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Topkapi Palace Museum & Harem Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide

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Avoid long waiting lines and enter the 15th-century palace of Topkapı at ease with this skip-the-line ticket. Spend time exploring Istanbul’s most celebrated attraction, and explore the lavish collections of Ottoman Turkey’s famed sultans.

Highlights

  • Skip the lines and fall in love with the incredible history of the 15th-century Topkapı Palace.

  • Stroll through the palace complex and marvel at the expensive tastes of the Ottoman sultans.

  • See priceless jewels, rich living quarters, and beautiful architecture. Learn more with the audio guide app available in 10 languages.

  • Explore the peaceful gardens, pavilions, hidden sanctuaries, kitchens, and more.

  • Elevate your experience by upgrading your ticket to enjoy a guided tour of Blue Mosque and the Topkapı Palace with an English-speaking guide.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry into Topkapı Palace

  • Access to Harem Museum and Hagia Irene Museum

  • Audio guide in English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish

  • The services of a representative who will lead you to the entrance

  • Entry to Blue Mosque (optional)

  • 1-hr guided tour of Topkapi Palace & Blue Mosque (optional)

  • English-speaking guide (optional)

Exclusions

  • Entrance to the Harem

Cancellation policy

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

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Guests from United Kingdom, Italy, United States and over 71 countries have loved this experience
Anastasia Stenberg

Anastasia

4/5

Apr, 2024

Our guide was knowledgable and the tour was interesting. but in general it felt very short, as the tour covered just an intro part for the palace, not Harem, and not museums.
Sally Taylor

Sally

4/5

Apr, 2024

Easy to book online . Arrangement for connecting with guide went well . One hour guided tour gave a useful overview and base to see how he rest of the palace on one's own
Ian Oakes

Ian

5/5

Apr, 2024

Awesome Palace and museum, the guide was excellent and explained things well. Topkapi Palace has been on my bucket list for many years and it did not disappoint. Thank you for a great service
CAROLINA CARRASCO

Carolina

5/5

Apr, 2024

Excellent experience on this palace tour. Our guide gave it the special touch, Haralk (I think that's how you spell it) is an experienced guide who knows the luar, the culture and the history in a way that makes this tour worthwhile. Clear and complete explanations and always taking care of all the doubts.
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Tanguy Simon

Tanguy

3/5

Apr, 2024

The guide was interesting, but bake sure to take an audio-guide before entering the palace because you will not have paper tickets to go out and back in. If you have internet in Turkey, the guide can give you a code to download an app. Fortunately the guards were kind to let us out and back in without ticket so that we could get audioguides, but that was not possible for the harem, which we visited without guide or audioguide. (The written inscriptions are not very interesting) Also, the visit takes nearly the whole day, take a picnic ;)

As the Turkish sultanate's home for centuries, Topkapı Palace offers a crash course in the history of the once-mighty Ottoman Empire. Visiting this landmark is considered to be an absolute must, and one of the best things to do in Istanbul. The best part? With this handy ticket, you get to skip the lines (and the heat) outside the palace and learn about the monumental structure in the language of your choice with the audio guide, which is available in ten languages.

The Topkapı Palace was once the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. You can see its lavishness reflected in its opulent architecture - something you would only associate with the sultans of history's most powerful empires. Today, it is Turkey's most important cultural icon and an awe-inspiring monument.

The Combo: Topkapi Palace & Blue Mosque Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, starting with the iconic Blue Mosque, also known as Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Marvel at its six majestic minarets and the stunning dome adorned with 20,000 Iznik tiles. Then, explore Topkapi Palace, the world's largest and oldest palace, once the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Discover its treasury and exotic buildings while enjoying panoramic views of the Golden Horn.

Topkapi Palace

Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Basilica Cistern

Monday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 6:30 PM

What to bring

  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure your GPS is activated). Please carry your headphones.

Additional information

  • Note that you will be able to enter the Topkapi Palace only with a representative. Meet your guide at the meeting point, who will then take you to the palace.

  • Download the audioguide app on your smartphone before your tour.

  • There is limited internet at the museum/pier so download the app before your visit.

  • Entry to the Palace is only possible at the time slot selected during booking. Once inside, you can stay as long as you want until the closing time of 5pm.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your representative.

  • Please note you cannot go directly to the Topkapi Palace. A representative will take you to the palace after you meet them and redeem your voucher.

  • Kindly arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card Tour Guide at the "Topkapi Cafe / Meeting Hub" 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

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

  • The nearest tram stop is ‘Sultanahmet,’ which is located about 10 minutes from the meeting point.

  • Catch tram #T1 to get here.

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