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Istanbul: Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Combo Ticket

1. Istanbul: Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Combo Ticket

Save time and money with this combo ticket with hassle-free entry to the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Bypass the ticket lines to make the most of your time and hear the most important information and tips from your guide. Visit Hagia Sophia the largest Christian church in the world for 1,000 years and the 1,500-year-old Basilica Cistern, famous for its Medusa heads and many Hollywood Blockbusters. Both attractions are located right next to each other in the Old Town on Sultanahmet Square. Meet your guide at Sultanahmet Square (Yeşil Evi) and head straight for the security check. Once inside, your guide will show you the most important features. Then, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace with your in-app audio guide. Begin your tour at either attraction. Your guide will help you get oriented and advise you of the best time to visit both attractions. With this Combo there are 2 different options: Option 1: If you book the 10 am timeslot, you can enjoy all tours in one day with the same tour guide in 3 hours. Option 2: Or you can spread the tours across two days, giving you the freedom to see things as and when you like.

Istanbul: Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern Tour

2. Istanbul: Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern Tour

Join a guided tour to discover Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. Benefit from priority admission at the museum ticket offices to skip the long lines and head in faster. Meet your guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood at an easy spot and check out Istanbul's greatest monuments on a walking tour. Start with the Basilica Cistern, wander around the “Subterranean Palace” and learn about its history. See the underground pillars and learn about Byzantine architecture. Walk on the wooden walkways over the water until the famous upside-down Medusa heads. Next, visit the Hagia Sophia and witness the most significant site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul and learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Explore the stunning monument with elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, and Roman columns. Learn how the impressive İznik tiles were added over time in the Mosque, how the stunning Virgin Mary mosaic was made, and why the Ottomans chose to bury their sultans in the courtyard. Continue to Topkapi Palace to explore the splendor of the Ottoman Empire. Discover the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards was a self-contained city, which most inhabitants rarely left. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. The tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens. You can choose to visit the Harem at your own pace.

Saver Combo: Most important attractions in one pass

3. Saver Combo: Most important attractions in one pass

Save time and money with this combo ticket! Enjoy hassle free entrance to Istanbul’s Top 3 Attractions (Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapı Palace) and a relaxing Bosphorus Cruise! With this combo you skip the ticket lines (security lines can’t be skipped) for fast entrance, to make the most of your time. Get the most important information and tips from your English speaking tour guide. If English is not your best language, don’t worry! You also get an audio app in 7 different languages! Meet your guide at the designated at Sultanahmet Square (Yeşil Evi / Green House) and enter these attractions the fast way! Once inside, your licensed tour guide will give you a highlights, then you are free to explore more at your own pace with your audio app. The audio guide includes exciting stories and more interesting information. With this Combo there are 2 different options: Option 1: You can do all tours in one day with the same tour guide in 5 hours and afterwards you can join the Bosphorus Cruise. Option 2: Or you can spread the tours across three days, giving you freedom to see things as and when you like. The tour guides are easy to spot at the attractions as they have a flag. Skip the ticket lines ✓ Enjoy a Cruise on the Bosphorus ✓ Benefit from fast track entry (except Hagia Sophia) ✓ Discover the legendary Hagia Sophia, glorious Topkapı Palace and mysterious Basilica with a local specialist ✓ Download the audio app on your smartphone and easily start exploring what you can expect from your sofa at home ✓

Istanbul: Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern Tour

4. Istanbul: Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern Tour

Join us on a fascinating walking tour through the heart of Istanbul! Our expert guide will lead you through the city's rich history and culture as we visit some of the most iconic sites in the city. First, we'll visit the Hippodrome, the ancient chariot racing stadium and center of Byzantine public life. Next, we'll marvel at the stunning Hagia Sophia, a former cathedral and mosque that is now a museum. And as a special treat, we'll skip the ticket line and go straight into the mysterious Basilica Cistern, an underground water storage system dating back to the 6th century. All of this for just 13 euros? Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover the beauty and history of Istanbul at an unbeatable price!

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Entry Ticket & Grand Bazaar Tour

5. Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Entry Ticket & Grand Bazaar Tour

Visit two of Istanbul's must-see highlights, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Basilica Cistern with professional tour guide. Basilica Cistern Tour Times Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 - 16:30 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 - 15:45 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 - 16:30 Saturday 09:00 - 12:00 - 15:45 Sunday 09:00 - 12:00 - 16:15 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. Grand Bazaar Tour Times Monday 16:15 Tuesdays 16:30 Thursday 16:30 Friday 10:00 Saturday 16:30 Grand Bazaar Tour Meeting Point: Meet with the guide in front of the Cemberlitas Column next to the Cemberlitas Tram Station. Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point. Basilica Cistern is located in the heart of the historic city center. It is the giant cistern in the historical city of Istanbul. The Cistern is hosting 336 columns. The function of this outstanding construction was to enable drinking water for Hagia Sophia. Great Palace of Palatium Magnum and fountains and baths are located throughout the city. Listen the history of amazing Cistern from your tour guide. Imagine a market with more than 500 years of history, 64 streets, 22 gates, and more than 4,000 shops. Not only a shopping mall but also a manufacturing center. A place that you can lose yourself in history and mystery. That is the most significant and oldest market in the world. The famous Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. Learn how to bargain at Bazaar from your guide.

Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

6. 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.

Istanbul: 1 or 2 -Day Private Guided City Tour

7. Istanbul: 1 or 2 -Day Private Guided City Tour

Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this 1-2 days walking tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attractions you'll visit on your tour include the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or "divine wisdom," it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, has striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace is a relic from the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace once boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop into the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Hippodrome is the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from eight marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handicraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because, during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave it its name — in Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed," and bahce means "garden" Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it's an interesting and scenic two-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Your guide will work with you to create an itinerary that suits you, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul.

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Combo

8. Istanbul: Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Combo

After purchasing this experience, your will be able to see these 3 monuments. In order to join a guided tour please follow to Time Table and be at the meeting point 10-15 minutes before the tour time. You will visit each of these 3 monuments with a Professional English Speaking Guide and you are free to ask any questions about these monuments. The guide will explain to you the entire story during the tours. You can visit each of the 3 monuments within 5 days and enjoy the tours without rushing.

Istanbul Full-Day Private Christian (Byzantium) Tour

9. Istanbul Full-Day Private Christian (Byzantium) Tour

Take a full-day tour of Istanbul and explore it from the perspective of the Byzantine Empire. See ruins of Byzantine churches, Byzantine stone houses, superb mosaics and frescoes at the Church of St. Saviour of Chora, the city’s underground cistern, and more. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you will drive to the Church of St. Saviour in Chora. The Turkish word "Kariye" is derived from the ancient Greek word "Chora," meaning outside of the city. It is known that there was a chapel outside of the city before the 5th century when the city walls were erected. The first Chora Church was rebuilt by Justinianus and, in the era of Komnenoi, served as the court chapel for important religious ceremonies. Continue to the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine the Great’s declaration of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. Visit Zeyrek Mosque, the former Pantokrator Church. Representing the most typical example of architecture of the Byzantine middle period in Constantinople, it is the second largest religious edifice built by the Byzantines still standing after Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is your next stop. For centuries it was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul`s in London, St. Peter`s in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia, or “Divine Wisdom,” it is one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture in survival, and has been called “The 8th Wonder of the World” for its spectacular art and architecture. End your tour at the Basilica Cistern, or Yerebatan Sarayı ("Sunken Palace"), the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul. Located 500 feet (150 meters) southwest of the Hagia Sophia, on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, the magical atmosphere of the underground palace dates back to the 6th century reign of Emperor Justinian I.

Istanbul: Full Day Licenced Guide Rental

10. Istanbul: Full Day Licenced Guide Rental

No need to obey timings and exact programmes Make your own programme with your guide at hotel lobby Enjoy all day with your professional guide Lots of Free time for Photo Break The heart of Istanbul remains its fascinating Old City, home to some of the most historical sites of this vibrant megapolis. Dramatically located on a peninsula pointing across the Bosphorus Strait to Asia, Sultanahmet was formerly the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. See the sights of Istanbul on an 8-hour tour with inclusive lunch. Admire the former church and mosque of the Hagia Sophia, see the site of Byzantine sports at the Roman Hippodrome, explore the alleys of the Grand Bazaar, and much more. On this tour, you should expect to see 2000 years of the mysterious history of the Roman Empire to the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. You will be learning about the lives of Roman Emperors and Ottoman Sultans in the haves and the have-nots or things that shouldn't be talked about and the implicit stories. This tour will give you information as clear as daylight from the dusty books and will provide it in interaction and sometimes with humor. We are here to give you wonderful days with the accompany of our passionate tour guides who have dedicated their lives to both learning and share Why you'll love this trip To feel the touch of history and discover the different places that you can see to capture the moment. On your side or the other may be a step, you will make a decision. Ou You're gonna love, going to be upset, angry, but in the end, you will be happy, maybe you'll beautiful memories to tell your family and friends, for everything beautiful.

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based on 44 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our tours of Topkapi Palace + Harem Our guide Cetin was very knowledgeable + it was well worth the extra time + money to visit the harem so interesting! Cetin took us to a beautiful restaurant where we had lunch, our choice to go, before carrying on with our tour. We then visited Hagia Sophia + the Basilica Cistern which were both breathtaking! Cetin was able to work out the best time to visit the attractions to maximise our time, he was a superb guide!

Amazing tour of Istanbul! Our guide, Sabih, was very informative and organized - we had free time to explore between explanations. Highly recommend.

I'm so glad I did the tour. Amazing guide with great story about the hagia sofia and how to pronounce it correctly . worth every penny

it was a perfect tour, the guide was adorable and have a very good knowledge about the sites we visited.

Both places are spectacular, with great historic significance. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable