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Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

1. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Skip the line and visit the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Discover how the Topkapi Palace was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400 years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans. The guide will explain to you the entire story of the Palace during a one hour tour. Marvel at the great architectural beauty of this important monument of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 100 Attractions & Services

2. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 100 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- or 10-days online city pass in Istanbul. Access some of the city’s top sights, including over 100 attractions, tours and activities to choose from. Secure your pass to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient and fun way.By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to (check the meeting point and tour schedule before your visit): • Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English • Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English • Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English • Blue Mosque Guided Tour • Grand Bazar Guided Tour • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English • Galata Tower Guided Tour • Fire of Anatolia (requires a reservation) • Discounted one-way private airport transfer (requires a reservation) • Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation) • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation) • Combined Miniaturk Park Istanbul and Eyup Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Tour (requires a reservation) • Discounted Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (requires reservation) • Tiled Pavilion Museum -under construction at the moment • Museum of the Ancient Orient -under construction at the moment • Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per pass, not per person) • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum • SEA Life Aquarium • Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation • Museum of Illusions • Bosphorus Boat Tour • Princes’ Islands boat trip • LEGOLand (adults need a child to enter) • Xtrem Aventures • Pera Museum • Istanbul Airport Shuttle (1-way) • Sakıp Sabancı Museum • Upside Down House Photo Experience • Jungle, Dungeon and Safari (cannot be visited without children) • The Museum of Selfies • Bursa Day Trip • Sapanca Lake and Maşukiye Daily Tour • Istanbul Segway Tour • Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo • Istanbul Toy Museum Pick-up and drop-off from hotels/rental places in Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Sirkeci, Laleli, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş and Şişli for the Dinner Cruise, Miniaturk, Bursa Tour and Sapanca Lake Tour are also included with your pass.

İstanbul Welcome Card

3. İstanbul Welcome Card

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at your hotel for you. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. You will have fun on a cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

Istanbul E-pass: Top Attractions with Skip-the-Line Access

4. Istanbul E-pass: Top Attractions with Skip-the-Line Access

Discover the best of what Istanbul has to offer with your e-pass, offering you convenience and comfort. This digital pass is accepted for more than 55 plans and attractions throughout the City of the Seven Hills without the need of standing in line, along with other benefits. Visit the most popular destinations with the different options this e-pass has to offer, adjusting to the length of your stay with passes for 2, 3, 5 and up to 7 days. The impressive amount of landmarks can be accessed using only one pass. Misplacing or carrying several vouchers is a thing of the past. Explore the ample offer of options in Istanbul with included benefits. Tours of the Hagia Sofia, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar and several other locations have their own tour guides. Receive special perks for different attractions within the city and nearby, such as a pick up and drop off or discounts for a Gallipoli day tour, a cruise on the Bosphorus, among several other plans for you to choose from.

Istanbul: Museum Pass and Audio Guide Smartphone App

5. Istanbul: Museum Pass and Audio Guide Smartphone App

In Istanbul, 12 museums under the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Directorate of National Palaces can be visited for 5 days with MuseumPass İstanbul. So do not search around and don't wait in any lines to get your Istanbul Museum Pass. Order your Museum Pass now and benefit from easy access to Istanbul Top Museums! As a bonus, this pass includes an audio guide app for Topkapi Palace and the Harem, a self-guided Istanbul highlights tour, and a free city map to enhance your cultural experience and make your visit to the city's museums even more convenient.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem- Small group Tour

6. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem- Small group Tour

Tour Topkapi Palace, the Harem, and Hagia Irene Museum alongside a local and licensed history-buff guide. Step into the palace that hosted the Ottoman Empire for 400 years and see where Sultans and concubines lived. As an added bonus, skip-theentry tickets to all three locations are included with your trip. After meeting your guide, take a short walk to the 15-century palace featuring four connected courtyards. Your guide will have tickets for the palace and Harem section for you to skip the tourist lines. Starting with the first courtyard where the bakery, hospital, and executioner’s fountain are located, your guide will tell you the history of each place as you explore on foot. In the second courtyard, find the empire council, kitchen, and harem (female section of the palace). Harem was the place where hundreds of concubines were brought from different counties. Hear stories about these concubines who lived here from your guide. Afterward, pass to the third courtyard, the education space where selected students were taught to become the head of the empire. Visit the ottoman treasury with one of the biggest diamonds in the world (86 carats) and the dagger made of gold and emeralds for the Iranian Shah. There are rich holly relics here, including Moses’ staff, David’s sword, Abraham’s cooking pan, and many more. Reaching the last courtyard, admire the many pavilions built for the sultans as awards for victories. Discover one of the best views of Istanbul over the Bosporus and Golden Holden standing from the edge of the European continent. On the way out, visit the kitchen of the palace and ceramics from different parts of the world. Finish the tour with the Aya Irine Church Museum (Hagia Irene), built in the 4th century A.D as one of the oldest churches in the world, used as the arsenal of the palace for centuries.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque

7. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque

Learn about this 6th century building that was constructed by the emperor Justinian as a Greek Orthodox Church. Hear about how the the Hagia Sophia has transformed over time and how it was the largest church in the world for 1000 years. Continue to the Blue Mosque to admire its 20,000 blue Iznık ceramic tiles and its 6 towering minarets. Find out how it was built for Sultan Ahmet I and how it was the last great mosque of the Classical period. Make your way to the the sporting and social center of ancient Constantinople at the Hippodrome. View the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Bronze Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius, and the Column of Constantine. See the Perayton, an older Byzantine fountain with a Turkish rococo structure. Take as stroll through the Grand Covered Bazaar, the oldest and biggest covered market in the world. Get lost in 65 streets with more than 4000 shops. Buy gifts for yourself or friends from the store we will visit. Sitting down to a delicious lunch. After the Lunch, Head to the Topkapı Palace, which was once the private residence of Ottoman Sultans. View exhibits of sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, imperial treasures, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and calligraphy works at the Topkapı Palace. Continue to the Byzantine-period Hagia Irene Church which was the first church completed in Constantinople.

Istanbul: Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Tickets & Lunch

8. Istanbul: Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Tickets & Lunch

Discover some of the top sights in Istanbul on this airconditioned bus tour. Explore sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Topkapı Palace, the Hagia Irene Church, and the Hagia Sofia with a local guide. Savor local flavors with a visit to the Spice Bazar and mouth-watering Turkish lunch.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in select areas of Istanbul and sit back and relax on the drive in a spacious bus. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace to see how Turkey westernized during the 19th century. Admire the space used by Sultan Abdulmecid as the headquarters of Ottoman Empire. Take in views of the Bosphorus at the Dolmabahçe Palace before getting back on the bus and making your way to the Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque. Take in the classy blend of Baroque and Empire architectural styles inside this unique mosque that was commissioned by an Ottoman sultan. Breathe in the scents and feast your eyes on the colors of the Spice Bazaar. Sit down to a flavorful lunch of authentic Turkish food. Head to the Topkapı Palace, which was once the private residence of Ottoman Sultans. View exhibits of sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, imperial treasures, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and calligraphy works at the Topkapı Palace. Continue to the Byzantine-period Hagia Irene Church which was the first church completed in Constantinople.

Highlights of Istanbul Afternoon Tour with a Guide

9. Highlights of Istanbul Afternoon Tour with a Guide

Discover the wonderful history and fascinating culture of Istanbul with this afternoon tour. Explore iconic landmarks of the city like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church, Caferağa Medresseh. Take a stroll at Sogukcesme Street in the historic Sultanahmet neighborhood. The first stop will be the Topkapi Palace, also known as the Seraglio. Retrace the footsteps of Ottoman sultans, generals, and courtiers here. This museum, once the official residence of sultans, is filled with a jewel-filled imperial treasury. Next, continue to the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace. Admire the stunning architecture of the Hagia Irene Church, with a 35-meter-high dome and peaked roofs on all 4 corners. Later, explore the Caferağa Medresseh, an educational institution built in 1559. Conclude the tour at Sogukcesme Street, a small street in Istanbul's Sultanahmet neighborhood filled with beautiful historic houses.

Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

10. Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

Get ready for an unforgettable journey with a guided walking tour through Istanbul's historic peninsula! Join us on this unique cultural adventure. Our first stop is the magnificent Hagia Sophia Mosque, where you'll be mesmerized by its grandeur and rich history. Next, immerse yourself in a mystical atmosphere at the Sultanahmet Mosque, witnessing the splendid example of Ottoman architecture. At the Hippodrome Square, follow the traces of the past and explore the fascinating stories of the Byzantine era's impressive monuments. Step into the vibrant paradise of the Grand Bazaar, where traditional craftsmanship and colorful markets blend harmoniously. Experience Istanbul's rich culture up close as you indulge in shopping. In Topkapı Palace, breathe in the splendor of the Ottoman Empire and witness the lives of the sultans unfold before your eyes. Lastly, embrace the mysterious ambiance of the Aya İrine Church as you connect with the traces of the past. Our tour isn't just about seeing historical sites; it's an opportunity to truly absorb Istanbul's rich culture through the narratives of our passionate guides. You'll feel the heartbeat of the city and gain a deep understanding of its cultural heritage. Come and discover Istanbul's history, and get to know its captivating culture firsthand.

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What people are saying about Hagia Irene

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4.3 / 5

based on 902 reviews

Our guide, Ozzie, was very informative. The meeting place was easy to find. The Palace was very interesting. We stayed at the palace after the tour (which started at 2:30) and were still there at closing time (would have stayed longer if possible).

I enjoyed my family's tour of Topkapi Palace and appreciated skipping the line.

Really knowledgeable guide, really good experience. Very much recommend.

Ozzy had great knowledge about the palace and history of the place.

Ozi was a great guide and we learned a lot about the palast!