Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Ticket, Tour & Audio Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card
Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Ticket, Tour & Audio Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 56.39 per person

Skip the ticket lines and discover Topkapi Palace in Istanbul on an informative tour with an audio guide. Explore at your own pace and take a break for coffee.

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Private or small groups available


  • Skip the ticket line to explore the Topkapi Palace and Harem
  • Discover the Palace on your own pace with an audio guide app
  • See the best views over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River
  • Tour the palace with a licensed English-speaking guide
  • Listen to the audioguide in your own language
Full description

Skip-the-line entry to the glorious Topkapi Palace of Istanbul. Explore the museum with a guide, then take the time to discover the treasures at your own pace with an audio guide. Learn all about the palace's opulent pavilions, jewel-filled Treasury, and sprawling Harem.

Meet your guide in front of the museum and go directly to the entrance. Save 2 to 3 hours by skipping the line. If you choose the private option, purchase your ticket to the palace upon arrival. Following security checks, discover the council hall, arms and armory section, and holy relics with your guide. Learn about the palace's colorful history.

Then, enjoy the palace at your own pace with an audio guide. Take a long coffee break while enjoying a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. You can see all of the palace in an hour, or you can choose to stay inside for several hours to explore fully at your leisure.

  • Topkapi Palace and Harem skip-the-line entry ticket (if option selected)
  • Guided tour
  • Audio guide app in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Russian
  • Unlimited time in the museum
  • Tips
  • Headphones

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Meeting point

Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card Tour Guide at the "Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Pub" outside Topkapi Palace, across from the Carpet Museum.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones

Know before you go

  • With your pre-booked ticket, you will skip ticket lines, but you cannot skip the security check
  • Download the audio guide app before your visit, as the Topkapi Palace does not have internet
  • To make the most of your experience at the Palace, download the audio guide that is available in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Russian
  • Audio guide download instructions are written in your confirmation
  • Once you download the audio guide app on your smartphone, an internet connection is no longer needed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 204 reviews

Review summary

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Very good tour of Topkapi Palace by Emre. He was insightful and friendly. He took us around the palace and even went extra length to the harem which was appreciated as he gave us further tales of rooms and its purposes along with answering questions. I find that more engaging than listening to audio guides.

March 29, 2023

We only had about an hour and a half to dedicate to Topkapi, so this was a great way to get us in and get us oriented. We spent about 45 minutes with the guide listening to the history of the place and getting oriented to everything there was to see - then broke off on our own to prioritize what we wanted to see (highly suggest The Armory and the views from the terraces at the back as priority areas).

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March 29, 2023

Everything was great. We met with our guide on the meeting point, and then started the tour. He introduced us with all important and interesting details from the beginning until the very end of our tour. We saw all 4 courtyards of the Topkapi Palace, and then the Harem section. Amazing experience!

March 29, 2023

Product ID: 210732