Delve into the fascinating history of Old Istanbul and take in the opulence and extravagance of the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years and home to some of the most important relics of the Muslim world and visit the tombs of former Sultans at Hagia Sophia's courtyard.
Sprawling across the Bosphorus shoreline, the palace is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture and would frequently host lavish royal celebrations and state occasions within its walls. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Istanbul, your expert guide will escort you through its many buildings and chambers on this unforgettable tour.
The Sultans spared no expense when constructing Topkapi Palace and it is a must-see when visiting Istanbul. Explore the four main courtyards of the palace's imperial interior and visit the Royal Treasury, home to numerous priceless objects and artefacts. Marvel at the emerald-encrusted Topkapi Dagger, the giant diamond candlesticks and the holiest Islamic relics such as the Prophet Mohammed's footprint set in clay. Discover the vast collection of imperial robes and ancient manuscripts stored in the palace and explore the great kitchens where countless feasts were prepared.
Proceed to the stately courtyard of Hagia Sophia, home to the Sultans mausoleums which have recently been restored to their former glory. Mehmed III, Selim II, Murad III, Ibrahim I, Mustafa I and all their families were laid to rest here. The interiors of the tombs are adorned with some of the most beautiful ceramic panels of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince's robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.