Explore the wonders of Istanbul with a combo ticket for Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Take advantage of guided tours, skip-the-ticket-line entry, and an in-app audio guide available in seven languages for a seamless and enriching experience.
Overview: Istanbul’s Top Attractions
Embark on a journey through Istanbul’s rich history with a combination ticket for Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, two of the city’s most iconic attractions. Located right next to each other in the Old Town on Sultanahmet Square, these monuments offer a glimpse into the fascinating past of the region. Benefit from guided tours in both locations, skip-the-ticket-line entry, and a comprehensive in-app audio guide available in seven languages.
Hagia Sophia: A Journey Through Time
Hagia Sophia, once the largest Christian church in the world for over 1,000 years, stands as a testament to the architectural prowess and religious significance of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The monument, which has served as a cathedral, mosque, and museum throughout its 1,500-year history, boasts an impressive dome and intricate mosaics that will leave you in awe.
- Marvel at the stunning Byzantine mosaics, including the famous Deesis Mosaic
- Admire the massive dome and its intricate design
- Learn about the rich history of Hagia Sophia from your expert guide
- Explore at your own pace with the in-app audio guide
Basilica Cistern: A Subterranean Marvel
Delve into the underground world of the Basilica Cistern, a 1,500-year-old subterranean reservoir known for its atmospheric setting, Medusa heads, and appearances in various Hollywood blockbusters. Walk along its dimly lit corridors and learn about the history and engineering behind this remarkable structure.
- Explore the atmospheric corridors lined with 336 marble columns
- Discover the fascinating Medusa head sculptures
- Learn about the engineering marvels and history of the cistern from your guide
- Immerse yourself in the ambiance with the in-app audio guide
Combo Ticket Options and Inclusions
With the combo ticket, choose between two flexible options to make the most of your time in Istanbul.
- Option 1: Book the 10 am timeslot and complete both tours in one day with the same tour guide in three hours.
- Option 2: Spread the tours across two days, giving you the freedom to explore each attraction at your leisure.
- 60-minute guided tour of Hagia Sophia
- 20-minute guided tour of Basilica Cistern
- Skip-the-ticket-line entry at Basilica Cistern
- In-app audio guide for Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern
- Fast-track entry to Hagia Sophia (waiting time may vary during high season)
- Dress modestly for entering Hagia Sophia (arms and legs covered). Women must cover their hair with a scarf. Scarves can be purchased at the entrance for 2 Euro if needed.
- Skip-the-line entry applies to Basilica Cistern ticket lines only. The security check line for Hagia Sophia is not included.
The Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern combo ticket offers an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the rich history and architectural splendor of Istanbul. With guided tours, skip-the-ticket-line entry, and a comprehensive in-app audio guide, you can experience these iconic attractions in a seamless and engaging manner. Don’t miss this chance to create lasting memories in the heart of Istanbul.