Profit from a flexible card that provides access to public transportation, line-free entry to popular museums, guided tours of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern, a cruise along the Bosphorus, and audio guides for popular museums.

Key Highlights

  • Get into attractions faster, avoid the long lines, and save up to two hours (except Hagia Sophia)
  • Highlights tour conducted by a certified tour guide at each location
  • You may spend as much time as you like in the museums
  • Using our Istanbul Walking Tours, explore the city like a local
  • Audio Guide App in following 9 Languages:
  • English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish

About Istanbul Welcome Card

Your Istanbul welcome card package will be at your hotel upon your arrival so you can start exploring Istanbul straight away. The Istanbul welcome card comes with a ton of benefits. You can save time and money as all tickets and tours are included. You'll find your card inside the package, loaded with 20 public transportation rides as well as tickets to the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern tours.Bypass the lines and tour the Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia with a historian guide.Enjoy yourself while taking a cruise along the Bosphorus and take in the breathtaking views of the  waters of Istanbul's river. Visit historical sites like bridges, palaces, forts, seaside homes, and many more.20 transportation tickets, including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus, are included for getting around the city. Take advantage of a variety of discounts at many popular attractions throughout the city, and explore museums at your own pace with the included audio guides.


  • Skip the Line Service and all Ticket & Entry Fees
  • Hagia Sophia 30 min. Highlights Tour & Audio Guide
  • Topkapi Palace 30 min. Highlights Tour & Audio Guide
  • Basilica Cistern 30 min. Highlights Tour
  • Unlimited stay inside each Museum
  • 90 min. Bosphorus Cruise & Audio Guide
  • 20 Rides with Public Transportation
  • 2 Istanbul Walking Tours
  • Digital Guide Book and Map


  • Skip the Line Service for Hagia Sophia
  • Entrance into Harem of Topkapi
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

  • Pets are not allowed on this tour.
  • The tour duration of Hagia Sophia is 45 minutes.The tour starts daily at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM and Fridays only 10:00 AM.
  • The tour duration of the Topkapi Palace is 45 minutes.The tour is available everyday except Tuesdays at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM.
  • The tour duration of Basilica Cistern * is 30 minutes.The tour is available everyday except Sundays at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM. * Basilica Cistern is currently under renovation, therefore we take you to 1001 Cistern just next to it
  • The duration of the Bosphorus Cruise is 105 minutes. The Bosphorus Cruise timings are 12:45 AM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:45 PM.
  • The duration of the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market Tour is 2 hours.The tour starts from Hagia Sophia at 1:15 PM on Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The duration of the Walking Tour at Taksim & Galata is 2 hours. The tour starts from Beyoglu at 3:45 PM on Wednesday , Fridays and Saturdays.
What to wear:
  • We recommend you dress up in line with the local customs.
  • We suggest you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Everyone is charged as per the adult fare.
Things to Note:
  • Right after your order, we will send your english digital Istanbul guide book with the must do things, walking tours, useful information and city map as a PDF file to your email account.
  • With the Premium Card, you have covered transportation and the most important highlights in Istanbul. After your reservation you will get your personal discount code, so you can book Airport Transfers, Whirling Dervish Show, Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, Luxury Yacht Tour, 500 Year Historical Turkish Bath, Princes' Island Ferry Tickets and many more additional tours, attractions and experiences in Istanbul for 20% less than the official price.
  • With your guide you can skip the ticket lines but we can not skip the security line.
  • Download the included audio guide before your visit, to your smartphone so you can have a look and listen to what you can discover even from your sofa at home.
  • Audio guide app instructions
  • Step 1) Go to Apple or Play Store and search for ''YourMobileGuide''
  • Step 2) Download ''YourMobileGuide''   
  • Step 3) Open the App and select '' All Audio Tours'')
  • Step 4) Select Turkey and then Istanbul and search for ''Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace''
  • Step 5) You will receive your redemption code from your tour guide
  • Please note, there is limited internet at the pier so please download the   app prior to the cruise
  • The app does not require internet once it has been downloaded (ensure you have activated GPS)


Cancellation Policy

  • For a full refund, cancel 48 hours prior to the start of the tour.
  • No-shows and late cancellations are non-refundable.

My Voucher

  • Your Istanbul welcome card tickets are valid for the event date and time stated.
  • Your Istanbul welcome card 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.

Istanbul Welcome Card  Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Istanbul welcome card worth it?
Yes it is, the Istanbul welcome card saves a lot of time and money as all tickets and tours are included.
Are children allowed to get the Istanbul welcome card?
Children are allowed to join the tour. However, they must be accompanied by an adult.
How can I book a ticket for the Istanbul welcome card?
Select the number of tickets on our website and click ‘Book Now’ to get your confirmed ticket on your email.
How long is my Istanbul welcome card ticket valid for?
Your tickets are valid for the time and date stated.

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,

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