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Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) Tours and Activities

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Behold the imperial complex of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), the royal residence in Istanbul throughout the first 400 years of the Ottoman Empire. The palace contains myriad buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, harems, an armory, imperial halls, and royal chambers—all with intricate Iznik tilework and opulent architecture.

The Basics
To understand the history of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, explore the vast Topkapi Palace. The complex has elegant chambers, landscaped grounds, and small museum collections to admire, as well as a viewpoint over the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
 
Guided tours, which can offer a more comprehensive experience of the palace, often allow you to skip the long entry lines with a guide, and usually include a visit to the palace’s harem section. Many Istanbul sightseeing tours combine Topkapi Palace with an exploration of the other top sights in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya), and the Basilica Cistern.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Topkapi Palace is a must-visit for history and architecture buffs, and all first-time visitors to Istanbul.
  • Book a skip-the-line ticket to save time and avoid long entry lines.
  • The palace’s harem section requires a separate entry ticket.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the palace complex is large and you will be on your feet.
  • The complex is accessible to wheelchair users, though strollers are not permitted.
 
How to Get There
The entrance to Topkapi Palace is not far from Istanbul’s Sultanahmet tram stop and is easily accessible by public transportation. Stroll through Sultanahmet Square from the tram stop to reach the palace’s entrance. Alternatively, take a taxi or a short walk from the Eminonu ferry terminal.

When to Get There
Topkapi Palace is open Wednesday through Monday from 9am to 4:45pm October through March, and to 6:45pm April through September; last entry is 45 minutes before close. It’s also open on most of the major national and religious Turkish holidays, though occasionally with shorter opening hours. The palace is often quite busy, so arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Architecture in Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace’s architecture features work from some of the most prominent Ottoman architects in Turkey, including Mimar Sinan. He designed the palace’s harem section, with its elaborate blue Iznik tiles. Purchase a skip-the-line tour to access the harem ahead of the crowds. Other sections of the palace feature work by architects from other Ottoman centuries, making the palace particularly fascinating for Turkish architecture enthusiasts.
Address: Gulhane Park, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Admission: Varies
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Istanbul: Topkapi Palace VIP Tickets

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace VIP Tickets

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No trip to Istanbul is complete without a visit to the Topkapi Palace, which was home to Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Make the most of your limited vacation time with a skip-the-line ticket. Come to the palace at your chosen time and receive essential information and a complementary map from your guide. Then you’re free to zoom past the long queue and discover the impressive 15th-century complex independently.
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Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Admission Ticket with English Speaking Guide

Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Admission Ticket with English Speaking Guide

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The stunning 15th-century palace of Topkapı is one of Istanbul’s most celebrated attractions, but visitors often squander precious time in long entrance lines. Bypass the long wait with pre-booked admission tickets and spend longer exploring the lavish collections of Ottoman Turkey’s legendary sultans—and their fascinating harem quarters. Tickets can be collected in advance from central pickup points, making for a convenient way to plan your visit.
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VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

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Experience Istanbul like a pro, when you buy a skip-the-line combination ticket for the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern. Upon arrival at each location, your guide escorts you past the long queue for fast entrance. After a brief overview, you’re ready to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to see the three world-famous attractions in any order that works for you. (Note: Cistern admission at 11am only.)
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Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

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The city where east meets west, Istanbul has a lot to offer every kind of traveler, but this also means it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. With this package, make the most of Istanbul from day one with a city guide, local discounts and an evening sunset cruise. Enjoy your included tour of the Hagia Sophia with a guide familiar with this site's dynamic history.
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Finish your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs.
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Skip The Line: Istanbul Shore Excursion (PRIVATE TOUR)

Skip The Line: Istanbul Shore Excursion (PRIVATE TOUR)

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Tick through Istanbul’s highlights without transport hassles or getting lost, and with a guide to reveal their history on this small-group full-day tour. Admire and hear tales of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome that you’d probably miss alone, and clearly hear the guide’s commentary with numbers limited to just 10. Plus, enjoy an included authentic Turkish lunch—an extra you might skip if exploring independently.
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Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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1 or 2 Days Private Guided Highlights of Istanbul Tour

1 or 2 Days Private Guided Highlights of Istanbul Tour

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There’s so much to see and do in Istanbul, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. This private 1- or 2-day tour is the perfect way to maximize your time. Tick off top attractions such as Topkapi Palace; admire architectural wonders like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia; cruise along the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia; and shop for souvenirs at the famous Grand Bazaar.
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  • 8 hours
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days and entry to select attractions.
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1-2 or 3 Days Private Istanbul Tour

