• Tour code: 7055TOPAKPI
  • Location: İstanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Discover coveted rooms that most visitors aren’t privy to on this skip-the-line tour of Topkapi Palace with a small-group in Istanbul. While most tours only grant patrons access to the palace’s trodden paths, this one allows you to venture off-the-beaten track within the palace itself, to lairs once used by Ottoman sultans such as the Imperial Harem. Plus, this tour allows you to maximize your time in Istanbul, by skipping the infamously long entrance line. Along the way, you’ll learn about the palace’s history in-depth. This tour is limited to 15 people to ensure a personal experience.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Topkapi Palace tour in Istanbul, with skip-the-line access
  • Discover rooms not covered by other tours, like the palace kitchens and foot soldiers quarters
  • Enjoy visiting the Baths of the Royal Family, Imperial Hall, Mosque of the Ağas and other rooms in and around the palace
  • Explore the fascinating Imperial Harem and learn more about the palace from the knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the Audience Chamber inside the palace
  • This is a small group tour limited to 15 people to ensure a high-quality experience

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Tour in Istanbul Including Imperial Harem

Visit the Imperial Harem and more on this palace tour

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.

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