Dolmabahce Royal Palace Half Day Tour

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Half Day tour of Dolmabahce Royal palace (Half day - morning tour). Dolmabahçe Palace, located on the shores of the Bosphorus, was built between 1843-1856. The palace, which was built under the order of Sultan Abdulmecid, the 31st ruler of the Ottoman Empire, bears the signatures of Garabet Balyan and his son Nikogos.

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About this activity

  • Departure Location: Istanbul
  • Event days:
  • Tour duration (approximately): 4 Hours
  • Tour guiding & Greeter: English , Turkish
  • Booking confirmation: Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher: Both is accepted.
  • Wheelchair accessible: Available
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • Easy Online Booking: Fast, Easy & SSL Secure Booking
  • Skip the ticket line: Available
  • Tour ID: 305


  • Dolmabahce royal palace
  • Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque
  • Royal Gardens of Dolmabahce
  • Half day tour

Full Description

Half day (morning tour) Dolmabahçe royal palace, Royal gardens and Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan mosque

This tour does not provide drop-off service at the hotel at the end of the tour. At the end of the tour, participants can get off the tour bus at Taksim Square or Sultanahmet Square.

Dolmabahce royal palace
Located in Besiktas district on the European side of Istanbul, the palace was built in 1853. It was built during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid. The architect of the palace, whose name is unknown, is Armenian Garabet Bayan. The architect who died before completing the palace was replaced by his son Nikogos Balyan. The 400-year-old Topkapi Palace, the main palace of the Ottoman Empire, was abandoned with the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace. It was home to 6 sultans and the last Ottoman Caliph Abdülmecid Efendi until 1924, when the Caliphate was abolished. Between 1927-1949 was used as the working authority of the Presidency. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk used this palace in his work in Istanbul and died here. After 1984, the palace was opened to the public as a museum.

Structure of the Palace
The palace has 285 rooms, 44 lounges and 6 baths. It has a 600 meter dock. On the land side there are 2 magnificent monumental gates, one of which is very ornate. Although the palace was built under the influence of the West and was modeled on European palaces, the harem part was built as a separate section in a different style.

Architectural Style
Because of the admiration of Western architecture, the great tradition of Ottoman classical architecture was abandoned in the construction of the Dolmabahçe Palace. Thus, baroque, rococo and empiric art style manifests itself intensely in this structure. The intense Western influences manifest themselves only in style, and the creation of spaces and architectural plan schemes correspond to the traditional Turkish house type.

Architectural Decorations
The most magnificent part of the palace is the part where the state affairs are carried out. The Medhal hall, crystal staircase, ambassador hall and red room, which are encountered at the entrance, are decorated in a magnificent way to emphasize the splendor of the state. Dolmabahçe Palace has a high magnificence and richness that is not found in any palace. The interior design furniture, silk carpets and curtains have been originally preserved.

Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque
It was started to be built by order of Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan, who played a role in Ottoman social life as a charitable person with numerous foundations. After the death of Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan in 1853, the mosque was completed by his son Sultan Abdülmecid. Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque has been called Dolmabahçe Mosque since the day it was built because it fell right across the courtyard door in the direction of Clock Tower of Dolmabahçe Palace.

Price included

  • Pick-up from centrally located istanbul hotels with air-conditionen and non-smoking tour bus
  • Entrance fee to Dolmabahce palace
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Service fees and local taxes
  • Food, beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel drop-off (Tour ends at Taksim and Sultanahmet square)

Pick Up Place

For half day Istanbul Dolmabahce tour, Pick up is available from centrally located Istanbul hotels. Pick-up and drop-off from hotels far from the center and the airport is subject to an additional charge. Pick up from hotels in anatolian side of Istanbul is not available.

Pick up Point

Lobby in hotels

Details to know

Half day Dolmabahce palace tour, with tour guiding, and entrance ticket to the palace

Half Day Morning Tour (By Bus)

Dolmabahçe Palace
Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque

This tour may include a visit to a leather production shop. It is possible to shop at factory (first hand) prices.

Dolmabahçe Palace will be replaced with the Chora Museum on Monday and Thursday
Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque will be replaced Monday and Thursday / Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

On this tour you will not drop back to hotels at the end of the tour. The end of the tour will be Sultanahmet or Taksim.

Additional information

Tour program for Half day Dolmabahce palace tour in Istanbul

Visit the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans on a half-day tour to Dolmabahce Palace. Different from the tourist center, reaching the palace alone can be a challenge for you. With from the hotels round-trip transfer service, and with the tour guide you can comfortably travel around Dolmabahce in an air-conditioned vehicle. After the guided tour of Dolmabahce palace, you will visit the Baroque-style Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque (or before Dolmabahce palace).

  • Pick-up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul
  • Transfer to Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque near Dolmabahce palace
  • Visit to the Dolmabahce Palace (Last residence of the Ottoman sultans) The Dolmabahce Palace, built in the 19th century, is one of the most charming palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire, where the last Ottoman Sultan lived.
  • Visit to the Royal Gardens
  • End of tour: Taksim or Sultanahmet (no return to hotels)

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Hello, Thank you very much for contacting us about daily Istanbul tours. Unfortunately, we no longer do the half-day Dolmabahçe Palace tour. We do not have a tour that visits Dolmabahçe Palace from the inside. Topkapi Palace: There is no waiting as we have tickets for the interior visit in advance. Early reservation is important for daily Istanbul tours, it is highly recommended. Best regards, Vigo Tours

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