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Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace Half Day Tour

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  • Enjoy the interior of 1500 years old Hagia Sophia which showcases Byzantine mosaics and marble ornamentation.
  • Visit Topkapı Palace comprehensively to learn about its role in the Ottoman monarchy
  • Very small groups and a dedicated guide to ensure a depth of understanding of the palace
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to two top Istanbul attractions led by an expert local guide.

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4 hours
Availability : Wednesday to Monday
Pudding Shop
Sultanahmet Square
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 6


Istanbul is a beautiful city, but it pays to know where to look. Come and join our half day Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Tour to get the most out of these most prominent highlights in the company of an expert local guide.

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is a walking tour with a difference, aimed to make you feel like a local and introduce you to Istanbul’ historic gems! Learn about art, food and architecture while discovering the city’s top rated sites. Our small-group format ensures a personalized experience and especially good for those visiting Istanbul for the first time.

What to Expect

Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom, a fifteen hundred years old splendid monument, is a must see in Istanbul, built to be the world’s largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. First a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum. The lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics and the massive dome, which seems to float unsupported and gives the church its amazing sense of space. An unforgettable experience awaiting you.
Topkapı Palace was the seat of Ottoman Empire more than 380 years where 24 of 36 Sultans lived and ruled their land. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and now one of Turkey’s richest museums with its permanent and temporary exhibition halls. Buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, apartments, bathhouses, harems, and an armoury, holy relics section, not to mention imperial halls, kitchens and royal chambers that make a visit into Topkapi’s inner walls one of the world’s great wonders.
Treasures within include 13th-century Japanese porcelain, weaponry used by the Ottoman army, 86 carat 4th biggest diamond of its kind and world famous Topkapi Dagger any many more…

Important Information


  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking Tour


  • Entrance fees:
  • Topkapi Palace: 60 TL/pp
  • Hagia Sophia: 60 TL/pp
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses

Departure and Return Location

Pudding Shop (Lale Restaurant), This restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately a 3-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop. Your guide will be waiting for you with Tematique Tour sign.
Address: Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul.

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Your tour concludes after your palace visit, leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing

Additional Information

  • Run rain or shine with minimum 1, maximum 6 people
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
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Sofia S. Alonso

Couple Traveller

The tour was excelent, Sulleyman was a nice tour guide he knows a lot about the places we visited. We really enjoyed the tour. Thanks.

June 6, 2018

Martin Wong

Couple Traveller

Erol was a very knowledgeable and passionate tour guide. He really cared about the places we visited and took care to make sure that we knew and understood everything about the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi palace. I have been on many walking tours and I have to say that Erol is one of the best tour guides we have had and I would definitely recommend this tour or any tour Erol happens to be leading.

May 8, 2018