Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace History Tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace History Tour

From $32.73 per person

Discover Topkapi Palace with a local guide and skip the ticket line entry. Get a real sense of the palace and enjoy the collections and galleries.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 45 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Benefit from skip the ticket line entry
  • Learn from a local tour guide
  • See all rooms, gardens, and galleries in the palace
  • Capture amazing pictures inside the palace
Full description
Visit Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman emperors, with a professional official tour guide who will inform you about all historical details. The Palace is one of the top tourist attractions and absolutely one of the top things to do in Istanbul. It consists of three courtyards, terraces with astonishing views, as well as precious collections. Starting from the square and fountain in front of the Topkapi Palace, you will pass by each of the famous gates while listening to interesting stories and surprising details about legendary figures from history.
Includes
  • Skip the ticket lines entry to Topkapi Palace
  • Professional local guide
  • Tips
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

Look for the guide dressed in red at the III Fountain of Sultan Ahmet, outside Topkapi Palace, next to the Carpet Museum.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Skip the line tickets to the building are included but you may still need to wait in line for the security check-point (this can take between 30 seconds and 15 minutes depending on visitor volume
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 113 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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I loved the work of our guide. He was a very knowledgeable person about the history of the palace and the Ottomans in general and gave us a very detailed explanation of the sites we were visiting, along with anecdotes and curious facts. As it was a small group that day, we were able to follow their comments carefully. The truth is that it is very worthwhile because without the guide I would surely have missed many details while doing the tour. The only reason I am not giving them five stars is because there were logistical problems when taking the tour. I went to the meeting point on the agreed day but the person who was there did not have any company logo and that made me only find her after the tour had started, so I had to be reassigned for the next day. Also, I don't understand why giving that meeting point if the group actually meets the guide in front of the Topkapi entrance.

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February 16, 2020

Adil is incredible knowledgeable, fun and the most interesting guide that we had in a long time. He was so happy to share his knowledge with us. The time went by pretty quickly, even though he covered a lot. He was happy to answer questions and we cannot say enough praise for him.

September 3, 2019

Our guide was very knowledgeable, personable, and beyond expectations!

Had never used Get Your Guide before and found it on a Google search when arrived in Istanbul. The guide was found exactly where indicated in our emailed information, he had answered the phone number provided when we had a question before the tour, he led the tour at a leisurely pace on a very hot day and provided more useful information on the sights than I could have ever imagined. He was the best guide I have ever had on an excursion!

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July 13, 2019

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