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Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour

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Fatih, Turkey
Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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. .
  • Interact with your guide and enjoy the intimacy of a small-group tour
  • Learn the details of two of Istanbul’s most famous attractions
  • Go directly to the front of the queue at these very popular sites
  • Learn about the history of these impressive places with an expert guide
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Professional guide
Small Group ( Max 6 people )
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratitudes

Departure Point

Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Our meeting point is "House of Medusa Restaurant" which is on the same street with "Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish). Only 30 meters away from Basilica Cistern. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of this restaurant.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • When visiting Hagia Sophia: Modest, conservative clothing which exposes a minimum of flesh is good. No shorts or sleeveless shirts on either men or women. Women cover over head with scarf or shawl.
  • Admission to Topkapi Palace (200TL per person) is not included in the tour price. A combined ticket including Topkapi Place and the Harem Section is 285TL per person. Your tour guide has a privilege to buy your ticket without queuing you in line. You can pay cash (Turkish Lira) or by card on the tour day.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tematique Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour.

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star-5
Awesome tour guide--must-see sights!
Eliana_E
, Oct 2021
We ended up getting a private tour and our guide Erol was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and spoke English well. He also accommodated our requests and scheduling. A must-see for all tourists in İstanbul!
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Our guide, Erol, knew...
Kent_R
, Oct 2021
Our guide, Erol, knew history, religion and politics. Very informative and entertaining. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Informative, worthwhile, and excellent tour!
Thomas_O
, Sep 2021
Erol was a fantastic resource and painted a comprehensive picture of the history and importance of the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. There were many historical elements that we would not have been aware of had we toured the sites on our own. He also was very helpful in giving recommendations and other helpful Istanbul advice. We would strongly recommend any tour by Erol.
star-5
Great experience, totally worth it.
Corina_F
, Sep 2021
Erol is an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and with very good English skills. We recommend this tour to anyone interested in Turkish and, specifically, Istanbul history.
star-5
Excellent and Informative Tour!
Zehra_N
, Aug 2021
Erol was our guide in this tour. He met us on time at the meeting spot and explained Turkey's history briefly so we would better understand the tour. From there, we went to Aya Sophia and he spoke of the history behind in and showed us many sights in there that we would never have seen/known about on our own. He also took his time explaining Topkapi's significance in history as we walked through the second part of our tour. Overall, the tour was extremely informative and fun. He made sure we understood and that the kids were able to keep up and follow along with the information. Definitely recommend this tour company and Erol!
star-5
Amazing Tour with Erol
Carmen_Tufan
, May 2021
What an amazing guide we had: Erol! We visit Istanbul during May lockdown and were surprised and very pleased to have Erol as our private guide! His knowledge and attention to detail amazed us! My husband is a Turkish national and he even learned a lot of details from Erol! Highly Recommended! Perfect English pronunciation and he keeped us Safe with COVID protocols during our visit! If you plan to visit Istanbul ask for Erol to be your Guide!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Your review made our day. We are having tough times but we haven't stopped our services and continue with precautions. We wish to host you in our lively city with other experiences again.
star-5
Best tour ever!!!
Fahad
, Apr 2021
We had this scheduled for the day that we landed! Didn’t want to waste time and I’m glad we didn’t! Erol was ahead of time and was one of the nicest people we’ve ever met! His knowledge of Istanbul is incredible! I had seen both Hagia Sophia and Topkapi before, but wanted to refresh my memory. Both times I took the tour in the past , it was with a tour guide , and there were so many things that I learned on THIS tour with Erol that I never heard before it was crazy!! I wish other guides were as knowledgeable as Erol!! Legit the best tour guide , tour company and one of the best cities in the world!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Wow!!! What a great review of us. It made our day. We are really happy to see you appreciated our services and our great guide Erol. I hope we can see you in our lively city.
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