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Skip-the-Line Tickets to Maiden's Tower

€30
Extended Validity
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
  • Visit the Maiden Tower, Istanbul’s most distinguished landmark, and get acquainted with the fascinating legends and myths with skip-the-line tickets.
  • Bask in the sweeping 360-degree views from the top of the Maiden Tower and take the most Instagram-worthy pictures from this vantage point.
  • Explore this Byzantine-era structure, a unique blend of history and beauty, and its fascinating exhibitions at your leisure.
  • With this ticket in hand, get the round-trip ferry tickets for a reduced cost that can be paid directly at the ferry.
  • During the round-trip ferry ride admire the Bosphorus Strait and travel to and from the Maiden Tower with absolute ease.
  • Visit the Maiden Tower, Istanbul’s most distinguished landmark, and get acquainted with the fascinating legends and myths with skip-the-line tickets.
  • Bask in the sweeping 360-degree views from the top of the Maiden Tower and take the most Instagram-worthy pictures from this vantage point.
  • Explore this Byzantine-era structure, a unique blend of history and beauty, and its fascinating exhibitions at your leisure.
  • With this ticket in hand, get the round-trip ferry tickets for a reduced cost that can be paid directly at the ferry.
  • During the round-trip ferry ride admire the Bosphorus Strait and travel to and from the Maiden Tower with absolute ease.

Inclusions

  • Admission to the Maiden Tower

Exclusions

  • Ferry tickets (€2 to be paid at the ferry)
  • Tip: Plan your trip in such a way that you can witness the sunset from the top of the tower.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the ferry's departure time. In cases of delay, the ferry will not wait for you.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled. However, you can use them any time until 31 July, 2024.
  • These tickets are valid until 31 July, 2024.
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Multi-Day Tours

Headout Saver: 3-Day Skip-the-Line Tickets to Top Istanbul Attractions

€179
€134

25% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Guided Tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul’s best iconic attractions with this one combo ticket that you can use in 1 day or over 2 or 3 days.
  • Learn about the illustrious history of each of these landmarks from your expert English-speaking guide.
  • Gain valuable insights about the iconic Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque with a guided tour.
  • Explore Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern while listening to interesting stories through an audio guide app available in 8 languages.
  • Sail away on a relaxing 90-minute cruise of the Bosphorus Waterway as you admire the architectural beauty of Istanbul from a different perspective.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul’s best iconic attractions with this one combo ticket that you can use in 1 day or over 2 or 3 days.
  • Learn about the illustrious history of each of these landmarks from your expert English-speaking guide.
  • Gain valuable insights about the iconic Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque with a guided tour.
  • Explore Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern while listening to interesting stories through an audio guide app available in 8 languages.
  • Sail away on a relaxing 90-minute cruise of the Bosphorus Waterway as you admire the architectural beauty of Istanbul from a different perspective.

Inclusions

  • 60-min Topkapi Palace tour with skip-the-line entry
  • 30-min Basilica Cistern tour with skip-the-line entry
  • 60-min Hagia Sophia guided tour with skip-the-line entry
  • 90-min Blue Mosque guided tour with entry
  • 90-min Bosphorus Cruise ticket
  • English-speaking guide for all attractions
  • Audio app in 10 languages

Day 1

  • Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Blue Mosque
  • Bosphorus Cruise Tickets

Day 2

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Tip: Topkapi Palace's ground floor has the best Instagram potential. You get to photograph the stunning interiors and beautiful ceilings.
  • The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • For Hagia Sophia, Women are required to cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. Their hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Men are required to cover their knees and shoulders. If you don't have a scarf or covering, it can be purchased at the entrance, at your own expense.
  • With this admission ticket (except for Hagia Sophia), you will skip the ticket line, but not the security line. During high season, the security check could take up to 30 minutes.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for pets.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combos

Combo (Save 9%): Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets + Busforus 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Istanbul

€60
€54.60

9% off

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Audio Guide
  • Walk through the historic Basilica Cistern, also known as Sunken Palace and explore the best of Istanbul with 1-day hop-on hop-off bus pass.
  • Delve underground to admire the distinct architecture of the Basilica Cistern, guided by an informative audio guide.
  • Find the Hen's Eye Column, also known as the crying column. Legend says turning your hand in its hole while placing your thumb grants a wish.
  • With the pass, visit sites like Beylerbeyi Palace, the former summer retreat for Ottoman sultans, and Dolmabahce Palace, the house of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
  • Benefit from an audio guide in 8 languages, WiFi, and charging stations on the bus as you explore one route with over 11 stops.
  • Walk through the historic Basilica Cistern, also known as Sunken Palace and explore the best of Istanbul with 1-day hop-on hop-off bus pass.
  • Delve underground to admire the distinct architecture of the Basilica Cistern, guided by an informative audio guide.
  • Find the Hen's Eye Column, also known as the crying column. Legend says turning your hand in its hole while placing your thumb grants a wish.
  • With the pass, visit sites like Beylerbeyi Palace, the former summer retreat for Ottoman sultans, and Dolmabahce Palace, the house of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
  • Benefit from an audio guide in 8 languages, WiFi, and charging stations on the bus as you explore one route with over 11 stops.

Inclusions

Basilica Cistern

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern
  • Multilingual audio guide in English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Iranian, Arabic, and Turkish

Hop-On Hop-Off

  • 1-day unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Iranian, Arabic, and Turkish
  • Onboard Wi-Fi & charging points

Exclusions

Hop-On Hop-Off

  • Entry tickets to attractions
  • Guided visits inside attractions
  • Headset for smartphone

Bus Tour

  • First Bus: 10am from stop #1 (Sultanahmet Square)
  • Last Bus: 5pm from stop #1 (Sultanahmet Square)
  • Frequency: Every 60 mins
  • Popular stops: Taksim Square, Beylerbeyi Palace, Spice Bazaar & Dolmabahce Palace

Click here for the detailed route map and boarding points.

Basilica Cistern

  • Tip: Observe the carp swimming in the water. The fish add a dynamic element to the cistern, often visible from the raised platforms.
  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes.

Hop-On Hop-Off

  • Tip: Have a blast exploring Taksim Square! Marvel at the iconic Republic Monument in the heart of the square.
  • Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, Charging station, Recorded commentary.
  • The departure times and timetables might change due to traffic, road work, or weather conditions.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Walking Tours

Full-Day Guided Tour of Istanbul Highlights with Lunch

€80
€65

19% off

Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
7 hr.
Guided Tour
  • On a full-day tour with hotel pick-ups in Istanbul, see sites like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and learn about them from your English-speaking guide.
  • See the Hippodrome, a former sports and social center with the Serpentine Column from Delphi, the towering Obelisk from Egypt, and more.
  • At the Blue Mosque, admire the 6 minarets and blue-tiled interiors followed by a visit to the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman emperors.
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, built over 1400 years ago with a gigantic dome and mosaics, while your guide recounts its turbulent history.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a Turkish restaurant, and venture into the world’s oldest and largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar, with over 4,000 shops.
  • On a full-day tour with hotel pick-ups in Istanbul, see sites like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and learn about them from your English-speaking guide.
  • See the Hippodrome, a former sports and social center with the Serpentine Column from Delphi, the towering Obelisk from Egypt, and more.
  • At the Blue Mosque, admire the 6 minarets and blue-tiled interiors followed by a visit to the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman emperors.
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, built over 1400 years ago with a gigantic dome and mosaics, while your guide recounts its turbulent history.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a Turkish restaurant, and venture into the world’s oldest and largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar, with over 4,000 shops.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Istanbul highlights
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-ups from select areas
  • AC vehicle
  • Entry to Hippodrome
  • Entry to Blue Mosque
  • Entry to Hagia Sophia
  • Lunch at a Turkish restaurant

