Istanbul: Camlica Hill and Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour

4.3 / 5

30 reviews

Istanbul: Camlica Hill and Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour

From $53.92 per person

Wander through the opulent rooms and gardens of the Dolmabahçe Palace. Led by an expert guide and in intimate groups, learn the stories behind this decadent architectural jewel in the heart of Istanbul.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 4 hours
Starting time 1:30 PM
Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from centrally-located Istanbul hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the opulant décor of Istanbul's Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Experience great views over the Bosphorus
  • Visit the highest peak in Istanbul at Çamlıca Hill
  • Drive from Europe to Asia on the first intercontinental bridge connecting Europe and Asia
Full description
Set off in your vehicle right from your hotel and drive over the first intercontinental bridge connecting Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus Bridge was built in 1973 and the length between its two legs is 1074 meters. At the time of its construction, it was the fourth-longest suspension bridge of the world. Visit Çamlıca Hill, the highest peak of Istanbul. Following a short drive from the suspension bridge, reach the 268-meter-high hill, from where you can admire the splendid panorama of the Bosphorus Strait. After a photo stop, we will cruise along the suspension bridge before arriving at Dolmabahçe Palace. Explore the Dolmabahçe Palace, an architectural jewel in the heart of Istanbul. On Mondays, the palace is closed and will be replaced by Chora Museum. Led by a guide with specialist knowledge of the 19th Century Ottoman period, listen to the stories behind this luxurious building. Built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 and 1856, the Palace is a mixture of Turkish and French influences. The exquisite and luxurious tastes of the era are evident everywhere you look. This palace boasts 285 rooms, 6 baths, 68 toilets and a ceiling made from 14 tons of gold. Splendid bohemian chandeliers adorn nearly every room and the famous crystal staircase is another example of the era’s decadence.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Dolmabahçe Palace Museum is closed on Mondays. This will be replaced by a visit to the Chora Museum
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.5/5
  • Transportation
    3.0/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5
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I had the best tour guide Ozzy! As soon as he and his driver came to pick me up the cultural experience began. Prior to arriving at the palace we made a stop at the newly built Mosque over looking the city. Ozzy was an absolute delight and I recommend his knowledge and service to anyone new to Istanbul.

September 2, 2019

A lot of driving time and little visiting time

We were disappointed with the tour. We spent a lot of time getting to Camlica Hill and we barely had 15 minutes to look around. We had to get back on the bus for another long drive back to Dolmabahce and we barely had 40 minutes to visit the Palace. We felt rushed and we did not get to enjoy the visits as much as expected. Not worth it. I was expecting more from this tour. Positive comment: The guide was very nice

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July 4, 2019

Very good, but too much car time. We had to get in 1 hour earlier.

June 8, 2019

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