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Old February 28th, 2012, 05:11 PM
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We're scheduled to arrive in Istanbul on Monday, July 23d, at 4:00pm, departing Tuesday, at 5:00pm. It's just our luck that Topkapi Palace/Harem are closed Tuesday. Although I understand that ship's tours may visit, that would be my last choice. The websites (Topkapi/Turkish government, et cetera) are not very good....most say closing time is 5pm, but one site says the palace is open until 7:00pm in the summer. That would be great, as we could rush over as soon as we arrive on Monday afternoon.

Does anybody know for sure?

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Old February 28th, 2012, 07:46 PM
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I know that there are summer hours for most of the major sites. I was in Turkey on a visit a couple of years ago in April and they were changing over from winter to summer hours. Unfortunately I cannot recall exact times, but it sounds right to me that they were open a couple of hours later (e.g., changed from 5pm to 7pm), at least at Haghia Sophia. I didn't visit Topkapi on that trip, having been there previously.
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I know that there are summer hours for most of the major sites. I was in Turkey on a visit a couple of years ago in April and they were changing over from winter to summer hours. Unfortunately I cannot recall exact times, but it sounds right to me that they were open a couple of hours later (e.g., changed from 5pm to 7pm), at least at Haghia Sophia. I didn't visit Topkapi on that trip, having been there previously.

Thanks for your help! We're sure hoping that's the case!

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We wish you good luck with the opening times (we have no clue). As to ship's tours, for many years they do allow certain official tours (like cruise tours) to enter on Tuesday. However, on those Tuesday tours they are somewhat limited in what they can see. For example, a few years ago we were on a Princess cruise that had Tuesday tours but they were not permitted to visit the Harem (which was locked up). However, if you cannot get there on Monday then the ship's tour is probably your only option. Keep in mind that if your ship does dock at 4 as scheduled, you would not possibly be able to get to Topkapi much before 5 given the time for the ship to get cleared and transportation time during the afternoon rush hour.

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I, too, am not sure about the later hours in the summer......

but I do know that they do not sell tickets (or allow you to enter) up until closing time either.

On our first trip to Istanbul, we were there mid May in 2010. Headed to Topkapi last since we were working our way back to the ship...... still a good hour + before closing. We knew we would only be able to just scratch the surface with that time frame.....but hey, we figured we would never get back to Istanbul so we were "cramming" it all in.

Anyway, it was a no-go. Got to the ticket booth and they said yes it closed in an hour but no entry that late.

* well, we did go back last November so we made sure to do Topkapi on our last day IN THE MORNING
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I found a post on Tripadvisor that confirms summer hours for Topkapi are generally until 7pm (last entry at 6pm). You can read more details about winter and summer hours (and holiday closings) on this thread:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...-Istanbul.html

(See post #39 for the info on summer hours at Topkapi and other major tourist sites.)
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