Ottoman Relics: Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs
- Topkapi Palace: Visit this great palace that housed the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. See their exquisite collections of jewelry, thrones and precious gems.
- Hagia Sophia: Explore the five mausoleums of Ottoman sultans within St. Sophia’s graveyard. Marvel at the beautiful red, blue, green and purple flower motifs on the ceramic panels.
- Historical Attractions: Learn the history of the Ottoman sultans and their gilded and rich lives. Discover their art collections and ornate treasures.
About This Istanbul Tour
Your tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Topkapi Palace, where you will be mesmerized by the breathtaking view of the Golden Horn. Pass through the imperial gate into the home of the former sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy the gorgeous courtyards and cylindrical turrets.
The Topkapi Palace is full of rich history of the Ottoman sultans. You will be amazed at the stunning weaponry and priceless relics at the Treasury. See the Topkapi Dagger that is encrusted with emeralds and huge diamond-covered candlesticks. You also won’t want to miss priceless relics of the Prophet Muhammad.
From the Topkapi Palace, continue to the Hagia Sophia’s courtyard. The courtyard houses five mausoleums built for the five sultans and their families. Go inside the tombs and view the 16th-century floral designs that stand out in vibrant colors. Get up close and observe the garbs worn by the sultans.
Hagia Sophia: A Church, Mosque and Museum
Hagia Sophia is a historical museum in Istanbul; however, the site was not built to be a museum. In the past, the monument has been both a church and a mosque, at different times. The name Hagia Sophia translates to the “Shrine of the Holy God.” The temple was dedicated to Logos (Jesus Christ) by the Christian community that built it. When the Ottoman sultans conquered Turkey, many cathedrals were converted into mosques. Hagia Sophia was one of these. The temple’s Christian mosaics and frescoes were plastered over when it was converted into a mosque. The magnificent design of the Hagia Sophia also inspired other monuments, such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the Blue Mosque.
Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for the displayed GoBe logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise us at when you reserve your tour so we can meet you in the lobby.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. This tour cannot be operated on Monday and on Tuesday. St. Sophia and Topkap? Palace will be opened 1pm during the first day of religious festivities.
You will be walking for about 3 miles, up inclines and stairs and over cobblestones. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Tickets, Family Friendly
40-seat Air-conditioned Bus
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have problems with your knees or climbing up/down steps, this may not be a suitable tour for you.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.
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