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Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)
Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)

Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi)

Dolmabahce Caddesi, Istanbul, 80680

The Basics

Designed to echo the contemporary style of luxurious European palaces, Dolmabahce Palace was the idea of Sultan Abdulmecid I. The last six sultans of the Ottoman Empire and the first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, all lived in the palace. Today it’s preserved as an extravagant museum, with the gilded details of the early 20th century still visible.

Tours are required to visit the palace, and many Istanbul half- and full-day sightseeing excursions combine Dolmabahce Palace with Topkapi Palace or a Bosphorus cruise.

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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport
Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport
$65.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
excellent tourist guide. Very...
excellent tourist guide. Very professional and knowledgable. Its a must seen palace in Istanbul.
GustavoA_B, Oct 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

star-5
To see Dolmabahce Palace totally worth it!!
Dora_R, Jul 2022
Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul
Dolmabahce Palace - magnificent place to visit and so much to see!! Our tour guide was amazing.👏 We had a great time !! ❤❤
star-5
An amazing day
Mark_H, Jul 2022
Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahce Palace & Istiklal Street
My guide was Emily and it was like having a good friend for a day. Got along with her really easily and she was very knowledgable. Had a really lovely day and was sad to say goodbye 😭
star-4
Worth to visit
Panikos_V, Jun 2022
Dolmabahçe Palace: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour
Very impressive palace. Luxury is everywhere. The guide explained with lot of details the history of the palaces
star-5
Dolmabahce is beautiful!
Elaine_M, Apr 2022
Dolmabahçe Palace: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour
We really loved this tour. Our guide Ilke was very helpful and informative and the palace was beautiful
star-5
Dolmabahce palace
Sheela_V, Mar 2022
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise And Dolmabahce Palace Tour – Full Day
Dolmabahce palace was awesome. Our tour guide Korhan was very knowledgeable and he made the trip very enjoyable. He was very patient answering all our questions. He was punctual with the pick up and drop off
star-5
Amazing personalized tour
Durga_J, Mar 2022
Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahce Palace & Istiklal Street
Our tour guide Omur (I hope I remember his name correctly) was fantastic. Prompt pickup right in our hotel lobby, and a very personalized tour for our desires. He was extremely knowledgable about the palace and cruise, but most importantly when we told him we enjoyed wine, specific parts of history, etc. he really went above and beyond to tailor our experience. We loved this tour and recommend it.
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Bosphorous Cruise
Doug_S, Apr 2020
Istanbul Boat Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents
This was an interesting tour. Our guide spoke English well and was friendly and informative. Unfortunately, it was pretty much a repeat of day 2 of our Best of Istanbul 2 day tour. The only part that was different was a bus ride to the Asian side and a look around from a coffee shop on a hill. This is an enjoyable tour, but after the 2 day tour we wished we had spent the day seeing something we hadn't seen before.
star-5
Excellent
Lalit_S, Nov 2019
Dolmabahce Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Küçüksu Palace
Excellent tour and tour guide. The tour was very descriptive and elaborate.we definitely recommend this tour. We really enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Great Palace Tour
Eleni_F, Dec 2021
Dolmabahçe Palace: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour
This tour was my first tour in Istanbul and I was excited. The palace is very luxurious and our guide very polite and informative. I understood a lot about the history of the Othoman Empire and all the palaces of Istanbul. I will recommend it to friends!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dolmabahce Palace is ideal for architecture and history buffs.

  • You can visit the palace only with a guided group tour.

  • In order to protect the carpets, the palace provides plastic covers for your shoes.

  • Dolmabahce Palace is a must-see for architecture and history buffs.

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How to Get There

Dolmabahce Palace is on Istanbul’s European side of the Bosphorus, walking distance from the Kabatas tram and bus stops, and ferry terminal. It’s also a short walk from the Besiktas bus stops and ferry ports. Taxis are another convenient option.

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When to Get There

Dolmabahce Palace is open from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday. A few major national and religious Turkish holidays affect opening times; check before visiting. Make sure to arrive with enough time to begin the palace’s required group guided tour, which usually takes about 45 minutes.

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Art in the Palace

Be sure to take time to admire the large collection of oil paintings that hang on the walls of Dolmabahce Palace. Toward the end of the Ottoman Empire, European-style portraiture become more popular, and sultans would often commission portraits by artists for the residence. There is an annex to the palace that contains much of the oil painting collection.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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