Skip The Line: Hagia Sophia Plus Grand Bazaar In Istanbul

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Overview

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Hagia Sophia and visit the Grand Bazaar on this half-day Istanbul tour with an expert guide. Beat the entrance lines at the UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia and behold its dome and mosaics as you uncover its past as a Christian basilica and mosque. Then, explore another Istanbul heavyweight, the Grand Bazaar. Get your bearings and haggling tips from your guide, and shop around its 4,000 and more gold, rug, ceramics, antique and souvenir stalls. Receive personalized attention from a guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people maximum.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Meet your guide near the Hagia Sophia and walk to the main entrance. As you stroll, get the lowdown on Istanbul’s history, when as Constantinople, it served as a Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman imperial capital.

Pause to admire the Hagia’s exterior, and hear more about the building's illustrious past. Constructed in the 6th century by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, this UNESCO-listed edifice was the greatest church in Christendom until it was converted into a mosque in 1453 and then became a museum in 1935.

Bypass the main entrance lines and enjoy fast-track admission into the spectacular interior. Gaze dumbstruck at the main dome that soars over the vast nave and the gold Byzantine mosaics covering the walls. Then, tour the main treasures, including the 9th-century mosaic of the Virgin and Child, as your guide explains how the building is regarded by many art historians as the eighth wonder of the world.

Next, stroll through the city's bustling streets to the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s main souk and one of the world’s biggest covered markets, with more than 4,000 stalls. Listen to historical nuggets from your guide on route, including how the market has been an important trading center since the 15th century.

Be introduced to the maze-like lanes, bedestens (domed halls) and hans (courtyards) by your guide to help avoid getting lost, and soak up the color and seeming chaos as you pass stands selling gold, jewelry, antiques, rugs and more. Learn haggling tips and enjoy time to browse and buy, perhaps bagging bargains and souvenirs.

Your tour finishes at the bazaar, so you can continue shopping or return to your hotel under your own steam.

Please note: Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Underground Cistern), Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations).

Inclusions for Skip The Line: Hagia Sophia Plus Grand Bazaar In Istanbul

  • Local guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Hagia Sophia

Exclusions for Skip The Line: Hagia Sophia Plus Grand Bazaar In Istanbul

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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5 reviews by the users

  • The guide was very friendly but he didn and #39;t speack well English or Spanish and didn and #39;t give us as much information about the destination we visited . We felt sorry and didn and #39;t make a scene cause we were tired.

  • Maybe it is because we were only two in this tour but something was missing. And the guide was not speaking an excellent english. And the ''skip the line'' was a waste of money as there was not much line outside.

  • This was supposed to be a half day tour on a Sunday that essentially lasted an hour. We got a decent tour of Hagia Sophia. But the tour company and the guide forgot that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. So we got a pointless half-hour trip to a rug merchant and then the guide declared the tour over. He made no offer to substitute another place, such as the Blue Mosque, which I think he should have done.

  • Wonderful way to start our vacation in Istanbul. Really enjoyed the skip the line access rather than standing in a long line.

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