Istanbul: Guided Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene Museum Tour

Istanbul: Guided Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene Museum Tour

From $41.55 per person

Explore Istanbul's Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene Museum with a licensed guide. As you explore, learn how the building served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th century.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace
  • Take a guided museum visit
  • Listen to your professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Visit the Hagia Irene Museum
Full description
Your tour begins as you gather with your guide at the Fountain of Ahmed III outside the entrance of the Topkapı Palace. From there, enter the museum to begin your exploration. During your tour you'll visit Hagia Irene Museum in the outer garden of Topkapı Palace. The Topkapı Palace is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the "New Palace" to distinguish it from the Old Palace in Beyazıt Square. It was given the name Topkapı - meaning Cannon Gate, in the 19th century. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building. After the 17th century, Topkapı gradually lost its importance.
Includes
  • Professional and licensed English-speaking tour guide
  • Entry fees to the museum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Your meeting point is the Fountain of Ahmed III at the entrance of the Topkapı Palace. Please meet your guide - who will be holding a turquoise flag at the entrance of Topkapi Palace.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    •  This tour is English only
    •  The Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays
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    Product ID: 369426