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Incredible Topkapi Palace Tour 2024

Visit Topkapi Palace and explore the majestic palace that has been the residence of sultans for over 400 years.

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€ 67
3 hours
Live tour guide

Istanbul Topkapi Palace Tour

Tour one of Istanbul’s most significant museums and experience Turkey through a sultan’s eyes while exploring the Topkapi Palace. This palace symbolizes the transformation of Turkey from a feudal society into a mighty empire, with its Ottoman-style architecture blending with Islamic influences.

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Topkapi Palace Guided Tour

The trip to Istanbul would not be complete without a visit to Topkapi Palace, one of the most iconic monuments in Istanbul. Book a guided tour of the Topkapi Palace Museum and Harem, and find out how life looked back in the day during the reign of Ottoman sultans. For nearly half a century, Sultans walked through the Topkapi Palace, and administrative policies and social events in these rooms shaped Turkish civilization. Visit the Topkapi Museum’s bathhouses, treasury, armory, and harem. Experience the imperial charm of royal chambers and palace halls.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Ottoman Empire and discover all that the Topkapi Palace Museum has to offer. Your journey begins by stepping through the grand Imperial Gate and into the beautifully landscaped First Courtyard.

As you explore this magnificent palace, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Turkish pride and culture. It was in this very spot that Sultan Selim III assembled over ceremonial gatherings and state functions, adding to the palace’s significance and splendor.

Abdülmecid I, in the mid-19th century, relocated the imperial court to Dolmabahçe Palace. While some of the Topkapı Palace buildings remained functional, others deteriorated over time. Once it became a museum in 1924, many of the buildings were renovated. Gain insight into the Harem and explore the private quarters of Sultan and his family. Uncover the many fascinating facts about this museum that attracts over three million visitors annually.

included
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to Topkapi Palace & Harem 
  • Shared or private walking tour (depending on the option selected)
  • Tour Guide ( English and German)
X not included
  • Transportation 
  • Gratuities
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Meeting Point

You will meet up with your tour representative at the kiosk, Ersoy Bufe, located near the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square.

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Avoid the long queue for tickets and spend a full day exploring the Topkapi Museum & Harem!

Explore the Topkapi Palace

Look inside one of Istanbul’s most significant landmarks, the Topkapi Palace, which was converted into a museum.

Tour the Museum & Harem with the expert guide

Explore the Topkapi Museum’s nooks and crannies, from the treasury and armory to the Harem, while listening to a knowledgeable local guide.

Learn about Turkish history

Find out the interesting historic facts and learn how Turkish civilization developed from its modest beginnings into an empire.

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FAQs

How much does it cost to visit Topkapi Palace?

The cost of a guided tour at the Topkapi Palace Museum & Harem can vary, but you can trust us to provide you with a comprehensive and unforgettable experience by booking your tour with us. We’ve taken care of every detail so that you won’t miss a thing.

Is Topkapi Palace worth visiting?

Definitely! The Topkapi Palace is a stunning building that combines Islamic influences with Ottoman-style architecture. Along with the beautiful halls and royal chambers, the palace also has wonderful gardens surrounding it. If you’re in Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace should certainly be on your list of must-visit attractions!

Is Topkapi Palace Harem worth it?

Yes, it is worth it to visit the Harem of Topkapi Palace. This part of the palace boasts beautiful interiors that you’ll enjoy walking through. This is also part of the tour when you’ll learn the most about the lifestyle of sultans and their families. So we advise you not to leave out the Topkapi Harem from your tour.

How much time do you need in Topkapi Palace?

We recommend you dedicate at least three to four hours to visiting the Topkapi Palace. Since there are so many courtyards, the palace museums, and the harem, we advise you to take your time and walk around the Topkapi grounds. At least three hours will be enough to see all of the important parts of the palace.
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Topkapi Palace Harem

Beneath the Tower of Justice on the western side of the Second Court lies Harem. The Topkapi Harem was the private living quarters of the Ottoman sultans and their families. Throughout the centuries, Harem was home to hundreds of women and children.

Access was strictly limited to the sultan, his wives, their children, and the eunuchs who served them. The sultans supported around 300 concubines in the Harem, although numbers were usually lower than this. Upon entering the Harem, the girls would be schooled in Islam and Turkish culture and language, as well as the arts of make-up, dress, comportment, music, reading, writing, embroidery, and dancing.

The women competed for the sultan’s favor and influence, and the Harem was known for power struggles and intrigues. The word “harem” is derived from Arabic and means “forbidden” or “private.” Only one floor of the six-floor complex is open to tourists.

Good to know before you go!

  • Meet your tour representative at Ersoy Bufe kiosk, across the Germain Fountain. Your guide will wait for you in front of the Ersoy Bufe with a sign that says " Walks in Europe". 
  • Please note that all visitors must go through airport -style security. 
  • The cancellation for this tour is free up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Awesome Tour!

This was a really fun experience! My family members and I decided to book this guided audio tour so we don’t have to follow any schedule, and it was the best decision ever. Our guide was really insightful, and I actually feel like I’ve learned something new. Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Grand Bazaar were my Istanbul highlights, but this tour specifically left a really good impression on me.

Dora

Highlight of Istanbul

This tour of Topkapi Palace & Harem, together with Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque, was my favorite part of my trip to Istanbul. I loved exploring the palace museum and listen about its history. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit Topkapi Palace.

Johnny

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