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Top sights in Istanbul
Dolmabahce Palace sits imposingly on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, and is a stunning example of Ottoman architecture. To get the fuller context of Istanbul's multi-layered history, here are other sights and experiences you should incorporate into your visit there.
The palace itself serves as a museum, bringing Istanbul's story to life. View the rooms where Ataturk spent his last days, as well as a whole host of antique furniture and art.
How many times have you been on two continents in one day? Every year, people rise to the challenge of swimming across the Bosphorus Strait. If you don't want to get your feet wet, you can simply take a ferry!
Sultan Mehmed II built Rumeli Castle in 1451, back when Istanbul was still known as Constantinople. It has retained its rustic charm, which can be viewed from the Bosphorus Strait!
In addition to its Islamic heritage, Istanbul has also been home to Jewish and Christian communities over the centuries. Walk the deep, turreted city walls which were built under Roman Emperor Constantine in order to guard against sea and land attacks.
Panoramic views and cultivated gardens characterize Camlica Hill, where you can spend an afternoon away from Istanbul's hustle and bustle but still take in the astounding beauty of the region.
If you plan to drive across the bridge, bear in mind that there's a toll to cross from Europe to Asia, but not vice versa
If you want to walk between the continents, there's a chance to do that once a year during the marathon!
In the southern European heat, staying adequately protected from the sun is essential! Make sure you stay in the shade around midday, and reapply sunscreen.
To enter Turkey as a US passport holder, you need to pay $30 for a 90-day visa. You can pay on arrival or easily purchase it online before your trip. Other nationalities may need to check beforehand for entry conditions.
- When should I visit?
- Open 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Ticket office might close early if maximum number of daily visitors is reached.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult general admission starts at 30 lira. Harem entrance is additional 10 lira.
- Will I need a guide?
- Individuals are not allowed to explore without a guide. Many guided tours, also in English, are led throughout the day.
- How to get there
- Located just short walk from Kabatas tram stop.
- Additional information
- Please note that within the Palace you are not allowed to take pictures but can still capture the impressive views and gardens surrounding the palace to share with friends and family.
- The changing of the guard outside the palace is a sight in itself! Pick a spot and wait to see this ancient tradition.
What people are saying about Dolmabahce Palace
This guided walk was the highlight of my visit to Istanbul. The enthusiasm and flexibility of the guide were genuinely commendable. I could not have asked for a more committed guide, we set off at 0900 and finished at about 1800. We walked, rode in trams, the funicular (cable) cars, sat and drank tea among the old Turkish men, visited the Hagia Sophia Mosque, drank coffee at the Federal Galata coffee shop and walked through large bazaars and markets. Interestingly, one of the more memorable things we did was to explore several Han. These are two or three storey buildings, which house small workshops for artisans. If you are thinking about a visit to Istanbul, then I wholeheartedly recommend using this organisation. Also, despite the world political situation, I found Istanbul to be a safe city, where no more than the usual security issues of travelling seemed to exist.
This was my first time in Istanbul, so having two days with a guide was essential for understanding this amazing city and its history. On my own I could not have found my way to so many places, or learned so much. Saban Sezer was an excellent guide; I always have questions to ask that many visitors would not, as I am interested in Islamic architecture and as I live in Egypt and am interested in how in the past Turkish traditions have transferred to Egypt, Saban was patient with my questions and with me wanting to spend longer in some places that interested me. He gave information even about places you don't have time to visit in your first two days, places we just passed on the cruise, and that makes me want to return for more exploring of Istanbul.
The ticket purchase and subsequent tour was great value for money. The guide was on time and spoke excellent English. The price we paid was significantly less than similar tour providers. The guests however, must arrive at the gate of the palace on time using their own means of transport (a plus for me). Few downsides worth mentioning, the maintenance work at the palace reduced the overall time spent inside it, since many rooms were closed. My ticket did not provide access to the Harem and the painting museum.
Kadir Kucekeren was absolutely fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and we saved lots of time enjoying Istanbul with him. He knows all the secrets to truly enjoy the city in a safe and efficient manner. He personalized our trip to fit our cultural interests - like Süleymaniye Mosque. He is very caring of his guests; he helped my mother up and down the old city steps. He is a true gentleman and I will always be grateful to him for his patience and understanding.
I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. We learned so much. He really listened to our interests. He took us to local reputable locations that we could trust. I'm a photographer so he gave us great locations for my photos. Two days of of total safe fun. He was kind and considerate of our needs. We not only learned about Istanbul, we have a new friend. Thank you so much for making our trip so memorable. We recommend this tour to everyone.