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Combo: Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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See 3 of Istanbul's most famous landmarks – Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia – with this cost-effective combo ticket along with an expert English-speaking guide.

Highlights

  • Enjoy fast-track entry into Basilica Cistern, one of the largest cisterns located in Istanbul with vaulted ceilings and raised wooden platforms with an expert guide.

  • Discover the heritage of a once-great Ottoman Empire and Istanbul’s spiritual side at the amazing Blue Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Experience skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia and listen to how it was once a church and later became a mosque, and finally a museum.

  • Learn about the history and architecture of Hagia Sophia from your insightful audio guide.

  • Fun Fact: The Blue mosque was located on a square known as the Sultanahmet Square, originally known as the Hippodrome of Constantinople and used to be a huge stadium for chariot races.

Inclusions

Basilica Cistern

  • 30-min guided tour of the Basilica Cistern

  • Skip-the-line ticket to Basilica Cistern

  • Expert English-speaking guide

Blue Mosque

  • 60-min guided tour of the Blue Mosque

  • Entry to the Blue Mosque

  • English-speaking guide

Hagia Sophia

  • 60-min guided tour of Hagia Sophia

  • Skip-the-line tickets to Hagia Sophia

  • English-speaking tour guide

  • Audio guide inside Hagia Sophia

Cancellation policy

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

Ratings & Reviews

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Guests from United States, Italy, Switzerland and over 33 countries have loved this experience
Vasudev Gupta

Vasudev

5/5

Apr, 2024

Our guide was very committed to the group, made sure everyone was included, explained the history and significance of sites, and accommodated, and even made time to help a couple recover their stolen backpack that was turned into the security station. Note that thieves are everywhere at the main tourist sites.
estelle anne colette feldbauer

Estelle

4/5

Apr, 2024

We had a great time with our guide who not only shared some facts about what we were visiting but also facts about Turkey and Istanbul. Really interesting to have another perspective...and we skipped the line :-)
Carol Ann McCoy

Carol

3/5

Apr, 2024

Our guide gave great information. Had difficulty hearing him at times. Sometimes his directions of where to meet were not descriptive enough. The group was too large. Ended up not using the ticket for haggia Sophia because the line was too long and it was the last stop. I never did receive the email after booking and even after calling support, never received. I did receive the text (which referenced my correct email address) so thankfully because I had an international plan, was able to receive the text and therefore my tickets. So please work on these aspects and you will receive a better rating.
Ian David  Coates

Ian

5/5

Mar, 2024

So very well organised and and excellent guides on each of the tours I did - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Blue Mosque. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend!
Leonor Isabel Constantino Caeiro Boga

Leonor

4/5

Mar, 2024

I liked the tour, but I really advise the revision of the tour description. The description mentioned choosing a slot for each visit and that some sites where closed certain days of the week and in the end we just got the tour in one go, which was my preference. But because the description was not clear I ended up by changing other plans. So please be clear about the tour layout. I am starting to notice that everything single activity I book is poorly explained. Is it a cultural thing?

These tickets are valid for 2 days from the date of purchase.

Save big with this money-saving combo and enter 3 of Istanbul’s top attractions, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia, with the benefit of total flexibility and a validity of 2 days.

Basilica Cistern

Skip the line and beat the long queues to enter Basilica Cistern with your English-speaking guide. See this popular movie location and the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie hidden beneath the city of Istanbul. Admire the unique Byzantine artworks, including the 336 illuminated marble, granite columns, and Medusa heads. The artificial freshwater lake, the size of around 2 football fields, will leave you astonished. Your guide will continue sharing fascinating backstories with you and assist you at all times.

Blue Mosque

This 60-minute guided tour of the Blue Mosque will have you marveling at one of the most beautiful and magnificent buildings in all of Turkey! Start the tour with a walking tour of the courtyards at the Blue Mosque and the Old City around it, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. Enter the mosque, a majestic structure with a bluish-gray tinge, that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Marvel at its 20,000 handmade blue ceramic tiles adorned with flowers, fruit, and cypresses. Your friendly English-speaking guide will share with you the religious importance of the mosque as well as the stunning architecture that went into making it. Learn about the elephant foot pillars, Mehmet Aga the architect, and its gold minarets.

Hagia Sophia

Originally a church, Hagia Sophia later became a mosque during the Ottoman Empire, and finally, a museum where it proudly showcases its unique history through the various galleries and art pieces. Besides its amazing history, this magnificent building is also known for its brilliant architecture. It has stunning interior mosaics and religious icons. Gaze up at its intricate dome, the decorations and multiple iconoclasms. Learn from your guide how Hagia Sophia has been a major part of Istanbul’s cultural fabric in both ancient and modern times.

Additional information

Basilica Cistern

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable clothes and non-slip shoes.

  • The following are allowed during the tour: Outside food and drinks.

Blue Mosque

  • Please note that the security line can take up to 60 minutes in the high season.

  • If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is 1€ and a body cover is 3€).

  • The following are allowed during the tour: Photography and outside food and drinks.

Hagia Sophia

  • Please expect a considerable wait time as you enter the attraction, especially during holidays and weekends.

  • Security checks at Hagia Sophia take approximately 30 minutes.

  • Since it is a religious place, guests are requested to wear clothes that cover their arms and head, and body cover available at the venue.

  • While photography is allowed, all visitors are requested to refrain from turning on the flash and using bulky accessories like tripods.

  • It’s recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • For an enhanced experience, kindly remember to bring your earphones along with you to the venue. This will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the rich history of Hagia Sophia using the provided audio guide.

  • These tickets are valid for 2 days from the date of experience.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting Point`

  • Meet your guide at Dsign Cafe.

  • Address: Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd No:10, 34093 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye.

  • Landmark: Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Hippodrome.

  • Your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point with Headout or Istanbul Welcome Card Flags.

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