Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

From US$ 77.07 per person

Explore Topkapi Palace and its Harem on a guided tour. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul's history.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the glory of the Ottoman Era on a tour of Topkapi Palace
  • See the treasury, holy relics, and imperial kitchens
  • Explore the harem, the private quarters, and the home of the sultans
  • Enjoy views of the Golden Horn from the outer terraces
  • Benefit from priority access and a small-group tour for a more interactive and personalized experience
Full description

Discover the Topkapi Palace on a guided tour. Learn about Ottoman history in the Palace and the life of the Sultan's family in the harem. 

Meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Then let your guide take you to Topkapi Palace. Explore the splendor of Topkapi Palace, the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Discover the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards was a self-contained city, which most inhabitants rarely left. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn. Visit the harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. The tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

Includes
  • Admission ticket for Topkapi Palace
  • Admission ticket for the harem
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and the Harem
  • Shared group or private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Lunch and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Optional gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet. This is a good place for Turkish snacks and bathroom facilities. Please note that if arriving by car or taxi that the last 20 meters or so to the meeting point is closed to traffic and you will have to walk.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • Topkapi Palace may close without without notice for high-level state visits
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 257 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Our guide provided us with excellent details we never would have received if we had visited without him. We had been to Topkapi a decade before and souch was under construction that we didn't see most of what we saw this time. He explained what had been recently renovated along with future renovations and can't wait to see the changes in another 10 years. Our group was just the right size with five people that made it feel very personal. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the history of the palace and the Ottoman Empire's history. What a wonderful opportunity.

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October 10, 2022

I enjoyed this tour very much. Timur is a great guide and very knowledgeable. This tour is an excellent way to learn about the Topkapi Palace & Harem and its history and see the exhibits. Since there is a lot to see, Timur helped identify special items of interest and other highlights. Highly recommend this tour.

October 9, 2022

Most amazing guided tour I ever had. Our guide gave a lot of background info - on culture, history and the city itself. Due to her professional background and education (afaik university degree in history) that was great value add and really interesting. We had enough time to look around on our own - we were not rushed. Our lovely guide even slightly extended the tour for us. 100% recommendation.

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October 3, 2022

Product ID: 127010