1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Topkapi Palace

Istanbul: Half-Day Old City Afternoon Tour

Product ID: 347476
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During this afternoon tour, you will visit Topkapi Palace, which was the administration center of Ottoman Empire. Afterwards, visit the Sultan Tombs, the eternal resting place of five Ottoman Sultans or, on Mondays, see the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 1:00 PM
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

You will be picked up from your accommodation.

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  • Visit Topkapi Palace and immerse yourself in history
  • See the Spoonmaker's Diamond, the fourth largest in the world
  • Learn about the history of the Ottoman Empire
Full description
Join a tour to the famous Topkapi Palace and skip the queues that flock to see this magnificent and historically significant site. Built in the middle of the 15th-century, the walled complex comprised of the palace and its buildings dominate a small raised peninsula. The buildings are nestled within beautiful grounds that sweep down to the sea. For centuries, the palace was the political centre of the highly influential Ottoman Empire. Although it is now purely a museum, as you visit its parts including courtyards, the treasury, various pavilions, the holy relics, weapons, and the harem, you will get to experience its grandeur.

A lesser-known part of the Hagia Sofia complex is the adjacent structure that houses the Sultan Tombs. Here, five 16th and 17th-century Ottoman sultans are interred. Alongside each sultan’s sarcophagus are many others that hold their wives, children and other family members. The tombs are all beautifully designed and feature beautiful examples of tile work, mosaics, calligraphy and kundekari (a decorative form of carpentry consisting of interlocking pieces of wood and mother of pearl).

On Mondays, the Sultan Tombs are closed and instead, you will visit the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, which is not fat from Topkapi Palace. This structure was constructed in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox Church before being converted to a mosque in the early 16th-century. Inside, this small octagonal mosque features a beautiful two-storeyed colonnade, marble pillars, and a stunning umbrella dome.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information
Know before you go
• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Subsequently, this tour won't operate on Tuesdays.
• On Mondays, the visit to the Sultan Tombs is replaced by the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.