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.

About this activity

  • Tour Duration: 4 Hours
  • Booking confirmation: Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher: Accepted
  • Wheelchair accessible: Available
  • Cancellation policy: FREE Cancellation
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  • Skip the ticket line: Yes
  • Tour Guiding: English , Turkish
  • Tour ID: 305
  • Departure Location: Istanbul

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  • 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 tour

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.

  • Pick-up from hotels
  • Transfer to Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque
  • Visit to the Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Visit to the Royal Gardens
  • End of tour: Taksim or Sultanahmet (no return to hotels)

Price included

  • Pick-up from hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Service fees and local taxes
  • Food, beverages
  • Personal expenses

Know before you go

Pick Up Place

Centrally located Istanbul hotels. 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 Point

Lobby in hotels

Important information

Half Day Morning Tour (By Bus)

Dolmabahçe Palace
Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque

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.


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Price list

Başlangıç: 01/01/2020 Bitiş: 31/12/2020

Location Adult 12+ Child 00-02 Child 03-07 Child 08-11
Istanbul € 40 € 0 € 29 € 35

Başlangıç: 01/01/2021 Bitiş: 31/12/2021

Location Adult 12+ Child 00-02 Child 03-07 Child 08-11
Istanbul € 40 € 0 € 29 € 35

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