Istanbul: Tour of Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 5 hours

Departs: Istanbul, Istanbul

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Visit the major highlights of historical Istanbul efficiently

See the Hagia Sophia from the inside out led by an expert guide

Learn about the Ottomans as you walk through Topkapi Palace and visit the Harem

Benefit from our priority admission at museums and skip-the-lines

Explore the Basilica Cistern and see the upside down Medusa heads

What's Included

Professional expert guide for insider's knowledge

Skip the line tickets for the Harem in Topkapi Palace

Skip the line tickets for Topkapi Palace

Skip-the-line tickets for the Basilica Cistern

Small group tour for 5 hours at a relaxed pace

What's Not Included

Transport to the meeting spot

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 8
  • ADULT: Age: 9 - 99

Additional Info

  • Istanbul has notoriosuly has bad traffic. Give time to get to the meeting spot more than you may have planned
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Istanbul has notoriosuly has bad traffic. Give time to get to the meeting spot more than you may have planned
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Sultanahmet District
Meet your expert guide and join your small-group walking tour in the heart of Istanbul's old town Sultanahmet to see the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Our meeting spot in Istanbul is at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks.

• Admission Ticket Free

Basilica Cistern
Make the most of your time in Istanbul with a skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern. Explore the famous Basilica Cistern and travel back in time on a tour led by a local guide.
See the underground pillars and learn about Byzantine architecture. Walk on the wooden walkways over the water until the famous upside-down Medusa head.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Hagia Sophia Mosque
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.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Topkapi Palace
Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace, and enter the museum with priority admission. Here you can explore the palace grounds, courtyards, and several exhibitions on a guided tour. Marvel at its opulence and mystery as you learn about this period in Istanbul’s history.

Later on, visit the Harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power.

The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran.
Your tour will end with a visit to the holy relics and the Imperial kitchens.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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