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Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) Tours and Tickets

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Beautiful yet eerie, Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) isn’t your average underground well. Dating back to the Byzantine era, the huge cistern was built in the mid-500s on the former site of a basilica. More than 300 marble columns provide a grand, serene atmosphere to what was essentially subterranean water storage.

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Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, Fatih, Istanbul, 34110
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Istanbul: Basilica Cistern VIP Tickets

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern VIP Tickets

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Skip the lines at the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul with a tour that includes your ticket to this popular attraction. Your guide shares commentary about the cistern, which is the largest water cistern built in ancient times. Once your guide has lead you into the cistern and provided commentary, feel free to further explore the landmark at your own pace.
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  • 20 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.77
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$21.77

VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

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Experience Istanbul like a pro, when you buy a skip-the-line combination ticket for the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern. Upon arrival at each location, your guide escorts you past the long queue for fast entrance. After a brief overview, you’re ready to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to see the three world-famous attractions in any order that works for you. (Note: Cistern admission at 11am only.)
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.97
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$55.97

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia
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Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar

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Visit the historic ‘old town’ of bustling Istanbul on this tour. Photo opportunities await at Sultanahmet’s notable religious sites including the Hagia Sophia and Seleymaniye Mosque. Wander through aromatic spice markets before exploring the Byzantine heritage of the Basilica Cistern. Witness the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influences in this part of Turkey's great metropolis.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.91
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$25.91
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Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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See Istanbul’s most notable landmarks and secret backstreets on this small-group walking tour. Learn about the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman history from an English-speaking guide. Pass by Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Bazaar. On this tour, learn about the attractions, but not venture inside. Discover where locals eat and drink.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.73
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$20.73
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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day or Full Day Private Walking Tour

Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day or Full Day Private Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth exploration of Istanbul on this full-day or half-day private tour. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide and stroll through the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Visit the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Choose to add Topkapi Palace to a full-day itinerary.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.65
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$103.65
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Highlights of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar

Highlights of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar

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First-time travelers can discover the best of Istanbul with this small-group highlights tour, perfect for getting your bearings in this picturesque city. Explore the city's top landmarks with your guide, find a few hidden gems, and learn about the city's diverse cultural and architectural achievements. Along the way, you can spot the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, and even stop at an Ottoman-era spice market to get a taste of the time-honored marketplace experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.73
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$20.73
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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

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Explore the fascinating history of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar during this half-day privately guided tour of imperial Istanbul. Discover the ancient church, former mosque and now internationally famous museum, the Hagia Sophia. This tour will wind you through the Grand Bazaar where you can haggle for Turkish treasures and then take you 500 feet below ground into the historic Basilica Cistern where a James Bond once thwarted evil plans.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

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Explore the highlights of Istanbul in a day with this small group tour. Delve right into the history and culture of the city with a guide. Start your tour with a visit to the old Hippodrome, then continue to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Museum and the Grand Bazaar amongst other places. Enjoy some delicious Turkish food during your included lunch.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
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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

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Venture to imperial monuments rich with history and discover the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar during this half-day guided tour in Istanbul. Gaze at the Hagia Sophia’s massive columns and dome during a visit to one of the world’s largest basilicas and most popular museums in Turkey. This tour will take you underground to Basilica Cistern which was once the backbone of the Great Palace of Constantinople. Enjoy a trip to the Grand Bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs and feel the pulse of one of the oldest and largest covered markets on the planet.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports & Hotels

Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports & Hotels

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Take advantage of extended layover time in Istanbul on a round-trip tour of city highlights from the airport, customized to suit your interests and schedule. Zip with ease between iconic sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, or Topkapı Palace, and benefit from historic and cultural insights provided by your professional guide.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

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Have your Istanbul Welcome Card ready when you arrive in your hotel! We deliver your pass for free before you arrival to your hotel so you can start exploring Istanbul straight away. Benefits of this Card:
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.70
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$76.70

Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

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We will be meeting with our guests at the gate of the Hagia Sophia and will start our walking tour with visiting Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Afterward, we will visit Blue Mosque, A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. Then we walk to the Hippodrome square and see the city walls and the Leather atelier workshop. You will be seeing each part of the production. After the lunch break, we will visit Topkapi Palace, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.06
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$30.06

