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Istanbul: Official Museum Pass

1. Istanbul: Official Museum Pass

Travel around İstanbul and see some of its wonderful landmarks. Save money with the official Istanbul Museum Pass and visit the museums within 5 days of activation. During your stay, choose to visit any of these great attractions, Topkapi Palace with the Harem Section, Hagia Irene, Galata Tower Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, The Great Palace Mosaics Museum, Turbes Museum, Rumeli Hisari Fortress Museum, Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam, and Galata Museum of Culture and Whirling Dervishes. After booking, receive the museum pass in your email and use it to enter each landmark one time within 5 days from first-pass activation. Show your MuseumPass QR Kod, and get your Audio Guide Device in Topkapı Place from the Audio Guide Box Office.

İstanbul Welcome Card

2. İstanbul Welcome Card

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at Istanbul Airport. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. Have fun on a cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 75 Attractions & Services

3. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 75 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to:• Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Grand Bazar Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Hagia Irene Museum in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Tiled Pavilion Museum (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Museum of the Ancient Orient (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per person)• Şerefiye Cistern Guided Tour• Madame Tussauds Wax Museum• SEA Life Aquarium• Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation• Museum of Illusions• Hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat cruise (1-ring or 1-day, Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn)• Bosphorus boat tour• Princes’ Islands boat trip• LEGOLand (adults cannot enter LEGOLand without a child)• Xtrem Aventures• Pera Museum• Dialogue in the Silence• Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One way)• Jungle & Dungeon & Safari• Sakıp Sabancı Museum• Upside Down House Photo Experience• Jungle & Dungeon & Safari (cannot be visited without children)• The Museum of Selfies• Dialogue in the Silence• Bursa Day trip• Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour• Istanbul Segway Tour• Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo• Istanbul Toy Museum By making reservations in advance and presenting your GetYourGuide voucher, get access to the following:• Discount on a 1-way airport transfer. You are allowed to choose the direction• Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation in advance)• Bosphorus dinner cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation in advance)• Dialogue in the Dark• Miniaturk Park Istanbul• Eyup Sultan Mosque• Pierre Loti• Discounted COVID PCR Test• 2-Day free Wi-Fi device

Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass

4. Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass

Enjoy a pass that will take the hassle out of visiting all the must-see sights of Istanbul. This 5-day pass will grant you skip the line access to the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Dolmabahçe Palace, Hagia Irene, and Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. As you sightsee through these culturally and historically significant locations your pass will also ensure your very own English speaking guide, maximizing your visit to all of these spectacular places.  Experience Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, find out why the Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building.  Discover the Topkapi Palace and how it was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400-years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans.  Visit the Basilica Cistern, built in the 4th-century and enlarged in 532 AD, used as water storage during Byzantine times. Listen to your guide as they explain the mystery of the Medusa heads from Greek mythology. Enjoy a totally unique art experience with a ticket and guided tour package of the Ibrahim Paşa Palace. This unique building, currently housing the largest selection of Turkish and Islamic artworks is a stone structure just as beautiful as the artwork it houses. During your guided tour of the Museum, you will have access to the building's ceremony room and second court, where the collections are held. Visit the second largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire, following Hagia Sophia located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace with your experienced guide. It ranks as the first church completed in Constantinople, before Hagia Sophia. Your 5-day pass allows you to visit following sites by your own with QR code: - Topkapi Palace with the Harem (Walk-in) - Hagia Irene (Walk-in) - Galata Tower Museum (Walk-in) - Istanbul Archaeological Museums (Walk-in) - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (Walk-in) - The Great Palace Mosaics Museum (Walk-in) - Turbes Museum (Walk-in) - Rumeli Hisari Fortress Museum (Walk-in) - Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam (Walk-in) - Galata Museum of Culture and Whirling Dervishes (Walk-in) And following sites by joining the guided tours in English: - Grand Bazaar (join with English speaking tour guide) - Blue Mosque (join with English speaking tour guide) - Hagia Sophia (join with English speaking tour guide) - Dolmabahce Palace (join with English speaking tour guide) Guided tours have specific meeting points and time table. Please refer to the email from us.

Istanbul: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

5. Istanbul: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Istanbul on a self-guided audio tour. Admire the incredible architecture of the Hippodrome, the Tomb of the Sultans, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, and the Great Palace Mosaic Museum. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories of the city. Spend some time to taste the different food varieties and traditions while you wander through many parks and squares of the city. Walk at your own pace and submerge yourself into the colorful vibe of the capital city of Turkey. Visit the famous Blue Mosque and learn about its many changes over the last 500 years. Continue to see the other architectural heritages such as Archaeology Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to the only city extending over Europe and Asia. 

Istanbul Private: Topkapi & Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

6. Istanbul Private: Topkapi & Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Explore Istanbul on a guided tour around some of the city’s most historic spots. See the different buildings that make up the Topkapi Palace Complex and explore the history of Islam and Ottoman Turkey at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. A visit to Istanbul isn't complete without going to the Topkapi Palace Complex and Museum. The complex was the administrative center and residence of the imperial Ottoman Sultans for centuries and is one of the most attractive sites in Istanbul. See the Sultan's library and the religious relics exhibition that features precious and timeless artifacts for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Get insight into the history and lives of the Ottoman Emperors and see what Ottoman court life must have been like. As you explore within the Topkapi Palace Complex, learn the story behind everything you see and each place you visit from your guide. Next, head to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. Learn the history of Islam and Turkey that’s laid out in several chambers starting from the beginning of Islam. The museum also displays Qurans and books from various periods. See the section that houses some of the most priceless items directly related to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Spot well-preserved items from the 6th century onwards. Before leaving, marvel at views of the Blue Mosque. Prepare for surprises and discoveries as you get to know this historical city on a deeper level. Having been the capital of both the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is unparalleled in its historical landmarks.

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What people are saying about Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 326 reviews

Very useful pass to skip lines with can reach remarkable size. The cost is almost the same than buying the single tickets (half of the locations are not worthy if you only have 3-4 days in town), but it remains very practic to use.

Very handy pass, slightly pricey but can expect this due to recent price rise due to inflation. Even found a really cool toy museum In Balat which accepted the pass.

This Is an incredible experience! Thank Hakan for your excellent tour.

The barcode worked without problems for Topkapi Palace and its harem

Simply order online on site. Everything was great!