Istanbul, Turkey

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Time5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Go beyond Istanbul’s top attractions and discover more of the city on this multi-faceted 5-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling between the sights by air-conditioned coach, visit Çamlıca Hill on the Asian side to witness the breathtaking panoramas over the Bosphorus, European side and old city. Then, drive across the Bosphorus Bridge, the vast suspension bridge that connects Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus Strait. Finish with a guided tour of the 19th-century Dolmabahçe Palace. Stuffed with lavish chandeliers, gold and marble, this ornate sultans’ residence will astound you with its opulence!
  • 5-hour Istanbul sightseeing tour including the Bosphorus Bridge, Çamlıca Hill and Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Cross the Bosphorus Bridge for spectacular views over the Bosphorus Straits
  • Explore the Dolmabahçe Palace’s extravagant interiors with an expert guide
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from Çamlıca Hill on its Asian side
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off
After pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel by air-conditioned coach to Çamlıca Hill on the city’s Asian side. On route, listen as your guide shares stories about Istanbul’s long history from its Roman days to its time under Ottoman rule.

Drive up the hill and admire the unbroken views from the 879-foot-high (268-meter) summit. Look out over the Bosphorus Bridge and Bosphorus Strait, and cast your eyes over the Golden Horn inlet framed by the domes and minarets of the old city.

Then, drive across the Bosphorus Bridge — the vast suspension bridge that spans the Bosphorus Straits and links Europe and Asia.

Absorb the views as you cross, and then visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, the magnificent sultans’ palace on the European-side waterfront.

Learn how it was one of the last palaces of the Ottoman era, and behold its ornate façade as your guide explains its mixture of Ottoman and neoclassical styling. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the lavish apartments and halls. Hear about the rulers who resided here and gaze in awe at the sumptuous rooms aglitter with chandeliers, gold, silk and marble.

View highlights such as the Medhal Hall and Crystal Staircase, and learn about Mustafa Atatürk, Turkey’s first president, who used the Dolmabahçe. Learn how he died here in 1938, and how his bedroom clock remains permanently fixed at 9:05am, the time of his death.

Having explored the palace, return to your coach and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: the Dolmabahçe Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, when your visit will be substituted with a visit to the Chora Museum.

Reviews

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M
, Jun 2018

Good friendly guide.

S
, Sep 2017

Very personalised tour as we were only 3 people on the group. The guide was really sweet. Camlica Hills offers great views over both european and asian side of Istanbul. Good place for picnic on top of the hill. The weather was lovely for the tour. And Dolmabahce Palace is a jewel in the crown for Istanbul, however the locals do not like the history associated with it but it is definitely a must visit for all tourists!

N
, Aug 2017

253 for 4 adults and 5 children for approx 40mins of actual tour is a rip off, not worth a spend at all! We expected a full bus but only 1 other person joined us after about 40minutes of travel from our hotel and during that journey the tour wasnt with us and we were sitting in the bus not knowing where we are going, not a single word from the driver.

This was advertised as 5 hour tour but only 40mins was the actual tour and another 60 mins on the road. Supposed to visit Dolmabahce Palace instead they took us to Chora Museum that was under major refurbishment/restoration work and I would say only 20 of the area was open and rest 80 was unaccessible because of the restoration work. We traveled over the Bhohsporus bridge but no commentory from the tour guide, i.e. history.

This wasn't a tour but a very expensive taxi service!!

L
, Dec 2016

Great tour. Everything crammed in.

O
, Oct 2016

Pros:
Very friendly guide
Location, we got to see a new area

Cons:
Time, we started a bit late and we spent most time on the road
we had to go through most of the sites quickly so it was more of a glimpse

T
, Jul 2016

I really like the tour guide. He was knowledgeable and very likeable.
The palace was very beautiful.

M
, Apr 2016

It was wonderful.....Dolmabahce Palace is beautiful. Our guide Elliyan I think was very knowledgeable and friendly. The bus driver too was a friendly and a patient man. The way he navigated the big bus through the narrow streets of Istanbul was amazing.

D
, Oct 2015

Worthwhile trip, the palace is very impressive.

B
, Aug 2015

the guide was unfriendly and the Camlica hill we drove for a long time to reach it and the view was not worth the hassle.

W
, Aug 2015

Dolmabache Palace is worth seeing. Istanbul Walks is a good company with friendly guides. Logistics and scheduling could be a lot better. I know these companies maximise revenues by mixing half and full day tours, but it can be a challenge logistically I had to do some waiting because my afternoon start time meant the full day group had to come meet me. I think guides in general, not just in Istanbul, should make its high priority to introduce guests by name at the outset of the tour. I often introduce myself to guests, but I believe it would be in the guides' best interests to do this and take responsibility, making for better group chemistry. I've been on a lot of tours this summer, and only a fraction of them included the guides' eliciting names from participants at the beginning. If I'm spending between four and eight hours with someone, it's more comfortable if I know his or her name.


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