Guided Dolmabahçe Palace Museum Tour

Discover The Iconic Residence Of The Sultans Of The Ottoman Empire!

Get ready to dive into thousands of wonderful stories, legends, treasures, and Sultan’s life! You will be amazed by Dolmabahce Palace Harem, the blue hall, and the pink hall.

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Duration: 60 Minutes Check Time table to see starting times

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Guide: English


Discover Dolmabahce Palace with a local guide

See the beautiful furnishings, artworks and other priceless treasures!

Learn the magnificent history of Dolmabahce Palace


An amazing skip-the-line guided tour of Dolmabahce Palace

Entry to Dolmabahce Palace

Professional English-speaking tour guide

Covid-19 precautions

Safety: All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

Social: Distancing is maintained in museums

Mask: Wearing mask is mandatory during museum visit

Limited Visitors: To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited

Historical and Architectural Construction of Dolmabahçe Palace

The grand Dolmabahçe Palace was the last and likely most expensive residence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It has 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets and six hammams (Turkish baths) and is set along the beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. There are many beautiful furnishings, artworks and other priceless treasures on display but one of the most spectacular is the 4.5 tonne crystal chandelier hanging in the Grand Ceremonial Hall. It's the largest chandelier in the world!

You will notice that Dolmabahçe Palace has a more European style than Topkapı Palace. In the 19th century, Sultan Abdül Mecit hired Armenian architects, a French decorator and European artists to build a modern Palace like those of other European Monarchies. The result is the unique mix of traditional Ottoman and Western European styles you see today.

When the Ottoman Empire came to an end and the Turkish Republic was formed, the Palace was used as a State Residence for visiting dignitaries. Later, it became the Presidential Residence of Atatürk in Istanbul.

Today, Dolmabahçe Palace has been completely restored and is a very popular museum. Join our guided tours to find out more interesting facts and see it for yourself!

An amazing skip-the-line guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace EXCLUDING the Harem.

Monday: NO TOUR

Tuesday: 3:30 PM

Wednesday to Sunday: 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM

Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

How To Get There?

Where to meet?

Go through the security check and meet your guide at the clock tower in front of Dolmabahçe Palace.

Dolmabahçe Palace is very close to the Kabataş tram station. Take the T1 tram to Kabataş or the funicular from Taksim metro station and get off at Kabataş station. From there, look around for the gas station. Cross the road in that direction and continue past the gas station for about 5 minutes.

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Guided Dolmabahçe Palace Museum Tour is Included in Istanbul Go Pass®️ with English speaking Professional Guide.

  • Skip-the-line is available only with a certificated tour guide.
  • Access to the Harem is NOT included in your Istanbul Go Pass..
  • The tour starts at the clock tower in front of Dolmabahçe Palace.
  • Istanbul Go Pass holders do not pay admission at Dolmabahçe Palace unless you choose to purchase a ticket to the Harem..
  • Due to museum's rules, for groups between 5-15 people visitors have to use Audio Guide provided by the museum..
  • For groups more than 15 people, our guide will provide you headset during the tour..

Since the land obtained from the bay, which was filled in to create a more suitable area for ceremonies, was later called 'Dolma garden' and gradually turned into a private garden. Dolma means stuffed in Turkish.

No, this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting the digital Pass at the museum. You need to enter with the tour guide.

You can find meeting location at 'Hours & Meeting' section, our guides carry a white flag with the logo of Istanbul Go Pass®

You can find tour hours at 'Hours & Meeting' section. Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

The palace can be visited throughout the week between 9 AM and 6 PM, except for the first days of the religious holidays and the new year’s day.

Absolutely. It is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city of culture, and it holds an incredible amount of history. Being an Ottoman palace with a huge cultural background, we believe you will learn a lot from your Dolmabahce visit.

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