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“A fabulous palace - definitely visit!”
Review of Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace
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Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul
Ranked #26 of 1,137 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure that was made of wood. The new palace incorporated sixteen separate buildings with stables, a flour mill and a clock tower among them.
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We hadn't heard much about this palace - possibly because it is a little out of the historical centre - but it is a must see. Take the tram to Kabatas and stroll up. It's 40TL for a combined ticket for the palace and the harem, which I would recommend.

The grounds are lovely to stroll around, with fabulous flowers and overlooking the water. Yes, the tour is rushed but it's still more than worth it to experience the fabulous rooms and decor, and our guide did provide some interesting information. The decor and the scale of the palace is breath-taking, and very different from the other sights in Istanbul.

1  Thank efay
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This french styled palace is heavily decorated with layers and more layers of artworks and architectural structures of dubious taste as result of a desperate last display of wealth from the extinct sultanate. After a couple of rooms you feel like you are seeing the same thing over and over again. And then, when you are second guessing why you decided to take this tour, you reach the throne's hall and everything makes sense. The throne itself is not remarkable, but the hall sure is.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

It is really easy to get to Dolmabahce palace, just take T1 tram to last station Kabatas, and just stroll along the coast for 6-7 minutes.
If you want to avoid long queues you should arrive there early in the morning, around 9am.Ticket price for Dolmabahce palace is 30TL,for Harem 20TL, and you can combine both of them for 40TL.At front entrance , there are 2 different queue , one of the left is formed from tourist with their own tourist guide, and the queue on the right is for individual visitors.You will wait up to 30 minutes to get into dolmabahce, and then you will start your tour with their guide in English.Our tour consisted of about 40-50 people, who chattered loudly throughout, which was a problem, because tour guide didn't use mic, so we couldn't understand lot of things she was saying.Guide rushed us through each area so we had no chance to look at the paintings, the carpets, the artifacts :(
Overall, it's magnificent palace ,poorly run , but it's worth to visit.

3  Thank Ivan_Moody
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

The Palace is just amazing. The decorations,the location, the history, everything.

You pay a bit more to get in (40 lira for full access) but it is worth it. In price you don't only have access to the Palace and Harem, but also a guided tour in English or Turkish. The guides are also very nice and open to answer you any question.

Also, plan a little time to just walk around, relax and take awesome picture.

1  Thank AndaCristina
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We arrived early, 9am. Outside the palace looked fab and the gardens were lovely. We joined a fairly short queue (about 20 people) which we thought was good. However after 30 mins we hadnt moved, but 2 very large groups had been let in already. People were starting to get a little annoyed. We were then allowed in after popping on our funny blue CSI shoes. In we went to be told we couldnt explore that we had to go on a guide tour which would take about 45 mins. By this time our group was about 50 people, the tour guide did not use a mircophone and did not speak very loudly, she did not let people catch up or gather round or give them a chance to look at things as we were moving (quite rapidly) through the Palace, alot of people including ourselves were grumbling about how the group was too large and we couldnt hear what she was saying and she was not allowing people to join the group before starting her talk about the next part. It ended up that we were inside for about 30 mins. Barely seeing anything. There was a lot of people complaining. We were then told the Harem tour was later. Again the same thing happened. Considering it was expensive to get in at 40tl each (there was 5 of us) I felt our money could have been spent better elsewhere, we paid 40tl each for a 30 minute rush around tour that no-one could hear.

4  Thank Tracey D
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