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Combo (Save 5%): Basilica Cistern + Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Explore Istanbul's iconic landmarks with a budget-friendly combo: skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Dive into history and save!

Highlights

  • Experience the magic of the Basilica Cistern as you skip the queue and explore the ancient water storage, marveling at the 336 massive columns.

  • Immerse yourself in the mystery of the sideways Medusa head columns in the Basilica Cistern and listen to the intriguing theories from your multilingual audio guide.

  • Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the world-renowned Hagia Sophia, a monument that has served as a church, a mosque, and now a museum.

  • Admire the intricate mosaics and the imperial dome of Hagia Sophia at your own pace, equipped with an informative audio guide available in 23 languages.

  • Fun fact: The Basilica Cistern, known as the 'Sunken Palace', is capable of holding 80,000 cubic meters of water, enough to fill around 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

Inclusions

Basilica Cistern

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica Cistern

  • Multilingual audio guide

Hagia Sophia

  • Skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia

  • Entry to Hagia Sophia visiting area

  • Audio guide in 23 languages

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Reviews

4.4
893 reviews
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ZASIADCZYK VINCENT

Zasiadczyk

4/5

Jul, 2024

Easy to collect tickets. No queuing at all. Of course, the visit was superb, thanks to a mythical monument.
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Kit Soon Chang

Kit

5/5

Jul, 2024

Quick and simple selection of attraction we would like to visit, other than Headout allow you to select each attraction, it also enable you to choose how many attraction per day to visit. We only select 1 attraction a day. This allow us to go in the morning and finish just before noon which is pretty hot in July. We head back to hotel to shower and take a nap 😴. Then head back out after 6pm for dinner and visit attraction to take pictures only from the outside. Sunset and night scene looks very different comparing it to day scene especially at Blue Mosque.
Thomas Hintz

Thomas

5/5

Jul, 2024

The entrance without waiting time was excellent!!!.... but the audioguide could not be downloaded, which was a pity...so of course we had no information at all !!!
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Rosalie Hart

Rosalie

5/5

Jul, 2024

This is a not-to-miss attraction in Istanbul. It has been beautifully restored and is a sight to behold. In fact it was at the top of my list of sites to see. The history was really interesting and the place is awe inspiring. Skipping the line was a bonus. It was a little chaotic getting in and making sure the app worked - note that there's no to little mobile coverage, so have your app sorted before heading down. Once down in the cistern, you could take your time and enjoy at your leisure.
MARIA CARMEN VADILLO MONTORO

Maria

4/5

Jul, 2024

We started queuing, about 10 minutes to get in, in the sun... When you enter you forget what you have waited for. It is beautiful.
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Save time and money with this combo ticket that gives you access to the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia.

Basilica Cistern

Dive into the mysterious world of the Basilica Cistern, a remarkable feat of Byzantine architecture. With your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the queues and step into this ancient subterranean wonder. Walk on the raised wooden platforms and marvel at the 336 massive columns. The ethereal atmosphere heightened by the gentle pitter-patter of water dripping from the ceiling will leave you enchanted. Don't miss the intriguing Medusa column bases, set sideways for mysterious reasons. Enhance your experience with the included multilingual audio guide that provides fascinating insights into the cistern’s history and the engineering prowess of the Byzantines.

Hagia Sophia

Use your skip-the-line ticket to explore the spectacular Hagia Sophia, a gem of Istanbul that has served as a church, a mosque, and now a museum. With this ticket, you can beat the long lines and head straight to discover the magnificent art and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The audio guide, available in 23 languages, enriches your visit. Be sure to explore the 2nd-floor Visitors' Center, home to mesmerizing mosaics and the imperial dome.

Basilica Cistern

Monday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Tuesday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Wednesday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Thursday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Friday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM
Sunday09:00 AM - 10:00 PMlast entry 06:30 PM

Hagia Sophia

Monday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Thursday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Friday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Sunday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM

What's not allowed

Hagia Sophia

  • The prayer area on the first floor can only be entered by Turkish citizens.

  • Women should not wear knee-length shorts, skirts, or clothing with exposed shoulders or chests. Hair should be partially covered with a scarf.

  • Men should not wear knee-length shorts or clothing with exposed shoulders.

What to bring

Hagia Sophia

  • Don’t forget your trusty earphones for an immersive audio guide experience.

Accessibility

Basilica Cistern

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

Hagia Sophia

  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Additional information

Basilica Cistern

  • It’s recommended to wear comfortable shoes.

Hagia Sophia

  • You skip the ticket lines but you cannot skip the security check.

  • The security check can take up to 60 minutes during peak seasons.

  • Appropriate and respectful clothing is mandatory while visiting the Hagia Sophia.

  • Hagia Sophia is under renovation, therefore, not all parts of the building are open to the public.

  • Due to the Friday prayer, the Mosque will be closed to tourists from 12pm to 2pm. For a smoother experience, it's recommend visiting after 4pm to avoid the lengthy security line anticipated between 2pm and 4pm.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the same at each ticket redemption point along with a valid photo ID.

Ticket redemption points

Skip-the-Line Tickets to Basilica Cistern

  • Show your ticket at Basilica Cistern.

  • Address: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye.

  • Landmark: In front of the Exit Gate of the Basilica.

Get directions to the redemption point

Hagia Sophia Admission Tickets

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