Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
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Explore Topkapi Palace and its Harem on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul's history.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Experience the glory of the Ottoman Era on a tour of Topkapi Palace
  • See the treasury, holy relics, and imperial kitchens on a guided tour
  • Explore the harem, the private quarters, and the home of the sultans
  • Enjoy views of the Golden Horn from the outer terraces
  • Benefit from priority access for a more interactive and personalized experience
Full description

Discover the Topkapi Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Learn about Ottoman history in the Palace and the life of Sultan's family in the harem.

Explore the splendor of Topkapi Palace, the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Discover how the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards was a self-contained city, which most inhabitants rarely left. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn.

Immerse yourself in the heart of the great Ottoman Empire. Stroll through the palace, and imagine the ruling Sultans who lived in its hundreds of rooms with their vast families and countless servants. Visit the harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Take a moment to spot the cupboard doors inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell. Walk through the Harem is also the only way to see the very early, exceptionally-crafted Iznik tiles decorated with floral designs and verses from the Quran.

The tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

  • Admission ticket for Topkapi Palace
  • Admission ticket for the harem
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets with priority access
  • Guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and the Harem
  • Shared group or private walking tour (depending on the option chosen)
  • Galata port pickup only if ship details are provided
  • Lunch and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Optional gratuities

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Important information

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • Topkapi Palace may close without notice for high-level state visits
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Great job explaining the history. Gives a lot of history- like mini lectures about the history of Istanbul & Ottoman Empire incorporated into Topkapi palace information. If you’re not super into history it may be a little dry however our group really enjoyed it. Beautiful grounds- could spend many hours walking around after the tour finishes - which was about 3 hours.

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April 1, 2023

Thank you for the amazing guide for Topkapi palace. I sure learn a lot of stuffs with our guide,Ahmet. He was very nice e and knowledgeable about the palace. The tour was long and it was a good things because we were presented many things from ottoman stories, the history of the palace. He also went to great lengths to explain the harem which I think most people want to see. He also gave us time to take pictures after the tour.

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April 1, 2023

Our guide provided us with excellent details we never would have received if we had visited without him. We had been to Topkapi a decade before and souch was under construction that we didn't see most of what we saw this time. He explained what had been recently renovated along with future renovations and can't wait to see the changes in another 10 years. Our group was just the right size with five people that made it feel very personal. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the history of the palace and the Ottoman Empire's history. What a wonderful opportunity.

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April 1, 2023

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