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Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

1. Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace Admission and Guided Tour

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 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 about how the Dolmabahçe Palace was the last headquarter of the empire and was served until 1922. At the end of your one hour tour, you can explore Imperial Harem on your own freely, without a guide.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Ticket

2. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Ticket

Visiting Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace requires standing in 2 lines: one for the ticket, and one for the security check. With this combo ticket, you skip the ticket lines and enter the two most famous landmarks in Istanbul as fast as possible, giving you more time to spend inside these museums. To use your voucher, meet your local host at the entrance of Hürrem Sultan Hamam. They are available at the time selected during the booking process at a very visible meeting point. Your host will then take you through the skip the ticket line gate to enter the museums. With this combo ticket, you can visit each museum one time. You can visit both museums in one day or you can visit each museum on different days. It is recommended to visit the museums either before 10:00 AM or after 2:00 PM since it will be less crowded inside.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

3. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

All trips to Istanbul should include a visit to the most famous Christian church in the world, the Hagia Sophia, located in the old town in front of the Sultanahmet Square. Combine this experience with a river cruise on the Bosphorus. From the boat, admire the city's most historic buildings and almost all seven hills. At the entrance of Hürrem Sultan Hamam, meet a local host who will take you through a fast-track line to enter the site, followed by a short security check. Once inside, explore the gardens and admire the monumental architecture of the building which was reinforced during the Ottoman Era. Enter the building through the main gate and marvel at the frescoes in the first hall. Check out the second floor to see the original frescoes of the Orthodox church and even a mark made from a viking intruder on the wall. Begin either with the cruise or from the Hagia Sophia. Your local host will help you get oriented and advise you of the best time to visit both attractions so as to avoid long lines. You may use the same voucher for both experiences, even on two consecutive days. Please note that you can easily walk from the meeting point to the pier.  The cruise lasts a bit less than two hours and takes you along the Bosphorus and inside the Golden Horn. While on the boat, take photos of the whole city and admire important monuments and mosques from a distance. The boat will return to its departure point and then you are free to walk back to the old town center.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

4. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

Visit one of the most famous sites in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace, located in the old town only a few meters from the Hagia Sophia. Combine this visit with a fabulous sea cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. From the boat you will be able to admire most historical buildings and almost all 7 hills of the eternal city. Meet a local host at the Topkapi Palace who will take you through a fast-track line to enter the site, after a short security check. Explore the gardens and admire the massive walls that secluded the Sultan from the outer world. Enter the different gardens through 3 consecutive gates and admire the Arabic architecture. Inside the buildings, see the mosque, the meeting point for the government officials and the Sultan, as well as some private rooms. After you visit the beautiful Topkapi Palace, make your way to the pier for your Bosphorus cruise. Enjoy a relaxing journey which takes you along the strait and inside the Golden Horn. While on the boat, take photos of the whole city and admire important monuments and mosques from a distance. The boat will return at the same point and then you are free to walk back to the old town center.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,018 reviews

Overall, it was an excellent tour and experience. We met our tour guide in the meeting point, and the tour started. In the garden of the palace, he introduced us with the most important and the most interesting details about the Dolmabahce Palace, how and when it was built, and its main purpose. After that, we proceed to the Dolmabahce Palace. The Palace is beautiful, it's built in European style which is so atypical for Istanbul. Beautiful ceilings, chandeliers and rooms, the grand hall is breathtaking. Courtyard of the palace is also very beautiful.

Great tour, highly recommend! It was not too long but we still managed to see all the highlights. Our guide (Mehmed) was fantastic! Do not miss Konyali restaurant in the first courtyard of Topkapi palace :)

Very interested and interesting guide who made this visit very lively and rich in anecdotes.

Ilke explained everything very well! Thanks again for the nice experience :)

Perfect amount of time with the perfect amount of information! Great tour!