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Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)
Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)

Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)

Gulhane Park, Istanbul, 34110

The Basics

To understand the history of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, explore the vast Topkapi Palace. The complex has elegant chambers, landscaped grounds, and small museum collections to admire, as well as a viewpoint over the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.

Guided tours, which offer a more comprehensive experience, often allow you to skip the long entry lines with a guide, and usually include a visit to the palace’s harem section. Many Istanbul sightseeing tours combine Topkapi Palace with an exploration of the other top sights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya), and the Basilica Cistern.

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
star-4.5
$58.50 per adult
$65.00 $6.00 savings
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Excellent way of seeing all the major historical sites In Istanbul
The sites and our guide explaining all the interesting facts about them. Would highly recommend . Some sites under renovation so couldn’t see everything
Sakina_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

star-5
Great tour experience!
Mehr_N, Jan 2022
Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour ( 9:30am and 1:30pm )
We had a great time at the tour! The guide was very informative and we had some great conversations. He made made sure we experienced everything!
star-4
The perfect day in Istanbul!
Michael_A, Dec 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
We learned a tremendous amount of information about several of the mosques and Turkish history. We highly recommend Nestlie as a private tour guide.
star-5
Very interesting tour
Insaf_J, Dec 2021
Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour
I highly recommend this tour with Erol. I had the chance to be the only visitor that day so it was like a 4 hours private tour Erol is very knowledgeable of the Turkish history specifically the Ottoman period and beyond I appreciated the details he gave me all along the tour Unfortunately I couldn't upload photos
star-5
Excellent
Lance_R, Dec 2021
Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar
Our guide was Informative, engaging, and had every detail planned perfectly. Would absolutely use him again and recommend to others!
star-5
Interesting
Oummah_M, Dec 2021
Hagia Sophia &Topkapı Palace Guided Tours /Skip The Lines
Really good tour, the guide Gamze was very informative and accomodating. Very enjoyable experience and we had adequate time is every location.
star-5
Great experience
Emese_S, Dec 2021
Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Historian Guide
Beautiful palace, my guide was very professional 👏 😀 I tried to upload some pictures too but unfortunately not working
star-5
Friendly guide
June_M, Dec 2021
Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour
Very friendly guide! It was undoubtedly he really liked Istanbul's history and buildings, as he showed interest explaining during the tour!
star-4
Very well explained and...
Taher_G, Dec 2021
Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Very well explained and informative..lunch was good .. organised and proper time management and friendly.
star-5
Amazing tour of the main...
Shirls, Dec 2021
Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque
Amazing tour of the main attractions in Istanbul. The tour guide Ali was exceptional and very informative
star-5
Pick Emre as tour guide for Topkapi
MARIANA_G, Nov 2021
Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Historian Guide
Emre is a very committed and nice tour guide. He is very insightful and funny! He makes the whole group feel very relaxed and having a local experience
star-5
Amazing!!!!
Ramsay_K, Nov 2021
Topkapi Palace and Harem guided tour with skip-the-line tickets
Amazing Tour! Thank you to our tour guide! She was so knowledgeable and really took care of us. Highly recommend.
star-5
the bes tour ever!
stergios_p, Nov 2021
Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia
it was a perfect experience and our guide ali was excellent with a lot of knowledge, he helped us a lot and explained everything to us about all the monuments we visited. a unique experience, it is worth experiencing.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Topkapi Palace is a must-visit for history and architecture buffs, and all first-time visitors to Istanbul.

  • Book a skip-the-line ticket to save time and avoid long entry lines.

  • The palace’s harem section requires a separate entry ticket.

  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the palace complex is large and you will be on your feet.

  • The complex is accessible to wheelchair users, though strollers are not permitted.

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How to Get There

The entrance to Topkapi Palace is not far from Istanbul’s Sultanahmet tram stop and is easily accessible by public transportation. Stroll through Sultanahmet Square from the tram stop to reach the palace’s entrance. Alternatively, take a taxi or a short walk from the Eminonu ferry terminal.

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When to Get There

Topkapi Palace is typically open Wednesday through Monday from the mid-morning 'til the late afternoon between October and March, and to the early evening between April and September; last entry is always 45 minutes before close. It’s also open on most of the major national and religious Turkish holidays, though occasionally with shorter opening hours. The palace is often quite busy, so arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.

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Architecture in Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace’s architecture features work from some of the most prominent Ottoman architects in Turkey, including Mimar Sinan. He designed the palace’s harem section, with its elaborate blue Iznik tiles. Purchase a skip-the-line tour to access the harem ahead of the crowds. Other sections of the palace feature work by architects from other Ottoman centuries, making the palace particularly fascinating for Turkish architecture enthusiasts.

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Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)