Half day Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar tour

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

09:00 or 13:00

Duration : 4 hours

Shoes must be removed to enter a Mosque, and you may be required to carry them with you in a plastic bag during your visit. We suggest bringing socks to slip on if you are not wearing them. Women should carry a scarf because they may be asked to cover their heads. Bare shoulders, shorts, and dresses above the knee are not allowed.

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays

Topkapi Palace is closed Tuesdays

Half day Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar tour

Istanbul ‘s most famous monuments overlook the Bosphorus, the city’s most important waterway. This half-day excursion introduces some of these wondrous structures and highlights their historical significance. Begin your exploration as your air-conditioned private vehicle crosses the Golden Horn via Galata Bridge. Soon you will reach Seraglio Point and Topkapi Palace. The Topkapi Palace sits atop one of Istanbul’s seven hills and commands superb views of the Bosphorus Strait, the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. Your walking tour includes the imperial courtyards of the palace, which were in use for nearly four centuries. After perusing the remarkable collection of porcelains and china in the kitchens, view the Ottoman Sultans‘ lavish imperial treasury. Among the priceless displays of 15th- to 19th-century Ottoman grandeur are 86-carat diamonds, solid gold candlesticks weighing over 100 pounds and items adorned with jade, emeralds and rubies. You will also see a meticulously maintained collection of royal fabrics and clothing. A one-time visit can only cover a fraction of this fabled palace.

From Topkapi Palace, proceed to the Grand Bazaar where handicrafts from throughout Turkey are displayed in 5,000 shops. Within this bustling maze of lanes and alleys, you will find glittering jewels, the sweet scent of incense, radiant Turkish carpets and the vivid sheen of brass and copper. A short walk along one of the main alleys will provide you with a glimpse of this amazing place. End of the private Istanbul shore excursion, board the vehicle and return to your hotel, cruise line or airport.