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Go beyond Istanbul’s top attractions and discover more of the city on this multi-faceted 5-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling between the sights by air-conditioned coach, visit Çamlıca Hill on the Asian side to witness the breathtaking panoramas over the Bosphorus, European side and old city. Then, drive across the Bosphorus Bridge, the vast suspension bridge that connects Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus Strait. Finish with a guided tour of the 19th-century Dolmabahçe Palace. Stuffed with lavish chandeliers, gold and marble, this ornate sultans’ residence will astound you with its opulence!


  • 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

After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel by air-conditioned coach to Çamlıca Hill on the city’s Asian side. On route, listen as your guide shares stories about Istanbul’s long history from its Roman days to its time under Ottoman rule.

Drive up the hill and admire the unbroken views from the 879-foot-high (268-meter) summit. Look out over the Bosphorus Bridge and Bosphorus Strait, and cast your eyes over the Golden Horn inlet framed by the domes and minarets of the old city.

Then, drive across the Bosphorus Bridge — the vast suspension bridge that spans the Bosphorus Straits and links Europe and Asia.

Absorb the views as you cross, and then visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, the magnificent sultans’ palace on the European-side waterfront.

Learn how it was one of the last palaces of the Ottoman era, and behold its ornate façade as your guide explains its mixture of Ottoman and neoclassical styling. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the lavish apartments and halls. Hear about the rulers who resided here and gaze in awe at the sumptuous rooms aglitter with chandeliers, gold, silk and marble.

View highlights such as the Medhal Hall and Crystal Staircase, and learn about Mustafa Atatürk, Turkey’s first president, who used the Dolmabahçe. Learn how he died here in 1938, and how his bedroom clock remains permanently fixed at 9:05am, the time of his death.

Having explored the palace, return to your coach and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: the Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, when your visit will be substituted with a visit to the Chora Museum.

Customer Reviews

Muniza T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was wonderful.....Dolmabahce Palace is beautiful. Our guide Elliyan I think was very knowledgeable and friendly. The bus driver too was a friendly and a patient man. The way he navigated the big bus through the narrow streets of Istanbul was amazing.

Ismail k

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

Mohammed A

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.

Paskalis K

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 .

Yogesh J USA

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.

David T

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Worthwhile trip, the palace is very impressive.

Weatherford T

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.

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