Topkapi Palace, like Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, are major tourist attractions and gems in the city. This 5-hour tour gives you the opportunity to get to know in detail all the buildings and courtyards of Turkish architecture that make up the palace.
Similarly, the bazaar, which was built in 1461 and currently has more than 4,000 stores, has such a spectacular variety of items that it is impossible to miss. In addition, the tour will have a vehicle to pick you up and take you to the tour, the company of a qualified guide and the entrance to the palace is included.
What to expect from this Topkapi Palace + Istanbul Grand Bazaar tour?
Tour with pick up at the hotel of lodging in a luxury vehicle and enjoying the air conditioning. In addition to a highly trained bilingual guide, who will be able to tell you the incredible stories of the places to visit.
You will also have the advantage of obtaining entrance to the palace and in this way unnecessary queues are avoided, so as not to waste time on your tour. Likewise, in the bazaar you can buy some gift items, among the immense variety of objects, spices, handicrafts, sweets and much more that the bazaar offers.
Private tour to see Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace was built in 1460 by Sultan Mehmed II and completed in 1478. But it was not until the 16th century that it acquired its present-day appearance. By 1924 the palace became a beautiful museum. The structure consists of 4 patios or gardens; each with different structures of the time and the Harem.
In the first courtyard is the Church of Saint Irene, built in the 6th century, the Royal Mint, the executioner’s fountain, the hospital, a lumberyard, the bakery and the house of the wicker makers.
In the second courtyard, where the state administration was kept, there is also the entrance to the harem, the room of the guards, the kitchens, the rooms for the eunuchs and the royal stables.
The third courtyard is the private place of the sultan and it was only entered with a permit to access the courtroom. There is also the Museum of period costumes, the private room, the library of Ahmed II, among others.
The fourth courtyard is an octagonal shaped building and made up of beautiful frosted tiles, the Iftaree Gazebo and the Yerevan Pavilion, very beautiful and advanced classical Ottoman architecture. Towards the bottom of the fourth courtyard you will see the circumcision room and the closet chamber.
Istanbul Grand Bazaar Private Tour
The bazaar was built between the years 1455 to 1461, by Sultan Mehmed II. It is located in the old city of Istanbul, and towards the European side of it. Today it is the largest bazaar in the world and consists of 65 aisles or streets, 22 entrances and 4,000 shops.
All the shopkeepers who work in the bazaar speak several languages, which facilitates communication with the tourists who visit them. The oldest say that at first the bazaar or the souk, only consisted of 2 aisles and the rest of the land was used by the merchants’ horses. If you want to do some shopping, you can choose from a wide variety of lamps, spices, jewelry, scarves, ceramics and more.