Exclusions

  • Topkapi Palace entrance fee (750TL)
  • Hotel drop-offs
  • Tip: Take a closer look at the fountain that sits in the middle of the courtyard of Topkapi Palace, decorated with floral motifs like tulips and carnations.
  • On Sundays, the Grand Bazaar is closed. You will explore authentic local shops instead.
  • Strict Dress Code: Women are forbidden to enter the synagogue without covering their heads. Wear decent clothes that cover hair, knees, and shoulders. It is not allowed to wear tank tops, vests, and hats/caps.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Visiting the Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul

The Maiden's Tower, also known as Kız Kulesi, is a historic tower located on a small islet at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. Inside the tower, there is a museum. It displays several artifacts and exhibits detailing the tower's rich history. Throughout the centuries, it has served as a lighthouse, a defensive fortress, and even a quarantine station. You can catch amazing views of Istanbul's skyline and the surrounding waters from this tower. Read on to know more about the tower, how to book Maiden’s Tower tickets, and other information to plan your visit. 

Why Visit the Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul?

Why Visit the Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul?
  • Historical Significance: Explore the different roles played by the Maiden's Tower, from its ancient origins to its role as a lighthouse to a defensive fortress to even a quarantine station. Its museum contains several artifacts that offer visitors a peek into its rich history. 
  • Breathtaking Views: Enjoy panoramic vistas of Istanbul's skyline, the Bosphorus Strait, and the surrounding waters from this historic tower. It provides a unique vantage point to capture memorable photos and enjoy the beauty of the city from a different perspective.
  • Architectural Marvel: The Maiden’s Tower is in itself an engineering marvel, with a distinct design, featuring structures from the Byzantine era and newer additions, that underwent several renovations with the passage of time. In the present day, it is a unique blend of Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern influences. 
  • Accessible by Boat: Getting to the Maiden’s Tower on a short ferry ride is an adventure in itself. You can experience the charm of being on a small islet and see the Bosphorus River up close. 
  • Cultural Significance: The Maiden's Tower is deeply ingrained in Istanbul's cultural heritage and has been the subject of various legends, stories, and artistic representations. Immerse yourself in Turkish culture and folklore, as the Maiden's Tower is steeped in legends and stories.

All Your Maiden’s Tower Ticket Options

Maiden's Tower Combo Tickets

Combo Tickets

  • Best for visitors who love combo offers, have some time on their hands, and want to make the most of their visit to Istanbul. 
  • With this super-saving combo ticket, you can visit the historic tower and avail yourself of round-trip ferry rides. 

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase. 

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Maiden's Tower Ferry Line Tickets

Ferry Line Tickets

  • Ideal for visitors who only want to experience a boat ride on the Bosphorus River and spot attractions along the way.
  • This ticket includes a 1-hour boat tour, where you will be served refreshments like coffee, tea, and water. 

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase. 

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Why You Should Buy Maiden’s Tower Tickets Online?

The Maiden’s Tower has a long history of playing different roles throughout history, from a defensive fortress to a lighthouse, and more. The sheer number of legends shrouding the tower and its picturesque surroundings draw thousands of visitors to the tower year after year. Make sure to book your Maiden’s Tower tickets online well in advance to ensure that you do not miss out on the attraction. 

  • Advance Booking: One of the biggest advantages of booking tickets online is that you can enjoy the attraction no matter the crowds on the day of your visit. Your spot will be reserved upon payment confirmation. 
  • Convenience: Skip ahead of long lines and enjoy a seamless entry to the tower with your pre-purchased tickets. 
  • Great Deals: Take advantage of exclusive online discounts and promotions, saving money on your Maiden's Tower experience.

Maiden’s Tower Highlights

Sweeping Views from the Maiden's Tower in Istanbul

Sweeping Views

Marvel at breathtaking views of Istanbul's skyline, the sparkling waters of the Bosphorus Strait, and the bustling cityscape, all from the vantage point of the Maiden's Tower. Capture the beauty of Istanbul in one mesmerizing frame.

Maiden's Tower Historical Significance

Historical Significance

The tower has several legends and stories surrounding its presence due to its ancient origins. When visiting this landmark, you will get to listen to the stories of emperors safeguarding their daughters and the love of Hero and Leander.

