Discover the Bosphorus, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern
Attractions & guided tours

Discover the Bosphorus, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 24 hours to 72 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern with an English guide and an Audio App provided in 9 languages
  • 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
  • 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 and relax on a Bosphorus Cruise admiring the city from the water
What to expect

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

Starting from booking, then deciding which of the four experiences you would like to visit first, you'll make your way to the relevant meeting point. Then, once you have experienced the first, you choose if you want to visit all of them in one day, one per day or two in one day and one on another day or one per 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 and the Bosphorus Cruise 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 70 Turkish Lira 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.

For the Bosphorus Cruise, you'll meet the boat at the Bosphorus Cruise Pier IWC in Kabatas. Kabatas is located at the last stop of Tram Line No 1. Go to the wooden house behind the red petrol station and look for a ticket window that says Istanbul Welcome Card.

What to remember
  • 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 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. The Bosphorus Cruise has a duration of 90 minutes
  • 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
  • For the Bosphorus Cruise the starting times are either 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45 or 16:45 daily and does not have a guide but staff onboard
  • 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
  • Infants (age 0-2): free admission
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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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