Discover Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern Istanbul tour
Attractions & guided tours

Discover Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern Istanbul tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 24 hours to 72 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Enjoy the freedom to choose a guided tour of three monuments either all in one day, one per day or two in one day, and one on another day at various times
  • Explore Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern with an English guide and an Audio App provided in 9 languages
  • Admire the Hagia Sophia architecture, mosaics and hear stories about its 1,500-year-old history
  • Learn about the glorious Topkapi Palace and Fatih Sultan Mehmet
  • See the Medusa Head in the Basilica Cistern
What to expect

Would you like to explore Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, or Basilica Cistern your way on the days you choose? And, not have to queue up to buy tickets? If so, then this is for you!

Starting from booking, then deciding which of the three monuments you would like to visit first, you'll make your way to the relevant meeting point to meet your English-speaking guide and download Audio App provided in 9 languages. Then, once you have visited the first, you choose if you want to visit all in one day, one per day or two in one day, and one on another day by choosing one of the various times on offer.

You'll feel your excitement rise as you enter each monument. For example, at the legendary Hagia Sophia, admire the stunning architecture of the building and hear stories and facts about the 1,500-year-old history while you get an up-close look at the world-famous mosaics incorporated into the building’s design. Learn at the glorious Topkapi Palace about the Fatih Sultan Mehmet who was only 21 years old when he conquered Istanbul. You'll also hear about the history of the Ottoman Empire and pass by each of the popular gates. A visit to the Basilica Cistern completes the experience.

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What's included
  • All entrance fees and English speaking tour guide
  • Audio App in 9 languages for IOS and Android (English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish)
What's not included
  • The Harem section inside Topkapi Palace which costs about 10 euros per person
Where
Meeting point:

For the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, please meet your guide (dressed in red), at the Hürrem Sultan Hamam. It is located below the trees, next to the newspaper kiosk and across from the Hagia Sophia.

For the Topkapi Palace meet your guide at the III Fountain of Sultan Ahmet, outside Topkapi Palace, next to Carpet Museum.

What to remember
  • The tour duration at each of the monuments is 30 minutes so a total of 1 hour and 30 minutes if all three are chosen to be visited in one day. After the tours and orientation tips you can stay inside the museums as long as you want and listen to the exciting stories and information in the included audio guide on your own smartphone
  • For the Hagia Sophia the starting times are either 10:30am or 11:30am daily
  • For the Topkapi Palace the starting times are either 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 or 15:00 daily except Tuesdays. Entry to the Harem, a separate Museum inside the Topkapi Palace, is not included in the ticket
  • For the Basilica Cistern the starting times are either 12:30 or 13:30 daily except Sundays. Please note if at the time of your tour, the Basilica Cistern is under renovation, you'll be taken to 1001 Cistern just next to it
  • You will choose the date when booking of the first day you would like to visit the monument and then the voucher will be valid for 72 hours after
  • The Audio App, that you will be advised about when you meet your guide, is in 9 languages for IOS and Android (English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish)
  • Please bring headphones to listen to the audio guide
  • With your guide, you will skip the ticket lines but not the security line. During high season the security check can take up to 30 minutes
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Provider
Istanbul Welcome Card
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 12 hours before the experience begins.

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