Imperial Istanbul Half-day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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Imperial Istanbul Half-day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar information and booking

from
$42
Duration
4 hours
Departs from
Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul (European only)
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
Time of departure
1pm
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Tour description provided by Viator

Discover Imperial Istanbul on this half-day sightseeing tour. Visit Hagia Sophia, which is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Explore theBasillica Cistern, 500 feet underground this ancient cistern not only has historical importance to Istanbul but has also been featured in James Bond. Last but not least, experience the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia:
Now a museum, the Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Roman Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque, and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here, admiring the fine Byzantine mosaics. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays; should you travel on this day, your visit will be replaced with Chora Museum).

Underground Cistern:
Continue to the Underground Cistern (also known as the Basilica Cisternor Yerebatan Sarayı), to see the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern, located 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Grand Bazaar:
Do some haggling at the Grand Bazaar! In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. The market is closed on Sunday, so should you travel on this day, additional time will be spent at the Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified