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Hagia Irene: Our most recommended tours and activities

İstanbul Welcome Card

1. İstanbul Welcome Card

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at Istanbul Airport. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. Have fun on a cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

2. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Skip the line and visit the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Discover how the Topkapi Palace was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400 years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans. The guide will explain to you the entire story of the Palace during a one hour tour. Marvel at the great architectural beauty of this important monument of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 85 Attractions & Services

3. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 85 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to: • Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Grand Bazar Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Hagia Irene Museum in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Tiled Pavilion Museum (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Museum of the Ancient Orient (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per/pass, not per/person) • Şerefiye Cistern Guided Tour • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum • SEA Life Aquarium • Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation • Museum of Illusions • Hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat cruise (1-ring or 1-day, Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn) • Bosphorus boat tour • Princes’ Islands boat trip • LEGOLand (adults cannot enter without a child) • Xtrem Aventures • Pera Museum • Dialogue in the Silence • Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One way) • Jungle & Dungeon & Safari • Sakıp Sabancı Museum • Upside Down House Photo Experience • Jungle & Dungeon & Safari (cannot be visited without children) • The Museum of Selfies • Dialogue in the Silence • Bursa Day trip • Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour • Istanbul Segway Tour • Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo • Istanbul Toy Museum By making reservations in advance and presenting your GetYourGuide voucher, get access to the following:• Discounted 1-way airport transfer. You are allowed to choose the direction • Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation in advance) • Bosphorus dinner cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation in advance) • Dialogue in the Dark • Combined Miniaturk Park Istanbul and Eyup Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Tour • Discounted COVID PCR Test • Discounted unlimited Wi-Fi device

Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

4. Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

Discover the best of what Istanbul has to offer with your e-pass, offering you convenience and comfort. This digital pass is accepted for more than 55 plans and attractions throughout the City of the Seven Hills without the need of standing in line, along with other benefits. Visit the most popular destinations with the different options this e-pass has to offer, adjusting to the length of your stay with passes for 2, 3, 5 and up to 7 days. The impressive amount of landmarks can be accessed using only one pass. Misplacing or carrying several vouchers is a thing of the past. Explore the ample offer of options in Istanbul with included benefits. Tours of the Hagia Sofia, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar and several other locations have their own tour guides. Receive special perks for different attractions within the city and nearby, such as a pick up and drop off or discounts for a Gallipoli day tour, a cruise on the Bosphorus, among several other plans for you to choose from.

Istanbul: Private Walking Tour

5. Istanbul: Private Walking Tour

Enjoy personalized attention while visiting Istanbul's must-see attractions. Explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and its ancient monuments brought to the empire from various places including the Obelisk of Thutmosis III from Egypt and the Serpent Column from Delphi. Move on to the Sultanahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque due to its striking blue tiles. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, a center of worship for the Christian and Muslim world for many centuries.  After visiting Hagia Irene and seeing the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III, immerse yourself into the rich history of the Ottoman Empire at Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for over 600 years. Here, you will get the opportunity to visit all rooms, galleries, and courtyards including the Harem.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Harem, and Hagia Irene Museum Tour

6. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Harem, and Hagia Irene Museum Tour

Tour Topkapi Palace, the Harem, and Hagia Irene Museum alongside a local and licensed history-buff guide. Step into the palace that hosted the Ottoman Empire for 400 years and see where Sultans and concubines lived. As an added bonus, skip-theentry tickets to all three locations are included with your trip. After meeting your guide, take a short walk to the 15-century palace featuring four connected courtyards. Your guide will have tickets for the palace and Harem section for you to skip the tourist lines. Starting with the first courtyard where the bakery, hospital, and executioner’s fountain are located, your guide will tell you the history of each place as you explore on foot. In the second courtyard, find the empire council, kitchen, and harem (female section of the palace). Harem was the place where hundreds of concubines were brought from different counties. Hear stories about these concubines who lived here from your guide. Afterward, pass to the third courtyard, the education space where selected students were taught to become the head of the empire. Visit the ottoman treasury with one of the biggest diamonds in the world (86 carats) and the dagger made of gold and emeralds for the Iranian Shah. There are rich holly relics here, including Moses’ staff, David’s sword, Abraham’s cooking pan, and many more. Reaching the last courtyard, admire the many pavilions built for the sultans as awards for victories. Discover one of the best views of Istanbul over the Bosporus and Golden Holden standing from the edge of the European continent. On the way out, visit the kitchen of the palace and ceramics from different parts of the world. Finish the tour with the Aya Irine Church Museum (Hagia Irene), built in the 4th century A.D as one of the oldest churches in the world, used as the arsenal of the palace for centuries.

Istanbul: Half or Full-Day Dolmabahçe Tour with Tickets

7. Istanbul: Half or Full-Day Dolmabahçe Tour with Tickets

Discover some of the top sights in Istanbul on this airconditioned bus tour. Explore sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Topkapı Palace, the Hagia Irene Church, and the Hagia Sofia with a local guide. Savor local flavors with a visit to the Spice Bazar and mouth-watering Turkish lunch.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in select areas of Istanbul and sit back and relax on the drive in a spacious bus. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace to see how Turkey westernized during the 19th century. Admire the space used by Sultan Abdulmecid as the headquarters of Ottoman Empire. Take in views of the Bosphorus at the Dolmabahçe Palace before getting back on the bus and making your way to the Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque. Take in the classy blend of Baroque and Empire architectural styles inside this unique mosque that was commissioned by an Ottoman sultan. Breathe in the scents and feast your eyes on the colors of the Spice Bazaar. Sit down to a flavorful lunch of authentic Turkish food. Head to the Topkapı Palace, which was once the private residence of Ottoman Sultans. View exhibits of sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, imperial treasures, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and calligraphy works at the Topkapı Palace. Continue to the Byzantine-period Hagia Irene Church which was the first church completed in Constantinople. Finally, visit the 6th-century Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and learn about how this building has transitioned from a emperor Justinian's Greek Orthodox Church to a mosque, a museum, and back to a mosque.

