Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul - Reviews

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Sana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

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!

Louis B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

Great tour. Everything crammed in.

Terry Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

I really like the tour guide. He was knowledgeable and very likeable.
The palace was very beautiful.

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

jbuhlman

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.

OMAR H

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2016

Pros:
Very friendly guide
Location, we got to see a new area

Cons:
Time, we started a bit late and we spent most time on the road
we had to go through most of the sites quickly so it was more of a glimpse

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.

js839

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.

PaulGBoston United States of ... 

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.

Basel A

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2015

the guide was unfriendly and the Camlica hill we drove for a long time to reach it and the view was not worth the hassle.

Susan F

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

The tour of Dolmabahce Palace was well-organized and I appreciated the information given to us by the guide. However, traffic was so heavy that we spent way too much time in the bus trying to get to the Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill and, in my opinion, the view from either were not worth the drive.

Nasir A

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2017

253 for 4 adults and 5 children for approx 40mins of actual tour is a rip off, not worth a spend at all! We expected a full bus but only 1 other person joined us after about 40minutes of travel from our hotel and during that journey the tour wasnt with us and we were sitting in the bus not knowing where we are going, not a single word from the driver.

This was advertised as 5 hour tour but only 40mins was the actual tour and another 60 mins on the road. Supposed to visit Dolmabahce Palace instead they took us to Chora Museum that was under major refurbishment/restoration work and I would say only 20 of the area was open and rest 80 was unaccessible because of the restoration work. We traveled over the Bhohsporus bridge but no commentory from the tour guide, i.e. history.

This wasn't a tour but a very expensive taxi service!!

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