Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 3 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Enter a world of Ottoman extravagance on a 3-hour tour of Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace, and then cross the Bosphorus Bridge to see Istanbul from its Asian side. With an expert guide, explore ornately decorated rooms like the Medhal Hall and the Crystal Staircase, learning about the sultans and dignitaries who once made the palace their home. The tour ends on a high note as you see the city skyscape unfold from the vantage point of Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Dolmabahçe Palace by air-conditioned coach with your guide. Sitting on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait, this magnificent building was one of the last palaces to be built during the Ottoman Empire. As you approach, gaze in wonder at the exterior’s decadence – a beautiful mix of Ottoman and European architecture.

Head inside and explore the sumptuous public rooms with your guide, learning about the sultans who once made the palace their home. Extravagance abounds around every corner -- watch for exquisite crystal chandeliers that frame opulent marble rooms.

Walk through the Medhal Hall and up the Crystal Staircase. Learn about Mustafa Atatürk – the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Listen about this much-revered dignitary from your guide, and hear how all the palace’s clocks were stopped at the time of his death – precisely 9:05am.

After your tour of the palace, hop back on board your coach and travel along Bosphorus Bridge – the iconic crossing that links the European and Asian continents. Before returning to your hotel, your tour takes you to either Çamlıca Hill or Yeditepe (depending on traffic conditions on the day). Both places are glorious vantage points from which you can see sweeping panoramic views over the city below – the perfect ending to your Istanbul tour!

Please note: Dolmabahçe Palace on Mondays & Thursdays will be replaced with Eyüp, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniatürk.

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
Departure Point

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel (Europe only), or in front of Sarayburnu Cay Bahcesi


Departure Time

2:00 PM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 12 Aug 2018 -

Patricia M

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

Image - 04 Jan 2018 -

Carole W

A must see. Fabulous palace .

Image - 18 Dec 2017 -

Lara

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 !

Image - 06 Jun 2016 -

Charles R

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.

Image - 11 Feb 2016 -

sumerixmj

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

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