Istanbul: Sultanahmet Highlights Walking Tour

8. Istanbul: Sultanahmet Highlights Walking Tour

Located in an ideal strategic position straddling the Bosporus strait, Istanbul is both the largest city in Turkey and its economic, cultural and historic centre. Uniquely situated in both Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s over 15 million residents have an array of world class historical and cultural sites at their disposal. With the help of our Istanbul guided city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic capital of Turkey. Istanbul is renowned for its fascinating mix of architectural styles. From the Roman and Byzantine eras the Basilica Cistern and Hippodrome are outstanding feats of engineering, and the monumental Hagia Sophia has stood the test of time, continuing to wow visitors to this day, while the Süleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are amongst the many architectural wonders of the Ottoman Empire. Renaissance Revival, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings seam harmlessly with the ancient and Ottoman styles, contributing to Istanbul’s unique atmosphere. The addition of modern institutions such as Istanbul Modern and the Pera Museum ensure the city continues to move forward while maintaining its world-class heritage. 'The Highlights of Sultanahmet' includes: Hagia Sophia The Blue Mosque Sultan Mehmed III Tomb Fountain of Ahmed III German Fountain Walled Obelisk Serpent Column Basilica Cistern Topkapi Palace Hagia Irene 'The Pearls of Suleymaniye' includes: Kirazli Mescit Cami Suleymaniye Mosque Spice bazaar Mausoleum of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent Hürrem Sultan Türbesi Suleymaniye Square Fountain Büyük Valide Han Giritli Mustafa Paşa Hanı Valide Han Iranlilar Mosque Tomb of Mehmet Zahid Kotku Cenderecizade Muhittin Celebi Turbesi Our 5 self guided route's main sights: Cicek Pasaji İstiklal Avenue Taksim Mosque Taksim Square Karaköy Pier Tophane Pavilion Remains of the church of Saint Polyeuctus Aqueduct of Valens Galata Tower St. Pierre Han Nuruosmaniye Mosque ...and many more!

Highlights of Istanbul Afternoon Tour with a Guide

9. Highlights of Istanbul Afternoon Tour with a Guide

Discover the wonderful history and fascinating culture of Istanbul with this afternoon tour. Explore iconic landmarks of the city like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church, Caferağa Medresseh. Take a stroll at Sogukcesme Street in the historic Sultanahmet neighborhood. The first stop will be the Topkapi Palace, also known as the Seraglio. Retrace the footsteps of Ottoman sultans, generals, and courtiers here. This museum, once the official residence of sultans, is filled with a jewel-filled imperial treasury. Next, continue to the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace. Admire the stunning architecture of the Hagia Irene Church, with a 35-meter-high dome and peaked roofs on all 4 corners. Later, explore the Caferağa Medresseh, an educational institution built in 1559. Conclude the tour at Sogukcesme Street, a small street in Istanbul's Sultanahmet neighborhood filled with beautiful historic houses.

Istanbul Classics and Highlights: Full Day with Lunch

10. Istanbul Classics and Highlights: Full Day with Lunch

Istanbul is a city filled with exotic sights and sounds, and there is no better way to explore its mystery and intrigue than with a local guide. Visit the best of Istanbul and explore the stories and history that makes this Turkish city so fascinating. Start at the iconic Hagia Sophia museum to see its magnificent minarets and mosaics. Your guide will point out the most fascinating parts of this building before taking you to see the German Fountain; a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II. Here your guide will explain the historical context of Istanbul, from Ancient Roman times to today's metamorphosis into a bustling metropolis. Next, stop at the Topkapi Musuem to see Ottoman relics and prized Muslim garments. Stroll around the Topkapi Museum's graceful courtyards, then head to Hagia Irene Church to see its stunning architecture from the outside. End your day with a lively visit to the Grand Bazaar for your fill of shopping and people watching. The final places of interest are Caferaga Medrese and Sogukcesme Street.

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What people are saying about Hagia Irene

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4.3 / 5

based on 870 reviews

Very good experience with our Turkish guide Erhan Tevfik who speaks good Spanish. He has very good knowledge of the history, art and culture of the city of Istanbul. He has also recommended us good places to eat and dine and tips for getting around Istanbul

Excellent for visiting multiple museums, for discounts and for guided tours. Excellent possibility to have it delivered directly to the hotel on the day of arrival Fair prices Super recommended if you want to visit many attractions in Istanbul

Our guide Ilkhe Only what suberp. She was knowledgeable and was a master of storytelling. She explained everything in great details and answered all of our questions. I was soooo surprised by the history of this place, its an absolute must.

excellent experience, our guide was very knowledgeable and you get bits of historical information that you would not get if you do it on your own, highly recommend it!

Glad I just bought this. We have done quite a few activities and therefore saved money by buying the card