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Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) Tours and Tickets

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The 6th-century Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) was the first church built in Constantinople—and the only one that was not turned into a mosque upon the arrival of the Ottomans. As a result, the original Byzantine architecture still awes. Under its dome and peaked ceilings, the building currently serves as a museum.

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Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, 34122
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Istanbul Full Day Old City Tour

Istanbul Full Day Old City Tour

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Istanbul is known as the City on the Seven Hills. So, while Sultanahmet seems compact, arranging transportation makes sense. On this day tour, travel in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan direct from your door. See the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and the 6th-century Hagia Irene church. Entrance fees are included (Harem admission costs extra) but food and drink are at your expense.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.77
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Istanbul Classics & Highlights Full Day Tour

Istanbul Classics & Highlights Full Day Tour

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Head back in time and discover the old world of the Sultanahmet area during this full-day small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. This tour explores the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque which exemplify why Istanbul is the city where east meets west. Enjoy a walk through the famous Topkapi Palace where Sultan's roamed and harems flourished. Plus, spend time observing the Hagia Irene’s Byzantine architecture and stroll through the Grand Bazaar to witness handicrafts created by local artists.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.41
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Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

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Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

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We will be meeting with our guests at the gate of the Hagia Sophia and will start our walking tour with visiting Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Afterward, we will visit Blue Mosque, A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. Then we walk to the Hippodrome square and see the city walls and the Leather atelier workshop. You will be seeing each part of the production. After the lunch break, we will visit Topkapi Palace, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Tour: Best of Istanbul with Lunch and Tickets (10 people Max)

Small Group Tour: Best of Istanbul with Lunch and Tickets (10 people Max)

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Visit the best sights of Istanbul in the accompany of your family friendly tour guide and small group. Explore Istanbul's most wondrous monuments in one day such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Stroll through the ancient streets of the Grand Bazaar and walk through tiny treasures created by local craftsmen.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days and entry to select attractions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.70
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Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour

Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour

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Make your Istanbul adventure totally unique with a 1- 2- or 3 day private sightseeing tour. Opt for a single day and see the whole of the Old City, plus the Grand Bazaar. Extend the tour to include a second day and visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim, and Istiklal Street, plus a Bosphorus cruise. Please note that your guide is happy to alter the itinerary completely to accommodate your personal interests.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.45
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$57.45

Private Istanbul Layover Tour

Private Istanbul Layover Tour

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Most travelers spend their layovers waiting in the airport. Make the most of your time in Istanbul during this fast-paced sightseeing tour, which transfers you back to Ataturk Airport in time to catch your next flight. Settle back into a comfortable, air-conditioned van and listen to background on Istanbul’s rich history from your own private guide, while discovering the highlights of the former Ottoman capital.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$350.00
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Istanbul Old City Private Guided Walking Tour

Istanbul Old City Private Guided Walking Tour

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Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today is the largest city in Turkey and one of the biggest in the world. The city stretches across a narrow strait that connects Asia and Europe, making it the only city in the world spanning two continents. Impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife, and exotic atmosphere all make Istanbul one of the best places to visit in Turkey. If you have any further questions please DM me on instagram ( turkeyprotraveller )
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.21
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Top Istanbul Attractions with the Istanbul E-pass

Top Istanbul Attractions with the Istanbul E-pass

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Istanbul E-pass is a fully digital sightseeing pass that covers over 30 top Istanbul Attractions. Choose your E-pass 2,3,5 or 7 days and enjoy the contactless entry with your mobile pass without paying at the gate of attractions. Istanbul E-pass offers attractions in 3 different ways; - Walk-in Attractions: Simply Show your pass and get in. - Guided Tours: Meet with guide at the meeting point and join the tour. - Reservation Required Tours: Make your reservation via the E-pass panel then get an email for pick-up time. Why Travelers Choose Istanbul E-pass? - A customer support line is available to assist via WhatsApp and chat lines during visits or planning visits. - Istanbul E-pass is available instantly to use after the purchase with access to 30+ Top Istanbul attractions. - Listen to the history of museums with professional tour guides. - Istanbul E-pass comes with a digital Istanbul guidebook of over 50 pages in 6 languages. - Enjoy the skip-the-line at most of the attractions.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.15
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Magical Sights of Istanbul Private Walking Tour

