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Highlights Tour of Dolmabahce Palace & Ottoman Harem Section with Skip-the-Line Tickets

€42
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  • Set along the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus, the Dolmabahce Palace offers much charm and sophistication upon first sight.
  • After skipping past ticketing queues, head right into the striking and ever-posh palace to begin your tour.
  • Follow around your tour guide, who will explain everything you see along the way, while giving you a deeper insight into Turkish history.
  • This palace has 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets, and six hammams (or Turkish baths).
  • After 15 minutes of touring the palace gardens, explore the inside of the Dolmabahce Palace on your own with an audio guide available in 10 languages.
  • Notice the 4.5-tonne crystal chandelier located in the Grand Ceremonial Hall, one of the world’s largest chandeliers.
  • Enter the Painting Museum which exhibits approximately 200 pieces from the palace's collection of paintings by artists of the 19th century.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line admission into Dolmabahce Palace
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic & Chinese
  • Entrance to Harem Section
  • Entrance to Painting Museum

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Entrance to Clock Museum
  • Tip: The outdoor side area of Dolmabahce Palace has a tall wall with multiple gates, with Bosphorus strait on the opposite side. The gate here makes for a good photo spot.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo: Dolmabahce Palace + Hagia Sophia + Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

€95
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  • Go on a guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern at a value price, anytime over 3 days.
  • Skip-the-line entry, English-speaking guides, and comprehensive 30 to 45min tours make this experience hassle-free.
  • At Dolmabahçe Palace explore the lavish interiors and historical treasures of Ottoman royalty in a 30min guided tour.
  • Witness a unique blend of Byzantine and Islamic art at the Hagia Sophia on a 45-minute tour, revealing its storied past.
  • Discover ancient water systems and the mysterious Medusa heads with a quick, immersive 30-minute tour of Basilica Cistern.

Inclusions

Dolmabahce Palace

  • 30min guided tour
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • English-speaking guide

Hagia Sophia

  • 45min guided tour
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • English-speaking guide

Basilica Cistern

  • 30min guided tour
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tip: If time permits, explore the Dolmabahce Palace gardens and nearby areas after the tour to unwind.
  • All 3 attractions are wheelchair accessible.
  • During high season the security check waiting time for Hagia Sophia is around 60 minutes and at Blue Mosque 45 minutes.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 2 days from the date of purchase.
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Combo: Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour + Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

€65
€57.91
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  • Save big with this combo as you explore the brilliant architecture of the Dolmabahce Palace and cruise under the pleasant sun on the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Skip the lines at the palace and explore its impressive blend of Ottoman, Baroque, and Neoclassical architectural styles with your English-speaking guide.
  • Roam around at your own pace and access the Harem section while listening to your multilingual audioguide.
  • Go to the pier for your cruise and enjoy marvelous sights along the European and Asian coastline while tuning in to the audio guide app.
  • Enjoy the scenic Bosphorus cruise, passing by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge.

Inclusions

Dolmabahce Palace

  • 15-min Dolmabahce Palace Highlights Tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line admission to Dolmabahce Palace
  • Access to the Harem section
  • Unlimited stay inside the palace
  • Audio guide in 15 languages

Bosphorus Cruise

  • 75-min cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Audio guide app in 9 languages

Exclusions

  • Transfer between the palace and the pier
  • Tip: April to May and Sept to Nov are the best months to visit Istanbul, the weather is more pleasant, the crowds are thinner and the city is alive with many festivals.

Dolmabahce Palace

  • An ID is required to access the free audio guide at the Dolmabahce Palace.
  • The Dolmabahce Palace audio guide is available in 15 languages.
  • Note that during the winter season (November 1 to March 31), the palace opens around 9am and closes around 4pm.
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays.

Bosphorus Crusie

  • The audio guide app for the Bosphorus Cruise is only accessible on Android version 10 or later.
  • The audio guide is available in 9 languages: English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo: Hagia Sophia + Topkapi Palace + Basilica Cistern Guided Tours Tickets

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  • Save time and money with this combo ticket valid for 3 days, and enjoy hassle-free access to the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern.
  • Skip the lines at Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern and enter all the 3 museums to start your guided tour.
  • Get the most important information and orientation tips from an official tour guide and benefit from an audio guide app available for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in 9 languages.
  • Following this, feel free to explore the museums at your own pace and listen to the interesting commentary on your audio guides.

Inclusions

  • Skip the line entry to Hagia Sophia
  • Guided tour of Hagia Sophia
  • Skip the line entry to Topkapi Palace (including Harem section) & guided tour (optional)
  • Skip the line entry to Basilica Cistern & guided tour (optional)
  • Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace audio guide (English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish)

Exclusions

  • Headsets
  • Hotel transfers
  • Meal inclusions
  • Please download the audioguide app in your smartphone prior to your tour.
  • The audio guide is available for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in the following languages: English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.
  • This ticket is valid for 3 days. You may come at the available times, to the meeting points and visit these with your Istanbul Welcome Card guide. You can visit all 3 museums in 1 day or on different days.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Dolmabahçe PalaceGuided Tours

Why take a Dolmabahce Palace guided tour?

Why take a Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour?

