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Small Group Tour of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Add a cultural and historical highlight to your visit in Istanbul at Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace!

highlights

  • Don’t miss out on this combo guided tour, featuring Istanbul’s historical highlights
  • Join a cozy tour group (of no more than 12 guests), headed by an expert tour guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to both Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace with this ticket
  • Explore Hagia Sophia, a world-renowned museum built in the 6th century
  • Marvel at the enormous architectural feat that it is while picking up intriguing facts about it
  • At the Topkapi Palace, walk past elaborate courtyards, pavilions, and gardens on the terrace
  • Waltz in and out of the treasury, holy relics, Queen Mother’s rooms, and the imperial kitchens
  • Soak up the charm and beauty of Istanbul and the Golden Horn from the terrace

inclusions

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip-the-line admission into Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace & Harem
  • Small tour group (12 guests or less)

exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Hotel transfers

super flexible cancellation policy

Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24hrs before the schedule

your experience

Meet your tour guide and your tour group at the dedicated meeting point, which just happens to be a hotspot for traditional Turkish delicacies! Buy yourself some tasties and use the restroom facilities before moving along to Hagia Sophia. Bask in the glory from the 6th century at this remarkably-famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum. Climb up the gallery with your guide and notice mosaics surviving the battle of time.

At the Topkapi Palace, be greeted by low buildings, courtyards, pavilions, and terraced-gardens. Walk along the outer terraces and soak up the beauty of the flowerbeds and the view of the Golden Horn from here. Continue walking onto the Harem, known to have once housed hundreds of war captives. Walk from the hallway to the courtyards of the concubines, and onto the Queen Mother’s Rooms. On your way to the harem, you’ll see ancient Iznik tiles with verses from the Kuran inscribed on them, embellished with elaborate floral designs. Your tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens!

know before you go

Important Information

  • This tour is wheelchair, pram, and stroller accessible
  • For tour groups with more than 4 guests will be provided with headsets to abide by the rules of social distancing

Dress Code

  • Women should avoid wearing sleeveless tops and shorts to both places
  • Women must wear scarves at the mosque

Itinerary

  • 10 min: Meet-and-greet
  • 1 hr: Hagia Sophia
  • 15 min: Walk through Sultanahmet Square between venues
  • 2.5 hrs: Topkapi Palace
  • 1 hr: Harem

Tour Timings

  • This tour is operational on Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun
  • There are two time slots: 9:30 AM- 1:30 PM & 1:30 PM- 5:30 PM
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tue

Discounted Tickets

Ages 2yrs and below go free. Ages 3-8yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID)

Blackout Dates

Every Tue, 31 Dec, 1 Jan, 12 May & 20 Jul

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your tour guide
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet
  • Address: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Please note you cannot go directly to the attractions. Meet your guide at the meeting point, who will then take you to the attractions

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

  • The closest tram stop is Sultanahmet, a 2-minute walk to the meeting point
  • Tram #T1 will bring you here

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