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Topkapi Palace and Harem In Istanbul

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    Pass By: Walks In Istanbul - Tours, Yerebatan Caddesi, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Meet your professional guide and join your very small group for a walking tour of Topkapi Palace and see its Harem, too. 

    Visit the top site in Istanbul with priority admission tickets and never wait in a line again!

    Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Start your tour after you pass Sultanahmet Square.

    Enjoy your guide's commentary about Topkapi and the Ottoman Sultans who lived in it.

    Visit the Palace complex of low buildings and pavilions, kiosks and courtyards. It’s a self-contained city that most of the inhabitants rarely left.

    There are many sections open for visits and you will get an in-depth walking tour through all the displays. 

    Savor this romantic scene with the views of the Bosporus in Istanbul.

    Enjoy walking the outer terraced gardens, where flowerbeds blaze with tulips of many colors and climb the high terrace to admire the view over the Golden Horn,too.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Harem in Topkapi Palace: the famous house of the Monarchy.

    Walk in the Harem and filter myth from reality as you listen to stories from your guide. 

    Witness the very seat of the Ottoman Sultan’s power in Topkapi Palace lying within the deepest reaches of the Harem.

    The Harem in Topkapı Palace was ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded both domestic and political power.

    The Harem housed hundreds of women-mostly war captives- and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a whole range of administrative and personal duties.

    Walk through the sections where the eunuchs lived and were educated.

    Take photos of the courtyard of the concubines and the Queen Mother’s Rooms.

    See cupboard doors inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoise shell.

    Our walk through the Harem is the only way you can see the very early exceptional Iznik tiles with verses from the Kuran and beautiful floral designs.

    End the tour seeing the Holy Relics and the Imperial Kitchens. You may choose to have free time afterwards.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Reviewed today via mobile

    We did this walking tour yesterday and it was great. Tumir (apology if spelt wrong) spent 3 hours with us, we saw everything we wanted to and were given a great sense of what life would have been like in this Ottoman Palace. We are...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Pauline P
    Reviewed today

    This tour was the highlight of my trip to Istanbul. In terms of location, Topkaki Palace is beautiful and a must-go place. The HAREM is the most important part of the visit, and not seeing it, would have meant to miss out on the best...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank PedroLuCaballero
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    You would get a really good insight of the history of the ottoman with her, she is extremely knowledgeable and a very kind person. One of the rare times where I've actually enjoyed a tour, many thanks. And I will definitely recommend.

    Thank SandeeT917
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our guide was delightful. He had to do 2 on the same day - morning & afternoon. Felt very learned after our exhilarating experience. For 3hours our guide was 'on the ball' with all details. Very obliging when answering our questions.More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Rosalind L
    arzualtinay, Owner at Walks In Istanbul - Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Rosalind, I am very glad we were able to accommodate you in Istanbul. Sometimes, the city looks very difficult to manage especially for our senior guests; I am very glad to see that you enjoyed your two tours with us in the city. All...More

    Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

    Our guide Ms. Cigdem was a very experienced tour guide and spent half of her time answering questions about Topkapi Palace and the other half talking about the place with very great detail. She would always stop to listen to all of our ideas and...More

    Thank 489ramal
    arzualtinay, Owner at Walks In Istanbul - Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for your lovely review. We believe that having a personal relationship with your guide is very important; this is one of the reasons why are groups are only small. I am glad you enjoyed Istanbul with us, hope to see you...More

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    21 August 2019|
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    Response from cmd_fmxo |
    The palace and harem are visited by walking. If you don’t think she can walk for several hours then you may not want to visit these, unless she can get assistance or take several rests throughout the visit.
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