Baccarat Heritage Experience: Istanbul

Dolmabahçe Palace

Sultan Abdülaziz fell under the spell of Baccarat crystal mesmerizing qualities when he first traveled to the Universal Exposition of 1867 in Paris. The Dolmabahçe and Yildiz palaces in Istanbul, the capital of the former Ottoman empire, are the forever testimony to his vision and connection to the western world. Red, gold and transparent candelabras dot the ceremonial hall of Yidiz palace, a chandelier hangs in the Caliph’s staircase (nicknamed the Crystal staircase for being made of crystal, brass and mahogany) of Dolmabahçe, making it the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world.

Our special stop in Istanbul: the Beylerbeyi Palace with its unique candelabra cut in triple-thick crystal with opaline, emerald green, or red with gold crystal.

Istanbul Itinerary

Day 6

Guests will then take a private flight from Paris to Istanbul to visit the palaces of Berlebey and Dolmabahce. The palaces are filled with Baccarat crystal, and most notably with chandeliers made bespoke in the colors loved by the sultans of the Ottoman Empire.