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Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) Tours and Tickets

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Built in 532 as the world’s largest place of worship, the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) shifts its identity with the times but never loses its grandeur. Converted from a church to a mosque during the Ottoman era and becoming a museum in 1935, the pink-hued Old City building is one of Istanbul’s don’t-miss attractions.

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Aya Sofya Meydani, Istanbul, 34357
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Hagia Sophia Highlights Tour and Audio Guide App

Hagia Sophia Highlights Tour and Audio Guide App

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Arguably the most popular historical attraction in the city. Come to the museum at your chosen time and get essential information from a guide.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.56
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$16.56

Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Finish your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.00
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$91.00

Best of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern
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Best of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

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Experience Istanbul like a pro, when you buy a combination ticket for the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Upon arrival at each location, your guide escorts you past the long queue for fast entrance (except at the Hagia Sophia) After a brief overview, you’re ready to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to see the three world-famous attractions in any order that works for you. (Note: Cistern admission at 11am only.)
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.20
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$76.20

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia
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Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

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The Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s most popular attractions, with the lines to match. Shave off potentially hours of wait time on this guided tour to the 1500-year-old Orthodox church-turned-mosque—now a must-see museum.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.55
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

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See the sights of Istanbul on a half-day tour that takes in the city’s famous historical landmarks and cultural sites. See Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Entrance fees are included, as is hotel pickup and drop-off for your convenience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.50
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$71.50

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00

Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour

Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour

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Experience the main attractions of Istanbul, as well as the small but equally wonderful details of the city on this small-group tour.  Your guide takes you on an in-depth tour of both Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You'll hear interesting stories that other tours fail to mention. .
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.65
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$38.65
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Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour

Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour

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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace are two of the city’s unmissable cultural and historic sites. Focusing on these two places will allow you to concentrate on their beauty and unique histories at leisure, without rushing on to other sites. Save time by skipping the ticket line in Topkapı Palace with priority access, definitely a bonus whether it’s your first time in Istanbul or you’re a repeat visitor.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.71
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$28.71
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Hagia Sophia Tour

Hagia Sophia Tour

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Ideal for travelers short on time, this fast-track guided tour of the Hagia Sophia includes skip-the-line admission tickets. Breeze past the entrance queues, saving time for a longer visit. Listen to the iconic building’s centuries-old history from a private guide. Feel free to linger and explore on your own after the tour.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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$29.00

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - All inclusive

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - All inclusive

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Dinner with a night out can really get expensive in the city. This Bosphorus Strait All-Inclusive Dinner Cruise combines dinner, drinks, sightseeing, and entertainment for an affordable price. You'll pass by monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires as you eat, drink, and enjoy watching traditional Turkish folk dancing and belly dancing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Private Guided Istanbul Day Tour

Private Guided Istanbul Day Tour

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Take the time to explore Istanbul’s most magnificent sites at your own pace with a full-day, guided tour of the city's historic places and landmarks. Follow in the footsteps of charioteers and Roman soldiers at the Hippodrome, then see the arcing tiles of the Blue Mosque. Listen for the whispers of courtiers and sultans inside Topkapi Palace, then see Hagia Sophia’s stunning murals and minarets. Browse the vibrant displays at the iconic Grand Bazaar, with inside tips on the best places to find carpets, handicrafts and local souvenirs.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Süleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Süleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar

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Visit the historic ‘old town’ of bustling Istanbul on this tour. Photo opportunities await at Sultanahmet’s notable religious sites including the Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque. Wander through aromatic spice markets after exploring the Byzantine heritage of the Hagia Sophia. Witness the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influences in this part of Turkey's great metropolis.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$29.82
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$29.82
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight. Flexible daily itineraries: Day 1 - Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, German Fountain, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar. Day 2 - Bosphorus Cruise by Public Ferry, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower (from outside), Spice Market. Day 3 - Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), Pierre Lotti Panoramic Hill by Cable Car, Rahmi Koc Museum (or alternative sites).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul
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Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul

