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Guided Museum Pass Istanbul

Get skip-the-line admission and a talented guide to explore Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace and more!

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So you've arrived in Istanbul, excited to see all the incredible attractions the city has to offer! And then you see the ticket lines

Don't give up, don't be discouraged, and, most of all, don't wait in line! Get the Guided Museum Pass Istanbul!

With the Guided Museum Pass Istanbul, you can visit all of the historical places listed below and skip the ticket lines completely! You don't need to make any reservations, simply have a look at the Guided Tour Timetable below and show up to the meeting point 5 minutes early for the tour you want to attend. Meet the guide and let your journey through Istanbul's history begin!

You can enter each museum listed below only once. You have a total of 5 consecutive calendar days to use the Pass. The first day of use is the first day you enter one of the museums. It includes 8 points of interest:

  • Hagia Sophia Outside Guided Tour & Free Entrance 
  • Hagia Irene Museum 
  • Dolmabahce Palace 
  • Topkapi Palace Museum and Harem 
  • Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum 
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museums 
  • Blue Mosque Guided Tour 
  • Guided Basilica Cistern Tour 

- Our guide carries a flag with the logo of the Istanbul Tourist Pass®.

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  • Explore the Hagia Sophia from outside
  • Step back in time as you walk the same halls as the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace.
  • See the extensive collection of works by artists from former Islamic regions at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.
  • Visit Hagia Irene, the first Cathedral of Constantinople.

Included
  • Entrance fees to all museums included
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide 
  • Hagia Sophia & Path of Byzantine Guided Tour 
  • Hagia Irene Museum
  • Dolmabahce Palace 
  • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided tour
  • Topkapi Palace Museum Imperial Harem Entrance
  • Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museums Guided Tour
  • Blue Mosque Guided Tour
  • Guided Basilica Cistern Tour

 

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The Guided Museum Pass does not allow you to enter the museums on your own. You must meet with our guide 5 minutes before the tour start time.


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Get ready to explore the city with our great Istanbul Guided Museum Pass. Here are the details of this amazing package:

Guided Hagia Sophia & the Path of Byzantine Tour

Experience the grandeur of Hagia Sophia with our professional guides meeting you outside the mosque and providing a comprehensive overview of Hagia Sophia's rich history and significance before entering. Start your adventure with a walking tour on the Path of Byzantine, delving into the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the German Fountain, Theodosius Obelisk, and the Serpent Column. Afterward, your guide will lead you to the magnificent Hagia Sophia, sharing its rich history and architectural wonders. Following the informative session, our guide will hand you the entrance tickets, allowing you to explore Hagia Sophia at your own pace. You can skip the ticket line with your ticket provided. 

Topkapi Palace with Imperial Harem Section & Hagia Irene Museum

The most visited museum in Turkey, Topkapı Palace is an absolute must-see while you're in the city! See it for yourself and get the most out of your visit to Topkapı Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. Topkapı Palace has many unique collections on display including weapons of the Ottoman Army, beautiful fabrics, jewels, and art, as well as an amazing collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. There is even a Holy Relics Chamber which contains personal items of the Prophet Muhammad, the staff of Moses, and the sword of David, to name only a few. What a collection!

The Harem at Topkapi Palace served as the private residence for Ottoman Dynasty members and elite women for centuries. Access was restricted to Sultans, their families, and select personnel. With over 300 rooms, nine baths, and two mosques adorned with exquisite tiles, the Harem showcases Ottoman opulence from the 16th to the 19th century. Key structures include the Privy Chamber of Murad III and the Twin Kiosk/Apartments of the Crown Prince. The Main Entrance, Court of the Concubines, and Imperial Hall are also notable. Explore this historical and architectural gem with your tickets handed out by your guide. 

Hagia Irene, located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace, is the oldest church of the Eastern Roman Empire and the second-largest in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia. Throughout the Ottoman Empire era, it served as a loot and gun depot, eventually becoming the country's first official museum, Müze-i Hümayun. Today, Hagia Irene remains a testament to its rich history and architectural significance.

The Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Visit the Underground Palace (Yerebatan Sarnic), as it was known by the Ottomans, and experience the wonder of the vast cistern for yourself. You'll either feel transported back in time or onto the set of the blockbuster film "Inferno" as your guide explains the history behind interesting features such as the Medusa head pillar bases. There are two Medusa Heads, located under the columns in the northwest corners of the Basilica Cistern and used as pedestals. These are among the most beautiful masterpieces of Roman period sculpture art. It is still a question mark today, where these structures were found and brought here. 

 


Frequently Asked Question

Can I take photographs inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace?
Photography is generally allowed in designated areas of both landmarks, but flash photography may be restricted in certain sections.
Are there dress code requirements for visiting Hagia Sophia Mosque or Topkapi Palace?
Modest attire is recommended for visiting religious sites like the Hagia Sophia Mosque. Women need to cover their heads to enter the Hagia Sophia. Additionally, comfortable walking shoes are advisable for exploring Topkapi Palace.
Can I visit the Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace independently without a guided tour?
Yes, both landmarks offer the option for self-guided exploration with the purchase of separate entrance tickets. However, joining a guided tour can enhance your experience and provide valuable insights into the history and significance of each site.
Are there any restrictions or regulations I should be aware of before visiting?
Visitors are typically required to pass through security screenings before entering both landmarks. Additionally, certain areas may have specific rules regarding photography, touching artifacts, or speaking loudly. Please follow the instructions of your guide and respect the cultural norms of the sites.
Are there any restrictions or regulations I should be aware of before visiting?
Visitors are typically required to pass through security screenings before entering both landmarks. Additionally, certain areas may have specific rules regarding photography, touching artifacts, or speaking loudly. Please follow the instructions of your guide and respect the cultural norms of the sites.

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