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Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Save time and skip the line on this small-group guided half-day Topkapi Palace Istanbul tour which includes a visit to Süleymaniye Mosque and a ceramics workshop. Jump ahead of the rest and step into Topkapi Palace to explore courtyards, treasures and rooms of artifacts. See where Ottoman sultans once assembled their harems and visit the Palace Harem (own expense). Then, marvel at the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque before you discover a workshop where master potters fire their elegant ceramic pieces. Small-group tours are limited to 15 guests to assure an intimate day with your guide.
  • Get fast-track entry to Topkapi Palace and enjoy a guided tour
  • Explore the opulent UNESCO-listed palace, home to Ottoman sultans for 400 years
  • Admire the beautiful Süleymaniye Mosque, built in the 16th century
  • Visit a ceramics workshop to watch skilled master potters create masterpieces from wet clay
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Admission to Topkapi Palace Harem

Departure Point

Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After you meet your local guide and small group close by Hagia Sophia, kick off your tour with a walk to Topkapi Palace. Arrive, skip the line, and head inside to see this old home of Ottoman sultans. As you walk around courtyards and small buildings, learn how this palace was the primary residence for sultans from the 15th to the 19th century.

Next, pass by elegant gates and pavilions as you make your way into beautiful chambers once roamed by as many as 4,000 people. Hear how Sultan Mehmed II commissioned Topkapi in 1453 as you admire antiques and rare artifacts of the Treasury. See the famous diamond-studded Topkapi Dagger, kingly gowns and lavish weaponry as your guide whispers lore of romance, royal luxuries, and executions that were once a regularity here.

At your own expense, you may visit the palace's Harem and discover the quarters of the sultan’s many wives, princes, and eunuchs. 

Next, leave the palace and make your way to Süleymaniye Mosque, the biggest mosque in Istanbul. Dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I, this beautifully designed mosque was built by Ottoman architect Minar Sinan over eight years in the mid 16th century. Enjoy its regal architecture as you gaze up at its four elegant columns. Then, step inside and see the handsome interior designed with humbled worship in mind. 

Continue to your last stop at a traditional workshop and see local artisans make ceramics. Witness fine craftsmen mold wet clay by hand on the kickwheel. Admire vases and other pieces as you hear about classic Ottoman techniques used to sculpt beautiful creations.

Finish your tour after you leave the shop and either continue to wander through the neighborhood at your leisure or return to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Topkapi Palace
Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Suleymaniye Mosque
Continue to Süleymaniye Mosque, a 16th-century masterpiece of Sinan and the largest mosque in the city. Admire the Islamic architecture and the stunning interior dome flanked with semi-domes. Your tour ends at the Sultanahmet Center, where you can continue to explore at your own pace.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics Workshop in Istanbul.

Reviews

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We really enjoyed this tour. Our...
Sarah B
, Sep 2017
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Yil, was terrific. He knew I had a sore leg so he took it at a pace I could handle there were only two of us for this particular tour. Yil was a wealth of knowledge and very passionate about his country. He didn't want us to miss anything. Had we toured the palace on our own we would have enjoyed it but not gotten nearly as much out of it as we did. We also appreciated being ushered to the front of the line! Worth it!
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Topkapi Palace was beautiful even...
JG R
, Jun 2015
Topkapi Palace was beautiful even though it was crowded. Did not see the Harem because the waiting line was very very long but the Palace is worth the visit regardless. We saw the Blue Mosque as the other one was further away according to our guide.
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The tour was very good and so was...
nakulyadav
, May 2015
The tour was very good and so was the guide (Emre). Highly recommend this tour since it was so comprehensive.
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Solo buena
Gustavo Jorge F
, Sep 2019
Nos faltó un poco de tiempo y de explicación y éramos solo tres y estuvimos corriendo y se agregó el Gran Bazar y no vimos el Workshop de cerámicos que estaba explicitarlo en el programa
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El guía fue estupendo y abierto a sugerencias, no se hizo pesado en explicaciones y atento a síntomas de acaloramiento
almunozf
, Jul 2018
Valoración excelente del guía, el tour sería perfecto si se incluyera la visita al harem, que no está incluida. El guía se ofreció a comprar las entradas en nuestro nombre y nos hizo la explicación como si estuviese incluido en el tour. A cambio nos
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Difficile de trouver le guide sur...
Stéphane H
, Nov 2015
Difficile de trouver le guide sur place pas de panneau. Autrement excellent guide, à l'écoute, sympa et passionnant. Guidage en français, il n'y avait que ma femme et moi, un privilège.
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