Istanbul Ottoman Relics half-day afternoon tour
Excursions & day trips

Istanbul Ottoman Relics half-day afternoon tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Wednesday to Monday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 4 hours
Do this because
  • Learn about the importance of the Ottoman Empire and its legacy
  • Discover the stories behind the beautiful halls and gardens of the Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the graveyard of St. Sofia and admire the tombs of Ottoman Sultans
What to expect

The first place you'll visit is the Topkapi Palace, where the Sultans and royalty lived and was also used for educational and administrative purposes. Nowadays, you can find holy Muslim relics, antiques and exhibits, such as prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword. Within the Topkapi Palace complex there are three main gates, the Imperial Gate, the Gate of Salutation, and the Gate of Felicity - four courtyards, the Harem and the Royal Gardens - known today as the Rose Garden- among others.

In the graveyard of St. Sofia you'll visit Sultan tombs. The Tomb of Sultan Selim II is one of the most beautiful in Istanbul. The Sultan had ordered a tomb for himself next to Hagia Sophia while he was still living, however since the tomb was not completed when he died, the construction of the tomb was continued and completed three years later, in 1577.

The Tomb of Sultan Murad III is one of the largest Ottoman tombs, with its hexagon layout, double domes, exterior marble coating, and the arcaded section on the front. The tomb seems unsophisticated from outside, however, its inside holds incredible beauty with the most stunning examples of coral red Iznik ceramics dated to the 16th century and hand-drawn ornamentation. As you continue your journey around the graveyard you'll discover many more royal tombs, learn about and see the rich history, bringing you much closer to the culture, traditions and legacy of The Ottoman Empire.

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What's included
  • Entrance fees
  • Guided tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
Reduced price
  • Children (age 4-11)
  • Infants (age 0-3): free of charge
Where
Meeting point:
  • You will indicate your pickup location at checkout
What to remember
  • This tour is not available on Tuesdays
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When
  • Wednesday to Monday at 2.00pm
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Provider
Tourmania
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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