Guided tour

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 20.35 per person

Discover the Basilica Cistern beneath the streets of Istanbul with a guided tour. Skip the long queues and wonder at the ancient site as you admire the architecture and Medusa heads.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Skip the line through express security check
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  • Treat your eyes to the beauty of Basilica Cistern of Istanbul on a guided tour
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets with a guide and avoid the long queue
  • Listen to informative commentary and learn about the history of the cistern
  • Learn about the engineering and other facts of the building during the tour
  • Explore all the corners of the cistern at your own pace after your guided tour
Full description

Discover the Basilica Cistern under the streets of Istanbul on a guided tour. You will be amazed by the stunning architecture of the cistern during the tour.

Meet your guide in front of the exit gate of the Basilica Cistern and enter together. Skip the long lines and enjoy a highlights tour and learn interesting facts about the water cistern with an audio guide.

Marvel at the engineering of the cistern while hearing the history with a downloadable audio guide. After your guided tour, stay and explore the building at your own pace. 

  • Tour guide
  • Skip the line entry
  • Entrance fee

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at the exit gate of Basilica Cistern. Look for the Istanbul Welcome Card flag. Entry is not possible without a guide.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets

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    • You will skip the ticket lines, but you can not skip the security line
    • During high season the security check can take up to 30 minutes
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 119 reviews

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    We had a really good time. We were with a guide named Fuat Peker and he was truly amazing. He is full of information, very pleasant and nice, handled the whole group really good and made sure that each one of us was comfortable and satisfied. We recommed the tour with him.

    September 19, 2022

    Agree that it would be best to receive the bulk of information before entering the basilica due to the amount of people & echoing inside. Guides were informative & answered any questions we had. Once they spoke to us we could do our own thing & leave when we were ready. Not sure if you need skip. the line due to crowds this time of year but it was helpful to learn about the history.

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    September 18, 2022

    La Cisterna is definitely worth a visit! And with the skip-the-line ticket you save yourself the long and tiring queue at the entrance. For this reason booking is absolutely recommended. Downside unfortunately the guide, who gave some very brief explanations in 10 minutes and then let us roam freely. He was quite annoyed and unavailable for any further questions and information. Pity. But the visit to the environment was unforgettable.

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    September 7, 2022

    Product ID: 427059