Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
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Explore Topkapi Palace and its Harem on a guided tour. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul's history.

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the glory of the Ottoman Era on a tour of Topkapi Palace
  • See the treasury, holy relics, and imperial kitchens
  • Explore the harem, the private quarters, and the home of the sultans
  • Enjoy views of the Golden Horn from the outer terraces
  • Benefit from priority access and a small-group tour for a more interactive and personalized experience
Full description

Discover the Topkapi Palace on a guided tour. Learn about Ottoman history in the Palace and the life of the Sultan's family in the harem. 

Meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Then let your guide take you to Topkapi Palace. Explore the splendor of Topkapi Palace, the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Discover the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards was a self-contained city, which most inhabitants rarely left. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn. Visit the harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. The tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

Includes
  • Admission ticket for Topkapi Palace
  • Admission ticket for the harem
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and the Harem
  • Shared group or private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Lunch and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Optional gratuities

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Meeting point

House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet, Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 231 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Our guide, Sabih, was great, very insightful with a lot of knowledge. The group was small (6 people) which we loved. The tour took around 3 hours, but the length also depends on how many attractions are opened/closed. We recommend the tour in the morning for the cooler temperatures and less tourists (less agglomeration). Either way, this tour has skip the line tickets and you will not wait in queues for tickets, only for security check. We hope that in the future more and more attractions will open in Topkapi and Harem.

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September 10, 2022

Great tour that gave us a lot of details and context that we wouldn't have without the guide. Our guide Çagatay Han was fantastic. He was very energetic and very resourceful. He knows countless stories. He made a great choice of sights that he covered in the full 4 hours. He let us explore the palace in our own pace and never hurried us. Highly recommended.

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August 1, 2022

Highly recommend this tour! I feel like you definitely need a tour guide to help you fully appreciate the Topkapi Palace and the Harem. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about life in the palace and he was happy to answer all of our questions. I’m so glad we signed up for this tour!

May 14, 2022

Product ID: 127010