Istanbul Private Guiding Service

Istanbul Private Guiding Service

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This fully customizable private guided tour of Istanbul ticks off the highlights with a bespoke itinerary, tailor-made just for you. Arrange to be picked up at your hotel or port, making this an ideal option for first-time travelers or cruise ship passengers. Get enriching background commentary on your choice of attractions, from ancient relics to Ottoman splendors, as you take in the history-packed city at your own pace.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

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Cover Istanbul’s top sights in just a few hours during this private, half-day guided tour, designed as a layover excursion for airline passengers. Enjoy hassle-free, front-door pickup from your airport terminal, and transfer comfortably from airport to the city in your own chauffeured, climate-controlled transportation. Highlights include stops at the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and whatever other destinations you select.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Lunch
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Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Lunch

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Take in two of Istanbul’s most iconic sights and two of its lesser-known gems on this unique full-day sightseeing tour, including hotel transfers and a delicious 3-course lunch. Marvel over the spectacular Süleymaniye Mosque, the biggest in the city, then venture underground to explore the eerily beautiful Basilica Cistern, which dates back to Roman times. Spend time browsing the myriad stalls of Istanbul’s legendary Grand Bazaar, then prepare to be dazzled as you tour Topkapi Palace, the lavish former residence of the Ottoman sultans.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00

Best Seller; Private Istanbul Shore Excursion

Best Seller; Private Istanbul Shore Excursion

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Sample Istanbul’s best bits and benefit from the undivided attention of your guide on this 4-hour private sightseeing tour – ideal for cruise visitors with just one day in port. Step off your ship and dive into the heart of historic Istanbul, as you tour the magnificent Blue Mosque, visit the UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia and walk around the grand Hippodrome. Finish with a visit to the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you can practice haggling over everything from carpets to Turkish delights.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00

Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour
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Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour

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Ideal for first time travelers who wish to familiarize with Istanbul, this 3-hour sightseeing walking tour allows you to discover landmarks and legends that have shaped the modern Istanbul. You’ll stroll through Sultanahmet Square and Ancient Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and amble past Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, hidden areas and bustling streets of Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Your guide will point out places to get the best local snacks and coffee, as well as show you the main points of interest along the way. Learn about art, food and architecture while discovering the city’s top rated sites from outside. Choose from morning or afternoon departure. • Spot Istanbul’s landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern • Learn about the city’s history from your guide • Wander the city’s secret backstreets • Stop by Grand Bazaar and Spice Market
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.91
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$25.91
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Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

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This is a private flexible tour and guests can customize the tour! The best tour which you can discover the famous monuments of Istanbul in one day.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.83
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$51.83

Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour

Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour

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Get the perfect introduction to Istanbul’s most iconic places during a half-day tour of the old city with an experienced guide. Step into the world of Ottoman sultans and Byzantine emperors as you make your way from the Hippodrome to the Blue Mosque and the underground Basilica Cistern. Explore the gleaming mosaics at Hagia Sophia, then immerse yourself in the bright colors, vivid scents and bustling aisles of the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy the personal experience of a small-group tour, with insider tips and advice from a local.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.56
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Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

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See the unforgettable landmarks of Istanbul’s old city on a full-day, small-group sightseeing tour with a professional art historian. Enjoy a comfortable seat on a luxury coach as you make your way to Hagia Sophia, descend into a stunning below-ground cistern system and explore a Roman-era hippodrome. Pause for a 3-course lunch before continuing to the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the bustling stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and get an insider’s perspective on the back stories and secrets of each place.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.62
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$102.62

Istanbul Super Saver: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Istanbul Super Saver: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

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Discover the enchanting city of Istanbul on this convenient two-in-one tour that saves you 10% off the normal price. By combining two of Istanbul’s best-selling tours, you’re guaranteed to see the best of this historic city in one convenient trip. Don’t miss sites like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Take advantage of some time on your own to explore, then savor a 4-course Turkish dinner and with belly dancing and live traditional Turkish folk music.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

1-2 days ️Divine Sanctuaries of Constantinople Private/Regular/Group Options

1-2 days ️Divine Sanctuaries of Constantinople Private/Regular/Group Options

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As we mentioned on tour title, our tour focus on unique, historical, divine and sacred places. In accordance with the content of our tour, our guides are experts in the history of religions, Ottoman and Byzantine history. Our main goal in this program; keep you alive and witness the history,to see the ruins of historical artifacts and to tell the mystical-mysterious stories that exist in history. It’s not a SHOPPING tour
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) costs USD 21.77. Guided Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) tours start around USD 21.77 per person.