Istanbul: Topkapi Palace and Sultan Tombs Half-Day Tour

2.4 / 5

11 reviews

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace and Sultan Tombs Half-Day Tour

From $47.90 per person

Step back in time to the golden age of the Ottoman Empire at the monumental Topkapi Palace and Sultan tombs. These iconic Istanbul landmarks show off the very finest Islamic art and a host of priceless religious artifacts.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 1:00 PM
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Pickup included
Complimentary pick-up service is available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. Please provide your hotel name. • After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability. • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. • Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 13:00 and 14:00 (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes.

Experience

Highlights
  • See the iconic Topkapi Palace
  • Explore spectacular Ottoman art and treasures
  • Step back in time at the Sultan Tombs
Full description
Topkapi Palace is one of Istanbul's most iconic landmarks and art and history buffs simply cannot miss it. Inside the palace, this tour covers the spectacular art produced by centuries of Ottoman rule - the exuberant mosaic tiling and caligraphy sections are particularly eye-catching. There are tons of imperial treasures and even priceless religious relics from the Prophet Mohammed. You'll also visit the Sultan Tombs of the Hagia Sophia, where 5 Sultans are buried. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of 16th-century Ottoman decoration, with purple, red, green, and blue flower motifs, and are truly a joy to see.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Pick-up service from centrally located Istanbul hotels
  • Refreshments
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, instead of Topkapi Palace, you'll visit Patriarchate at Fener, the Church of Panagia of Blachernae, St. Savior in Chora, Anemas Dungeons, the outside of Tekfur Palace, and the Byzantine City Walls.
  • After booking, you need to call the local supplier in order to learn exact time and free shuttle availability.
  • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels.
  • Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 13:00 and 14:00 (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

2.4 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    2.5/5
  • Transportation
    2.0/5
  • Value for money
    3/5
  • Safety
    4.2/5
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The total duration of the visit is not 3 hours as sold in the offer. The visit did not start until 3:30 p.m. after several waiting times. The guide called Janine is a nice but elderly lady who did not want to take the stairs or stand in line so she would send us on our own or otherwise explain that it is not worth visiting. We were unable to visit the tombs of sultans for lack of time and good will.

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November 2, 2019

Good tour, terrible organization

The tour was good and our guide excellent and knowledgeable. The organization however was a disaster. We were picked up from our hotel at 13.00 (as instructed in the email) in a bus, we were driven around the old city picking other guests, we met other buses near a restaurant, where an exchange of passengers was done between the buses, waited in the bus for other passengers to finish their meal, and finally we arrived at the start point of the tour at 14.30! We were never offered the option of just meeting the group at the start point of the walking tour at 14.30. This option was always offered to us in other tours we had in other European cities. No pick up from the hotel and drive around for hours, just meeting at the meeting point where the tour actually starts. We just spend one and a half hours sitting in a bus and waiting for other passengers, which have booked other tours to finish their meal, so the various groups can join together.

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December 7, 2017

September 11, 2019

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