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Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®
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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
  • Visit the Hagia Irene, a church in the palace’s outer courtyard
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
  • Hagia Irene ticket and visit
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Free time in the Palace
  • Transport to the meeting point
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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.
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We had Oguz as our tour guide and he was amazing! He had a lot of knowledge and we thoroughly enjoyed his tour. His communication was great and he was able to answer all the questions asked in detail. I highly recommend this tour as it provides a lot of historical background to help understand what you are seeing. The tour lasted about 90 minutes with time for us to continue touring at our own pace. One thing is that I did wish the Harem tickets were included as part of this tour as well.

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July 6, 2021

The tour was great. We had a professional and knowledgeable tour guide that was accommodating and understanding with our time restrictions. He was able to explain everything thoroughly and quickly. Plus we were about to see Asia from the terrace. I would recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Istanbul.

October 16, 2020

The guide Furkan was informative and fluent in english. He was able to explain several facts about the palace and point to interesting things. But unfortunately he was not loud enough for everybody to hear. At times, he selected spots to stand and narrate stuff, but the spots were noisy - so again his narration was drowned out. Otherwise, we were able to skip the lines at the entrance and had a thoroughly enjoyable visit.

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February 28, 2020

Product ID: 192789