Magical Sights of Istanbul Private Walking Tour

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An excellent full-day private guided tour to get a comprehensive understanding of Istanbul's rich history. Explore the mixed heritage of the city with an expert tour guide. Visit the famous highlights such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Skip the long queues with guide and make the most of your time in this magical city. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch & Tickets

Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch & Tickets

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to Istanbul, this attraction-packed, full-day tour covers the most popular landmarks in the one-time Ottoman capital. See where hundreds of thousands of spectators once gathered in the Hippodrome, watch a handicrafts demonstration at the Grand Bazaar, and marvel at centuries-old attractions in the Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace. Tours include a multi-course Turkish lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.02
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$85.02

Istanbul old City Tour - Full Day

Istanbul old City Tour - Full Day

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surrounding will our next place to visit. next, you will see the Germain Fountain a gift of Kaiser Wilhem 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks...
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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8 Days Package: Breathtaking Turkey Tour

8 Days Package: Breathtaking Turkey Tour

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Tick off all the popular sights of Turkey such as Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale by joining 8 Days Turkey Tours Package. You will find the true definition of class in Turkey through the thrill of being a witness to the collection of classical living miracles.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Coverage Istanbul Walking Tour

Full Coverage Istanbul Walking Tour

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Have you ever toured a city and wished you knew someone there? Someone with the inside scoop on the city; who would show you the things you would have never seen on your own? Tick through Istanbul’s highlights without hassles or getting lost, and with a local and professional guide to reveal their history on this tour. Admire and hear tales and hidden spots of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar that you’d probably miss alone, and clearly hear your local guide’s commentary. Note: You'll adore our hidden break points! ◼ See Istanbul’s top sights on a full-day city tour. ◼ Cover the must-sees and discover detail not obvious if exploring alone. ◼ Visit the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palaca and more, with your guide for perfect navigation. Comfortable shoes are recommended. It is a full day walking tour. If you have any further questions please DM me on instagram ( turkeyprotraveller )
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.45
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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman / Byzantine Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Magnificent Topkapı Museum is the big one, the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens,Treasury, gardens, kiosks. Hagia Irene Church. Your lunch will be served en route in a local and authentic restaurant where you will be able to taste various types of local tastes. To see these things with a great guide. Well, you will never be quite the same again.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
$80.00
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Istanbul 1 Day Tour | Best of Istanbul | Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi

Istanbul 1 Day Tour | Best of Istanbul | Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surrounding will our next place to visit. next, you will see the Germain Fountain a gift of Kaiser Wilhem 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks...
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  • 7 to 8 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00

Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church Guided Visit

Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church Guided Visit

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The Topkapı Palace or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the "New Palace" to distinguish it from the Old Palace in Beyazıt Square. It was given the name Topkapı, meaning Cannon Gate, in the 19th century. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building. You will also have the chance to visit Hagia Irene Church, the oldest Eastern Roman Empire church in the city.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Tour - Half Day Afternoon

Istanbul Tour - Half Day Afternoon

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Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks... Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art, and its culture is simply to come directly to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final Places of interest are Caferaga Mederse and Sogukcesme Street. To see these things with a great guide.... well, you will never be quite the same ever again.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Museum Pass Istanbul: Skip-the-line Tickets with Guided Tours
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Guided Museum Pass Istanbul: Skip-the-line Tickets with Guided Tours

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Enjoy skip-the-line guided tours at five top Istanbul museums— Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Irene and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum—valid over a five-day period. Choose from multiple tour timings, six days a week, making this a perfect fit for busy vacation schedules. You’ll shave off hours of precious vacation time with no-wait admission.
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  • 6 hours
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Should I book Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) costs USD 30.00. Guided Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) tours start around USD 30.00 per person.
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