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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. 

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Charles R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

sumerixmj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

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

Guillermito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Anne M

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.

Ye, Selina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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

gheorghe p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

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Sabaruddin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

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

Sabina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

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

Fauzi Adnan

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.

Susan G

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

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

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