Guided tour

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour

3.8 / 5

72 reviews

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 37.94 per person

Discover the most famous landmarks of Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace with this combo tour and enjoy the tours with local specialist.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Valid 2 days
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the legendary Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
  • Beat the crowds and skip the ticket line at the Topkapi Palace
  • Explore and discover the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace the easy way
Full description

Visiting Topkapi Palace requires standing in 2 lines: one for the ticket, and one for the security check. With this combo tour, you skip the ticket lines and enter the Topkapi Palace as fast as possible, giving you more time to spend inside museums. At Hagia Sophia you can not skip the line and need to wait for the security check on the way along the security check the tour guide will share with you the most important historical facts about Istanbul. To use your voucher, meet your local host at the entrance of Hürrem Sultan Hamam across the Hagia Sophia or the Topkapi Cafe, next to the main entrance of the Topkapi Palace. Your guides are available at the time selected during the booking process at a very visible meeting point.  With this combo tour, you can visit each attraction one time. You can visit both attractions in one day or you can visit each location on different days.

Includes
  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Topkapi Palace entry ticket

    • Hagia Sophia entry ticket

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English

  • Transport
    • No transport is included on this activity

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

  • Equipment
    • App

Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Topkapi Palace Tour: Meet your guide at the Topkapi Cafe Meeting Hub just in front of the main gate of the palace on the left side (before security line). Tour times: Daily except Tuesday at at 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM. Hagia Sophia tour: Daily at 10 AM, 11:30 AM and 3 PM. Fridays only at 3 PM. Look at the meeting points for the Istanbul Welcome Card guid with red flag.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This ticket allows you to skip the ticket line but not the security line. The security line at Topkapi Palace can take up to 15 minutes and the security line at Hagia Sofia can take up to 60 minutes in high season
  • In Hagia Sophia, women must cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. Hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Men must cover their knees and shoulders. If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (Scarf is €1 and the body cover is €3)
  • Download the audio guide app on your smartphone before your visit. Download instructions are included in your confirmation email
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 72 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    3.4/5

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I booked appointments and tickets for several programs. On each occasion, I received an email alerting me that the program was about to start. The guide was always there at the meeting point and everything happened according to the offer. I will choose your offers for my further trips. Excellent!

September 27, 2022

Our guide in the Hagia Sophia was very attentive, told interesting stories and we learned a lot from him about the eventful history of the building. That was great! However, the 2nd lead at Topkapi Palace wasn't that good. The guide gave us some rough orientation information in a quick run-through. It was an information event at a central location in the Topkapi Palace. After that we should explore the whole area by ourselves. Also, entry into the harem buildings was not included in the price. You would have had to buy an "upgrade" from him for that. Something like that should be mentioned in the description of the tour, not just on site. That was very annoying.

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July 30, 2022

The tour was good and very interesting. Both guides put a lot of effort into it. The tours were in a small group of about 20 people. Only the meeting point was not so easy to find. Even the local police present could not help us. So be there on time and plan half an hour for the search. The combination ticket is definitely recommended.

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June 9, 2022

Product ID: 357380