Guided tour

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia

4.2 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Neon Tours

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia

Activity provider: Neon Tours

From US$ 45 per person

Explore Istanbul's most wondrous monuments including Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern on this afternoon tour of the historic city. Stroll through the ancient streets of the Grand Bazaar and sift through tiny treasures created by local craftsmen.

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Duration 4 hours
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Pickup included
Your centrally-located hotel in Istanbul.


  • Explore some of Istanbul's most breathtaking sites
  • Stroll the streets of the Old Bazaar
  • Admire the architectural beauty of the Basilica Cistern
  • Sift through tiny treasures created by local craftsmen
  • See the amazing Hagia Sophia
Full description
Begin the tour of the Sultanahmet district in the heart of old Istanbul at Hagia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is a marvel of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famous for its mosaics including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Then discover the Basilica Cistern, s the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul; was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Explore the Grand Bazaar which was the commercial heart of the old city. Its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods.
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Pick-up and drop-off (from/to your hotel or the pier)
  • Customary tips
  • Personal expenses
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Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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4.2 /5

based on 19 reviews

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Breath-Taking acoustics in Cistern and colourful bazaar

Lovely places to visit - There is not much to do at the Baslica Cistern apart from take pictures at different angles to get some lovely effects. When music is playing it resonates throughout and is pleasing to the ears. Grand Bazaar is awesome and a wealth of things to see and do. Do not like the repetition of so much of the same thing. After a while it all merges into one!!!! Hagia Sophia is interesting to view and worth the visit and understanding some of its history.

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February 25, 2019

Excellent short tour and guide!

An excellent short tour to experience the main attractions of Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. The Basilica Cisterns too by the way. Very good guide (sadly forget the name!), he was very detailed and patiently explained everything the tour party posed. Fluent english. The pick-up and drop to the hotel too was efficient.

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November 19, 2016

Interesting at the start, to end up locked in with badges of rugs

Visits at no charge, to end up locked in a room with carpet merchants 2 hours then jewelers 1 hour to finish in a bag ditch. More interest by the commission of traders really BAD for a circuit that should be much more interesting

October 15, 2018

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