On this half-day tour, you will explore the majestic vaults and ceilings of the magnificent Topkapi Palace while learning about the exciting history of Sultans and Turkish Kings.

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy priority admission and skip-the-line access to Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, where the Sultans lived
  • Visit the Hagia Irene Church, which holds the secrets of Constantinople's first church
  • Discover how the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque has changed roles over time

About Half-Day Topkapi Palace Tour

Explore one of the most important museums in Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula without waiting in line. The guests are picked up from centrally located Istanbul hotels and the tour begins at approximately 13:30 PM. Learn about the fascinating story of the construction of the Topkapi Palace, which was the residence and administrative center for the Ottoman Sultans for more than 400 years, from 1466 and 1478. In 1924, the year the Republic of Turkey was founded, it debuted as a museum. The Topkapi Palace Museum is noteworthy for the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire as well as its impeccable architecture and pristine collections. If learning about architectural wonders and anthropological anecdotes excites you, this tour should be on your bucket list!  Enjoy the wonderful architectural splendor of this spectacular Ottoman Empire landmark before moving on to the magnificent Hagia Irene Church, the first Byzantine-era church to be completed in Constantinople. 

Finally, pay a visit to the 6th-century Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and learn how it evolved from Emperor Justinian's Greek Orthodox Church to a mosque, a museum, and back to a mosque. We return all Guests to their hotels around 18:30 after the tour.


  • Hotel pickup & drop off
  • Hagia Irene entry ticket
  • Topkapı Palace entry ticket
  • Transportation in Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide


  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

  • Smoking is strictly restricted to designated areas.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Topkapi Palace Museum Tour.
  • The Topkapi Palace Museum Tour starts at 1:30 PM and 6.30 PM.
  • The duration of the Topkapi Palace Museum Tour will be around 4 hours.
What to wear:
  • We recommend you dress up in line with the local customs.
  • Infants and toddlers between 0-4 years are allowed free of charge for the Half-day Topkapı Palace Tour.
  • Kids between the age of 4-7 are charged as per the child fare.
  • Guests above the age of 7 years will be charged as per the adult fare.
Things to Note:
  • Please note that this tour is operated all year round except on Tuesdays, May and January 1st.
  • Pickup is from centrally-located Istanbul hotels in Levent, Sisli, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Ortakoy, Findikli, Karakoy, Tepebasi, Sirkeci, Sultanahmet, Kadirga, Beyazit, Laleli, Aksaray, Yenikapi, Findikzade, Topkapi, Sutluce areas
  • For each hotel, there is a fixed departure time. We notify the customer of the pickup time the day before the activity takes place.
  • All children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age.

Cancellation Policy

  • For a full refund cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Half-day Topkapı Palace Tour.
  • No-shows and late cancellations are non-refundable.

My Voucher

  • Your Half-day Topkapı Palace Tour tickets are valid for the event date and time stated.
  • Your Half-day Topkapı Palace Tour tickets will be mailed to you once you’ve made a booking. All you have to do is show the voucher with a Govt id proof.
Meeting Point:
Present your voucher at the start of the tour.

Half-Day Topkapi Palace Tour Frequently Asked Questions

What is Topkapi Palace famous for?
It opened as a museum in 1924, a year after the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. The Topkapı Palace Museum is notable not only for its architecture and collections but also for the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire that it recalls.
Is Topkapi Palace Museum free?
The entrance fee of Topkapi Palace is 200 Turkish Lira per person. To visit the Harem it is an additional 100 Turkish Lira per person. It's free for children under 12 years old, and entry to the Harem is free for those under 6. Museum entry is free for those in possession of a 72 hours Museum Pass.
Can I take pictures in Topkapi Palace?
There is no problem with taking photos in Topkapi palace except in Mosque.
How much time do you need at Topkapi palace?
Topkapi Palace is a giant complex and you'll need at least 1,5 to 2 hours to have a complete tour.
Which day is Topkapi Palace closed?
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Topkapi Palace is also closed on January 1 and closed for half day on the first day of Ramadan Eid and Eid Al-Adha.

Ratings & Reviews

Renata Ploska
Travelled March 2023

Quick and efficient, as usual. Thank you.

Péterffy-Baricska Emese
Travelled March 2023

Correct price, fast confirmation.

Travelled March 2023

Good discount and very easy purchase

Ursula Mansson
Travelled March 2023

Easy booking !

Renata Ploska
Travelled March 2023

Quick and sufficient, as usual. Thank you. Brgds,

Half-Day Topkapi Palace Tour