immense Bosphorus Bridge and the city’s minarets, domes and turrets, all framed by the sparkling Bosphorus Straits and Sea of Marmara.

Afterward, drive along the Bosphorus Bridge, the huge suspension bridge that spans the Straits, and capture the spectacular views as you cross.

Next, arrive at the Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided visit. This magnificent waterfront palace was one of the last built during the Ottoman Empire and boasts a lavish exterior combining Ottoman style with 19th-century Neoclassical architecture.

Head inside to tour the imperial residence’s sumptuous interiors. For an hour and 15 minutes or so, explore the extravagant halls and chambers as your guide tells you about the last Sultans who lived here. Marvel at the opulence — chandeliers, marble, gold and silk abound — and see highlights such as the grandiose Medhal Hall and Crystal Staircase. Learn about Mustafa Atatürk, Turkey’s first, revered president, who used the palace and how all its clocks were stopped on his death, at exactly 9:05am.

After your palace tour, board your coach and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour its a door to door service when you pass the bosphorus bridge there's a short walk to the top if the hill and the view down is amazing (w/c) just back of the cafe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

It was such a good trip with someone who speaks English in Turkey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a knowledgeable guide. Enjoyed tour but wish pick-up point would be established when booking the tour. When coming from the ship taxi drivers tell you meeting point is a great distance when it is right across the street. Please have pick-up point for cruise passengers designated with address given before sailing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This one was very interesting tour I been in Dolmabahce Palace before but I did it again for my daughter and my grand daughter were very enthusiastic .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Excellent tour. It was great to see Europe from Camlica Hill in Asia. Except for the ever-present traffic of Istanbul, the trip over the Bosphorous Bridge and around the city was interesting. Enjoyed the palace tour. Excellent guide and well-planned tour. Definitely worthwhile.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Dolmabache Palace is worth seeing. Istanbul Walks is a good company with friendly guides. Logistics and scheduling could be a lot better. I know these companies maximise revenues by mixing half and full day tours, but it can be a challenge logistically I had to do some waiting because my afternoon start time meant the full day group had to come meet me. I think guides in general, not just in Istanbul, should make its high priority to introduce guests by name at the outset of the tour. I often introduce myself to guests, but I believe it would be in the guides' best interests to do this and take responsibility, making for better group chemistry. I've been on a lot of tours this summer, and only a fraction of them included the guides' eliciting names from participants at the beginning. If I'm spending between four and eight hours with someone, it's more comfortable if I know his or her name.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

This was a good short tour. We were picked up on time and driven to the Asian side. Had some time to take pictures. Then went to the tour at the palace, which is amazing. I was very impressed. The guide was informative and took his time. At the end, we were dropped off at our hotel.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

I had the tour all to myself. It's operated by Istanbul Walks. The pick up was prompt and the guide was engaging and friendly. They take you to the top of the hill and you can see Istanbul if it's clear. After, we went to the Palace which was interesting and the guide provided a lot of interesting information during the interior tour. If you want to see the last Ottoman palace built in Istanbul, it's worth the afternoon.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

the guide was unfriendly and the Camlica hill we drove for a long time to reach it and the view was not worth the hassle.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

The tour of Dolmabahce Palace was well-organized and I appreciated the information given to us by the guide. However, traffic was so heavy that we spent way too much time in the bus trying to get to the Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill and, in my opinion, the view from either were not worth the drive.

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