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There are different possibilities for guided museum tours; keep reading to discover out which one is ideal for you!
Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. This famous city was the capital of many different grand civilizations throughout history, and this is evident from the sheer number of museums you can visit. Because of this, experiencing everything Istanbul has to offer will take some time, and this may seem a bit burdensome to some people.
But you do not have to worry as we will talk about one of the best options you have if you want to tour some of the best museums of Istanbul: Guided Museums Pass.
Guided Museums Pass is a multi-option package that lets you visit some of the greatest museums in Istanbul with a professional guide, on top of giving you the advantage of skipping the admission lines as these museums are amongst the most popular ones in the city.
During the pass’ 5 days of validity, you can tour these museums with the help of a professional guide while having the luxury of skipping long ticket lines.
Before comparing these 2 options, let’s first discover what they are.
The Istanbul Museum Pass is a one-time payment card that is sold by the Turkish government to the tourists that want to visit some of the museums and culturally significant attractions owned by the state. Do not confuse it with the MuzeKart as that one is exclusive to Turkish citizens. It is valid for 5 days after the first time you use it. It includes 14 points of interest:
Its price is 1750 Turkish Liras, which is around € 60. Even though it is a good package, it does not include some of the essentials like Dolmabahce Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Also, while you can buy it online, if you decide to buy it from one of the 9 state museums, you will have to wait in the long lines. Museum Pass Istanbul offers a 10% discount in cafes and museum stores located in museums and archeological sites. This pass does not include any form of professional guide options.
Guided Museums Pass Istanbul, on the other hand, is a pass that’s created by Istanbul Tourist Pass®️. It is the only package in Turkey that includes Dolmabahce Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace together, which are some of the best places to visit in Istanbul. Not only that, but you also get to visit these magnificent places with the expert tour guides of Istanbul Tourist Pass®️, who will enhance your museum experience with professional guidance and information about the places you will visit. Plus, you won’t have to wait on the ticketing lines as your pass will be instantly sent to you via e-mail. Just like Istanbul Museum Pass, it is valid for 5 days starting from the moment you first use it. You can see the full contents of the package above in the section where we explored the 3 options you have with this pass.
So, if you will actually visit every museum and cultural location in the Istanbul Museum Pass, it makes sense to buy one. But most people only visit a select few, namely Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum and Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum. Plus, you won’t get the chance of getting the help of a professional guide, while also missing out on great places such as Dolmabahce Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. With Guided Museums Pass, you have more flexibility. If you are planning on visiting 1, 2 or 3 museums, you can get the Single Museums Tours to save money as this will be cheaper. Have the time to visit all of them? Get the Guided Museums Pass and visit the most famous and important places in Istanbul, while also learning more about their history and significance with the help of an expert tour guide.
If you are looking for more attractions on top of these museums, we recommend that you take a look at the Istanbul Tourist Pass®️. This ultimate package includes every museum that the Guided Museums Pass has & more, with a total of 100+ various attractions all across Istanbul, and it keeps growing every day. This grand pass has everything you can ask for, from various Bosphorus cruise options to fun experiences like Xtrem Aventures and Whirling Dervishes Show. It also has many services that will make this once-in-a-lifetime experience easier like Unlimited Mobile Internet Access, WhatsApp Traveler Support and Istanbul Airport Shuttle.
|Guided Museum Pass||€95 (Best Value!)|
|Guided Topkapi Palace Museum Tour||€43|
|Guided Hagia Sophia Tour||€13|
|Guided Dolmabahçe Palace Museum Tour||€43|
|Guided Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Tour||€15|