My husband and I recently visited the Dolmabahce Palace at the end of June. We considered taking a small group tour. All tour companies grossly overcharge for this visit. It is so easy to do independently. With the money you will save, you can buy yourself a nice souvenir. We took the tramway to Kabatas. Taking the tram is so easy and it is air conditioned.We walked along the water with the Bosphorus to our right. After about 5 minutes you will pass a mosque with very slender minarets. You have just about arrived! So easy. Plan on getting there prior to opening at 9:30 a.m. to avoid the crowds. You cannot tour the palace or the harem on your own-you have to take one of their tours. You will be amazed. The gardens are incredibly lovely. We had lunch nearby with a gorgeous Bosphorus view.
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