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1.5-Hour Walking Tour Basilica Cistern with Guide

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1 hr 30 mins
Guided tour

Embark on a skip-the-line tour of the Basilica Cistern, delving into its captivating history during a convenient 1.5-hour exploration.


  • Delve into the depths of history on an exclusive 1.5-hour skip-the-line tour of Istanbul's Basilica Cistern, where the grandeur of the largest underground cistern awaits.

  • Choose from flexible start times and save valuable time as you embark on an awe-inspiring journey through the subterranean marvel.

  • Experience the mesmerizing forest of 336 marble columns, each with its own captivating story, that dates back to the 6th century.

  • Be immersed in the rich historical tapestry of the Basilica Cistern as your guide unravels its enigmatic past, revealing remarkable engineering feats and intriguing legends.

  • Fun Fact: The Basilica Cistern was initially built to provide water for the Great Palace of Constantinople! It was an ingenious solution to ensure a reliable water supply for the imperial residence.


  • 1.5-hour Basilica Cistern skip-the-line walking tour

  • English-speaking tour guide


  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Drinking water

  • Meals

  • Personal expenses

cancellation policy

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

Awe-Inspiring Wonders

Embark on a captivating journey through time with this exclusive 1.5-hour skip-the-line walking tour of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey. As you step into this subterranean marvel, prepare to be awestruck by the sheer grandeur of the largest underground cistern in the city. Offering convenience and flexibility, choose from a variety of start times that seamlessly fit your schedule.

Unearthed from the depths of history, the Basilica Cistern stands as a testament to the ingenuity of ancient civilizations. Dating back to the 6th century, this subterranean water reservoir has witnessed centuries of Istanbul's captivating tales. Enveloped within its cavernous depths lie a mesmerizing forest of 336 meticulously crafted marble columns, each narrating its own story.

Skip the Line Guided Tour

No more wasting precious time in anticipation; you'll dive straight into the heart of this architectural marvel. Accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide, prepare to be enthralled by the cistern's rich historical tapestry. Immerse yourself in a captivating narrative as your expert guide unravels the enigmatic past of the Basilica Cistern. Discover the secrets held within its ancient walls and the significance it held in sustaining life in ancient Istanbul. From the remarkable engineering feats to the legends that shroud this subterranean sanctuary, every detail will come alive before your eyes.

Important Information

  • Bring along your camera, bug spray.

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

Operating Hours

  • Daily: 9am & 3:30pm.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

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

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your Guide at the entrance of Basilica Cistern.

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

  • Guide Identifier: Look for a guide wearing a TripGuru shirt or holding a TripGuru sign.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Sultanahmet Square. It is a quick 6-min walk to the meeting point.

  • Board bus #TB2 to get you there.

By Tram

  • The closest tram stop is Sultanahmet. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board tram #T1 to get you there.

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