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Guided Tour of Topkapi Palace and Harem with Historian Guide

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1 hr 30 mins
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Guided Tour

Relish an insightful tour of the Topkapi Palace and its harem with exclusive fast track tickets. Get a chance to see all of its rooms, galleries, and gardens, and learn the story of the harem firsthand from an expert historian guide!


  • Explore the home and headquarters of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Avoid the long queues and get easy entry into Topkapi Palace with VIP tickets.
  • With an English-speaking historian guide by your side, delve into the rich history and culture of the Topkapi Palace.
  • Discover one of Istanbul’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explore its expansive museum collection.
  • Learn more about the sights you see from an immersive audio guide.


  • Topkapi Palace VIP tickets
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • Expert English-speaking historian guide
  • 90-minute intro tour
  • Access to Harem
  • Audio guide

cancellation policy

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

your experience

The Topkapi Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as the headquarters of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th and 16th centuries. The palace complex houses hundreds of chambers, rooms, and gardens, and the most important ones are accessible to the public. Your ticket includes a fast track admission into the historic attraction, saving you nearly 2 hours of time With an expert historian guide by your side, you can learn some of the greatest secrets of the Ottomans.

The tour will begin at the Topkapi cafe/Meeting Pub OUTSIDE Topkapi Palace. You will hear engrossing tales as you pass through each of the famous gates and learn surprising facts and details of legendary figures. The final stop is at the Imperial Harem, where your guide will entertain you with some more legends and myths about the attraction. By the end of the tour, you will have had a much better understanding of Ottoman history!

know before you go

Important Information

  • Don't forget to carry your camera with you
  • Wear comfortable footwear as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • While the ticket ensures that you skip the entry lines, you cannot avoid the security lines. This can take up to 30 minutes during peak season

Audio Guide App Instructions

  • Step 1: Go to Apple or Play Store and search for ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 2: Download ''YourMobileGuide''.
  • Step 3: Open the App and select ''All Audio Tours''.
  • Step 4: Select Turkey and then Istanbul and search for "Topkapi Palace".
  • Step 5: You will receive your redeem code from the tour guide.


  • There is limited internet at the museum/pier so please download the app prior to the tour.
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure you have activated GPS).
  • Do not forget to bring your headphones.


  • Wed to Mon at 12pm
  • Closed on Tue

Discounted Tickets

Ages 6 and below go free (carry a valid photo ID).

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone along with a valid photo ID at the meeting point
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry a valid photo ID for verification
  • Please ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to avoid any delays

Meeting Point

  • Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card Tour Guide at the "Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Pub" OUTSIDE Topkapi Palace, across the Carpet Museum.
  • Please note you cannot go directly to the Topkapi Palace. Meet your guide at the meeting point, who will then take you to the palace

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

  • The nearest tram stop is 'Sultanahmet,' which is a 10-minute walk from the meeting point.
  • Catch tram #T1 to get here


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