Guided tour

Istanbul: Topkapi and Hagia Sophia Small Group Tour

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Istanbul: Topkapi and Hagia Sophia Small Group Tour

From US$ 109.06 per person

Enjoy a walking tour through the heart of Istanbul's old town, Sultanahmet, to see the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and its Harem. Gain priority admission, and skip the long lines with your professional and local tour guide.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Visit the two major highlights of historical Istanbul on a small group or private tour
  • See the Hagia Sophia from inside out and enjoy the mozaics gallery
  • Learn about the Ottomans as you walk through the Topkapi Palace
  • Have the privilage of a professional and local guide for priority admission and skip-the-lines
  • Visit the Harem in Topkapi Palace to learn about the Sultan's home
Full description
Meet your professional and local guide at a central Sultanahmet location, from where you will enjoy skip-the-line admission tickets to visit the famous Hagia Sophia and see its glory from the 6th Century. You can climb up the gallery with your guide to see the mosaics surviving from this ancient church, former mosque, and now internationally famous museum. Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace, the second stop for the day. Here you can explore the palace grounds, courtyards, and its Harem on a guided tour. Later on, you will 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. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul's history. See the several exhibitions inside the Palace as you Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. Your tour will end with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.
  • Skip-the-line ticket to Topkapi Palace
  • Visit to Hagia Sophia (no ticket needed)
  • Professional licensed local guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people) or a private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Walking tour
  • Guided visit of the Harem
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet, Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. No:32, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Nudity
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Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Fantastic Personal Guide Experience

We were in a group of 4 people, and the guide provided a very personalized experience. He was knowledgeable about both the palace and Hagia Sophia, had answers to all questions, helped navigate around long lines and crowds, and made the tour very interesting. We were on our feet for the entire 4 hours, which became a bit tiring, but there was so much to see this was necessary.

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August 17, 2019

Wear comfortable shoes!

Guide was friendly and spoke good English. Started off at Topkapi Palace and at first the tour seemed quite rushed (5 mins in this bit, 5 mins in the next) but it soon became clear that this place is HUGE and there is a lot to see in a few hours. It was very crowded but the guide was able to take us on a route so as to avoid the large groups. Glad we chose the tour to include the Harem section as this was the best bit of the Palace. The Hagia Sophia part of the tour was an hour and, again, well worth doing. Stunning place and very interesting story (and I'm not keen on history). After the guide had finished the tour, we were able to remain there to wander around at our leisure.

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May 29, 2019

It was great to have a private tour with a knowledgeable guide. It was easy to move around the larger tour groups with ease and skipping the ticket lines. The guide gave us great recommendations for the rest of the trip and helped with public transportation. We picked a great time to go!

May 14, 2019

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