Ottoman Relics in Old City

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Ottoman Relics in Old City

Join us on a journey through the life of the Sultans, from their home in Topkapi Palace to their final resting place in the tombs near Hagia Sophia.

Duration: 3 Hours
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic.


  • Explore the rich history of Topkapi Palace with an expert guide.
  • See the final resting places of the great Ottoman Sultans and their families.

Full Description

Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics
of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)

The Hagia Irene located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace is the oldest church of the
Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine). It was also the second largest church in İstanbul after Hagia
Sophia. It’s a typical Byzantine structure with its materials and architecture, was built on the site
of an old temple in 330.

Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia.
The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed
on the sarcophaguses.



  • Entrance fees (excluding the Harem).
  • An expert guide.
  • A/C transportation.
  • Entrance to the Harem.
  • Tips.

Meeting point

Tamara Restaurant or The Marmara Taksim Hotel entrance at 13:00pm.


Know Before You Go

  • Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with Tour to Byzantium.

About your Host

Plan Tours

Plan Tours, licenced “A Group” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is a major tour operator in Türkiye, based in İstanbul since 1984. (licensee for City Sightseeing Worldwide and Gray Line Worldwide, official travel agency of Turkish Airlines, member of TÜRSAB – Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and ICVB – İstanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau)...
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Customer Reviews

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Benjamin - February 10, 2019

Learned so much more about the sites through this tour than I would have learned on my own. 

Kian - January 24, 2019

Super guide

Alexis - May 08, 2019

When i entered the Sultan s Tomb i was scared. I suddenly thought they are coffins. When our guide sees me as scared he explained the details. Than i realised. A surprised start of Istanbul visit.

Margarita - September 03, 2019

Especially Topkapı Palace effected me so much. A World Empire and their fortunes. And one more thing. There was a pot just in front of Sacred Relics room. When you go there, ask about what it for? You will not belive the respect to Sacred Relics.

Penny - June 06, 2019

On our tour date, Sultanahmet Square was so crowded and the wheather was so hot. When we enter the Topkapı Palace i said, empire knew where to built his own palace. Through the sea nice winds. And on sea side guide told us interesting informations about the heir to the throne

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