Delicious Meals at the Maiden's Tower

Delicious Meals

You can savor a delectable array of meals in the bottom-floor restaurant. The stunning views of the Bosphorus Strait along with the delicious food make for an amazing experience. 

Maiden's Tower Museum

Maiden's Tower Museum

Step into the tower's museum and learn about its function as a tax collection center, a lighthouse, and a defense tower. Immerse yourself in the rich history and folklore surrounding this architectural gem.

Plan Your Visit to Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul

Timings
Getting There
Facilities
Eat
Stay
Nearby
Visitor Tips
Maiden's Tower Timings

Open: Daily from 9 AM to 7 PM

Duration of Visit: The number of hours you spend at the tower depends on your interest and exploration. Plan for at least 1 to 1.5 hours to fully appreciate the tower, its museum, and the panoramic views.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Maiden's Tower is typically during the pleasant weather of spring or autumn when the temperatures are mild and the skies are clear. This allows for a more enjoyable experience and better visibility of the surrounding vistas.

How to Reach the Maiden's Tower?

Address: Salacak, Salacak Mevkii, 34668 Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey

Find on Maps

  • Boat Services from Kabastas: Ferries are available from 9 AM on weekdays and from 10 AM on the weekends. There is a ferry every 45 minutes from this stop. These boats operate until 7 PM every day.
  • Boat Services from Uskudar: You can avail of boats from 9:15 from this stop every morning. 
  • Boat Services from the Galataport: If you are near Galataport, there are boats that depart from the pier located in front of the tower’s ticket office. These boats are available every day of the week at specific times: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:00 PM. 

Note: The only way to reach the Maiden’s Tower is by sea transport. The Kabastas route takes around 10 mins to reach the tower, while the Salacak route takes only a minute. If you are on the Asian coast, opt for the Salacak route. 

Facilities Available at Maiden's Tower
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: The Maiden's Tower aims to provide a hassle-free viewing experience for visitors with mobility challenges. It offers wheelchair ramps and facilities to ensure a more inclusive experience.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Stay connected during your visit with complimentary Wi-Fi available within the premises of the Maiden's Tower.
  • Gift Shop: There is a gift shop within the tower premises that offers a selection of souvenirs, including traditional Turkish crafts, books, and other mementos.
  • Restrooms: You can also avail of convenient restroom facilities within the Maiden’s Tower. 
  • Information Desk: The tower also has an information desk, where staff members are available to answer your queries and provide guidance.
  • Restaurants and Cafe: Enjoy a delightful culinary experience at the bottom-floor restaurant, offering a range of delicious meals in an elegant setting. Additionally, the top-floor cafe also provides a cozy ambiance where you can savor light meals while taking in stunning views.
What to Eat Near the Maiden's Tower?
  • Askadar Cafe And Restaurant: Located just 1.4 kilometers away from the attraction, this café and restaurant offers a diverse menu and a cozy ambiance for a delightful dining experience.
  • Okyanus Balık: Situated approximately 1.7 kilometers away, Okyanus Balık specializes in seafood dishes, providing a delectable selection of flavors from the sea.
  • Kanaat Lokantası: Located around 2.5 kilometers away, Kanaat Lokantası offers traditional Turkish cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for enjoying authentic flavors.
  • Korcan Aile Cay Bahcesi: Only 2 kilometers away, this family-run tea garden and restaurant provide a tranquil setting to relax and savor traditional Turkish tea and snacks.
  • Çimen: Situated about 1.6 kilometers away, Çimen is a restaurant known for its Turkish and Ottoman cuisine, offering a wide range of flavorful dishes.
Where to Stay Near the Maiden's Tower?
Attractions Near the Maiden's Tower
  • Topkapi Palace: Immerse yourself in Ottoman history at this grand palace, home to breathtaking architecture, exquisite gardens, and stunning artifacts.
  • Hagia Sophia: Marvel at the magnificent Byzantine architecture and awe-inspiring mosaics in this iconic museum and former cathedral.
  • Spice Bazaar: Indulge your senses in a vibrant marketplace, where colorful spices, fragrant teas, and Turkish delights await.
  • Dolmabahce Palace: Discover the opulent residence of the Ottoman sultans, boasting luxurious interiors and beautiful waterfront views of the Bosphorus.
Tips to Note Before Visiting the Maiden's Tower
  • Check the weather: Before visiting the Maiden's Tower, consider checking the weather forecast as it can affect your experience, especially when enjoying the panoramic views from the top.
  • Keep a few hours on hand: Allocate enough time to explore the museum, savor a meal, and take in the breathtaking views. This will ensure a fulfilling experience at the attraction.
  • Consider visiting during weekdays: Weekdays tend to be less crowded compared to weekends or public holidays. You may enjoy a more peaceful and enjoyable visit to the historic tower if you visit during weekdays. 
  • Respect the rules: Follow the guidelines and instructions provided by the staff. Respect any photography restrictions and be mindful of other visitors to maintain a pleasant atmosphere.
  • Combine with nearby attractions: Maximize your day by combining your visit to the Maiden's Tower with nearby attractions such as Topkapi Palace or Hagia Sophia.
  • Book tickets online: To save time and avoid queues, it is advisable to purchase tickets online in advance. This will ensure that you don't miss out on visiting the Maiden's Tower.