1-2 or 3 Days Private Istanbul Tour

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Make your Istanbul adventure totally unique with a 1- 2- or 3 day private sightseeing tour. Opt for a single day and see the whole of the Old City, plus the Grand Bazaar. Extend the tour to include a second day and visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim, and Istiklal Street, plus a Bosphorus cruise. Please note that your guide is happy to alter the itinerary completely to accommodate your personal interests.
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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
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7 Nights Seven Churches of Revelation MINI Group Tour including Istanbul

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7 Nights Seven Churches of Revelation MINI Group Tour including Istanbul

Turkey, the second holy land. Follow in the footsteps of St. Paul's journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. It includes the religious sites and places such as Pergamum, Philadelphia, Laodicea, , Ephesus, Smyrna, Thyatira, Sardis . A must pilgrimage for all the Christians and true believers. Small Group ( Max. 10 pax ) Tour in 4 star hotels
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Private Guided Istanbul Day Tour

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Private Guided Istanbul Day Tour

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Take the time to explore Istanbul’s most magnificent sites at your own pace with a full-day, guided tour of the city's historic places and landmarks. Follow in the footsteps of charioteers and Roman soldiers at the Hippodrome, then see the arcing tiles of the Blue Mosque. Listen for the whispers of courtiers and sultans inside Topkapi Palace, then see Hagia Sophia’s stunning murals and minarets. Browse the vibrant displays at the iconic Grand Bazaar, with inside tips on the best places to find carpets, handicrafts and local souvenirs.
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Private Istanbul Shore Excursion

Private Istanbul Shore Excursion

Experience Istanbul's incredible scenery and rich history on this comprehensive shore excursion in Istanbul. Enjoy a day excursion exploring some of Turkey's most noteworthy sights, including the Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Underground Palace, and the Blue Mosque. This Istanbul guided tour is ideal for newcomers to Turkey, photographers, families, and anyone looking for a splendid cultural experience for a valuable price.
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Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels

Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels

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Take advantage of extended layover time in Istanbul on a round-trip tour of city highlights from the airport, customized to suit your interests and schedule. Zip with ease between iconic sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, or Topkapı Palace, and benefit from historic and cultural insights provided by your professional guide.
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Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

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Istanbul Layover Tours is mainly specialized on layover tours from Istanbul Airports. Meet and Greet: It is easier to find your driver at the airport now. You will be met and accompanied to the vehicle by a welcome host at a spesific spot / time. Timely & Safe Logistic; Enjoy comfortable round-trip transfer from/to airport with private and spacious van. . Fast Track Entry: Be VIP and save precious time at the museums ticket desks thanks to the accredited tour guides from Ministry of Culture and Tourism Professional and Enthusiastic Guides: Our guides are not only a good historian but also your travel companion. Learn about culture, politics & religion through personal stories and anecdotes. Eat like a local: Taste delicious, reasonable non-touristy local food at the eatiers where the only locals eat. Various food restrictions are welcomed
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Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Historian Guide

Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Historian Guide

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Learn all about Istanbul’s Ottoman heritage, and visit one of the city’s top landmarks, on this small-group tour of the Topkapi Palace. Built in the 15th century, the sprawling palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is host to an expansive museum. Navigate the complex with ease, and explore its beautiful harem area, on this walking tour. Meet your guide in the morning directly at the palace; fast-track entry is included for your convenience.
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Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

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Experience the serenity of the biggest Princes' Island in Turkey, Büyükada, on this full-day guided tour from Istanbul. After traversing the Sea of Marmara by boat, arrive on the quaint island to spend time exploring by horse-drawn carriage. On Büyükada, learn about the island’s history from your guide, and enjoy ample time to lounge on its beautiful beaches. 
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Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch

Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch

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Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s fascinating cultural highlights on this small-group, full-day tour in a luxury Mercedes minivan. Cruise through Istanbul in comfort and style as your expert local guide details the captivating events that shaped this great city. Hear tales of its different rulers, from the Romans to the Ottomans. Savor a 4-course traditional Turkish meal at the famous  Matbah restaurant, then tour the Chora Church, the Hagia Sophia, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and  Topkapi Palace. This tour is limited to eight people to ensure a quality experience.
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour

Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour

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Experience Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine eras during this full-day guided Istanbul city tour in the Sultanahmet district. Aboard a comfortable coach, head to top attractions like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and the UNESCO-listed museum Hagia Sophia. Witness the lively atmosphere of one of the world’s largest covered markets - the Grand Bazaar. Prior to lunch, enjoy engaging stories about sultans and their harems and other Istanbul lore from your friendly local guide.
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