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Experience the main attractions of Istanbul, as well as the small but equally wonderful details of the city on this small-group tour. Your guide takes you on an in-depth tour of both Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You’ll hear interesting stories that other tours fail to mention.
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.
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..
This restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines (T1) run through Sultanahmet, approximately a 2-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop. Your guide will be waiting for you in font of this restaurant.
Your tour concludes after Topkapı Palace visit, leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing
Our tour guide was amazing ! He had a very good Knowledge about specific & important highlights of the history , the time was perfect to visit both places ; without being so crowded; nice company due he manage just small groups to be able to focus in each one of us ! Good advices and tips to continue our trip in the next places . Julia & Ana; from Germany & Mexico
We had such a great experience, the guide was so knowledgeable and had an explanation for every single place and event that occurred in that place. He gave us some advice on the places we should visit in Istanbul and how to get to them and what to do.
He speaks good English and was so nice and kind.
We had our tour on Wednesday, August 14th 2019 starting 1:00 p.m.
Unfortunately, I do not know his name. If someone could provide me with his name, I would really appreciate it.
I would redo it with him again if I have the chance to visit Istanbul again.
Keep up the great work.
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.
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.