Guided Tour: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Guided Tour: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace


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  • Explore Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to dive straight into the heart of history.
  • Discover the architectural beauty and historical significance of both monuments.
  • Immerse yourself in the stories of emperors, sultans, and the evolution of two great empires.
  • Benefit from hotel pickup and get insider tips on exploring these treasures.
  • Mobile Voucher accepted, no need to take the print!


In the heart of Istanbul lie two of history's most treasured landmarks: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. With skip-the-line access, you'll bypass queues and step into a world where emperors and sultans once held sway. Your journey starts with a professional guide, ready to lead you through the centuries-old stories woven into the fabric of these monumental structures. Marvel at the intricate architecture and relive the glory of bygone eras.


Begin your adventure at the BusForUs Istanbul Stop, near Hagia Sophia. Meet your guide and step into the mesmerizing Hagia Sophia. Once a church, then a mosque, it's a living testament to the passage of time. Your guide will unveil its mysteries, from its Byzantine roots to its place in the Ottoman Empire's legacy. Be prepared to be captivated by its architectural marvels.
Skip the lines and delve into the grandeur of Topkapi Palace, the epicenter of Ottoman rule for over four centuries. Built between 1466-1478, it served as the seat of power for emperors. Your guide will recount the tales that echo through its halls, offering a vivid glimpse into history.
Benefit from the convenience of hotel pickup, ensuring a seamless start to your tour. Your guide will also share insider tips on making the most of your exploration, from hidden corners to must-see features.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes, allowing you to explore these vast sites with ease. For Hagia Sophia, modest attire is advised, with arms and legs covered. Women may also opt to cover their hair with a scarf, a sign of respect for this revered space.
At Topkapi Palace, you'll use a headset for an enhanced tour experience. Ensure you bring your ID card, as it will be taken during headset usage and returned at the end of the tour.
Embark on this historical journey and witness the echoes of empires that shaped Istanbul's rich heritage. Skip the lines, meet expert guides, and let history come alive before your eyes.


Timings: 10:00 am
Duration: 2 hours approx.
Meeting Points: 
Hagia Sophia: The main Bus stop for BUSFORUS ISTANBUL at Sultanahmet Square.
Topkapi Palace: In front of Sultan Ahmed III Fountain  across the Main gate of Topkapı Palace. 
(Please check the calendar to know about availability)


  • Skip-the-line Entry to Topkapi Palace
  • Visit to the Hagia Sophia 
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide


  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off 
  • Gratuities

Redemption Info

You can show your mobile or printed voucher at BUSFORUS ISTANBUL Sultanahmet Meydanı, 34149 Fatih İstanbul and Sultan Ahmed III Fountain  across the Main gate of Topkapı Palace. 
In loss of voucher/ticket, company is not liable for any refund.
Ticket/ Voucher is valid to the travel date you choose.

Know Before You Go

Wheelchair or stroller accesssible: No.
Voucher Information: Both Mobile and Printed Voucher are accepted.
How to Get at the Meeting Location :-
To get to Sultanahmet Square, take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Sultanahmet station. Walk towards Hagia Sophia and keep an eye out for the Big Bus stop.
For Topkapi Palace Museum: Take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Gulhane station. Fountain Sultan Ahmed III is an easy 5-10 minute walk away.
Our Guides carry a white flag with the Logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass®.
Please carry your Passport/ID card on the day of your travel.
Children will be asked to present their valid passport at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age.
The visit duration and time can vary depending on the cleaning and disinfectant schedules of the authorities.
The museum is only open for half a day on the first day of Ramadan and the Sacrifice Festivals.
When visiting mosques in Istanbul, remember to wear modest clothing (arms and legs covered) and women must cover their hair with a scarf.
The mosque is closed to tourists every day during praying times.
Skip the line is for the ticket line, not security control. You will still need to wait in line at security.
Disclaimer: The Service provider reserves the right to  close or cancel  certain shows, attractions, entertainments, restaurants, shops or ancillary facilities without notice. There will be no refund provided in that case.

Cancellation Policy

No Cancellation Charges up to 24 hours before the chosen travel date. 100% cancellation fee applied within 24 hours of travel date.