Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi) Tours

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When the Ottoman sultans wanted to update their living space, they moved from the sprawling Topkapi complex on Seraglio Point to the more classically proportioned Dolmabahce Palace, also known as Dolmabahce Sarayi.

The sultans lived here from 1856 to 1922. With its columns and pediments, the opulent palace has a very European appearance, and the interior is a mid-Victorian statement in over-the-top luxury.

Gilt, marble and crystal abound. A particular highlight is the world’s largest crystal chandelier hovering over the center hall, a gift from Queen Victoria. Guided tours lead from waiting rooms to the offices of the Grand Vizier and other ornate apartments looking over the sea.

The palace has a special place in the hearts of modern-day Turks, as the leader Atatürk made the palace his home and it was here that he passed away in 1938.

Practical Info

Dolmabahce Palace is on the European side of the Bosphorus, in the district of Besiktas. You can reach the palace by catching a tram from Sultanahmet Square, or by ferry. A guided group tour is required to step inside Dolmabahce.

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Address: Dolmabahce Caddesi, Istanbul 80680, Turkey
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Hours: Open 9am - 4pm, closed Mondays and Thursdays. No individual tours available
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Admission: 20 TL
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Bosphorus Cruise With Dolmabahçe Palace and Fortresses

Visit the Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy a 1.5-hour Bosphorus cruise on this 5-hour private Istanbul tour. Explore the Dolmabahçe, the last, lavish palace of the Ottoman sultans, and the Rüstem Pasha mosque. Then, enjoy an afternoon Bosphorus cruise, passing the Rumeli and Anatolian fortresses, Bosphorus Bridge and Topkapi Palace before finishing with time at the Spice Market. A flexible itinerary, choice of departure times, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Istanbul Ottoman Palaces

Step back in time to the heyday of the Ottoman Empire on a full-day tour of three spectacular Ottoman palaces. Your knowledgeable guide takes you through the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its harem section. Take a break for lunch in Sultanahmet (own expense), then continue to Dolmabahçe Palace, where the last Ottoman Sultan lived and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first President of Turkey, entertained foreign visitors. Finally, enjoy a stroll through the gardens of Yildiz Palace, built in 1880 for the 34th Sultan.
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Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul

Explore Istanbul with your own personal guide on a full-day tour of the city that includes a 2-hour Bosphorus cruise aboard a private yacht. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour as you visit a stunning palace and mosque, and soak up the exotic scents of the Spice Bazaar. Walk through the atmospheric neighborhood of Ortakoy, then leave the shore behind for a luxurious cruise. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus while you discover unforgettable views of waterside villages, palaces and ports.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

Cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour take you on a 2.5-hour boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. You will stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, this tour comes with a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

Enjoy a night on the Bosphorus Strait filled with belly dancing and Anatolian folk music during this 3.5-hour dinner cruise from Istanbul. This Bosphorus dinner cruise traverses over the strait’s beautiful evening waters and passes Istanbul’s best sights. See the illuminated Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Blue Mosque as you watch a traditional performance and savor great food and drinks.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bosphorus Dinner and Show Cruise with Transport

Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine and entertainment as you cruise down the Bosphorus, between Istanbul’s European and Asian shores. Tuck into a spread of traditional mezes, try some Turkish Raki or Anatolian wine, and enjoy entertainment by folk dancers, belly dancers and live musicians. Don’t forget to look out to sea and soak up the scenery as you pass landmarks like the Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bosphorus Strait Cruise with Rumeli Fortress or Kücüksu Palace Tour

Sail between two continents and visit the extravagant Küçüksu Palace or Rumeli Fortress on this 2.5-hour Bosphorus sightseeing cruise in Istanbul. Learn about the sights and Istanbul’s history from the onboard guide, and admire splendid views of top Istanbul attractions as you sail the strait that divides Europe from Asia. Gaze out over the domes, towers and minarets of the historic peninsula, cruise under the vast Bosphorus Bridge, float by Dolmabahçe Palace, and go ashore for a tour of either the picturebook Rumeli (Mondays and Thursdays only) or Ottoman Küçüksu.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Admire beautiful architecture and capture stunning views of illustrious palaces during a full-day tour in Istanbul including a Bosphorus cruise. Aboard a cozy coach explore the highlights of Istanbul including the Walls of Constantinople, views of the Golden Horn and witness the lively Spice Bazaar on foot. You will then experience a must-do in Istanbul, a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. The cruise concludes with a visit to the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace where Istanbul’s late sultans once resided. Plus, you will gaze over this east-meets-west city for eye-popping views at Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Cruise along the landmark lined waters of the Bosphorus Strait and stroll through the entrancing Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar during this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the bazaar’s abundant spices such as cardamom, mint, cinnamon, and have free time to explore on your own. Then, learn about Istanbul’s history from your expert guide as you set course for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Aboard the ship, enjoy glimpses of famous Istanbul monuments like the impressive Rumeli Hisari Fortress and Dolmabahçe Palace.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1 day or 2 days.
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Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace

Step into the fascinating world of Ottoman sultans, courtiers and harems with a 5-hour tour of Istanbul that includes two imperial palaces and a 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Explore the exquisite grounds of Dolmabahçe Palace, a 19th-century court surrounded by manicured grounds and water views. Leave Eminonu Pier for the Bosphorus Strait, and spot iconic towers, palaces, mosques and fortifications along the shoreline. Learn about the elaborate Ottoman hunting parties at Küçüksu Palace then enjoy views of the Asian side of the city while returning to your hotel.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day Private Tour to Dolmabahce Palace from Istanbul

Join an experienced guide for a leisurely tour of Istanbul’s top sights, including Dolmabahce Palace, Eyup Mosque, Camlica Hill and the Maiden's Tower. Visit the palace and the mosque, learning from your guide about the history of the city, from the time of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires to the present. You’ll also have time to experience the social culture of Istanbul during stops at cafes located on hilltops with sweeping views over Istanbul and the Bosphorous River.  Your tour includes entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Istanbul Bosphorus New Year’s Eve Dinner, Show and Sightseeing Cruise

Make this a New Year to remember with an unforgettable Bosphorus dinner and sightseeing cruise. Sail past Istanbul’s glittering skyline and floodlit landmarks like the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Dolmabahçe Palace, then watch as fireworks rain down over the Blue Mosque as the city rings in the New Year. Tuck into a delicious 3-course meal and unlimited drinks, enjoy belly dancing and folk music performances, and celebrate the countdown to midnight with a champagne toast, before dancing the night away to an onboard DJ.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul

See the glittering lights along the Bosphorus Strait on a 3-hour cruise with dinner and a cultural show in Istanbul. Kick off the night with a welcome cocktail on deck, and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline. Relax over Turkish appetizers and grilled entrees as belly dancers and folk dancers take the stage to the haunting sounds of traditional music. Sip a cup of Turkish coffee or a drink from the open bar, listen to music from a live DJ and soak up stunning nighttime views of Istanbul.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Istanbul Bosphorus and Two Continents Tour

Take in Istanbul’s incredible position straddling Europe and Asia on this full-day tour. Rather than concentrating purely on the city’s European side, enjoy a 2-hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, sailing between two continents past sights including the Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Then, drive across the strait via the Bosphorus Bridge for a panoramic tour of the colorful Asian side. 3-course lunch, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Istanbul Super Saver: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Explore Istanbul’s touted sites on the cheap by combining a cruise, dinner with Anatolian folk music and a market visit on this Super Saver tour. Select from two different times to start your tour. An professional guide will inform you about the rich history of your experiences throughout the day. See the Egyptian Spice Market, cruise the Bosphorus Strait, and conclude with a 4-course Turkish dinner, including drinks and a belly-dancing show.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Istanbul Two Continents Tour Including Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

Discover one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Get around in comfort and style with a Mercedes minivan, and beeline with your guide to the Spice Bazaar, a historic market full of the smells and colors of Turkey. Stroll the old corridors of Dolmabahçe Palace, the final place that Ottoman emperors occupied. Then, cruise down the Bosphorus Strait, taking in the sights of the Asian and European sides. This tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

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!
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full Day Istanbul Two Continents in One City Tour

See Istanbul on a full-day coach tour that includes a cruise on the Bosphorous River, which divides the continents of Asia and Europe. Cross the water by driving over the Bosphorus Bridge then take in the views from Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul. Visit Beylerbeyi Palace — an architectural gem from the Ottoman Empire, then take in fragrant and colorful spices and other goods of the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Cruise the Bosphorus River by boat for great views of Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, waterfront mansions and the stunning city skyline.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

Delve into Ottoman luxury on this 3-hour guided Dolmabahçe Palace tour in Istanbul, plus head over the Bosphorus Bridge to see the Asian side of the city. Prepare yourself for pure extravagance as you visit the home of former sultans and nobility. See its elegant rooms such as the Crystal Staircase and Medhal Hall. Then, climb to Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill and snap postcard-worthy photos from one of the best view points of the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Evening Sunset Cruise in Istanbul

Witness the beauty of Istanbul at dusk on this 1.5-hour evening sightseeing cruise and watch the sunset over both the European and Asian sides. The on board loud speaker will highlight all the sights as you sail past, so keep a look out for Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Ortaköy & Mecidiye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Cıragan Palace.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Morning Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise

Experience a beautiful boat ride along the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and wander the Spice Bazaar on this 3.5-hour guided tour in Istanbul. On this tour, you will discover the colorful Spice Bazaar and elegant Rüstem Pasha Mosque before spending the rest of the day sightseeing on the Bosphorus, a must-do in Istanbul. Explore the inlet to the Golden Horn which separates European Istanbul and capture amazing sights of Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus bridge and Dolmabahçe Palace. With serene coastal views of the Old City it’s no wonder people can’t seem to put their camera down as they cruise the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Short Guided Bosphorus Boat Tour with Transport

Comfortable transport from your central meeting point takes you to your Bosphorus cruise. In less than two hours, you’ll get a chance to see all of Istanbul’s best attractions on the gentle waters of the Bosphorus. With special commentary from your guide, you’ll admire Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Ottoman villas, and bridges. Ask questions about everything that you see, all while straddling Asia and Europe.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market in Istanbul

Time at Istanbul’s Spice Market and a Bosphorus cruise top many people’s agendas when they visit the city, and this 3.5-hour trip combines them into one afternoon. Explore the spice, herb, and food stalls at the 17th-century Spice Market, also called the Egyptian Bazaar. Then, sail between Europe and Asia on a cruise along the Bosphorus, passing the Dolmabahce Palace, Ottoman villas, bridges, and other sights. Central hotel and port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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