This impressive palace can only be visited on the spot with a guided tour. We absolutely wanted the tour in German and found this tour ideal with a drive over the Bosporus (in the usual traffic jam) to the Asian side. The guide spoke very well German, also English for other guests, he had a lot of knowledge. Café break with very nice view, everything was great! Hotel pickup is ideal! Back we could get out at the new mosque or spice market In spite of the excellent organisation you have to expect waiting times - until the tour can start. A couple was in a traffic jam in one of the shuttle buses, unfortunately the driver had to wait for us. If the tour is indicated for 14.oo o'clock, of course one must be ready for collection before the start or - as it is written - ask for the pick-up time We booked this 1/2-day tour for the first day, a great start!