3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Enter a world of Ottoman extravagance on a 3-hour tour of Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace, and then cross the Bosphorus Bridge to see Istanbul from its Asian side. With an expert guide, explore ornately decorated rooms like the Medhal Hall and the Crystal Staircase, learning about the sultans and dignitaries who once made the palace their home. The tour ends on a high note as you see the city skyscape unfold from the vantage point of Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe.

Highlights

  • Half-day Dolmabahçe Palace walking tour in Istanbul
  • Admire the palace’s Ottoman and European architecture before stepping inside
  • Explore Dolmabahçe Palace’s public rooms including the Crystal Staircase and the Medhal Hall
  • Learn about Mustafa Atatürk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey, who lived and died in the palace
  • Cross Bosphorus Bridge by luxury coach and enjoy panoramic city views from Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe

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What You Can Expect

Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Dolmabahçe Palace by air-conditioned coach with your guide. Sitting on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait, this magnificent building was one of the last palaces to be built during the Ottoman Empire. As you approach, gaze in wonder at the exterior’s decadence – a beautiful mix of Ottoman and European architecture.

Head inside and explore the sumptuous public rooms with your guide, learning about the sultans who once made the palace their home. Extravagance abounds around every corner -- watch for exquisite crystal chandeliers that frame opulent marble rooms.

Walk through the Medhal Hall and up the Crystal Staircase. Learn about Mustafa Atatürk – the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Listen about this much-revered dignitary from your guide, and hear how all the palace’s clocks were stopped at the time of his death – precisely 9:05am.

After your tour of the palace, hop back on board your coach and travel along Bosphorus Bridge – the iconic crossing that links the European and Asian continents. Before returning to your hotel, your tour takes you to either Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe (depending on traffic conditions on the day). Both places are glorious vantage points from which you can see sweeping panoramic views over the city below – the perfect ending to your Istanbul tour!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Well worth a visit. Still mostly furnished so able to see how the last sultans actually lived [ Topkapi Palace older and also very interesting but more of a museum]. Also lovely setting on the Bosphorous. Very good guide and hotel transfers went smoothly. Not enough time to see much of the harem unfortunately but otherwise excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

More than excellent. Had a grt time!! Recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The tourist guide is full of knowledge,he explain everything and we understand each of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

This tour was perfect. We all enjoyed it very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Our guide, Osman, was full of energy and knowledge of the palace. Entertained us with stories of the past. A must visit place in Istanbul.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Well organised, prompt pick-up and very informative guide, however, too much time spent at Camlica Hill - nobody interested in taking a coffee break and everyone just hung around the carpark waiting for their return trip.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2015

Our hotel was about 1 mile or so from the palace, but we were picked up and driven clear across town to a meeting point and then back again to the palace. With traffic it took 2 hours. Then since we were late we were rushed through the tour. Skipped the ride over the bridge to Asia since we were so late and with traffic at a crawl we thought it would be several more hours before we would get back. Our tour guide was good and did his best in the bad situation.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

very long route taken to reach the place in so much traffic
the tour in the palace didn't include the harem area which is the most important part of the palace

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

Actual tour of palace was 45 minutes and view from Asia side 20 minutes the other 3 hrs was spent in a bus in traffic. The tour was suppose to be in English but the quide did it in English and German and was not able to be heard. Very dissappointing would not use company again.

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