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Best Of Istanbul: Skip The Line Hagia Sophia

From US$ 57 per person
Based on 3 Reviews
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Skip the line at Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • Small groups of only 15 people or fewer for a more intimate experience
  • Led by fully-qualified, expert local tour guides hand-chosen
Your tour starts at the Blue Mosque where we meet early to avoid the rush of the day. As you wait for the doors to open your guide will teach you about the history and architecture of this incredible temple, and about the nuances and cultural effects of Islam in Istanbul. Once the doors open, slip off your shoes and (ladies) don your headscarf to explore the beautiful tiled and carpeted interior of Istanbul’s foremost religious building.

Across the ancient Hippodrome next to Hagia Sophia. Once a church, then a mosque and now a museum, Hagia Sophia (also know as Ayasofya) has many tales to tell. As one of the most-visited sites in Istanbul it also usually has a queue stretching up to several hours in the heat of high season. Never mind; traveling with our fully-licensed local tour guides you’ll skip those long lines to gain express entrance. Once inside you’ll receive a guided tour of the incredible mosaics, learning how easily Christian icons became Islamic. At this site in particular you’ll gain a deeper understanding of not just Turkish history and culture, but of the startling similarities between all major world religions. Few monuments protest this so loudly as the beautiful Hagia Sophia.

The last stop of the morning is pretty cool (in more ways than one). Once again availing of your guide’s skip the line access, you’ll descend a level beneath the streets of Istanbul to the Basilica Cistern. Once a cistern which provided water to the city, it’s now a beautifully preserved space full of medusa-head columns and eerie lighting.

Traveling in small groups of 15 people or fewer with headsets for every guest, your tour will be more friendly and comfortable. A good thing too since these guides are some of the best in Istanbul, hand-chosen by the Walks of Turkey team for their excellent English language skills, passion and fantastic inter-personal skills. With all-inclusive pricing and a No Surprise Guarantee you can leave your wallet at home too. Guides have no external affiliations, guaranteeing that you’ll never have to visit a carpet shop or feel pressure at any point in your tour: So you can relax and enjoy the very best of Istanbul without waiting in line!
what’s included
  • Express entrance tickets for Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern
  • Expert Istanbul tour guide
  • Headsets on groups larger than 6
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Every Tue, Thu & Sat
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3.5 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Istanbul, Turkey
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 3 reviews
So much exciting information
Charles Taylor From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Duygu gave us a great tour of these sites and gave a very entertaining insight into the history and main characters.”
I loved this tour, and our great was really good
Thomas Cuthel From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“I had the same tour guide for all 3 tours. He was excellent guide in all of them. I had a great time for all the tours.”
Very Interesting!
Abdul Latif From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“It was very interesting to learn so much history about Ottoman Empire, and our tour guide Kerem was really good he done very well guiding us through everything, I would rate him high because he was so good and friendly and good command of English . and he was knowledgeable. thank you for the service I would recommend your company to others.”
Good to know Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

Please remember that the Blue Mosque is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to take off their shoes when entering (you will put them in a plastic bag, provided by the Mosque, and bring them with you). Both are also asked to have their knees and shoulders covered. Women are asked to wear a head covering when entering. Please bring a scarf with you. Walks of Turkey cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.

Note: We advise our clients that the Blue Mosque may be closed during special celebrations/festivities. These closures are generally only announced a few days prior. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time at other sites. Your guide will still give you full information on the Mosque should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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Walks of Turkey / Product Category: Walking Tours
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