The tour usually begins with a visit to Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Istanbul's most iconic landmarks. Visitors can explore the grandeur of this ancient structure, including its awe-inspiring dome, stunning mosaics, and unique architecture.
Next, the tour moves on to the Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman sultans for over 400 years. Visitors can explore the palace's vast collection of historical artifacts, including precious jewels, imperial clothing, and religious relics. The palace's stunning architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens are also not to be missed.
Finally, the tour ends with a visit to the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground water storage system that dates back to the Byzantine Empire. Visitors can marvel at the incredible architecture of the cistern, including its impressive columns and Medusa heads.
Guided tours of these three iconic landmarks typically last around 5-6 hours, and visitors can choose between group or private tours. The guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the city's history and are happy to share interesting stories and facts about each location. A tour of these three attractions is a fantastic way to explore Istanbul's fascinating past and gain insight into its rich cultural heritage.
We offer knowledgeable and experienced tour guides who are passionate about Istanbul's history and culture. Our guides are fluent in multiple languages, ensuring visitors can fully understand and appreciate the historical significance of each location. And we offer the convenience of skip-the-line tickets to all three attractions, saving visitors time and hassle. This means visitors can avoid long queues and spend more time exploring the sites.
Thirdly, we offer flexible tour options, including both group and private tours, which can be tailored to suit individual preferences and schedules. This allows visitors to experience the tour in a way that best suits their needs. Finally, we provide a comfortable and safe tour experience, with air-conditioned transportation to and from each attraction, ensuring visitors can relax and enjoy the tour without any stress or discomfort.
Booking the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern tour with us ensures a hassle-free and unforgettable experience of Istanbul's cultural and historical heritage. Our aim is to provide visitors with a memorable and informative tour that leaves them with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this fascinating city.
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Meeting point - Meet your guide at ''Yeşil Ev'' (Green House), located on a side street in Sultanahmet Square close to Derviş Cafe between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The tour guides have flags and are easy to spot.
Best Time to Visit - The best time to visit the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern tour is during the spring and autumn shoulder seasons, from April to May and September to November. These months offer mild weather and smaller crowds compared to the peak summer months. Winter can be cold and wet, but also offers smaller crowds, while summer offers longer days and warm weather but larger crowds.
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The tour typically lasts around 6-8 hours, depending on the pace of the group and the amount of time spent at each landmark.
It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long queues and ensure availability, either online or through a tour operator.
Visitors should dress modestly, covering their shoulders and knees, when visiting religious sites such as the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Yes, photography is generally allowed inside the landmarks, but visitors should check with their guide or the staff for any specific restrictions.
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The landmarks have some wheelchair accessible areas, but visitors should check with their tour operator or the staff for specific details and assistance.
Food and drinks are not allowed inside the landmarks, but there are cafes and restaurants nearby where visitors can enjoy refreshments.
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Yes, the tour is typically available in multiple languages, but visitors should check with their tour operator for specific details.
Yes, the tour can be enjoyed by children, but parents should ensure their children are able to handle the amount of walking involved and are respectful of the landmarks.