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Make the most of your time at the Port of Istanbul with a 4-hour, private shore excursion to the city’s most iconic sites. Visit Hippodrome Square, where charioteers and horsemen competed for thousands of cheering Byzantines, then explore the exquisite interior of the Blue Mosque. See the slender minarets and domes, gleaming mosaics and frescoes in Hagia Sophia, a stunning example of Byzantine art and architecture. Finish your tour at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, and get insider advice on finding carpets, handicrafts and souvenirs at thousands of stalls.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.00
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$78.00

Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome Guided Tours Everyday

Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome Guided Tours Everyday

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Discover the most important points of the historical heart of magnificent Istanbul, one of the most important cities in the world, the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire, together with a professional guide. You will learn the impressive story of the Serpent Column and Egyptian Obelisks on our tour, which will start from the Hippodrome area, which was built during the Ancient Roman period. After visiting the German Fountain, one of the most beautiful examples of the Neo Byzantine style, we will visit the Blue Mosque, one of the most magnificent structures built by the Ottomans. Our next stop will be Hagia Sophia with its charming atmosphere. After discovering all the details of Hagia Sophia, we will finish our tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.41
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Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

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Discover the mighty monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, as you journey through Istanbul’s vibrant past on this full-day small-group tour by luxury minivan. Explore the infamous harem and dazzling treasury of Topkapi Palace; stand in awe beneath the magnificent dome of Hagia Sophia; and learn how the Hippodrome was once used for chariot races. With numbers limited to 12, you’ll enjoy personalised attention from your guide, who can help you haggle for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar, or offer insight into religious traditions as you visit the Blue Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR FROM CRUISE SHIP/HOTEL

Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR FROM CRUISE SHIP/HOTEL

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Tick through Istanbul’s highlights without hassles or getting lost, and with a guide to reveal their history on this tour. Admire and hear tales of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome that you’d probably miss alone, and clearly hear the guide’s commentary.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
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$170.00
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Best of Istanbul in 1 Day
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Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

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Experience the historical center of Istanbul with ease on this full-day group tour. Skip the lines with all entry fees included and visit Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and more. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle and learn about the city from your guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Bus and Boat Combo Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and City Bus Tour with Tour Guide

Bus and Boat Combo Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and City Bus Tour with Tour Guide

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See Istanbul by boat, bus and cable car on a 6-hour tour of the city’s atmospheric neighborhoods, monuments and scenery. See the buildings and mosques along the Bosphorus Strait, with time to visit a 19th-century Ottoman palace. Follow streets lined with historic landmarks to the top Pierre Loti Hill, and enjoy free time to eat lunch, walk or simply enjoy the panoramic views of the city. Descend the hill by cable car, then ride alongside the high walls of the Old City and finish your tour at Sultanahmet Square.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.17
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$44.17

Must - See Istanbul Stops 1: Half Day Morning Tour

Must - See Istanbul Stops 1: Half Day Morning Tour

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Behold the magnificent Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque on this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour of Istanbul’s best monuments. You will delve into the complex culture of Istanbul as you discover its famous monuments intertwined history. Not only will you see the beauty of Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque, but explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the German Fountain. People are limited to 15 on this tour, so you can receive more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.94
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Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

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We will be meeting with our guests at the gate of the Hagia Sophia and will start our walking tour with visiting Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Afterward, we will visit Blue Mosque, A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. Then we walk to the Hippodrome square and see the city walls and the Leather atelier workshop. You will be seeing each part of the production. After the lunch break, we will visit Topkapi Palace, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.75
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Vip Ticket For Hagi̇a Sophi̇a

Vip Ticket For Hagi̇a Sophi̇a

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Discover one of Istanbul’s most renowned landmarks during this Hagia Sophia history tour. Explore the mosque with a professional guide to learn about its history and the significance it played in daily life as a gathering place for religion, politics, and art during the Byzantine era. You’ll also discover insights into the architecture of the building and its golden domes.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.04
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Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Tour

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Tour

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Experience the historical center of Istanbul with ease on this group tour. In the company of a guide, learn about the city and explore the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, and more, and skip the lines with included entry tickets.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) costs USD 7.73. Guided Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) tours start around USD 7.73 per person.