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Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®

Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®

From US$ 36.90 per person

Skip the ticket line and enter the Dolmabahçe Palace with a professional guide. Learn about the history of the palace, its differences from the Topkapı Palace, and enjoy entry to Imperial Harem.

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Enjoy entrance to the Imperial Harem section (without a guide)
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 of 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 how the Dolmabahçe Palace was the last headquarters of the empire and was served until 1922. At the end of your tour, you can explore Imperial Harem on your own freely, without a guide.

Includes
  • Entrance ticket to Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Licensed guide
  • Free time to explore
  • Entrance to Imperial Harem section (ticket only)
  • Entrance ticket to Clock Museum
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Dolmabahce BUFE before the security line. The guide will be holding a white flag with the logo "Istanbul Tourist Pass."

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Skip the line is for the ticket line, not security control. You will still need to wait in line at security
  • For groups of more than 15 people, your guide will provide a headset during the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 170 reviews

Review summary

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Getyourguide is perfect to plan ur holiday. Good deals. N as I was running late to my meeting time I msged them n was able to reschedule within 1 hour of appointment time n no extra charges. Guide was easy to locate n informative. This is good reliable site for planning holidays

November 2, 2022

Nice tour that does not take too long (approx. 60 min) After that you can look around on your own wooden as long as you want. Our guide Ozzy was a cool guy, very clear & professional. Explains everything well and concisely, so that you learn a lot about history in a short time. Downside: Voucher indicates that the harem part is included, but unfortunately this turned out to be incorrect.

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October 1, 2022

We went on a Friday. There weren't that many people. Our guide spoke good English and met us at the main entrance. Need to go through security check but not ticket queue. We had headphones so we could hear everything the guide said. He had told in a way that made it not boring. Was good at managing the group. Answered questions if you had any. Satisfied with the tour which lasted an hour. We entered the Harem later without a guide. We were satisfied with the trip. Well organized.

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September 24, 2022

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