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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.