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Guided Dolmabahce Palace Tour 2023

Discover the marvelous Dolmabahce Palace with a professional tour guide.

from: €38
1 hour

Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour

Go on a guided tour and skip the long ticket line at the entrance of the Dolmabahçe Palace. Join a professional guide and explore the beautiful palace to the fullest. Learn about the Dolmabahce’s history and how it differs from the Topkapı Palace.


Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Explore Dolmabahçe Palace – the most prominent royal residence of the Ottoman Empire and sultans. Meet up with your licensed guide in front of the Palace and enter with your skip-the-line entrance ticket. Start your guided tour of the residence’s stunning interiors, which were built to resemble European palaces. Learn all about the Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I’s 19th-century construction of the Dolmabahce palace.

Prepare to be amazed by the world’s largest collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers. You’ll be able to witness the beauty of the famous Bohemian crystal chandelier with its 750 lamps and 4.5 tons of weight.

Aside from the chandeliers, the residence boasts a vast collection of gold, which is especially prominent in the ornate ceilings. The intricate and detailed gold designs add a sense of opulence and grandeur to the already magnificent residence. You’ll be left in awe as you take in the sheer beauty and splendor of the gold decorations.

Take in the architectural style and furniture of the Dolmabahçe Palace as you continue with your guided tour. Find out how the Palace served as the last headquarters of the empire in the early 20th century.

The tour includes a guided visit to the palace’s main sections, such as the Grand Hall, the Crystal Staircase, and the Ceremonial Hall. You will also have the opportunity to see the palace’s impressive collection of artwork, furniture, and textiles. Our guide will help you explore the section and provide you with fascinating insights into its history and architecture.

After visiting the main sections, our guide will lead you on an exclusive tour of the Imperial Harem section. There you can explore at your own pace and learn interesting facts about the lives of the sultans and their families.

  • Dolmabahçe Palace skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Free time to explore
  • Entrance to Imperial Harem section (ticket only)
X not included
  • Clock Museum entrance ticket
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Meeting Point

Meet your guide near the Dolmabahce BUFE before the security line. You will see the guide holding a white flag with the logo “Istanbul Tourist Pass.”

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Visit Dolmabahce Palace

Explore the Ottoman Empire’s largest palace and discover the distinctions between Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace, offering insights into the diverse history and culture of the region.

Chandeliers Collection

See the intricate details and stunning designs of the most incredible collection of Baccarat and Bohemian chandeliers showcasing the exquisite craftsmanship and artistic talent of the time.

Visit Imperial Harem

Enjoy an entrance ticket to the Imperial Harem section and explore at your own pace without a tour guide.

Good to know before you go!

  • Skip the line is for the ticket line, not security control. You will still need to wait in line at security.
  • Free cancellation policy is available if you cancel the booked tour up to 24 hours before it starts.
  • Your guide will provide a headset for groups of more than 15 people during the tour.
  • The ticket is valid for 1 day. Make sure you select the correct date.
  • The palace is located very near the Kabatas Tram station. You can reach it easily from the Old Town and Taksim.
  • No photography is allowed inside the building.
  • Large bags or backpacks are not allowed at the entrance of the Palace. Please bring only essentials.
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FAQ – Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour

Is Dolmabahce Palace worth seeing?

Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul is absolutely worth visiting. It’s one of the prettiest monuments in the city of Istanbul, with amazing history and culture behind it. So we highly recommend visiting the Dolmabahce Palace if you get the chance.

How long does it take to tour Dolmabahce Palace?

Since Dolmabahce Palace is a really big residential complex, we advise you to take at least two to three hours to explore the palace. This time will be enough to truly appreciate the beauty and see all of the highlights of the palace.

How much is the entrance fee to Dolmabahce Palace?

The entrance fee to Dolmabahce Palace can vary depending on the time of year. If you want to explore the palace and the Imperial Harem section, we highly recommend booking a tour. Our tour offers an exclusive entrance to the Imperial Harem section, which is not accessible to individual visitors.

Is Dolmabahce Palace free entry?

There is no free entrance to the Dolmabahce Palace. If you want to visit the Dolmabahce Palace, you will have to book a guided tour or buy Dolmabahce Palace Tickets in order to enter.

Dolmabahce Mosque

Dolmabahce Mosque was constructed in the mid-19th century during the reign of Sultan Abdulmecid I, and it features neoclassical Ottoman architecture that blends Western and Eastern styles. The mosque was built as a part of the Dolmabahçe Palace. However, due to its monumentality and uniqueness, it became separate from the palace.

Clock Tower

Dolmabahce Clock Tower is an iconic landmark located between Dolmabahce Palace and its Mosque. It is 27 meters tall and was built during the late 19th century. The clock itself was made by the famous French clockmaker Jean-Paul Garnier, and it’s still in working condition today.

The Gates

The Dolmabahce Palace is home to two magnificent gates: the Treasury Gate and the Imperial Gate. The Treasury Gate was the main entrance used by the Sultan and his family, while the Imperial Gate was reserved for foreign dignitaries and visitors. Both gates are adorned with stunning artwork, including intricate carvings and gold leaves.

Ceremonial Hall

The Dolmabahce Palace’s Ceremonial Hall is renowned as one of the most impressive and grandiose rooms in the world, with monumental proportions covering an area of over 2,000 square meters. It also boasts a massive dome towering 36 meters high, adding to its magnificence. The hall served as the venue for many important state ceremonies and events. It is adorned with stunning chandeliers, intricate tile work, and gold leaf decoration.

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A Truly Great Tour

I was blown away by how beautiful the Dolmabahce Palace or the Dolmabahce Saray is. The Palace Museum, Ceremonial Hall, Clock Tower, Harem, and Painting Museum were incredible. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, and he gave us an amazing insight into the history of the palace, Ottoman Empire, and modern day Turkish Republic. Amazing Tour!


Amazing Tour Guide!

The tour guide was amazing, and we learned so much about the palace, its history, and its significance. The whole experience was wonderful, and I would recommend booking this guided tour to anyone who plans to visit the Dolmabahce Palace.


Great experience

Our guide was terrific. He was well educated and spoke clearly, telling us just the right amount of detail and history to help us appreciate what we were seeing. He was receptive to questions, friendly and fun. We could have toured the palace on our own, but I believe we had a much richer experience there because of this guide.


Luxurious and breathtaking Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace is a magnificent palace built in the 19th century. The palace is renowned for its stunning European architectural styles, making it one of Istanbul’s most beautiful buildings. It took 13 years to build and complete it. The total cost was around five million Ottoman gold lira, which is equivalent to 1.5 billion dollars today.

The palace served as the residence of the last six Ottoman Sultans and the founding father of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Dolmabahce Palace is an expansive complex with 285 rooms, 46 halls, 68 toilets, and 6 Turkish baths, showcasing its grandeur and elegance. It’s no wonder the palace’s name is derived from the Turkish words for “filled” and “garden,” as it truly is a palace filled with treasures and beauty.

Overall, Dolmabahce Palace is a must-visit destination for anyone who appreciates history, art, and architecture.

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