Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 39 per person

Skip the ticket lines and discover Topkapi Palace in Istanbul on an informative tour with an audio guide. Explore at your own pace and take a break for coffee.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included


  • Skip the line and enter the glorious Topkapi Palace
  • Discover the Palace on your own pace with an audio guide app
  • See the best views over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River
  • Enjoy a highlights tour with a local guide
  • Listen to the audioguide in your own language
Full description

Take the shortest way into the glorious Topkapi Palace of Istanbul. Choose the time that suits you best, meet your host in front of the museum, and go directly to the entrance. You can save up to 2 or 3 hours by not standing in the famous lines. Following security checks, receive a brief introduction as to what to see inside, including the council hall, arms and armory section, or holy relics. Afterward, enjoy the palace at your own pace. You can enjoy a long coffee break in-between looking over a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. It is possible to see all of the palace within one hour, or you can choose to stay inside for several hours at your leisure.

After your 30 minute-tour with your guide, you can stay inside the museum as long as you would like.

  • Skip-the-line ticket
  • Audio guide app in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Russian
  • 30-minute short presentation in English
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance to Harem
  • Headphones, please bring your own
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card Tour Guide at the "Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Pub" OUTSIDE Topkapi Palace, across the Carpet Museum.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • With your pre-booked ticket, you will skip ticket lines, but you cannot skip the security check
  • Download the audio guide app before your visit, as the Topkapi Palace does not have internet
  • To make the most of your experience at the Palace, download the audio guide that is available in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Russian
  • Audio guide download instructions are written in your confirmation
  • Once you download the audio guide app on your smartphone, an internet connection is no longer needed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 148 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
  • Organization

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Easy to find meeting point. The guide accompanies you for 30 minutes for the first interior courtyards. He then gives you a palace flyer. You will not be able to take an audio guide in French or on the QR Code. That's a shame. The price of the harem is 150 lt per person with the possibility of taking the tickets inside. It's a very nice visit. Bring a shawl for certain parts of the visit. Count 2h30 of visit.

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July 31, 2022

Our guide Hakan was great and was also able to answer extra questions - only the meeting point is not optimally described. You should know that the guide will come to this place and you will not meet in the café. In addition, the meeting point is more likely to be in the middle of the square.

June 8, 2022

Everything was great. We met with our guide on the meeting point, and then started the tour. He introduced us with all important and interesting details from the beginning until the very end of our tour. We saw all 4 courtyards of the Topkapi Palace, and then the Harem section. Amazing experience!

April 29, 2022

Product ID: 210732