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Topkapi Palace: Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry

Product ID: 210732
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Visit the glorious Topkapi Palace, the house of the Ottoman Dynasty for 4 centuries, with fast-track admission. Simply choose your time, meet your guide, and enjoy the gardens and galleries after a brief introduction about the palace's past.
About this activity
Duration 30 minutes
Skip the ticket line
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
  • See the famous courtyards and gates of the Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the galleries and royal collections at your own pace
  • Receive the most important points from your guide at the beginning of your tour
  • See the best views over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River
Full description
This is the shortest way into the glorious Topkapi Palace Museum of Istanbul, which was the house of the Ottoman sultans for 4 centuries. You can choose the time which fits you best, and meet your guide in front of the palace before passing by the long ticket lines, directly to the entrance.

You can save up to 2 hours from the famous waiting lines, and spare it for your trip. The options for the starting time are 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 12, 2 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM every day (except Tuesdays). If you miss your meeting, you can simply take any of the following sessions without any extra charge.

You will be given a brief orientation by a professional guide about what the Topkapi Palace has experienced through its very long past, and will also learn about where to find different courtyards and galleries. Your guide will take you through the first two portal gates, talking about the buildings as you pass the first courtyard.

Following security checks and entrance, there will be some more introduction as to what to see inside, including the council hall, arms and armory section, or holy relics. Afterwards, you can just enjoy the palace at your own pace. You can enjoy a long coffee break in-between looking over a spectacular Bosphorus view, or quickly finish your walk around. It is possible to walk around in an hour and then leave, or you can choose to stay inside for several hours to make more detailed observations.
Includes
  • Fast-track admission to the Topkapi Palace Museum
  • 30 minute introduction by a professional guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance to Harem

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet your tour guide next to Sultan Ahmet Fountain at the entrance of the Topkapi Palace. Your guide will be wearing a red jacket or t-shirt with the local tour operator's name on it.

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Important information
Know before you go
• With your guide you will skip the ticket lines, but you cannot skip the security check points
• Waiting at the security check points will be between 30 seconds and 15 minutes, depending on the volume of visitors
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.2 / 5
based on 41 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.2/5
Organization
4.3/5
Value for money
4.0/5
Safety
4.7/5

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Product ID: 210732