Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®
Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®

From US$ 41.17 per person

Skip the line and enter the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Enjoy a guided tour inside and see the four courtyard museum including the Audience Hall, High Court, Historical Kitchens, and The Treasury.

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Duration 75 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Tour a historical palace with a knowledgeable local guide
  • See the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans
  • Experience the glory of the Ottoman Era
  • Enjoy priority admission and skip-the-line access to Topkapi Palace
Full description
Skip the line and visit the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Discover how the Topkapi Palace was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400 years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans. The guide will explain to you the entire story of the Palace during a one hour tour. Marvel at the great architectural beauty of this important monument of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Skip-the-line entry ticket to Topkapi Palace
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Free time in the Palace
  • Transport to the meeting point
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Carpet Museum (Halı Müzesi), outside the palace. The guide will be holding a flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note, this attraction cannot be visited without the guide.
  • All children will be asked to present their valid passport at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age.
Customer reviews

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based on 569 reviews

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I would definitely recommend experiencing the palace with a guide! Without the background information I wouldn't have been able to guess what all the different parts were and what they were used for. On top of that I learned a lot about how the political and social systems around sultans worked and interesting aspects like cultural changes over the course of centuries. I was lucky enough to be the only person in my tour and my guide was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and great at answering all of my questions. Another great part of the tour was getting to skip the ticket line. Especially on busy days, that is worth a lot!

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March 23, 2023

Excellent tour with Ilke. Only 5 of us on this day. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Perfect overview of the Ottomon’s and then the palace. The 90 min tour covered the right level of detail and provided sufficient information to allow us to explore on our own for another 2 h after. Definitely recommend.

March 23, 2023

The meeting point was easy to find and the guide showed up right on time. The time spent by the guide with the group was more than marvelous (Mehmet Furkan). He was very well informed about the history of the place and provided useful tips for the group

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 192789