Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill And Dolmabahce Palace Tour In Istanbul

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Overview

Cross Istanbuls stunning Bosphorus Bridge, take in spectacular city views from amlca Hill and explore ornate Dolmabahe Palace on this 5-hour tour! Travel by comfortable coach to amlca Hill on the Asian side for panoramic views of the citys skyline and then cross the glittering Bosphorus Bridge back to the European side. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the waterside Dolmabahe Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Filled with exquisite chandeliers, gold, marble and silk, this extravagant royal residence will take your breath away with its opulence!

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned coach as you hear interesting facts about Istanbuls history from your guide.

Once on Istanbuls Asian side, your first destination is amlca Hill, the highest point in Istanbul at 875 feet (267 meters) above sea level. Drink in the panoramic views over the immense Bosphorus Bridge and the citys minarets, domes and turrets, all framed by the sparkling Bosphorus Straits and Sea of Marmara.

Afterward, drive along the Bosphorus Bridge, the huge suspension bridge that spans the Straits, and capture the spectacular views as you cross.

Next, arrive at the Dolmabahe Palace for a guided visit. This magnificent waterfront palace was one of the last built during the Ottoman Empire and boasts a lavish exterior combining Ottoman style with 19th-century Neoclassical architecture.

Head inside to tour the imperial residences sumptuous interiors. For an hour and 15 minutes or so, explore the extravagant halls and chambers as your guide tells you about the last Sultans who lived here. Marvel at the opulence chandeliers, marble, gold and silk abound and see highlights such as the grandiose Medhal Hall and Crystal Staircase. Learn about Mustafa Atatrk, Turkeys first, revered president, who used the palace and how all its clocks were stopped on his death, at exactly 9:05am.

After your palace tour, board your coach and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: Dolmabahce Palace will be closed on Mondays and Thursdays, this will be replaced by a visit to the Chora Museum.

Inclusions for Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill And Dolmabahce Palace Tour In Istanbul

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fee to Dolmabahçe Palace

Exclusions for Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill And Dolmabahce Palace Tour In Istanbul

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Dolmabahçe Palace will be replaced with Chora Museum on a Monday and Thursday

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • Great tour. Everything crammed in.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • Worthwhile trip, the palace is very impressive.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Great tour its a door to door service when you pass the bosphorus bridge there's a short walk to the top if the hill and the view down is amazing (w/c) just back of the cafe

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