Half Day Old City Tour: Topkapi Palace & Sultanahmet District

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Half Day Old City Tour: Topkapi Palace & Sultanahmet District

Spend an afternoon exploring Topkapi Palace, pass by the Hagia Irene Church and wander the streets of Sultanahmet visiting Caferaga Medres and Sogukcesme Street.

Duration: 4 Hours
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Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Explore Topkapi Palace with an expert guide and learn the interesting history of the Ottoman Sultans, the Empire and their home!
  • Step back in time as you walk the same halls as the Ottoman Sultans.
  • Learn about the Byzantine church of Hagia Irene Church (from the outside).
  • Visit Caferaga Medrese and Sogukcesme Street.

Full Description

Have a free afternoon in Istanbul? Join us for an in-depth visit to Topkapi Palace, the beautiful residence of the Ottoman Sultans and their families and the administrative centre of the Empire for over 400 years. You'll see the courtyards, Audience Hall, the High Court, historical kitchens and more! There's even a Religious Relics Chamber which contains items relating to the Prophet Muhammad, Moses and others! It's an amazing collection. 

We'll see the Hagia Irene Church from the outside which stands within the walls of Topkapi Palace. It was the main Byzantine Cathedral until Hagia Sophia was completed. Since then, it has had many uses and is now a museum and concert hall. 

Next, walk around to the Caferaga Medrese which was built by Architect Sinan during the Ottoman period. It was a school but has been transformed into a tourist centre where they teach, make and sell Turkish handicrafts including calligraphy, ceramics and jewellery. Finally, we'll take you down Sogukcesme Street to see the wooden Ottoman houses from the 19th and 20th centuries. 



  • Entrance fee to Topkapi Palace.
  • Professional guided tour in English.
  • Pick-up service from centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Pick up is availabe from centrally located hotels.


Know Before You Go

  • Special Note: Topkapı Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced by the Chora Museum.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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Customer Reviews

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Corey - February 08, 2019

Excellent well organized great tour guide

Bonnie - April 18, 2019

In my chance instead of Topkapı we visited Chora Museum. Because yesterday we were there. Chora as i investige on web means "out of the city". You see a simle church but when you enter the museum mosaics are unbelievable.

Gretchen - August 18, 2019

We have met a talented guide. He was knowing a lot of things. He showed also some part of serials which we can see Chora Museum on mobile phone.

Perry - May 12, 2019

The best point that i will remember next to traditional visiting places, Caferaga Madrasah. There are nice workshops, daily exibitons and you can get nice souvenirs.

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