Topkapi and Hagia Sophia Tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the two major highlights of historical Istanbul with a small group of maximum 8 people
  • See the Hagia Sophia from inside out and enjoy the mozaics gallery
  • Learn about the Ottomans as you walk through the Topkapi Palace and visit the Harem as well
  • Have the privilege of a professional and local guide for priority admission and skip-the-lines

Tour Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace

Meet your professional and local guide at a central Sultanahmet location, from where you will enjoy skip-the-line admission tickets to visit the famous Hagia Sophia and see its glory from the 6th Century.

You can climb up the gallery with your guide to see the mosaics surviving from this ancient church, former mosque, and now internationally famous museum. Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace, the second stop for the day. Here you can explore the palace grounds, courtyards and its Harem on a guided tour. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul’s history.

Later on, you will visit the harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. Your tour will end with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

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