Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

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

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.

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.


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


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

Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace Combo Tour An Unforgettable Blend:

Basilica Cistern & Topkapı Palace Combo Tour Unveil the enchantment of Istanbul with our Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace Combo Tour. This unique combination showcases the enigmatic depths of the Basilica Cistern and the grandeur of Topkapı Palace. As you descend into the subterranean wonder of the cistern, you'll encounter ancient columns and intriguing Medusa tales. Then, explore the realm of Ottoman sultans at Topkapı Palace, where you'll be immersed in a world of history, luxury, and regal secrets. Book your spot now to experience the best of Istanbul's historical treasures.

When visiting Topkapı Palace, it is expected that guests observe a modest clothing code, which includes covering their shoulders and knees. The wearing of sleeveless tops, shorts, skirts, and strapless dresses is strictly prohibited, especially inside the Sacred Relics area. On the other hand, the Basilica Cistern does not have any strict dress code regulations. However, it’s recommended to use footwear that has enough grip, given the potential damp and slippery conditions of the subterranean chamber. Both attractions have the objective of ensuring that visitors have a pleasant experience.

Wheelchair facilities are available at specific sections of Topkapı Palace, but visitors should bring their own wheelchair. The Basilica Cistern has limited accessibility features, so caution is advised for wheelchair users.

Topkapı Palace and the Basilica Cistern are conveniently situated in close proximity to each other in Istanbul. These two iconic attractions are within walking distance, allowing visitors to easily explore both on the same day and make the most of their historical and cultural experience in the city.

Photography policies vary between the Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace.At the Basilica Cistern, visitors are allowed to take photographs freely. However, at the Topkapı Palace Museum, photography is not permitted. In various other areas within Topkapı Palace, photography is generally allowed, allowing you to capture your cherished moments during your visit.

You can conveniently buy your tickets for Topkapı Palace and the Basilica Cistern through our website or on-site at the ticket counters. For a hassle-free experience and to avoid long queues, it is recommended to buy tickets in advance online.

Certainly! When you purchase a ticket with a guided tour for the Basilica Cistern, you'll benefit from skip-the-line access. This allows you to bypass the queues and gain priority entry to the attraction, ensuring a smoother and more efficient visit.

When visiting Topkapı Palace or the Basilica Cistern separately, a typical visit can take around 1 to 2 hours for each attraction, depending on your pace and level of exploration. However, if you plan to explore both Topkapı Palace and the Basilica Cistern in a combined visit, it's advisable to allocate approximately 2 to 3 hours to fully appreciate both attractions and have a comprehensive experience.

Topkapı Palace, with a 600-year history, functioned as the epicenter of the Ottoman Empire, accommodating sultans and their court. It boasts grand courtyards, lavish chambers, and a treasury displaying the empire's wealth. The palace provides insights into the Ottoman Empire's political and cultural heritage. The Basilica Cistern, originating in the 6th century, is an underground wonder. Notable features include the iconic Medusa columns, ambient illumination, and an enchanting ambiance. It formerly stored water for the Great Palace and nearby structures, exemplifying impressive ancient engineering.