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Guided Tour of Topkapi Palace Museum & Harem with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Relish an insightful tour of the Topkapi Palace and its harem with exclusive fast track tickets. Get a chance to see all of its rooms, galleries, and gardens, and learn the story of the harem firsthand from an expert historian guide!


  • Explore the home and headquarters of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Avoid the long queues and get easy entry into Topkapi Palace with skip-the-line tickets.

  • With an English-speaking historian guide by your side, delve into the rich history and culture of the Topkapi Palace.

  • Discover one of Istanbul’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explore its expansive museum collection along with the Harem section.

  • Learn more about the sights you see from an immersive audio guide.


  • 1-hour tour of Topkapi Palace

  • Skip-the-line entry

  • All-area access including Harem

  • Expert English-speaking historian guide

  • Audio guide

  • 2-hour Historian Guide (Optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


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  • Germany
  • Hungary
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Guests from United States, Romania, Spain and over 30 countries have loved this experience
Victoria Hritonenko



Jun, 2024

Lovely experience. I wish there was a cafe with Turkish coffee and Turkish sweets. I liked that there were many small museums inside instead of one large one. Many places in a shade. I wish that there were more furniture and accessories inside the palace rooms. It would convey the grandeur of Ottoman Empire better
Goran Dukic



Jun, 2024

Our guide (Doruk Sanbay) was very knowledgeable and patient to answer all our questions. His precise and interesting information elevated the whole experience to another level.
Francis de los Reyes



Jun, 2024

Guide was well informed and efficient. 1 hour was perfect for getting an overview, then we decided where to go after. It took us 4 hours and we didn't get to see everything, we were too tired to stay. But we were satisfied with the whole trip



Jun, 2024

Nice and comfortable guide Very well explained each and everything Would be great if guide accompany in the harem section also. But explained well about the harem section as a whole
Maria Pischloeger



Jun, 2024

The tour was well organized and the meeting point was easy to find. We were told interesting facts, questions were answered, we were given information and then had time to walk around on our own.
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The Topkapi Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as the headquarters of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th and 16th centuries. The palace complex houses hundreds of chambers, rooms, and gardens, and the most important ones are accessible to the public. Your ticket includes a fast track admission into the historic attraction, saving you nearly 2 hours of time With an expert historian guide by your side, you can learn some of the greatest secrets of the Ottomans.

The tour will begin at the Topkapi cafe/Meeting Pub OUTSIDE Topkapi Palace. You will hear engrossing tales as you pass through each of the famous gates and learn surprising facts and details of legendary figures.

The final stop is at the Imperial Harem, where your guide will entertain you with some more legends and myths about the attraction. By the end of the tour, you will have had a much better understanding of Ottoman history!

Important Information

  • Don't forget to carry your camera with you.

  • Wear comfortable footwear as there is a moderate amount of walking involved.

  • While the ticket ensures that you skip the entry lines, you cannot avoid the security lines. This can take up to 30 minutes during peak season.

  • Audio App for IOS & Android is available in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish & Turkish.

  • Children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age.

  • Please note that this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting the digital Pass at the museum. You need to enter with the tour guide.

  • It is mandatory for guests to use a headset during the tour. For this reason, be sure to bring your ID card with you when you come to the Topkapi Palace Tour. ID cards will be taken during the use of the headset and will be returned at the end of the tour.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone along with a valid photo ID at the meeting point

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry a valid photo ID for verification

  • Please ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to avoid any delays

Meeting Point

  • Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card Tour Guide at the "Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Pub" OUTSIDE Topkapi Palace, across the Carpet Museum.

  • Please note you cannot go directly to the Topkapi Palace. Meet your guide at the meeting point, who will then take you to the palace

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