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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Discover Imperial Istanbul on this half-day sightseeing tour. Visit Hagia Sophia, which is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Explore the Basillica Cistern, 500 feet underground this ancient cistern not only has historical importance to Istanbul but has also been featured in James Bond. Last but not least, experience the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.

Highlights

  • Half-day sightseeing tour of imperial Istanbul
  • Visit Hagia Sophia
  • Shop in the Grand Bazaar
  • Visit the Underground Cistern
  • Entrance fees included

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What You Can Expect

Imperial Istanbul Half-day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

Turkis shoes at the Grand Bazaar, Turkey

Hagia Sophia:
Now a museum, the Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Roman Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque, and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here, admiring the fine Byzantine mosaics. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays; should you travel on this day, your visit will be replaced with Chora Museum).

Underground Cistern:
Continue to the Underground Cistern (also known as the Basilica Cistern or Yerebatan Sarayı), to see the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern, located 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Grand Bazaar:
Do some haggling at the Grand Bazaar! In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. The market is closed on Sunday, so should you travel on this day, additional time will be spent at the Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Once again, this tour was well organised, great, friendly and knowledgable guide Sevilay.We skipped all the long queues in the sun and were able to pack more into the day...thank you Viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We had a fantastic time on this tour! Tibet, our guide was brilliant and full of character one of the most funny, witty people I've met. She knew the history behind the amazing, gorgeous places we visited on this tour. The tour was executed pace fully and enough free time to relax and absorb the culture and atmosphere. Must see places in Istanbul! Thanks Tibet! Thanks Viator!!

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