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

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    Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom, a fifteen hundred years old splendid monument, is a must see in Istanbul, built to be the world’s largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. First a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum. The lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics and the massive dome, which seems to float unsupported and gives the church its amazing sense of space. An unforgettable experience awaiting you.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

    Topkapı Palace was the seat of Ottoman Empire more than 380 years where 24 of 36 Sultans lived and ruled their land. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and now one of Turkey’s richest museums with its permanent and temporary exhibition halls. Buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, apartments, bathhouses, harems, and an armoury, holy relics section, not to mention imperial halls, kitchens and royal chambers that make a visit into Topkapi’s inner walls one of the world’s great wonders.

    Treasures within include 13th-century Japanese porcelain, weaponry used by the Ottoman army, 86 carat 4th biggest diamond of its kind and world famous Topkapi Dagger any many more.. 

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Reviewed 26 May 2019

    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 :)

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank elviravl
    Reviewed 17 May 2019

    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!

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Liene M
    Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

    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...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Bogdan B
    LTGI, Public Relations Manager at Local Tour Guide Istanbul, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2019

    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...More

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    Czecher B
    8 August 2019|
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    anniebolton9
    22 April 2019|
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    Response from LTGI | Property representative |
    Hi! Admissions to Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace are not included in the price. However you don't need to obtain these tickets beforehand as we can skip the line and get your tickets easily on the tour date. You can pay by... More
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    Petros H
    12 February 2019|
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    Response from LTGI | Property representative |
    Hi! Yes, If you wish we do visit Harem Section in Topkapi Palace as well. (Harem is extra and optional and requires a separate ticket which we get after entering into the Topkapi Palace)
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