Begin with pickup from your Istanbul hotel, then travel to the Topkapi Palace Museum in an air-conditioned coach. Topkapi Palace’s grounds sprawl across almost 80 acres (32 ha.), so you’ll follow a route through the museum that’s designed to take in the best of its exhibits and collections.
Walk through the First, Second, Third, and Fourth courtyards, then get a glimpse of life in the Ottoman Empire in the Audience Hall and the High Court. Visit the Historical Kitchens and the Royal Stables, and explore the Imperial Treasury, which contains jeweled weapons, treasure, and coins. Enter the Harem, where Sultans lived with their wives and concubines, and explore the elegant gardens and kiosks that look out towards the Bosphorus.
Throughout the tour of Topkapi Palace, your guide will share stories from the Ottoman Empire, so you can understand each thing you see in its historical context. This tour concludes with return transfer to your Istanbul hotel or port.
Please Note: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.