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Guided Tour of Dolmabahce Palace & Harem with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Enjoy a spirited guided tour of the Dolmabahçe Palace, a fitting symbol of the decadence of the Ottoman Empire!

Highlights

  • Walk around ticketing queues and head right into the palace, thanks to your skip-the-line tickets.

  • An expert guide will begin your tour right from the beginning, filling you in on unmissable details of the most expensive and posh residences of the Ottoman Empire Sultans.

  • After the 15-minute guided tour inside the garden of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy exploring the inside of the Dolmabahce Palace at your own pace with an audio guide.

  • Walk past the heavily-decorated rooms, the giant halls, many toilets, and striking Turkish baths.

  • Enter the Harem Section, the private living quarters of the Ottoman sultan and his family to learn more about this ancient sultanate.

  • Gasp at the brilliant blend of traditional Ottoman and Western European art by entering the Painting Museum.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line admission into Dolmabahce Palace

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic & Chinese

  • Entrance to Harem Section

  • Entrance to Painting Museum

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers

  • Entrance to Clock Museum

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bulgaria
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Kazakhstan
Guests from United States, Italy, Germany and over 24 countries have loved this experience
Giorgia Racioppi

Giorgia

4/5

Apr, 2024

Il palazzo è davvero meraviglioso, con vista sul mare. Mozzafiato 😍 Tuttavia, la guida è arrivata mezz'ora in ritardo perché la strada era trafficata, ma questa è una cosa che si sa: se un cliente arriva in ritardo perde i soldi, se la guida fa perdere mezz'ora al cliente non succede nulla... quando è arrivato, lui è stato molto sbrigativo, ha spiegato due cose sul giardino (che avevo già letto su Wikipedia) e poi se ne andato, per cui ho trovato la sua presenza utile solo al fine del salta-coda.
Lanore Larson

Lanore

5/5

Mar, 2024

Our guide, Arda, was the best. He was very prompt, efficient, provided plenty of very interesting information and answered questions.
Nada Karic

Nada

5/5

Oct, 2023

Thank you again for great experience. Tour guide and your customer centre was very kind and helpful answering all Our questions. Dolmabahce is amazing palace and i would recommend everyone who come to Istanbul to visit. It's a must.
Laura Jankevica

Laura

5/5

Sep, 2023

The palace is impressive, very beautiful. It was the best out off all seen in Istambul. But, the guide was 30 min late......
Mostefa kara soraya

Mostefa

3/5

Sep, 2023

Yes, the guide didn't stay with us, so it wasn't really a guided tour. He just explained the history of the palace at the entrance and gave us access to the audio guides.
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Located on the European coast of the Strait of Istanbul, the Dolmabahce Palace is the most elegant palace of the Bosphorus. One of the most expensive residences of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, this palace holds 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets, and six hammams (Turkish baths). On your guided tour, your expert tour guide will help you locate beautiful furnishings, exquisite artwork, and other treasures tucked away in various corners of the palace. Gasp at the 4.5-tonne crystal chandelier in the Grand Ceremonial Hall, one of the largest chandeliers in the world. Learn of the unique architectural style of this palace: a blend of traditional Ottoman and Western European (it is more European than Topkapi Palace as you’ll notice).

The grand Dolmabahçe Palace was the last and likely most expensive residence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It has 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets and six hammams (Turkish baths) and is set along the beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. There are many beautiful furnishings, artworks and other priceless treasures on display but one of the most spectacular is the 4.5 tonne crystal chandelier hanging in the Grand Ceremonial Hall. It's the largest chandelier in the world! Toward the end of the tour, enter the Harem Section which was the family section where the personal life of the sultan and his family took place. Find common halls and living quarters of the sultan, his wives, favorites and concubines, as well as his children and mother here. Followed by this, enter the Paintings Museum with works of art ranging in date from the 16th to 20th centuries.

Important Information

  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes to cover long walking distances

  • Note that during the winter season (November 1 to March 31), the palace opens around 9am and closes around 4pm.

  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your tour guide

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification

Meeting Point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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