Which Dolmabahce Palace guided tour is best for you?

skip the line Guided Tours

Skip-the-line guided tours

Suited for: Visitors who want to explore in depth
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Ticket price: from €35

Why go for it?

  • Skip-the-line guided tour tickets allow you to bypass long queues and directly enter Dolmabahce Palace, giving you more time to explore it.
  • The expert English-speaking tour guide accompanying you will share interesting stories and anecdotes about the history, significance, and artifacts of Dolmabahce Palace, enriching your experience.
  • With these tickets, you can enjoy a comprehensive experience by visiting all the important attractions inside the palace.

Recommended tour:

combo guided tours

Combo guided tours

Suited for: Visitors who have limited time or are on a budget
Duration: 3 hours or more in total
Ticket price: from €45

Why go for it?

  • With combo guided tours, you can explore in depth many of Istanbul's top landmarks under one ticket, making them a cost-effective option. You also get a comprehensive tour of these places, ensuring you don't miss out on any significant attractions.
  • Along with Dolmabahce Palace, you also get to experience other top attractions like Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and a Bosphorus cruise.

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Highlights covered on Dolmabahce Palace guided tours

Dolmabahce Clock Tower
Dolmabahce Mosque at the Dolmabahce Palace
Atatürk's Room at the Dolmabahce Palace

Atatürk's Room

Ataturk’s Room was the official residence of the founder of modern Turkey. It has been preserved the way he liked it, including his books, and personal belongings, with even the clock displaying 9:05 AM when he passed away.

Sufera Salon at the Dolmabahce Palace

Sufera Salon (Blue Hall)

The Sufera Salon, also known as the Blue Hall for its intricate white and blue tilework, was Sultan’s reception hall. It is filled with opulent gold decorations and showcases the luxurious lifestyle of the Sultans.

Mabeyn-i Humayun at the Dolmabahce Palace

Mabeyn-i Humayun

Mabeyn-i-Humayun, also known as the Imperial Suite, was used by the Sultan for his daily activities. However, this room also features opulent decorations, ornate ceilings, and marble floors. 

Muayede at the Dolmabahce Palace

Muayede

The Muayede has been known to host several important events that shaped Turkey’s history. Like every other grand hall in the palace, this room also features gilded columns, intricate tilework, and crystal chandeliers.

Pink Hall at the Dolmabahce Palace

Pink Hall

The Pink Hall, also known as the Valide Sultan Divanhanesi, was used to receive noble visitors. It has beautiful paintings, fancy tilework, and a unique style of carpeting across the entire floor called Hereke. 

Medhal Hall at the Dolmabahce Palace

Medhal Hall

The Medhal Hall acts as the main entrance hall of the Dolmabahce Palace. It has a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, and ornate ceilings, designed to impress visitors and show off the grandiosity of the Ottoman Sultans. 

Frequently asked questions about Dolmabahce Palace guided tours

Can I book a Dolmabahce Palace guided tour?

Yes, you can book Dolmabahce Palace guided tours. They are a great way to learn more about Istanbul’s rich heritage and culture. 

How can I book a Dolmabahce Palace guided tour?

We recommend you book Dolmabahce Palace guided tours online to save time and money. Booking tickets online is also more convenient as you can reserve your spot in advance from the comfort of your home.

How much does a Dolmabahce Palace guided tour cost?

Dolmabahce Palace guided tours start from €35. You can upgrade your tickets to include combo offers like access to Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, or include a Bosphorus Cruise.

What are the different types of Dolmabahce Palace guided tours?

You can explore Dolmabahce Palace with skip-the-line guided tours or combo guided tours. Audio guides are also available in up to 10 languages, allowing you to gain a thorough understanding of this palace's rich history.

What is included in Dolmabahce Palace guided tours?

A typical Dolmabahce Palace guided tour includes skip-the-line access to the palace, an expert English-speaking tour guide, an audio guide in either English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, or Chinese, entrance to the Harem section, as well as entry to the Painting Museum. You can also stroll through the palace gardens.

In what languages are the Dolmabahce Palace guided tours?

When you book Dolmabahce Palace guided tours, an English-speaking tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour. You can also access an audio guide in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.

Is booking a Dolmabahce Palace guided tour worth it?

Yes, if you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the blend of Ottoman and European styles, how this architecture is an important reminder of Istanbul’s multi-faceted political history, and how Ottoman Sultans went about their lives, the Dolmabahce Palace is a must-visit for you.

Do the Dolmabahce Palace guided tours include skip-the-line access?

Yes, when you book Dolmabahce Palace guided tours, you can enjoy skip-the-line benefits as well. You do not have to stand in long queues and can spend more time exploring the opulent interiors. 

Can I cancel a booked Dolmabahce Palace guided tour?

Yes, if you have booked your Dolmabahce Palace guided tours online, you can cancel them up to 24 hours before the experience begins to get a full refund on your purchase. 

How long is the Dolmabahce Palace guided tour?

The Dolmabahce Palace guided tours come with a flexible duration. After 15 minutes of roaming the palace interiors with a tour guide, you can explore the interiors of the palace on your own with an audio guide. The audio guide is available in 10 languages and is included in your tour ticket.