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  2. Istanbul
  3. Topkapi Palace

Istanbul: Ottoman and Byzantine Relics and Turkish Bath Tour

Product ID: 265407
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See the most popular sights and those off the beaten track, like the Ottoman parliament house, Topkapi Palace, Şehzade Mosque and local markets. End your tour with a relaxing visit to a Turkish bath.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Ottoman history and discover the longest-used Parliament house of Topkapi Palace
  • Walk off the tourist trails and discover lesser-known Şehzade Mosque
  • Walk by the 6th AD Roman aqueducts
  • Visit the iconic Chora Church Museum and discover the iconic monuments
  • Lay down in the hot bath and relax at a 16th-century Hamam while being scrubbed and washed
Full description
Walk to Topkapi Palace and visit the home of the royal family for four hundreds of years. Then take the tram to Laleli District and walk to a 16th-century Şehzade mosque. This is the mosque built by the famous architect Sinan for the Prince Mehmet, who died at age twenty.

Then, see the Roman aqueducts which defy history and provided water for former Constantinople. Stop at the local market where the Eastern Kurdish population is located and see foods from different provinces of east and southeast Anatolia. Enjoy lunch with a Turkish çay or Turkish coffee for dessert and catch a bus to the Chora Museum. 

Learn about the historic 10-14th century icons, mosaics and fresco. Visit the city walls, which were built in the 4th century AD by Roman emperor Theodosius to defend the city. See a view of the city from the top of the walls and feel the history underneath your feet. After this, see a 16th-century Turkish bath.
Includes
  • Entry fees to Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum
  • Tickets for tram and bus
  • Lunch (two courses)
  • Soft drinks at lunch
  • Fees for the bath
  • Professional licensed guiding VAT
What’s Not Included
  • Harem section of the palace (6 USD)
  • Massage fees at the bath house
  • Return to the hotel

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Our meeting point is Fuego Cafe & Restaurant, located at: Incili Cavus Sokak. No: 15A Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110 Getting there by tram: Travel to the Sultanahmet Tram Station. From the tram station walk down the hill on the left side of the road. Take the first left onto Ticathane Sokak (street). You will see Mosaik Restaurant on your right. When you reach Mosaik Restaurant turn right onto the small pedestrian lane-way. This is Incıli Cavus Sokak. Fuego Cafe & Restaurant is near the end of the lane-way on the left. Getting there by taxi: Taxis can prove difficult as often roads are closed close to our meeting point. If you do get a taxi, ask to be taken to Yerebatan Sarnıcı (also known as the Basilica Cistern in English). The Cistern is located on Yerebatan Caddesi in Sultanahmet (Caddesi means road in Turkish). You will see the Basilica Cistern located close to the marker in the map above. The marker is Fuego Restaurant.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour include Topkapi Palace, but the palace is close on Tuesdays: it will be substituted with Hagia Sofia for those who book the tour on Tuesdays
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Product ID: 265407