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Dolmabahce Palace sits imposingly on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, and is a stunning example of Ottoman architecture. To get the fuller context of Istanbul's multi-layered history, here are other sights and experiences you should incorporate into your visit there.
The palace itself serves as a museum, bringing Istanbul's story to life. View the rooms where Ataturk spent his last days, as well as a whole host of antique furniture and art.
How many times have you been on two continents in one day? Every year, people rise to the challenge of swimming across the Bosphorus Strait. If you don't want to get your feet wet, you can simply take a ferry!
Sultan Mehmed II built Rumeli Castle in 1451, back when Istanbul was still known as Constantinople. It has retained its rustic charm, which can be viewed from the Bosphorus Strait!
In addition to its Islamic heritage, Istanbul has also been home to Jewish and Christian communities over the centuries. Walk the deep, turreted city walls which were built under Roman Emperor Constantine in order to guard against sea and land attacks.
Panoramic views and cultivated gardens characterize Camlica Hill, where you can spend an afternoon away from Istanbul's hustle and bustle but still take in the astounding beauty of the region.
If you plan to drive across the bridge, bear in mind that there's a toll to cross from Europe to Asia, but not vice versa
If you want to walk between the continents, there's a chance to do that once a year during the marathon!
In the southern European heat, staying adequately protected from the sun is essential! Make sure you stay in the shade around midday, and reapply sunscreen.
To enter Turkey as a US passport holder, you need to pay $30 for a 90-day visa. You can pay on arrival or easily purchase it online before your trip. Other nationalities may need to check beforehand for entry conditions.
- When to visitOpen 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Ticket office might close early if maximum number of daily visitors is reached.
- What is the price?Adult general admission starts at 30 lira. Harem entrance is additional 10 lira.
- Will I need a guide?Individuals are not allowed to explore without a guide. Many guided tours, also in English, are led throughout the day.
- How to get thereLocated just short walk from Kabatas tram stop.
- Additional tips
- Please note that within the Palace you are not allowed to take pictures but can still capture the impressive views and gardens surrounding the palace to share with friends and family.
- The changing of the guard outside the palace is a sight in itself! Pick a spot and wait to see this ancient tradition.
What People Are Saying About Dolmabahce Palace
A great service and the Guide was outstanding, knowledgeable and very flexible. Will use the service again, and if back in the same location (Istanbul and surrounding area) will work with same guide.
We had an awesome day. The tour started punctually. We got to visit all the places that were advertised. The guide knew very well everything and helped us with other things we needed and wanted to visit. We had a great lunch. So far the best we have had. Would totally recommend again.
I loved everything about the tour. Mehmet was an great guide, knowledgeable about history and about the small details of the city. The tour took us all around the area and we got to see how beautiful the city is and how rich it is in history and culture. I recommend it!
I was in Istanbul from 24 till 27 August '016 with my wife and three children. the guide mr. Murat Aksu was from 8.30 at our hotel, was very nice with a fluent and precise english. Murat had a very good knowledge about Istanbul and his history, also knew some hidden places for parking, breakfast, lunch and what's most important knew best place for baklava. i highly recommend this guide to ever one, especially if you are with children. thank you Mr. Murat,
They have a good over all route plan and the staff is extremely friendly. They make you feel like you are family.