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Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour ( 9:00am and 1:00pm ) provided by Local Tour Guide Istanbul

Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour ( 9:00am and 1:00pm )

Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour ( 9:00am and 1:00pm )
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from $42.59 per adult (price varies by group size)
Book in advance
from $42.59 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free cancellation
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 66000P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Small Group • Professional Guide • Guaranteed to skip the long lines • Entrance fees/tickets included • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Topkapı Harem Section is extra (own expense)
Duration
4h
Departure details
House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our meeting point is "House of Medusa Restaurant" which is on the same street with "Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish). Only 30 meters away from Basilica Cistern. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of this restaurant.
Inclusions
Small Group • Professional Guide • Guaranteed to skip the long lines • Entrance fees/tickets included • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Topkapı Harem Section is extra (own expense)
Departure details
House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our meeting point is "House of Medusa Restaurant" which is on the same street with "Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish). Only 30 meters away from Basilica Cistern. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of this restaurant.
Duration
4h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Dress code is smart casual
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travelers can participate
When visiting Hagia Sophia: Modest, conservative clothing which exposes a minimum of flesh is good. No shorts or sleeveless shirts on either men or women. Women cover over head with scarf or shawl.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    House of Medusa Restaurant
    Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Our meeting point is "House of Medusa Restaurant" which is on the same street with "Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish). Only 30 meters away from Basilica Cistern. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of this restaurant.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Hagia Sophia
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Caferaga Medresesi
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Sogukcesme Sokak
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    House of Medusa Restaurant
    Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Our meeting point is "House of Medusa Restaurant" which is on the same street with "Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish). Only 30 meters away from Basilica Cistern. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of this restaurant.
    See address & details
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Elvira V.
4 contributions
Awesome experience
Mar 2019 • Friends
we had the great experience to learn insightful information about Hagia Sophia and Topkapi. Totally worth it! Eriol does know lots about history and different sides of this, plus he was eager to focus more on Hagia Sophia since we asked him to :)
Written May 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Liene M
2 contributions
Private tour with Erol
May 2019 • Friends
It was my second visit of Hagia Sophia, but my first visit with guide. It was excellent tour with Erol who was very knowledgeable and pleasant company. He is the guide to choose for your next visit in Istanbul!
Written May 17, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bogdan B
4 contributions
Great private tour!
May 2019 • Couples
We had a great private tour of the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. We were guided by Erel, who was very knowledgeable and kind and spoke perfect English. The 4-hour formula worked very well for us. We were 4 people in total, so it felt like a real private tour and Erel was paying attention to all our questions. I highly recommended this tour to all tourists that want to skip the line and get a real feel of Istanbul history.
Written May 5, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you Bogdan for taking the time to write. So glad that you enjoyed your afternoon with me on our Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour. The other girls were also fun to be with and great company. You made a perfect travelling group. I do hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your Istanbul stay. See you when you return to Istanbul again!
Written May 11, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

By: Local Tour Guide Istanbul
R2138TSolivial
R2138TSolivial
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Great tour
Amazing tour guide. He showed up on time and was very informative. I learned a lot of new information. He was also
478el_inu
478el_inu
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Excellent Culinary Tour
This is long overdue - but I'd like to thank Erol for taking me on a tour of all the important, historic spots in I
anaem64
anaem64
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Brilliant and enlightening
This was an absolutely surprising tour because Erol, my tour guide, was so incredibly vastly knowledgeable. He was
nyki724
nyki724
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Excellent Tour Guide with Extensive Knowledge
Mustafa Tanribilar from Guided Istanbul Tours was our private tour guide and I can't say enough about him. He is ex
BVHTravel
BVHTravel
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Discover the way of history
People who are excited about discovering heritage and feel like little explorers, all sites are a must see. I recom
O8772YDdavidp
O8772YDdavidp
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Walking tour of old city
Had an enjoyable tour with knowledgeable and serious guide Erol. Handled questions on wide range of subjects and p
Zoey N
Zoey N
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our first free tour - perfect!
This was my first freetour. Our Guide Erol was really sympathic and nice, he has really good english skills so we u
Lucyna R
Lucyna R
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No boredom with Erol!!
We have visited a number of beautiful places and could admire stunning views. Erol is a professional and experience
Interiors68
Interiors68
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Go no further, Erol is the one to choose
We had 3 wonderful tour days with Erol, who is so knowledgeable and personable. We went to all the important sight
Gail B
Gail B
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Exceptional Tour Guide!
Erol is an extremely knowledgable and personable tour guide. He is attentive to questions and requests, and makes
Tuba I
Tuba I
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“Wonderful Guide”
My friends from U.S. and I enjoyed our private Istanbul tour with Erol very much. He customized our tour to explore
Margaret P
Margaret P
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Wonderful Guide
I went on a small group tour with my daughter and her partner. Erol made a very special trip even more memorable. H
Ray R
Ray R
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Exceptional Guide
In 2012 my wife and I did a 21 day guided tour of western Turkey. Erol was our guide throughout. Erol proved to be
TalkBackwards
TalkBackwards
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First Class Tour Guide
We were in a group of 8 and Erol guided us for a full day around the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi Palace. He
elaCguide
elaCguide
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The best of Istanbul!!!
As a tour leader I was visiting Turkey for 12 years and during that time many good guides worked with me and my gro
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