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Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

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Fatih, Turkey
Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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.
  • A guided tour of the Hagia Sophia
  • Save your vacation hours for more sightseeing
  • Enrich your visit with a history-rich explanation on the background of the mixed faith monument
  • Learn about Istanbul’s past under Byzantine and Ottoman empires from your guide
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Professional guide
Lunch
Private transportation
BUSFORUS ISTANBUL (HOP ON HOP OFF TOURS) , Sultanahmet Meydanı, Binbirdirek, 34149 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

The BUSFORUS (Red double decker bus) stop is located 50 meters away in front of the Hagia Sophia. The guide will be holding a flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass.

Hagia Sophia , Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

The tour ends inside the Hagia Sophia museum. Guests are welcome to stay inside the place until it closes.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Tourist Pass®
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour.

Reviews

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star-3
Not skip the line, you do wait in line, but a decent guided tour
anton
, Aug 2022
YOU DO STILL STAND IN LINE, so this is not the skip the line option, this is a guided tour. The viator description is deceptive. Not skip the line, you do wait in line, but a decent guided tour
star-5
Great guided tour
mirbaqar
, Jul 2022
Well organized tour. Guide was very helpful to explain the unique characteristics and history of the place which was equally important as visiting the landmark.
star-3
Guide was knowledgeable...
Jonathan_T
, Jul 2022
Guide was knowledgeable and nice. Group was too big, and 'skip the line' didn't really seem to apply anywhere.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Jonathan, Thanks for your feedback. Since 2020, Hagia Sophia has no skip the ticket option and waiting in the security queue is mandatory for all the visitors.
star-5
A Real Immersive Learning Experience
Karishma_H
, Jun 2022
My tour guide was amazing, she did such a great job of engaging everyone with the story of he hagia sophia and took the time to answer questions. It was one of the best guided tours I’ve ever experienced and want to highly recommend this tour and acknowledge my tour guide!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Karishma, Thanks for taking time to share your feedback and experience. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and hope to serve you again in Istanbul.
star-5
Highly recommended
Widya_B
, Jun 2022
Ilke Nur was our guide and she was amazing. I would highly recommend her tours. She was very friendly and super knowledgeable about Istanbul and Hagia Sophia.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Widya, Thanks for sharing your experience and we are happy to hear that you liked the tour. Appreciate your time
star-5
Memorable Visit - Istanbul 2022
Feisal_A
, May 2022
History of Hagia Sofia, Structure of The Building and the surrounding area, Food and the place was full so of life
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Feisal, Appreciate your feedback and glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again in Istanbul!
star-5
Excellent tour to see this magnificent structure
KentVanEaton
, Oct 2021
Ilke Bicer was a wonderful guide. Excellent information provided. Clearly presented. Of course, Hagia Sophia is magnificent.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear guest, Thanks for your feedback and glad to hear that you liked our guided tour.
star-1
Please refund us
Alexander_c
, Sep 2021
The directions for where to meet the guide were incorrect. Specifically there was no guide within 20 m of the entrance to Hagia Sophia it was substantially farther than that. Because of that factThat we were early to the designated site per Viator we were six minutes late to the actual site and the tour had left prior to our arrival. Please refund us
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear guest, Thanks for your sharing your feedback and sorry to hear that you could not meet our guide. Can you please send your booking ID to contact@istanbultouristpass.com so that we can assist you?
star-5
Great guide
Noreen_S
, Aug 2021
The courtyards are beautiful. The guide was very informative and very helpful. Would definitely book with them again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Noreen, Thnks for your feedback and 5-star rating. Hope to serve you the next time you travel to Istanbul!
star-5
Excellent!
Henrique_P
, Jul 2019
The place is awesome! Fulled of history. Parts were in restoration. Our guide was great and the tour started right on time! Skip the line was good too.

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