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King-Sized Lives: Afternoon Tour of the Historic Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

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  • Duration

    4 Hours

  • Start time

    Approximately 1pm

  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    We’ll drop you back to your hotel.

Key Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular Topkapi Palace in this short yet comprehensive tour
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the four courtyards and the breathtaking Islamic architecture
  • Admire the incredible Topkapi Dagger, a brilliant collection of quaint manuscripts, giant diamond candlesticks and more
  • Discover some of the holiest Islamic relics, including the Prophet’s footprint set in clay
  • Head to the Hagia Sophia to visit the revered mausoleum of the sultans

Overview


Take in the opulence and extravagance of the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years and home to some of the most important relics of the Muslim world, on this mesmerising afternoon tour. Sprawling across the Bosphorus shoreline, the palace is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture and would frequently host lavish royal celebrations and state occasions within its walls. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Istanbul, your expert guide will escort you through its many buildings and chambers on this unforgettable tour.  

Explore the four main courtyards of the palace’s imperial interior, visit the Royal Treasury which is home to numerous priceless objects and artefacts as well as marvel at the emerald-encrusted Topkapi Dagger, the giant diamond candlesticks and the holiest Islamic relics such as the Prophet Mohammed’s footprint set in clay, discover the vast collection of imperial robes and ancient manuscripts, tour the great kitchens where countless feasts were prepared - the Palace treats you a grand tryst with the life of an Ottoman sultan. 

Next up is the stately courtyard of Hagia Sophia, home to the Sultans’ mausoleums - recently restored to their former glory. Mehmed III, Selim II, Murad III, Ibrahim I, Mustafa I and all their families were laid to rest here. The interiors of the tombs are adorned with some of the most beautiful ceramic panels of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince’s robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. The Sultans spared no expense when constructing Topkapi Palace and it is a must see when visiting Istanbul.

Inclusions

  • Tickets (We got it all covered!)
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Exclusions

  • Food and Beverages (It’s still a feast for your senses!)

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