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Hagia Sophia: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

    1. Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

    You will start at the old Hippodrome of Constantinople which was the sports and social center of the old city. More recently known as Sultan Ahmet it is still home to some of the major works of art from all over the world, which were brought there by Theodosius The Great to raise the image of the city. These include the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II, which was constructed by the German government. From there you will continue to the Blue Mosque, whose six minarets are a key fixture of Istanbul’s skyline. Admire the 17th-century edifice, and marvel at the thousands of bright blue Iznik tiles that coat its interior. Next, head for the Topkapi Palace, the opulent palace-turned-museum that was home to the Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries. Hear anecdotes about the sultans and their entourages, and wonder at the riches of its...

    Pick up was on time, tour guide was awesome! Very patient as much as we used to delay the group. The most important as a tour guide he was Informative. After the tour ended, he "Ensar" stayed longer to make sure we are not going to the wrong people to buy from.

  • Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi & Basilica Combo Ticket

    2. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi & Basilica Combo Ticket

    After signing up for this experience, your name will be on the list for each of the monuments for 3 days. Be free to visit at the available times, gathering at the meeting points in front of the museums to skip the line with an authorized host. You can choose to visit all 3 museums in 1 day, or the three of them separately on different days. Once inside the museums, get tips on how to discover the museums in the best way. Afterward, you can stroll through the museums at your own pace as you listen to your audio guide app and explore for as long as you like. If you have any questions about the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Cisterna Basilica, or Istanbul in general, please do not hesitate to ask your host.

    is a big diference visiting alone or having a guide that can help and give information!

  • Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    3. Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    See all the sights of Istanbul on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between flexible Classic and Premium tickets. Save money with a family ticket and take the kids to child-friendly sites such as the Dolphinarium or the Miniatürk model village, where Turkey’s most important monuments are recreated in miniature. You will have access to 2 routes. Buses come regularly and frequently on both routes. Informative recorded commentary is available in 8 different languages, including English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary earphones are provided. Jump off at any of the stops on the Red Route and see architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia to see the Beylerbeyi Palace and watch all the activity of the Bosphorus Straits. Marvel at the old city wall of Constantinople and the Roman Aqueduct on the G...

    Good and affordable way for first time visitors to see Istanbul. Relaxing. You can follow your own pace and get off and on buses at the different stops.

  • Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

    4. Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

    Meet with your professional local guide in front of Hagia Sophia. Hear a short history of the Old City then start the Hagia Sophia Tour.  Your guide will explain the mystery of the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building. 

    The tour was great! We learned so much about the history and importance of the Hagia Sophia

  • Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    5. Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    Day 1 – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipporome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full-day walking tour that covers the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia Museum, to the iconic Blue Mosque, to the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The 8-hour excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and a walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of 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, 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 great...

    Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

  • Istanbul Tourist Pass for 40 + Top Attractions/Services

    6. Istanbul Tourist Pass for 40 + Top 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 Baz...

    По-изгодно е отколкото закупуване на отделни билети. Удачен вариант е за престой поне 3-4 дни. Не ми харесва, че входовете са безплатни само с екскурзовод. Часовете за влизане са два или три за целия ден, а някъде дори само един. Трябва да избираш кой обект да разгледаш, защото трудно се комбинират часовете за вход.

  • Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Ticket

    7. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace Combo Ticket

    Visiting Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace requires standing in 2 lines: one for the ticket, and one for the security check. With this combo ticket, you skip the ticket lines and enter the two most famous landmarks in Istanbul as fast as possible, giving you more time to spend inside these museums. To use your voucher, meet your local host at the entrance of Hürrem Sultan Hamam. They are available at the time selected during the booking process at a very visible meeting point. Your host will then take you through the skip the ticket line gate to enter the museums. With this combo ticket, you can visit each museum one time. You can visit both museums in one day or you can visit each museum on different days. It is recommended to visit the museums either before 10:00 AM or after 2:00 PM since it will be less crowded inside.

  • İstanbul Welcome Card

    8. İstanbul Welcome Card

    When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at your hotel. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 tickets for public transportation, a pass card for 12 museums, vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace Tours. Skip the ticket line at the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and Harem, Chora Museum, Fethiye Museum, Galata Mevlevi House, Hagia Irene, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, and the Rumeli Hisar Museum. Enjoy the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace with a professional guide. Have fun at the 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 ar...

    Our guide Haluk was excellent - with a great knowledge of history, a sense of humor and psychology of tourists. I will recommend him to friends who are going to Istanbul.

  • Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

    9. Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

    Discover the only city in the world on 2 continents - where east meets west - on a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul by luxury minibus. Following a pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, visit the Hippodrome to explore the former center of sport and political activities in Constantinople. Marvel at the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its glorious blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Admire the former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, and learn how the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today, the palace is a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, along with the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Next, go to the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine Church that is considered one of the finest architectural works of a...

    Baris was great! There was no question he couldn't answer. (He majored in history!) Travelers do need to know that even though a luxury van is mentioned, there is very little riding in the van. This is mostly a WALKING tour. It was a full day. I felt like I had been "everywhere" by the end of the day. Exhausted but in a good way and full of new knowledge.

  • Private 7-Hour Istanbul Tour with Red Carpet Treatment

    10. Private 7-Hour Istanbul Tour with Red Carpet Treatment

    Your private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel or cruise ship, and you’ll head out for a full-day VIP tour of Istanbul. Visit the Hippodrome, the center of sporting and political activities of ancient Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the German Fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the Blue Mosque, dating from the 17th century. This is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and one of the principal features of the city skyline. It’s best known for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Afterwards, you’ll visit Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence that was the seat of the Great Ottoman Empire. Explore the spectacular museum and its vast collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the treasury of the royal family. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Byzantine Church considered one of the finest and large...

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    You can visit the Hagia Sophia between the hours of 9:00AM and 7:00PM from April 15th to September 31st, and between 9:00AM and 5:00PM from October 1st to April 14th. It is closed in the early days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha. Book tickets in advance to avoid the queues!

  • How to get there?

    The Hagia Sophia is just a short walk from the Sultanahment metro and tram stops. Close to many of Istanbul's historic attractions, it's also covered on most city walking tours!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 5:00PM in the winter, 9:00AM to 7:00PM in the summer. Check holiday schedules to avoid closures.
  • Is it expensive?
    The ticket price is 30 TRY, which is roughly $11.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the metro or tram to the Sultanahment stop.
  • Additional information

    • Book tickets in advance to avoid the queues!

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What people are saying about Hagia Sophia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,581 reviews

Very good offers included in this card. I choosed 5 days and i made many activities included in this card - Bosphorus dinner and cruise, Whirling dervishes, Panoramic bus, Madame Tussauds,SEA LIFE, Museum of illusions, Princes's islands boat trip,Sapphire observation deck, Sky ride 4d,Flyzone Demiroren, Blue Mosque, Hagia Irina and Topkapi Palace. Unfortonately, the card was not recognize at Jungle park, Dungeon and Safari even if these atrations are included.

Pick up was on time, tour guide was awesome! Very patient as much as we used to delay the group. The most important as a tour guide he was Informative. After the tour ended, he "Ensar" stayed longer to make sure we are not going to the wrong people to buy from.

Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

Berk was so professional and informative. He is the best representative for this company.

It was an informative and enjoyable tour. Thanks to Emre.