Skip the long ticket lines and enter the Dolmabahce Palace with a licensed guide. Benefit from a brief 10-minute introduction to the history of the…
Explore Istanbul at your own pace on board a double-decker, open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See all the famous landmarks, from the Hagia…
Begin the tour with a fantastic cruise along the Bosphorus providing marvelous views of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Marvel at the…
Enjoy an entire day of sightseeing in Istanbul on this one-day tour of the Bosphorous River and Dolmabahce Palace. Including a 90-minute boat cruise,…
Visit magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, the principal residence and the administration center of the Turkish Ottoman Empire during the 19th century.…
Visit the fascinating Dolmabahce Palace, stunning Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill with an local expert guide.
Explore Istanbul and the Bosphorus on a full-day tour and see the main sights, including the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Camlica Hill. Then…
Discover the magic of Istanbul on a private 1 or 2-day walking tour. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue…
Take a private tour of the Ottoman Empire’s 2 most important palaces in Istanbul. You’ll see Dolmabahce Palace, long admired for its stunning…
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.