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Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

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Fatih, Turkey

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • 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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Departure Point

Tamara Restaurant, Sultan Ahmet, Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:14, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible

Guests who do not want a pick up service, they need to come to meeting point which is in front of Tamara Restaurant at 13:45

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Bosphorus Bridge
Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
Stop At:  
Camlica Hill
Çamlıca Hill, famous for its widest bird’s eye panoramic view of İstanbul from Marmara Sea to the Black Sea, gives a chance to see the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from one of the best point of the highest and most appealing places of the city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul.

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Make sure to double check meeting time
492yanyanh
, Oct 2019
Didn’t receive any communication regarding meeting time although both my email address and contact number were provided and the only time indicated on the voucher is NOT the meeting/pick up time at hotel. As a result we missed the tour and had to negotiate for a refund. Have to say other providers I tried did way better in these advanced notices. We went to visit the palace ourselves with audio guide instead. The palace itself is beautiful and worth the time!
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Worst four ever
Wanderer22149525303
, Aug 2019
It was one hour late by the time we went to the palace...due to pickups and traffic issues. The guide went through the tour at a very fast pace. Didn’t have time to enjoy. We were rushing past to make up for the lost time.
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Beautiful Palace; Uninformed & Uninteresting Tour
J8660ALCalifGal
, Aug 2019
Use another tour provider! I paid to be picked up and had to pay for a cab to the meeting location. I paid for an English tour and I (solo) was put with a primarily Spanish-speaking group so 60% of the tour was in Spanish which means what information that was given in English was basic. How unfair that 60% of the tour wasn't available to me...I didn't pay 40% of the price! Take the audio tour instead.
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Great palace, very bad tour
Relax64990010686
, May 2019
The only good thing about the tour was that we did not get to stand in line for the tickets. But the guide left us alone with some electronic device to tour the palace. We book these tours for the human interaction. We could have bought the tickets and downloaded an audio guide ourselves. Transportation to the site was very bad too. We departed from our hotel to a meeting point to join with another group in another bus. A completely unnecessary trip considering the time and distance covered. Overall, great palace but you'd be better served if you can get the tickets yourself.
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Thank you Viator for the unique...
Patricia M
, 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.
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My sister and I had a wonderful...
Lara
, 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 !
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Thanks to our amazing tour guide the...
Charles R
, May 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.
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This was very interesting. The guide...
sumerixmj
, Feb 2016
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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This tour was wonderful the guide...
Susan G
, 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!
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A very well organised afternoon with...
Phillip O
, 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.
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