Save time and money with this combo ticket! Enjoy hassle free entrance to 2 of Istanbul’s TOP Attractions: Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern! With this combo you skip the ticket lines (security lines can’t be skipped) for fast entrance, to make the most of your time. Get the most important information and tips from your English speaking tour guide. If English is not your best language, don’t worry! You also get an audio app in 7 different languages!
All trips to Istanbul should include a visit to Hagia Sophia the largest Christian church in the world for 1,000 years (and since 500 years a Mosque) and the 1,500-year-old Basilica underground water cistern, famous for its Medusa heads and many Hollywood Blockbusters. Both attractions are located right next to each other in the old town on Sultanahmet Square.
Meet your guide at the Sultanahmet Square (Yeşil Evi) and enter these attractions the fast way! Once inside, your licensed tour guide will give you highlights tour, then you are free to explore more at your own pace with your audio app. The audio guide includes exciting stories and more interesting information.
Begin your tour at either attraction. Your Istanbul Welcome Card local guide will help you get oriented and advise you of the best time to visit both attractions.
With this Combo there are 2 different options:
Option 1: You can do both tours in one day with the same tour guide in 3 hours.
Option 2: Or you can spread the tours across two days, giving you freedom to see things as and when you like. The tour guides are easy to spot at the attractions as they have a flag.
We wish you a wonderful and pleasent stay in Istanbul.
Skip the ticket lines✓ Benefit from fast track entry (except Hagia Sophia) ✓ Discover the legendary Hagia Sophia and mysterious Basilica with a local specialist ✓ Download the audio app on your smartphone and easily start exploring what you can expect from your sofa at home ✓
Skip the ticket lines (except Hagia Sophia) with an official tour guide
60 min Hagia Sophia Tour
20 min Basilica Cistern Tour
All entrance fees and an English speaking tour guide
English speaking tour guide
Audio app in English, German, French, Russian, Turkish, Italian, Spanish
Fast Track Entry to Hagia Sophia.
Your tour guide will entertain you during your waiting time.
Description of the Meeting Point:
The meeting point with your tour guide for Tour Option 1 and Tour Option 2 is at ''Yeşil Ev'' (Green House) located on a side street in Sultanahmet Square close to Derviş Cafe between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The meeting point is open between 9:30am until 5:30pm.
Option 1 (Recommended)
Meet your tour guide at the ''Yeşil Ev'' meeting point (directions above ↑ ). The meeting point is open between 9:30am until 3:30pm.
If you come to the meeting at 10:00 am (except Tuesdays) you can visit both attractions in one day with the same tour guide.
Option 2 Meet your tour guide at the ''Yeşil Ev'' meeting point (directions above ↑ ). The meeting point is open between 9:30am until 3:30pm.
Visit both attractions with your tour guide whenever you want at following tour times.
60 min Hagia Sophia tour daily at: 10 am and 2 pm. Fridays only at 2 pm
We skip the ticket lines but can not skip the security line. Security line waiting times: Basilica Cistern up to 10 minutes Hagia Sophia up to 60 minutes
At Hagia Sophia please expect a security waiting time of up to 1 hour during the high season. During the waiting times, don’t worry! Your guide will entertain you with interesting stories and facts about the sights and Istanbul, and you can also ask questions.
At the Basilica Cistern we skip the ticket lines but can not skip the security line. The security check can take up to 10 minutes.
Hagia Sophia Dress Code Remember to wear modest clothing (arms and legs covered). Women must cover their hair with a scarf. If you forget to bring your own scarf, you can buy one at the entrance for 2 Euro.
Please Remember: • No entry to the attractions without your tour guide. • Hagia Sophia security check can take up to 1 hour. • The Tour Guide Speaks English. • Please download the audio app before your tour. • Be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour starts.