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Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Skip the lines and explore Hagia Sophia's splendours with an expert guide. Delve into its rich past with an audio guide in 23 languages!

Highlights

  • Enjoy fast-tracked entry and learn everything you can about Hagia Sophia, with a 1hr guided tour and a self-paced audio-guided tour.

  • Learn from a seasoned historian about Hagia Sophia, including its fascinating past as a church, then a mosque, and a world record holder.

  • Equipped with the knowledge you gathered from your guide, explore at your pace, with an audio guide available in 23 languages.

  • You'll be clicking away like there's no tomorrow: enjoy spectacular views by heading to the visitor's area on the second floor.

  • Fun fact: For over 1000 years, Hagia Sophia held the title of the world's largest dome (31-meters).

Inclusions

  • 1-hour expert historian guide in English

  • Self-paced exploration after guided tour

  • Entry ticket to the Hagia Sophia visitors area

  • Audio guide app in 23 languages

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Greece
  • France
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Australia
  • Romania
  • Hungary
Guests from United States, United Kingdom, Greece and over 53 countries have loved this experience
Frank Milloni

Frank

3/5

Jun, 2024

We expected the guided tour would be guided through Hagia Sophia, but sadly it was not. The history of the area the guide provided was interesting, but he only led us to the entrance to the mosque, saying guides were not allowed inside. The audio tour was good, except that you couldn't use your phone to take pictures at the same time. Going back and forth on the phone was to confusing because the audio didn't resume where it left off, so you had to search for the next feature. That said, when we did enter the mosque, there were MANY tour guides inside, and on both levels. So we felt a bit disappointed.
Malcolm Kimber

Malcolm

3/5

Jun, 2024

Group was too big for the guide. Guide did well but difficult to manage that many attendees. As a consequence sometimes difficult to hear, no fault of the guide.
Brij Mohan Tankha

Brij

3/5

May, 2024

I expected to be guided inside the Hagia Sophia and our guide said he could not talk inside and so gave us a background outside. However, inside the HS there were many guides. We had been told to bring headphones, which I had so clearly something changed.
Mark Farber

Mark

3/5

May, 2024

Reaching the meeting point was easy and the staff were clear about where to wait until the tour began. Booking was also efficient. Honestly, we found it very difficult to understand our "English Speaking" guide. We are American native English speakers. Our guide fumbled a lot of the vocabulary and when explaining the history, we couldn't understand what he was saying 20%-30% of the time. Given the experience, I wouldn't recommend this tour to anyone.
Marja Iina Annika Okkonen

Marja

4/5

May, 2024

We got to go inside the mosques without having to wait in line for the tickets. The guide had a lot to say and was very helpful. The guide was a bit hard to hear inside the mosques though because of so many people. Also hee englisj was just okay. The meeting point was also a bit unclear as the guide didn't show up until at the last second.

Hagia Sophia, how historians see it

Fuel up at the Dsign Cafe, located quite near Hagia Sophia while you wait for your expert guide to join you. Eager as they are, and with so much to tell you, be prepared to start learning everything right from the get-go. Skip the lines and go straight in with your guide. In an hour, explore every nook and corner of Hagia Sophia and fall in love with it the way a historian does, knowing why they revere it so much. Learn exactly how this iconic mosque used to be a Greek Orthodox Cathedral once, and then a Roman Catholic Cathedral.

Take your time

With all the tidbits of knowledge you gathered from your guide, go back and see it all again and gain new perspectives. Oh, and you're not alone. To refresh your memory and gather more details, tune in to the audio guide app, available in 23 languages. Watch out for thrilling tales of hidden art that resurfaced when Hagia Sophia became the beautiful museum that it is. Treat yourself to some great views from the visitors' area for spending a day learning so much.

What to bring

  • Bring your headphones or rent a pair for 100TRY. Make sure your smartphone and headphones are charged.

  • Women should cover their hair partially with a scarf. You can buy clothes and scarves at the entrance.

What's not allowed

  • Hagia Sophia does not permit knee-length shorts, skirts, or clothing with exposed shoulders or chests.

Accessibility

  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Additional information

  • Safety comes first, always. The mandatory security check at the entrance might take a bit long, but its worth the wait.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly. You need not print your voucher.

  • Please display your voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your host who will escort you.

  • Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the start time of your tour to check-in.

Meeting Point

Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.

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