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Come on a tour to the famous Topkapi Palace and skip the queues that flock to see this magnificent and historically significant site. Built in the middle of the 15th century, the walled complex comprised of the palace and its buildings dominate a small raised peninsula. The buildings are nestled within beautiful grounds that sweep down to the sea. For centuries, the palace was the political centre of the highly influential Ottoman Empire and although it is now purely a museum, as you visit its parts including courtyards, the Treasury, various pavilions, the holy relics, weapons and the Harem you will see how great it was.
A lesser known part of the Hagia Sofia complex is the adjacent structure that houses the Sultan Tombs where five 16th and 17th century Ottoman sultans are interred. Alongside each sultan’s sarcophagus are many others that hold their wives, children and other notables. The tombs are all beautifully designed and feature beautiful examples of tile work, mosaics, calligraphy and kundekari (a decorative form of carpentry consisting of interlocking pieces of wood and mother of pearl).
Not far from Topkapi Palace, this tour also takes you to Little Hagia Sophia Mosque which was constructed in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox Church before being converted to a mosque in the early 16th century. Inside, this small octagonal mosque features a beautiful two-storeyed colonnade, marble pillars and a stunning umbrella dome.
Topkapi Palace, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque or Sultans Tombs
General Information & Conditions
All our morning tours can be combined with our afternoon tours and lunch included if done so
VAT is included in the rates
Phone call needed for last minute reservations
We kindly request our guest to be ready 15 minutes prior to departure time. Guests need to arrive promptly at the meeting points given by Tourkeystay, or the tour will proceed without them
30 % discount applies for children aged 2-7. Children under 2 tour free of charge
Tours will only be refunded if cancelled more than 24 hours prior to commencement
Effective Sales Rates of the Turkish Central Bank are valid for payments
Tourkeystay is not responsible for any loss or theft of belongings during the tour
Due to traffic conditions beyond our control, pickup may be delayed
Museums entry fees, parking and road tolls
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
Transportation in A/C non-smoking car or bus with Professional English speaking guide and driver and their daily expenses
Small group tour
Pick up by 13:00, drop off by 17:30