Your immersive skip-the-line Topkapi Palace experience begins by meeting your informative guide in the Sultanahmet district. Then head to Istanbul’s famous Topkapi Palace, where Ottoman sultans and royalty once lived, dined, indulged and entertained illustrious guests. Learn all about its storied history and see rooms that are off limits to travelers most of the time. Spend three hours strolling the grounds’ hallways, rooms and opulent courtyards.
Follow your guide to the foot soldiers barracks, pipe room, private baths and an opulent prayer room. Your guide will dish out enticing stories and historical backstories to all of the places you visit on your tour. Put yourself in the shoes of the sultan as you pass through the most coveted room in the palace, the Imperial Harem. Listen to tales of the concubines, children and eunuchs who guarded the wives who resided here.
Then, visit the illustrious Audience Chamber, where performing Viziers once frequented. Stroll the verdant gardens and courtyards, catching views of the Bosphorus Strait along the way. Admire the impressive kiosks other stunning works of art and architecture throughout the palace. But there is still much more here to see. At the end of the guided portion, your guide will present an overview of the rest of the grounds, which you can explore on your own at the end of the tour.