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Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Istanbul Archaeology Museums: Our most recommended tours and activities

İstanbul Welcome Card

1. İstanbul Welcome Card

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at Istanbul Airport. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. Have fun on a cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

Istanbul: Archaeological Museums Entry Ticket & Highlight

2. Istanbul: Archaeological Museums Entry Ticket & Highlight

Discover the three museums in the Istanbul Archeological Museums complex, learn about the museums’ incredible histories from your expert guide as you stroll around. Visit the Tiled Pavilion Museum, the oldest building in the complex dating back to 1472, built by Ottoman sultan II. Mehmed as a summer palace.See the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Turkey’s first museum with works from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Gaze at the neo-classical architecture which houses more than 1 million works. Explore the Museum of the Ancient Orient, with unique collections of works belonging to the pre-Greek eras of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, the pre-Islamic eras of Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula. Admire artifacts that were unearthed in archaeological excavations and brought to Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 85 Attractions & Services

3. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 85 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to: • Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Grand Bazar Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Hagia Irene Museum in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Tiled Pavilion Museum (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Museum of the Ancient Orient (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per/pass, not per/person) • Şerefiye Cistern Guided Tour • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum • SEA Life Aquarium • Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation • Museum of Illusions • Hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat cruise (1-ring or 1-day, Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn) • Bosphorus boat tour • Princes’ Islands boat trip • LEGOLand (adults cannot enter without a child) • Xtrem Aventures • Pera Museum • Dialogue in the Silence • Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One way) • Jungle & Dungeon & Safari • Sakıp Sabancı Museum • Upside Down House Photo Experience • Jungle & Dungeon & Safari (cannot be visited without children) • The Museum of Selfies • Dialogue in the Silence • Bursa Day trip • Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour • Istanbul Segway Tour • Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo • Istanbul Toy Museum By making reservations in advance and presenting your GetYourGuide voucher, get access to the following:• Discounted 1-way airport transfer. You are allowed to choose the direction • Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation in advance) • Bosphorus dinner cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation in advance) • Dialogue in the Dark • Combined Miniaturk Park Istanbul and Eyup Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Tour • Discounted COVID PCR Test • Discounted unlimited Wi-Fi device

Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

4. Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

Discover the best of what Istanbul has to offer with your e-pass, offering you convenience and comfort. This digital pass is accepted for more than 55 plans and attractions throughout the City of the Seven Hills without the need of standing in line, along with other benefits. Visit the most popular destinations with the different options this e-pass has to offer, adjusting to the length of your stay with passes for 2, 3, 5 and up to 7 days. The impressive amount of landmarks can be accessed using only one pass. Misplacing or carrying several vouchers is a thing of the past. Explore the ample offer of options in Istanbul with included benefits. Tours of the Hagia Sofia, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar and several other locations have their own tour guides. Receive special perks for different attractions within the city and nearby, such as a pick up and drop off or discounts for a Gallipoli day tour, a cruise on the Bosphorus, among several other plans for you to choose from.

From Istanbul: Troy and Gallipoli 2-Day Trip

5. From Istanbul: Troy and Gallipoli 2-Day Trip

Begin your adventure with an early-morning departure from your hotel in the city center, and start the drive to Canakkale. When you arrive in Canakkale, enjoy lunch and then begin visiting the highlights of the city. Stops will include: • Brighton Beach • The Beach Cemetery • ANZAC Cove • Ariburnu Cemetery • The ANZAC Commemoration Site • Lone Pine Australian Memorial • Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and allied trenches and tunnels) • 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial • The Nek • Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial In the evening, continue on to Canakkale and check in at your 4-star hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and stay overnight. On day 2, eat breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast, depart for a full-day tour and visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home to the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. You will see the ruins of legends and hear about the history of: • The Trojan Horse • Helen of Troy • The Trojan Wars • The battle between Achilles and Paris • Sacrificial altars • The 3,700-year-old city walls • Houses of Troy I (3000-2500 B.C.) • The Bouleterium (senate building) • The Odeon (concert hall) • Current excavations in progress • Remains of the various cities from Troy I-Troy IX After the tour, you’ll return to Canakkale for lunch, and enjoy free time during the afternoon before you depart for Istanbul.

Istanbul: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

6. Istanbul: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Istanbul on a self-guided audio tour. Admire the incredible architecture of the Hippodrome, the Tomb of the Sultans, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, and the Great Palace Mosaic Museum. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories of the city. Spend some time to taste the different food varieties and traditions while you wander through many parks and squares of the city. Walk at your own pace and submerge yourself into the colorful vibe of the capital city of Turkey. Visit the famous Blue Mosque and learn about its many changes over the last 500 years. Continue to see the other architectural heritages such as Archaeology Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to the only city extending over Europe and Asia. 

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What people are saying about Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 337 reviews

The guided tours were quite short, and you looked at the sights yourself. But the Istanbul Card was worth it to get past the queue. However, we looked at the Hagia Sophia alone late in the evening, during the day the queue was too long. If you pick up the tickets at the airport, you should know that they are on floor -2, where the buses go. This is incorrectly stated in the meeting point description

Excellent for visiting multiple museums, for discounts and for guided tours. Excellent possibility to have it delivered directly to the hotel on the day of arrival Fair prices Super recommended if you want to visit many attractions in Istanbul

Super convenient and easy to work with. The addresses from where the guide will be waiting for you are in a bundle. You can pick up your envelope at the airport at a kiosk. Really the max!

Glad I just bought this. We have done quite a few activities and therefore saved money by buying the card

Easy to use. They’d sent to your address and u good to go