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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more


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.
  • 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
Meet your guide at your centrally located Istanbul hotel, then hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and cruise to Dolmabahçe Palace. During your drive, learn how this palace was one of the final palaces constructed by the Ottoman Empire. Arrive and admire this ornate blend of European and Ottoman architecture that rests along the banks overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. 
Step into the palace and discover eye-popping rooms that once hosted sultans and their royal guests. Alongside your guide, stroll into pristine marble rooms and gaze up at twinkling crystal chandeliers.
As you wander down the Medhal Hall, gain insight about Mustafa Atatürk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Hear how all the clocks in the palace were set at 9:05am, the approximate time the exalted Atatürk passed away. Then, see the Crystal Staircase and imagine the aristocrats that once sauntered along its red carpets.
Following the palace tour, pop back into your coach and voyage across the iconic Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe to Asia. Then, depending on traffic on the day of your tour, cruise up to either Yeditepe or Çamlıca Hill. At either location, enjoy marvelous views of the cityscape and gather friends and family to snap photos. Finally, cruise back to your hotel, on the European side, where your tour ends.
Special note: On Mondays and Thursdays Dolmabahçe Palace is closed and will be swapped with Eyüp, Miniatürk and Pierre Loti Coffee House.


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, Aug 2018

Thank you Viator for the unique experience of visiting Dolmabahce Palace. It was not on our tour and yet it is one of the highlights of Istanbul.

, Jan 2018

A must see. Fabulous palace .

, Dec 2017

My sister and I had a wonderful experience ! The tour was amazing and the guide BORA was so cultivated and spoke a perfect english that made the tour more interesting.
Everything was on time with no delay . Would highly recommend it !

, May 2017

good tour

, Jun 2016

Thanks to our amazing tour guide the whole trip was excellent, he held our attention and kept a good flow of interest, information and good spirits throughout the trip.

, Feb 2016

This was very interesting. The guide gave us a real look into the past and the wealth and power of the sultans.

, Feb 2016

This tour was wonderful the guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour. The Palace is incredible and the view spectacular!

, Sep 2015

A very well organised afternoon with a Hotel pickup to join the tour a central location. Our guide was very informative and the tour of Palace well organised given the number of visitors. Our return to our Hotel was another tour of the city as there were many drop offs and ours was the last. A good afternoon.

, Aug 2015

Although it is expensive, it is excellent. I recommend this trip around the city. You can visit place as Galata Tower and Taksim Square.

, Apr 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.

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