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Combo: Topkapi Palace + Blue Mosque Guided Tours with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Take 2 days to go for a tour of the Blue Mosque with a guide and skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace with a guided tour with this economical combo.

Highlights

  • Enjoy convenient skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace with a guide, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years.

  • Revisit Ottoman history and gaze at the weaponry on display, the palace kitchen, and its collection of over 12,000 porcelain pieces from China and Japan

  • Delve into the rich Byzantine heritage with a guided tour of the 17th-century Ottoman masterpiece of the Blue Mosque.

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blue Mosque has 20,000 blue handmade tiles adorning its interior, complete with 6 carved minarets.

  • Upgrade your ticket to enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica Cistern and marvel at its iconic Greek design.

  • Fun Fact: One of the remarkable pieces in the palace kitchen's collection is a celadon bowl from China that would change colour if the food within contained poison.

Inclusions

Topkapi Palace

  • Skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace

  • 1-hr guided tour of the Topkapi Palace

  • Access to Topkapi Palace's Harem section

  • English-speaking guide

  • Audio guide app in 10 languages

Blue Mosque

  • 1-hr guided tour of the Blue Mosque

  • English-speaking guide

  • Audio guide app in 10 languages

Guided tour of Basilica Cistern (optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from Bulgaria, Italy, India and over 14 countries have loved this experience
Nyendwa Andrew

Nyendwa

5/5

May, 2024

Fantastic experience, Cenker Yuksei our tour guy was very informative and professional . I will highly recommend 👌. 10 out of 10
Amber Dufour

Amber

3/5

May, 2024

Unfortunately at the meeting point we were out in the blue mosque first line instead of the Palace line. When the mistake was realized we had missed the time for entry into the palace. Due to our schedule we therefore did not have time to do it at the end. The guides need to pay more attention when assigning people to groups.
Adrian Martinescu

Adrian

4/5

May, 2024

Pentru prima vizita, programati-va minim 3-4 ore, rabdare multa si bucurati-va de o experienta deosebita, ce nu trebuie ratata. Ideal sa aveti ghid...povestile si detaliile fiecarui, fac diferenta.
Madalina Florentina Nastase

Madalina

3/5

Apr, 2024

The venues were amazing, we did skip the queue but the guides were less than desired. I would have wanted a bit more info about re history, architecture, events. But overall acceptable. I felt like money were more important than the experience. And when we needed to contact the support team re place of meeting...silence (although we contacted the via WhatsApp). All in all, loved the place wouldn't use the same agency
Kestutis Blazgys

Kestutis

3/5

Apr, 2024

Not enought time between locations! Should improve this - running 5 minutes (or even less) between Harem to Blue Mosque is not a good experience, however, waiting 1 hour after Basilica Cisterna to enter Topkapi.. You should improve scheduling

Save loads with these combo tickets to 2 iconic attractions of Istanbul, and get 2 days to visit them. Witness the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blue Mosque with a guide, and enjoy skip-the-line access for a guided tour of Topkapi Palace.

Ottoman Royalty at Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th century, was the official residence of the Ottoman sultans for over 400 years. With skip-the-line tickets, bypass the long queues and explore the vast palace with your guide. Explore different areas like the Treasury, which houses some of the most valuable artifacts from the Ottoman Empire. The Imperial Council Chamber, with distinctive Ottoman domes and intricately designed Kütahya tiles lining the walls, is another must-see attraction. Spectacular views of the Bosphorus Strait and the city of Istanbul from the palace's gardens and courtyards make for a picture-perfect scenery.

Enveloped in a Dreamy Blue Glow

As you enter the spacious courtyard of the mosque, you will be greeted by a beautiful fountain and a special area for ablution. The lower levels and interior walls of the mosque are adorned with over 20,000 handmade İznik-style blue ceramic tiles. The mosque is steeped in the rich history and secrets of the Ottoman Empire, dating back to its opening in 1616. Marvel at the stunning crystal chandeliers and observe the clever use of ostrich eggs within them. These eggs serve the purpose of keeping away spiders and preventing cobwebs from forming inside the mosque.

Important Information

Blue Mosque

  • Its recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

  • There could be a waiting line during peak seasons at Blue Mosque which may take up to 60 mins.

  • Scarves and body covers can be purchased at the entrance for 1€ and 3€ respectively.

Topkapi Palace

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Dsign Cafe.

  • Address: Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd No:10, 34093 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye.

  • Landmark: Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Hippodrome.

  • Your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point with Headout or Istanbul Welcome Card Flags.

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