Frequently Asked Questions About Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul

Where can I buy Maiden’s Tower tickets?

You can purchase Maiden’s Tower tickets online. Booking tickets online is convenient. You can also save time and money by reserving tickets online. 

Can I buy Maiden’s Tower tickets online?

Yes, you can book Maiden’s Tower tickets online. We recommend you purchase your tickets online to reserve your spot upon payment confirmation. It will also ensure a hassle-free experience on the day of your visit. 

What is the cost of Maiden’s Tower tickets?

Maiden’s Tower combo tickets include round-trip ferry rides and access to the historic tower. They are available for €30. 

Can I get a discount on Maiden’s Tower tickets?

Yes, if you purchase Maiden’s Tower tickets online, you can avail yourself of exciting deals, offers, and discounts. 

What are the different types of Maiden’s Tower tickets available?

You can choose between 2 types of Maiden’s Tower tickets- the combo tickets which include round-trip ferry rides and also allow you to enter the tower, and the Maiden Tower Ferry Line tickets, which only include a 1-hour boat ride along the Bosphorus River with refreshments. 

What is Maiden's Tower?

Maiden's Tower is a historic tower in Istanbul known for its legends and panoramic views of the city and the Bosphorus. 

What are some of the highlights of Maiden's Tower?

The Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul is famous for offering sweeping views of the city. It also has a restaurant on its ground floor, famous for serving light meals in an elegant atmosphere. You can also listen to the interesting myths and legends surrounding this tower when you visit it. 

Where is Maiden's Tower located?

Maiden's Tower is located on a small islet off the coast of Uskudar, a district on the Asian side of Istanbul.

How to reach Maiden's Tower?

You can reach Maiden's Tower by taking shuttle boats from Uskudar-Salacak or boats departing from the Galataport pier. The only way to reach the tower is by sea transport. 

What are the timings of Maiden's Tower?

The Maiden’s Tower is open to the public every day of the year from 9 AM to 7 PM. If you book a boat tour, you can enjoy the ambiance of the ferry ride for a while longer, until 8 PM. 

What facilities are available at Maiden's Tower?

You can avail yourself of several facilities at the Maiden’s Tower, including restaurants, free Wi-Fi, wheelchair accessibility, restrooms, and a gift shop.

Is Maiden's Tower wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Maiden's Tower offers wheelchair ramps and facilities to ensure that all visitors with mobility challenges can navigate the space and enjoy their visit.

Is photography allowed in Maiden's Tower?

Yes, visitors are generally allowed to take photographs throughout the attraction, however, if you are using commercial equipment, make sure that it does not disrupt others’ viewing experience. 

Should I buy Maiden's Tower tickets in advance?

Yes, we recommend you purchase Maiden’s Tower tickets online in advance to save time and ensure entry, especially during peak seasons or busy periods.