Skip the Line: Extended Topkapi Palace and Harem Tour
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3.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Visit areas of Topkapi Palace not accessible on other tours
  • Hear interesting stories about Palace life and its history from your knowledgeable guide
  • Tour the Palace Harem with your pre-reserved ticket
Experience stunning and mysterious Topkapi Palace on a 3.5-hour small group tour with an expert local guide. You’ll have access to all the major areas of interest in the Palace and also enjoy special admission to the Palace Harem on this extended visit.
What to Expect
Enjoy an extended tour of Topkapi Palace and Harem with a knowledgeable guide and spend 3.5 hours admiring the beauty of the rooms and the grounds and learning about the Palace’s fascinating history.

Tour the top areas of interest in the Palace, including those places only recently opened to the public. See the Palace kitchen, where up to 800 cooks prepared as many as 6,000 meals a day during busy periods.

Have a look at the foot soldier barracks, where a beautiful pipe room, private baths, and the ornate prayer room might have convinced you to join their ranks!

A highlight of your tour is a visit to the Palace Harem. This where you’ll find the private living quarters of the sultan’s many wives, concubines, children, and eunuchs, and the sultan’s mother. Learn about the complicated politics of the sultan’s private life, such as how a concubine might graduate to be a favorite and, if she was lucky, to official consort. Discover why eunuchs and crown princes were the only men allowed in this area.

As entrance to the Harem requires an extra ticket, few visitors see the Harem at all, but with your pre-reserved ticket you’re sure to enjoy this part of your experience.

Visit all the general access areas of the Palace as well. Learn why the Audience Room was the most terrifying spot in the Palace – if you were a poor performing vizier, that is. Discover the stunning kiosks, set in colorful gardens overlooking the Bosphorus.

You’ll skip the most crowded rooms. Rather than spending your time with the guide waiting in line to see the cloak and sword of Muhammed or the forearm of St. John the Baptist, your guide will provide an introduction to these relics and rooms from the outside, leaving you to visit on your own and at your own pace after the guided tour.
What's Included
  • Pre-reserved admission ticket to Topkapi Palace
  • Pre-reserved Harem ticket
  • Expert English-speaking guide
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Gratuities
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

This tour meets in the heart of the Sultanahmet area, known as the “old town”. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please note:
• Your guide is not allowed to provide commentary inside some of the rooms of the Palace, such as the Treasury. In these cases the guide will give you the information before you enter and let you explore the room at your own pace. The guide will remain with you throughout the rest of the tour
• Unfortunately the tour operator is unable to accommodate wheelchair users and anyone with walking disabilities on this tour. The tour operator is also unable to accommodate strollers
• It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes for this walking tour
• This is a small group tour with a maximum of 15 participants

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