Guided tour

Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar for Cruise Ship Visitors

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar for Cruise Ship Visitors

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

From US$ 77.14 per person

Make the most of your time in Istanbul with a guided tour of the old town, the Grand Bazaar, and skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace. Learn the history of Turkey on a half-day, small-group tour.

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Make the most of your time in Istanbul with an expert guide and skip-the-line tickets
  • See how the Ottoman Sultans lived in a guided tour of Topkapi Palace
  • Wander through a maze of artisan shops in the Grand Bazaar
  • Admire the Bosphorus from Topkapi Palace
  • Stroll through Istanbul's bustling Sultanahmet neighborhood
Full description

Meet a local, expert guide at the port and hop on a tram to discover old Istanbul. Start in Sultanahmet Square, home to the city's greatest monuments such as the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, and learn the history of the city while taking in the local sights.  Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace and avoid long lines with priority admission tickets. Walk the palace grounds, gardens, and courtyards and appreciate the glory and opulence of the Ottoman Empire. 

See the Holy Relics, Imperial Kitchens, Royal Court, and the terraced gardens with tulips. Climb to the high terrace to admire the view over the Golden Horn.  Afterward, make your way through the old town to the Grand Bazaar. Explore the ever-changing maze of stalls and chat with the local craftsmen in this covered market that dates back to the 15th century. Go beyond the standard carpet showrooms and discover vintage and rare pieces.

Learn the art of haggling and practice getting the right price with a local vendor. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the money market, a dark passage where illegal but tolerated currently trading takes place between vendors.  Enjoy a tea overlooking the bazaar and get some additional tips from the guide. At the end of the tour, choose to spend some free time in the bazaar or follow the guide back to the port.

Includes
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people) or a private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Skip-the-line tickets for Topkapi Palace
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks

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Important information

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, the visit to Grand Bazaar is replaced with a visit to Spice Market

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