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Istanbul Super Combo: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern Entry Tickets with Audio Guide

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Explore Istanbul's top spots for less with this combo ticket, featuring skip-the-line access to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern.

Highlights

  • Explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, including the Harem, and marvel at holy relics like the Prophet Muhammad's mantle.

  • The Hagia Sophia's dome reveals its storied history with its mosaics of Christian Seraphims and inscriptions of Quranic verses.

  • Descend into the mysterious Basilica Cistern, an ancient water reservoir, and spot the upside-down Medusa head carvings.

  • Learn how the Byzantine-built Basilica and Hagia Sophia were repurposed and preserved by the Ottomans with audio guides for all three sites.

  • Did you know? The upside-down Medusa head in the Basilica Cistern wasn't a mistake. Some believe it was placed that way to ward off evil spirits.

Inclusions

Topkapi Palace

  • Skip-the-line entry to Topkapi Palace

  • Access to Harem Museum and Hagia Irene Museum

  • Audio guide in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish

Hagia Sophia

  • Skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia

  • Audio guide in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish

Basilica Cistern

  • Skip-the-line entry to Basilica Cistern

  • Audio guide in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Reviews

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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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Ihab S Caraguli

Ihab

3/5

Jul, 2024

It was good to skip the line and enter but we didn't receive our audio guide and the tour guide didn't give enough or clear information about where and when to go to the different courtyards or whether he would be there to assist.
William clabby

William

5/5

Jul, 2024

The AyaSofia and the Basilica cistern were spectacular places. The Aya Sofia is a magnificent Church, now changed to be a mosque, but with amazing art, architecture and vast space. The basilica cistern is truly unique, and the lights add to the mystique of this special place. I highly recommend both!

Bypass the queues and embark on a historical adventure through Istanbul's most captivating landmarks with this combo experience.

Dive into Ottoman grandeur at Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace was once the heart of the Ottoman Empire, the last palace to have housed the rulers before its collapse. With skip-the-line access, explore it at your own pace with an audio guide. Wander through courtyards, marveling at the exquisite Iznik tiles and grand architecture. Peek into the Harem, a labyrinthine world where Sultans' wives and concubines resided.

A mosque, a church, and more!

The Hagia Sophia is an engineering marvel, having survived millennia from one empire to another. Stand beneath the towering dome, marveling at the sunlight filtering through its eight enormous windows. Your audio guide will point out the mosaics depicting scenes from Christianity, whispering tales of the Hagia Sophia's fascinating past as a church, mosque, and museum. Explore the expansive main hall, marveling at the intricate details of the mihrab (prayer niche) and the minbar (pulpit).

Istanbul’s hidden underground world

Descent into the cool, echoing depths of the Basilica Cistern, an ancient marvel built by the Byzantine Empire. Imagine the ingenuity of its creators as you walk amidst rows of 336 towering marble columns, their reflections shimmering in the water below. These columns, some with intricate carvings, were reportedly salvaged from ancient temples, hinting at the rich history beneath your feet. The audio guide will unveil the cistern's ingenious water filtration system and its role in sustaining the city for centuries.

Topkapi Palace

Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:00 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:00 PM
Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:00 PM
Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:00 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:00 PM
Sunday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:00 PM

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 to bring

Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern

  • Bring along your walking shoes for comfortable exploration.

  • Stay ahead of the game; download the audio app beforehand to dodge any network glitches at the location.

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

What's not allowed

Hagia Sophia

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

  • Strict dress code: 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.

Accessibility

Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern

  • This experience is wheelchair accessible.

Hagia Sophia

  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Additional information

Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern

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

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

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.

  • Clothes and scarves are available for purchase at the entrance of the attraction.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

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

Ticket redemption points

Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide

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

Hagia Sophia Admission Tickets + Audio Guide

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

Skip-the-Line Tickets to Basilica Cistern with Audio Guide

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