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Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

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Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

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Skip the ticket line and enter the Dolmabahçe Palace with a professional guide. Learn more about the history of the palace and its differences with the Topkapı Palace. Gaze in awe at the mesmerizing view of the Bosphorus Strait.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Visit the largest palace of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire
  • See the greatest collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers
  • Learn about the differences between Dolmabahçe and Topkapı Palaces
Full description
Explore Dolmabahçe Palace - the biggest royal residence of the sultans and the imperial family of the Ottoman Empire. Meet your licensed English-speaking guide outside the monument and enter with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Begin a guided tour of the stunning interiors. Learn about how the palace was built by the orders of Sultan Abdülmecid I and opened in 1856. Admire the greatest collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers on the planet, including the biggest Bohemian chandelier ever. Marvel at the vast collection gold inside, specifically on the ornate ceilings.  As you continue the tour, learn about the distinct differences between the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Topkapı Palace - for example, the architectural style and the way that the furniture was used. Find out about how the Dolmabahçe Palace was the last headquarter of the empire and was served until 1922.
  • Entrance ticket to Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Free time to explore
  • Entrance ticket to Imperial Harem
  • Entrance ticket to Clock Museum
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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In front of the clock tower outside Dolmabahçe Palace, Vişnezade, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. 38 A, 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

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  • Per museum's rules, for groups between five to 15 people, visitors must use an audio guide provided by the museum.
  • For groups more than 15 people, our guide will provide a headset during the tour.
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4.6 /5

based on 56 reviews

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Wow words cannot describe how amazing was this tour! And, the best thing in this tour wasn't the Dolmabahce Palce which is great and stunning, but our lovely guide Ilke. She is so perfect and she is a truly professional person. We had other great tours in different countries but this one was definitely number one because Ilke made this an unforgettable experience. Not only her perfect history knowledge impressed us but also her personal touch about the present life in Turkey, about Turkish traditions and religion. We found out so many new things in general and felt like we were walking and talking to a longtime friend. Our best wishes and thaughts to you Ilke, hope to see you again!

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September 30, 2021

It was perfect! The guide was waiting for us as expected. he was informative and very cooperative, he had good knowledge and he is so dedicated , the tour took 2 hours instead of 1 hour and he was trying to show us everything. The place is amazing and absolutely a must visit . Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside of the palace .

August 4, 2021

We had a great tour with Ozzie! After being scammed earlier in the day visiting some other sites, it was a relief to meet Ozzie and have a in depth and peaceful tour of the palace. He shared with us a lot of history about Turkey and all the details of the palace. It is a stunning building inside and out with some incredible details! Definitely worth a visit and we enjoyed having Ozzie guide us through with all his knowledge!

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December 31, 2020

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