Istanbul Ottoman Relics Tour: Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs
Travel by air-conditioned coach to the Topkapi Palace, overlooking the Golden Horn. This former residence of the Ottoman sultans makes a magical sight with its cylindrical turrets and imperial gate.
Head inside with your guide and hear about the sultans who lived here with their families between 1453 and 1839. Wander around the chambers and courtyards, and visit the eye-popping Treasury. Here, marvel at the arrays of priceless objects on show: they include everything from enormous diamond candlesticks to the famous, emerald-encrusted Topkapi Dagger and sacred Islamic relics such as the Prophet Mohammed’s footprint set in clay. Other must-sees include the great kitchens and collections of imperial robes and manuscripts.
Next, follow your guide to the courtyard of the nearby Hagia Sophia. Here, view the five recently restored mausoleums of the Sultans Mehmed III, Selim II, Murad III, Ibrahim I and Mustafa I and their families. The interiors are adorned with 16th-century tiles painted with vivid purple, red, green and blue florals. Also, approach the tombs themselves to see priceless fragments of each sultan’s robes and parts of the original rugs of the Kaaba in Mecca.
Return to your coach for a drop-off either at your hotel or the starting point near Istanbul’s Old City (Sultanahmet).
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Local guide
- Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
- Food and drinks
- Harem in Topkapi Palace tour
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
Bad oranisation of pick up. We wait in our hotel like planed, but no body came ,when we call them we knew that we are expected in an other hotel. We didn't arrive to find it , cause they give us just the name and tell us to ask people for the location , we return to our hotel so they pick up us 1 hour late. While visiting the guide was very kind and helpfull but not enough informative cause didn't enter with us into the palace . We regret this choice of visit it was a very bad experience for the price.
Worst tour I have ever been on and I have been on numerous. We spent an 45 minutes on the bus as they went around picking everyone up and then sat for another 15 at their office as they transferred people on our bus. Our guide was not friendly and seemed to rush everything. We would have had more time to visit the sites if we wouldn't have had to sit on the bus forever. The guide conducted two tours at once. One in English and one in German which was very distracting. Our guide was in such a hurry due to closing times that he left three gentlemen at the tombs without trying to go and find them. Once we got to the palace he spoke briefly (10 minutes on the Palace then told us to go off by ourselves to finish the tour. I paid for someone to explain things and guide us around. I will never book another tour with Viator as we felt like cattle. I would highly recommend "My Local Guide Istanbul." They know how to conduct a great tour.