Discover Istanbul's Icons: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey Through Istanbul's Iconic Landmarks: Skip-the-Line Access to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern with Expert Guide Insights.

Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern Tour Itinerary

  • Meeting Point: Meet your guide in the heart of the Old City for a stress-free sightseeing experience on this tour of three of Istanbul's most emblematic landmarks.Your tour departs from in front of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts at Sultanahmet Hippodrome Square. Your guide will be waiting for you there.
  • Blue Mosque: Step inside the Blue Mosque to admire its stunning architecture and renowned blue Iznik tiles. Your guide will provide fascinating insights into Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, Islam, and Istanbul's rich history.
  • Basilica Cistern: Skip the ticket lines and uncover the subterranean marvels beneath Istanbul's streets at the Basilica Cistern. Wander through this ancient water cistern, marveling at its architecture and the intriguing Medusa heads from Greek mythology.
  • Istanbul's Old City: Explore the historic treasures of Istanbul's Old City. Visit the Million Stone, the starting point of all roads in the Byzantine Empire, and the Hippodrome, which once served as the social and sporting center of Constantinople.
  • Hagia Sophia: Admire the exterior of the Hagia Sophia and gain fascinating insights into this 2,000-year-old landmark. Before concluding the tour, your guide will provide you with skip-the-line tickets and an audio guide for Hagia Sophia, allowing you to explore the interior of this world-famous structure at your own pace.

End your tour with the freedom to explore Hagia Sophia at your leisure, using the provided audio guide to delve deeper into the history and significance of this iconic site.

Tour Days and Times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM
  • Friday: 1:00 PM


  • Guides are currently not allowed inside the Hagia Sophia, you will learn the history from your guide from outside. Afterward, you can head inside with the ticket and included audio guide app
  • The included tickets allow you to skip the ticket line of both Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, but it is not possible to skip the security line. The security line at Hagia Sophia can take up to 60 minutes in high season. The security check at Basilica Cistern can take up to 30 minutes
  • This Hagia Sophia ticket gives you access to the Visiting Area and Upper Gallery, not the prayer area
  • Men and women must cover their knees. If you wear shorts, you can buy a body cover for 100 TRY

Includes of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern Tour

  • English-speaking guide
  • Blue Mosque tour
  • Basilica Cistern skip-the-line entry ticket
  • Basilica Cistern tour
  • Old City highlights tour
  • Hagia Sophia skip-the-line ticket
  • Hagia Sophia audio guide

Excludies of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern Tour

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Blue Mosque
  • Scarf and body cover at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern Tour Highlights

  • Travel through time as you uncover the secrets of Istanbul's great landmarks
  • Delve into the history of the city's heritage and Islam at the Blue Mosque
  • Enjoy fast-track entry into the Basilica Cistern and face the Medusa heads
  • Explore the Hagia Sophia at your own pace with an informative audio guide
  • Be in awe of architectural feats that reflect the ever changing pace of Istanbul