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Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour, Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour highlights

  • Avail of a two-in-one experience in Istanbul - the Hagia Sophia Museum & Topkapi Palace tour

  • Have no worry about waiting in line and enter both the museums conveniently with your priority access ticket

  • Learn about Istanbul's rich history, culture, and faith as you take a tour around these two museums

  • Be in awe of the intricate details and architectural decor of both the Hagia Sophia Museum & Topkapi Palace

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Hurrem Sultan Hammam
Cankurtaran, Ayasofya Meydanı No:2, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour cancellation_policy

  • If cancellation are made 1 days before the date of travel then 0.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation are made 0 days to 1 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
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Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour overview

Meeting Location: Cankurtaran, Park İçi Yolu, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Activity Starting Time: 10:00 AM

Activity Duration: 4 Hours (Approx.)

About Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour, Istanbul:

Experience the best of Istanbul's historical and cultural wonders with the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tour. Step into the enchanting Hagia Sophia, where Byzantine and Ottoman architecture blend harmoniously. Admire its magnificent domes, intricate mosaics, and the iconic Deesis mosaic of Christ. Continue your journey to the opulent Topkapi Palace, once the residence of Ottoman sultans, and admire its lavish courtyards, luxurious chambers, and fascinating Harem. Marvel at the priceless artifacts, including the dazzling Topkapi Dagger and the legendary Spoonmaker's Diamond. Book your Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tour and create lasting memories of the city’s majestic past.

About Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour:

  • Explore  the captivating realm of Istanbul's historical treasures with our Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tour.
  • Step inside the iconic Hagia Sophia, a breathtaking architectural marvel that reflects the city's Byzantine and Ottoman influences.
  • Marvel at the majestic domes, intricate mosaics, and awe-inspiring beauty that make the Hagia Sophia a true wonder.
  • Learn about the religious significance of the Hagia Sophia and its transformation from a Byzantine church to an Ottoman mosque.
  • See the grandeur of Topkapi Palace, once the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans, and know about its rich history and stunning architecture.
  • Wander through the palace's sprawling courtyards, ornate chambers, and lush gardens, feeling like royalty yourself.
  • Admire the priceless treasures housed within the attraction, including the Topkapi Dagger and the legendary Spoonmaker's Diamond.
  • Capture panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline from the palace's terraces, offering breathtaking vistas of the city and the Bosphorus.
  • Try to comprehend the secrets of the Harem, the secluded quarters of the palace, and imagine the lives of the Ottoman sultans and their concubines.
  • Book your Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tour & go through Istanbul's history, art, and architectural splendor.

How to Reach?

  • By Car: The activity location is 800 meters from the city center, it will take 7 minutes via the Divan Yolu Cd. route.
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Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Tour faqs

Can I buy Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tours online?

Yes, you can buy the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour combo online. The online tickets will include skip the line tickets to both the attractions along with a host who will enrich your experience by telling you about the attractions. Purchasing combo tickets online will also allow you to enjoy exciting discounts as well.

What is included in the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tour?

The Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour includes a visit to two popular attractions of Istanbul, the famous Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s largest surviving palaces and Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was initially built as a cathedral but was converted to a mosque later on. 

Where can I book Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tours?

You will be able to book the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour combo online. By combining the trip to these two famous attractions, you can enjoy fabulous attractions. Moreover, you will be able to skip the line while entering both popular attractions.

What are the opening and closing hours of the Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace?

The Hagia Sophia is open 24 hours throughout the year. However, non-worshippers are not allowed to visit during the prayer hours daily, as well as the noon prayers on Fridays. The Topkapi Palace opens daily at 9 am but closes at different times in different seasons. In the winter months from October 30th to April 15th, the palace closes at 4:45 PM. In summer months, from April 16th to October 29th, the Topkapi Palace closes at 6 pm. 

What is the age criteria for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace combo tour?

The Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour is open to visitors of all age groups. However, the ticket price for children up to the age of 5 years can avail of the child ticket. Those above 5 years will need to purchase an adult ticket to enjoy the experience. 

What are some of the most renowned artefacts and exhibits within Topkapi Palace?

  1. Spoonmaker’s Diamond: Feel awestruck looking at the breathtaking 86-karat pear-shaped diamond known as the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, which is located at the Imperial Treasury of Topkapi Palace. 
  2. Topkapi Dagger: While visiting the Topkapi Palace, you must look out for the min-18th century made Topkapi Dagger. Feel mesmerised looking at the curved dagger of the great Nadir Shah with an emerald which is sheathed in a 35 cm gold scabbard. 
  3. Armour of Mustafa III: Displayed in the Imperial Treasury of Topkapi Palace is the ceremonial armour of Mustafa III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The magnificent suit of armour is a must-see artefact, consisting of an iron coat of mail and is decorated with gold and encrusted with jewels of the 18th century.
  4. European Porcelains: The Topkapi Palace has numerous porcelain artefacts from Europe, which were said to have been given as gifts to sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Look at 5,000 pieces of such artefacts while exploring the palace.

What is the significance of the mosaics and artwork inside Hagia Sophia?

  1. The artwork of Hagia Sophia is heavily influenced by a magical blend of Ottoman and Byzantine elements of design.
  2. The holy building is well known for the mosaics that decorate several of its interior walls.
  3. Different types of mosaics have been used inside the imperial gate, the north tympanum, the dome as well as the southwestern gate. 
  4. Small tiles have been placed to form figures and artistic motifs, out of which the most significant ones are those on the apse.
  5. There is a mosaic in the semi-dome above the apse on the east end depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus, sitting on a jewelled thokos backless throne and carrying Christ as a Child.

Are there any restrictions or guidelines for visiting Hagia Sophia?

Yes, there are several restrictions or guidelines for visiting Hagia Sophia. As the attraction is a place of worship, you will need to remove your shoes before entering. You will need to wear suitable clothing covering your knees and shoulders. You will also not be able to carry any food or drink inside Hagia Sophia as it is a religious place.

Is there a dress code for visiting these attractions?

Yes, there is a dress code for going on a Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour. While visiting Topkapi Palace, you must refrain from wearing any skirts, strapless or sleeveless clothing that will expose your shoulders or your knees. Hagia Sophia, being a mosque, also follows the same dress code. Additionally, you will need to cover your head with a headscarf while entering the holy place.

Why is Topkapi Palace famous?

The Topkapi Palace is famous for being one of the largest surviving palaces in the world. The palace served as the home for the Ottoman Sultans for almost four centuries before being converted into a museum. The Topkapı Palace Museum today exhibits the imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire along with a large collection of manuscripts as well as books. The palace has also been famed for its magnificent architecture, as well as for projecting the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire.

What are the best places to explore near Topkapi Palace?

  1. Hagia Sophia: A must-visit heritage site situated in the heart of Istanbul which has initially been constructed as a church and was later converted into a Mosque. Visit this place of worship to take a look at the unique tenets of both religions, displayed all over the place.
  2. Blue Mosque: Visit Blue Mosque, an enchanting monument situated in the heart of the city and shining like a blue diamond at night. Explore its six minarets and beautiful hand-painted blue tiles. 
  3. Basilica Cistern: Explore Turkey’s largest and most mysterious cistern, Basilica Cistern, beautifully built with Byzantine architecture. Watch the two inverted Heads of Medusa, the demonic entity present on the structure which has a capacity of storing 100,000 tons of water.
  4. Dolmabahce Palace: Take a guided tour of the place to learn about the place and then stroll into the large complex with four Turkish-style gardens.
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