Istanbul, Turkey
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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Visit two treasures of Ottoman Istanbul on a half-day tour of Topkapi Palace and Rustem Pasha Mosque with an experienced guide. Hear stories about the sultans that ruled Topkapi for centuries, and explore a trove of art, artifacts and Ottoman weaponry. Learn about the plotting Grand Vizier that commissioned the exquisite mosque, whose graceful dome is lined with handmade Iznik tiles in dozens of shades of blue.
  • Half-day palace and mosque tour in Istanbul
  • Visit a pair of distinctive Ottoman sites
  • Learn about local history, architecture and art
  • Step into the past on a history tour
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Family friendly
Meet your guide at a centrally located meeting point or selected hotels, and head to the Asian side of Istanbul to explore Topkapi Palace, a sprawling complex with commanding views of the Bosphorus Strait. Learn about the sultans who ruled the empire from this scenic spot, and find out how the palace’s intricate design reflects Ottoman hierarchy and traditions. See the remarkable collection of Chinese porcelain, holy relics, sultan’s costumes and weapons that are displayed throughout the palace, visit a series of grand courts and the Imperial Treasury, and slip into sheltered pleasure pavilions.
Continue to the nearby Rustem Pasha Mosque to see the religious side of Ottoman design and hear stories about Grand Vizier who built it; find out how Rustem Pasha struggled for power then fell from grace. See why this mosque is celebrated for the quality of its handmade tiles, which line both the interior and exterior walls. After your tour, take time to explore the complex of colorful shops that surround the mosque, the perfect place to browse handicrafts and souvenirs.

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, Aug 2017

The local agency with which Viator is working is horrible Travelium. They wouldn't pick us up from our hotel said too far, even though it was 25 min away from Topkapi. They changed meeting point twice and told us to wait for our guide at 12:30 there. The guide showed up at 2pm and said he wasn't sure why we received these instructions. It was very frustrating. The tour itself was not very informative. The guide got us through the main visitors' line and got tickets. He then only showed us around the gardens and pointed out which places we should see i.e. kitchens, harem, armory, etc.. This lasted about 1 hour, then he left us to our own devices in the middle of the gardens. I honestly didn't learn much from him. Also, the point that is not stressed enough during the tour is that you need a separate ticket for harem - be aware of that. Interestingly, the guide also said we no longer needed our tickets and collected them from us before he left. It seemed very suspicious. I would recommend to simply get your own tickets to the palace - no need to waste time at meeting points and extra money on a guide that does not tell you much. Please note that Rustam Pasha Mosque is closed for renovation tombs of Sultans in Hagia Sophia visited instead - not that special and crown jewels and dress exhibit at Topkapi also closed for the next 2 years nothing offered instead. I think this needs to be communicated prior to the tour and it was not! I was very disappointed with this tour.


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