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Skip the Line Tickets to Topkapi Palace with Audio Guide App

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Flexible duration
Audio guide
Guided tour

Avoid long waiting lines and enter the 15th-century palace of Topkapı at ease with this skip-the-line ticket. Spend time exploring Istanbul’s most celebrated attraction, and explore the lavish collections of Ottoman Turkey’s famed sultans.

highlights

  • Skip the lines and fall in love with the incredible history of the 15th-century Topkapı Palace.

  • Stroll through the palace complex and marvel at the expensive tastes of the Ottoman sultans.

  • See priceless jewels, rich living quarters, and beautiful architecture. Learn more with the audio guide app available in 10 languages.

  • Explore the peaceful gardens, pavilions, hidden sanctuaries, kitchens, and more.

  • Elevate your experience by upgrading your ticket to access Basilica Cistern and get a guided tour of Hagia Sophia with a historian.

inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry into Topkapı Palace

  • Audio guide in 10 languages

  • The services of a representative who will lead you to the entrance

  • Guided tour at Hagia Sophia (optional)

  • Skip-the-line entry to Basilica Cistern (optional)

  • Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace audio guide (English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish)

exclusions

  • Entrance to the Harem

  • Guide (however, you will meet with a representative in order to redeem the voucher)

cancellation policy

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

your experience

As the Turkish sultanate's home for centuries, Topkapı Palace offers a crash course in the history of the once-mighty Ottoman Empire. Visiting this landmark is considered to be an absolute must, and one of the best things to do in Istanbul. The best part? With this handy ticket, you get to skip the lines (and the heat) outside the palace and learn about the monumental structure in the language of your choice with the audio guide, which is available in ten languages.

The Topkapı Palace was once the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. You can see its lavishness reflected in its opulent architecture - something you would only associate with the sultans of history's most powerful empires. Today, it is Turkey's most important cultural icon and an awe-inspiring monument.

The Combo: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern Tickets

Upon signing up for this incredible experience, your name will be added to the list that allows you access to three unique monuments over a span of three days. Feel free to revisit these monuments at their available times and meet with an authorized guide in front of each museum; this way, you can bypass long lines at two of them! With such flexibility granted by purchasing this combo ticket, make sure to pack as many activities into one day or spread out visits on separate days - whichever works best for you. Your knowledgeable guide will provide all the information needed about the uniqueness and exclusivity of each monument within thirty minutes to forty-five minutes time frame.

know before you go

Important Information

  • Please note that while you cannot enter the Topkapi Palace without a representative, this ticket is not for a guided tour. After your representative takes you to the entrance of the palace, you can visit the palace by yourself.

  • Please download the audioguide app in your smartphone prior to your tour.

  • The audio guide is available for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in the following languages: English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.

  • There is no skip-the-line access available at Hagia Sophia.

Audio Guide App Instructions

  • The audio guide is available in English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish.

  • Your Audio Guide instructions will be shared in your voucher.

  • There is limited internet at the museum/pier so please download the app prior to your visit.

  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure you have activated GPS).

  • Please carry your own headphones.

Timings

Hagia Sophia Tour

  • Daily: 10am and 11:30am

  • Friday: 3pm

Topkapi Palace Tour

  • Wed to Mon: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm

Basilica Cistern Tour

  • Daily: 10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm and 3:15pm

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your representative.

  • Please note you cannot go directly to the Topkapi Palace. A representative will take you to the palace after you meet them and redeem your voucher.

  • Kindly arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card Tour Guide at the "Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Hub" 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 located about 10 minutes from the meeting point.

  • Catch tram #T1 to get here.

Validity

This ticket is valid on the date and time selected during checkout.

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