Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace Combo Guided Tour

This activity is a combo tour of the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace. Your combo pass is valid for three (3) days after usage for the first tour. You can join any tour at related times below

Basilica Cistern Tour Meeting Point

  • Meet with the guide in front of the Busforus Sultanahmet (Old City) Stop.
  • Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point and time.
  • Busforus Old City Stop is located across the Hagia Sophia, and you can easily see red double-decker buses.

Topkapi Palace Tour Meeting Point

  • Meet the guide in front of the Fountain of Ahmed III across the Main gate of Topkapi Palace
  • Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point and time.


  • Entry to the Basilica Cistern
  • Entry to the Topkapi Palace
  • Skip the ticket line
  • 20 minutes tour with Professional English Speaking Guide for Basilica Cistern
  • 1 hour tour with Professional English Speaking Guide for Topkapi Palace


  • Harem Section in Topkapi Palace
  • Meals are not included in the package
  • Hotel transfers are not provided as part of this offer.

Immerse Yourself in Istanbul's Imperial Legacy:

Basilica Cistern & Topkapı Palace Combo TourTake a captivating voyage through history with our Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace Combination Tour, a harmonious blend of two remarkable historical gems. Your adventure begins beneath the bustling streets of Istanbul, where the Basilica Cistern awaits with its awe-inspiring columns and the intriguing tales of Medusa's hidden presence.As you wander through the subterranean wonder, the opulence of the past seamlessly merges with the present, setting the stage for your next destination. Step into the world of Ottoman sultans as you traverse the luxurious chambers, enchanting courtyards, and the mysterious harem of the Topkapı Palace. This immersive experience orchestrates a symphony of history and architectural marvels, allowing you to relive the grandeur and splendor of Istanbul's imperial legacy.

You can buy tickets for Topkapi Palace online or on site. As the queues in front of the ticket office on site are very long, we strongly recommend that you buy an online ticket so that you do not queue unnecessarily and lose valuable time.

A minimum of 2 hours is recommended for a visit to Topkapı Palace.

The Topkapı Palcace is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM year-round. On tuesday, the palace is closed.

The tram offers the most efficient route to reach Topkapi Palace, with the nearest station just a brief 10-minute stroll away. Alternatively, we recommend reaching the palace via bus or taxi for your convenience.

Indeed, they are quite close, only a 7-minute walk apart.

Unfortunately, it's not possible as the ticket covers both the Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace, excluding entry to the Harem section.

Absolutely, when you have a combination ticket for the Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace, inclusive of a guided tour, you'll benefit from expedited entry, allowing you to bypass the lines and relish priority access.

Photography is permitted within the Basilica Cistern. However, it's important to note that at the Topkapı Palace Museum, photography is not allowed. In other sections of the Topkapı Palace, you are generally welcome to capture your memorable moments with your camera.

Within the Basilica Cistern, it's important to note that the subterranean chamber can be damp and slippery, even though there are some accessibility features in place. This makes it necessary for wheelchair users to exercise caution during their visit. As for Topkapı Palace, specific sections are wheelchair-accessible. However, it's essential to be aware that the palace does not provide wheelchairs for visitors. Therefore, if you require one, it's advisable to bring your own for a comfortable experience.

When exploring the Basilica Cistern, there's no specific dress code to adhere to. However, it's worth noting that the underground surface can be slippery, so it's advisable to wear footwear with good traction. On the other hand, Topkapı Palace has different attire requirements. To visit this historical site, it's essential for visitors to dress modestly, covering their shoulders and knees. Wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless tops, or strapless dresses is not permitted within the Sacred Relics department premises.

Absolutely, we recommend securing your Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace tickets in advance. These attractions are among Istanbul's top tourist hotspots. Purchasing your tickets beforehand not only guarantees a hassle-free visit but also allows you to bypass the often lengthy queues, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience during your exploration of these historic sites.

Combo tickets to the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace are valid for three days from the date of purchase. You only have three days to see the two palaces before your tickets become invalid. Keep in mind that the tickets expiration dates will start from the time they are first used.