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Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)
Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)

Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)

Dolmabahce Caddesi, Istanbul, 80680

The Basics

Designed to echo the contemporary style of luxurious European palaces, Dolmabahce Palace was the idea of Sultan Abdulmecid I. The last six sultans of the Ottoman Empire and the first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, all lived in the palace. Today it’s preserved as an extravagant museum, with the gilded details of the early 20th century still visible.

Tours are required to visit the palace, and many Istanbul half- and full-day sightseeing excursions combine Dolmabahce Palace with Topkapi Palace or a Bosphorus cruise.

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Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
star-4.5
$106.47 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great way to see sites in Istanbul and understand the culture.
Fascinating day. So enjoyed the spice market and Dolmabahce Palace. The cruise was interesting despite rainy weather. Our guide, Emir was delightful and so knowledgeable.
Nancy_H, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Excellent
Estelapreyes, Oct 2021
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
Oguzhan is excellent tour guide,we’re lucky to have him . He’s very knowledgeable ,patient , jolly and helpful.At the end of the tour feeling like we’re longtime friend. I strongly recommend this tour.
star-5
Thank you so much for...
ElinaS, Oct 2021
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
Thank you so much for your tour, it was really great , love the tour guide, excellent work 👏 I would really recommend this tour
star-4
Bosphorous Cruise
Doug_S, Apr 2020
Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents
This was an interesting tour. Our guide spoke English well and was friendly and informative. Unfortunately, it was pretty much a repeat of day 2 of our Best of Istanbul 2 day tour. The only part that was different was a bus ride to the Asian side and a look around from a coffee shop on a hill. This is an enjoyable tour, but after the 2 day tour we wished we had spent the day seeing something we hadn't seen before.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Francisco, Aug 2021
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
A Bosporus cruise is a must while in Istanbul. I highly recommend this one, we had a great day with Furkan who was a wonderful guide!
star-5
Excellent
Larry S, Nov 2019
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace
Excellent tour and tour guide. The tour was very descriptive and elaborate.we definitely recommend this tour. We really enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Great Experience
zubairuet18, Aug 2019
Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents
The tour was very nice and amazing. Complete value for Money.The Tour guide was very good.Mr.Barish.
star-5
Amazing guide!
Angela_T, Nov 2020
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
Lutfi is an amazing guide. He is personable, polite, and fun. He is very knowledgeable. He is very hygienic and made sure we always had hand sanitizer. I am very grateful to have had this experience with him and he made my trip to Istanbul one that I will never forget. I am so thankful to have had a guide like him!
star-5
Informative Tour
Lucas C, Jul 2019
Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Visit
After some initial confusion of where to meet (I suggest stating meeting at the clock tower once you pass security as to make it easy of knowing where to meet the guide), my guide did a wonderful job of highlighting and explaining the history of the palace.
star-5
Excellent
Arash K, Jul 2019
Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Visit
Worth the $$$..just to skip the lines and we learned a few things...the palace is beautiful and so are the outside grounds
star-5
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus tours
Nader S, Jul 2019
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace
Very nice and insightful tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and interactive. You get to see hands on all the historical sights of Istanbul
star-5
Dolmabahçe Palace - a must
Andrew_K, Sep 2020
Bosphorus Full Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Uskudar and Dolmabahce Palace
Really excellent guide. Dolmabahçe Palace was amazing, an excellent lunch and the boat tour is very worthwhile.
star-5
Very personalised tour as we were...
Sana A, Sep 2017
Dolmabahce Palace & Uskudar(Asian Side) Afternoon Tour
Very personalised tour as we were only 3 people on the group. The guide was really sweet. Camlica Hills offers great views over both european and asian side of Istanbul. Good place for picnic on top of the hill. The weather was lovely for the tour. And Dolmabahce Palace is a jewel in the crown for Istanbul, however the locals do not like the history associated with it but it is definitely a must visit for all tourists!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dolmabahce Palace is ideal for architecture and history buffs.

  • You can visit the palace only with a guided group tour.

  • In order to protect the carpets, the palace provides plastic covers for your shoes.

  • Dolmabahce Palace is a must-see for architecture and history buffs.

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How to Get There

Dolmabahce Palace is on Istanbul’s European side of the Bosphorus, walking distance from the Kabatas tram and bus stops, and ferry terminal. It’s also a short walk from the Besiktas bus stops and ferry ports. Taxis are another convenient option.

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When to Get There

Dolmabahce Palace is open from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday. A few major national and religious Turkish holidays affect opening times; check before visiting. Make sure to arrive with enough time to begin the palace’s required group guided tour, which usually takes about 45 minutes.

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Art in the Palace

Be sure to take time to admire the large collection of oil paintings that hang on the walls of Dolmabahce Palace. Toward the end of the Ottoman Empire, European-style portraiture become more popular, and sultans would often commission portraits by artists for the residence. There is an annex to the palace that contains much of the oil painting collection.

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