Istanbul: Tour of Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Visit the two major highlights of historical Istanbul with a small group of max 12 people

See the Hagia Sophia from inside out and enjoy the mosaics gallery

Learn about the Ottomans as you walk through Topkapi Palace and choose to visit the Harem as an option at the end

Have the privilege of a professional and local guide for priority admission and skip-the-lines

Late departure for more flexibility and vacation off time

Enjoy the privileges of a small group tour of max 12 people

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Meet your expert guide and join your small-group walking tour in the heart of Istanbul's old town Sultanahmet to see the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Our meeting spot in Istanbul is at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Enjoy our priority admission and never wait in a line again! See the glory of Hagia Sophia from the 6th Century. Walk to the former altar and listen to your expert guide as he explains the Arabic calligraphy and Byzantine art - all together in one place.

You can climb up the gallery with your guide to see the mosaics surviving from this ancient church, former mosque, and now internationally famous museum.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace, the second stop for the day. Here you can explore the palace grounds, courtyards, and several exhibitions on a guided tour. Marvel at its opulence and mystery as you learn about this period in Istanbul’s history.

Later on, choose the option to 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.
Your tour will end with a visit to the holy relics and the Imperial kitchens.

Duration: 3 hours

  • Skip the line tickets for Hagia Sophia
  • Skip the line tickets for Topkapi Palace
  • Skip the line tickets for the Harem in Topkapi Palace ( if option is selected )
  • Professional expert guide for insider's knowledge
  • Small group tour for 4 or 5 hours at a relaxed pace depending on the option
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

  • Transport to the meeting spot
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • - To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited
Departure Point

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

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 to 5 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


25 Sep, 2020

Exceptionally detailed knowledge and friendly guide in Guzim. Asked questions to custom tailor comments and insights. Included tour of the Harem, which was the best part other than the 4th courtyard. Recommend highly!

Federica A

26 Jun, 2020

A fascinating way to visit hystoric places with teenagers - high level of competence and engaging storytelling of the guide! highly recommended

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