Istanbul: Topkapi Palace History Tour

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace History Tour

From $33.05 per person

Discover Topkapi Palace with a local guide and skip the ticket line entry. Get a real sense of the palace and enjoy the collections and galleries.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 45 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Benefit from skip the ticket line entry
  • Learn from a local tour guide
  • See all rooms, gardens, and galleries in the palace
  • Capture amazing pictures inside the palace
Full description
Visit Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman emperors, with a professional official tour guide who will inform you about all historical details. The Palace is one of the top tourist attractions and absolutely one of the top things to do in Istanbul. It consists of three courtyards, terraces with astonishing views, as well as precious collections. Starting from the square and fountain in front of the Topkapi Palace, you will pass by each of the famous gates while listening to interesting stories and surprising details about legendary figures from history.
  • Skip the ticket lines entry to Topkapi Palace
  • Professional local guide
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions

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

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 must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at III. Ahmet Fountain, across the carpet museum. Your guide will be wearing a red jacket or red t-shirt with Istanbul Welcome Card on it. Please arrive 10 minutes before tour departure. Your guide will be waiting just before the exit gate and will be wearing a red jacket or red t-shirt with the local partner logo.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Skip the line tickets to the building are included but you may still need to wait in line for the security check-point (this can take between 30 seconds and 15 minutes depending on visitor volume
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 / 5

    based on 113 reviews

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    Adil is incredible knowledgeable, fun and the most interesting guide that we had in a long time. He was so happy to share his knowledge with us. The time went by pretty quickly, even though he covered a lot. He was happy to answer questions and we cannot say enough praise for him.

    September 3, 2019

    Our guide was very knowledgeable, personable, and beyond expectations!

    Had never used Get Your Guide before and found it on a Google search when arrived in Istanbul. The guide was found exactly where indicated in our emailed information, he had answered the phone number provided when we had a question before the tour, he led the tour at a leisurely pace on a very hot day and provided more useful information on the sights than I could have ever imagined. He was the best guide I have ever had on an excursion!

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    July 13, 2019

    Hot, Hot, Hot!

    The day was incredibly hot and our guide was very thoughtful ensuring that we were in shade were possible when outside. The Harem rooms and bathrooms were very very impressive and the guides knowledge and language skills were superb also. We were shown all the important areas and the history associated with the rooms. I could use my imagination to be right back in time thanks to the detail the guide was providing it was that good. Well worth a visit, but ensure you have plenty water with you on a hot day as there isn't much time to stop and get some while o the tour.

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    June 27, 2019

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