Topkapi Palace Small Group - SKIP-THE-LINE
60 € / PAX

Topkapi Palace Tickets and Small-Group Tour

The Essential İstabul Small Group Tour

For those of you who want to dig deeper than the average tourist The Essential İstanbul Tour is just for you. 

Don't waste time waiting in queues! On this 4-hours, small-group historical tour in the city center, you will visit the amazing Topkapı Palace which was built by Sultan Mehmed II after he conquered Constantinople in 1453. See the magnificent former residence of Ottoman Sultans. Hear about the extraordinary royal, political and military history and prepare for stories of royal extravagance and execution, romance and retribution. A fully escorted tour by an English-speaking expert guide who will tell you many stories about the palace life as well as the sinister plots in the Harem. 

This is a particularly fine tour if you are in İstanbul for a short period of time, and would like to leave with an understanding of the most prominent sites. As an addition to Topkapı Palace, you will visit the Süleymaniye Mosque, masterpiece of Sinan, the chief architect of the Ottoman Empire, built in the name of Suleyman the Magnificent during the 16th century, considered as the best amongst the imperial mosques.

Crucially, as with all our tours, our experienced, personable and passionate guide is keen to ensure you will get to know İstanbul in a fun and exciting way.


Half day morning İstanbul city tour, led by an expert local guide.

Discover the hallways and walls of the Topkapı Palace still whispering stories.

Check out the spectacular Süleymaniye Mosque, a typical sample of Islamic architecture.

Following this mosque, upon request, visit to a unique place for art lovers! A boutique, family-owned atelier producing handmade tiles & ceramics without sacrificing quality.

Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures personalized attention from the guide. (The maximum group number is 15 persons, but we guarantee departure minimum with 2 persons).

Why a Small-Group tour?

You get skip-the-line access to one of the world famous Topkapı Palace and a guided tour detailing this masterpiece’s history from 1453. All the excitement, none of the wait!


  • Pre-booked Topkapı Palace entrance ticket
  • Expert guide
  • Small group tour (maximum 15 people)


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Meeting Point: In front of the “Information Desk” at the Entrance of Hagia Sophia. Tour ends at Sultanahmet Center where you can continue to visit other sights of İstanbul on your own).
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Ticket to Harem (quarters of the women in a household). Enough time will be given for Guests who would like to visit the section.


Tour can not be operated on Tuesdays as Topkapı Palace is closed.


09:30 – 13:30

  • Tour fees include A/C transportation, guidance in multiple languages, entrance fees and mentioned meals/drinks,
  • 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages of 0-2,
  • You can make your own tour combinations of tours 1+4A, 1+5, 4M+2,
  • We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure time,
  • Courtesy transfers from/to in-city hotels. Please wait by your hotel reception for your optional FREE pick-up. Owing to traffic difficulties, pick-ups may delay beyond our control,
  • Guests not using courtesy transfers should be ready at our tour departure point 10 minutes before given departure time,
  • No smoking on our tours but all tours make frequent stops,
  • Cancellation is not possible in the last 24 hours. There will be no refund for any unused portion of any tour program,
  • Plan Tours reserves the right to alter, postpone or cancel the tour without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances,
  • Plan Tours disclaims any responsibility and shall not pay any indemnity or reimbursement in the event that certain museums or monuments included in the program could not be visited with any reason beyond control,
  • Plan Tours will be under no obligation or liability in case the Bosphorus Tour is to be made, by any reason, with Maritime Lines boat instead of private motorboat of Plan Tours,
  • Plan Tours is not responsible for any loss or theft of personal belongings during the tour,
  • Guests are to be promptly on time at the meeting points given by the tour guide. Tours will proceed without waiting the delayers,
  • Prices of night tours are not effective on December 31st,
  • Tour programs and prices may change without prior notice. Any increase in museum entrance fees will be reflected in the prices.