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Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Visit, Highlights Tour & Audio Guide

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Visit, Highlights Tour & Audio Guide

From US$ 16.95 per person

Visit Hagia Sophia with your guide and continue exploring the site at your own pace with an audio guide. Expand your knowledge and listen to the informative commentary.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 30 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Experience legendary Hagia Sophia
  • Explore the iconic building at your own pace
  • Discover the Hagia Sophia with an audio guide app at your own pace
  • Enjoy a highlights tour together with a tour guide
Full description
Take the shortest way into the legendary Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. Choose the time that suits you best, meet your guide at the entrance of Hagia Sophia enter together. Enjoy a highlights tour and learn all the interesting facts about the building.  Expand your knowledge about how to get to the different parts of the building to see the various points of interest. Then, enjoy the building at your own pace, and stay as long as you want. Enjoy the building at your own pace with a downloadable audio guide on your smartphone, and stay as long as you want.  Be amazed by the size, volume, decoration, and impressive beauty of this iconic structure. Discover the traces of different civilizations, religions, sects, and cultures with a downloadable audio guide.
  • Highlight Tour by a certified guide
  • Short presentation in English
  • Audio guide app in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese
  • Headphones, please bring your own
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your Istanbul Welcome Card guide (dressed in red), at the Hürrem Sultan Hamam. It is located below the trees, next to the newspaper kiosk, and across from the Hagia Sophia.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Note that not all parts of the building are open due to renovation
  • The audio guide app is available in 10 different languages
  • Download the audio guide app on your smartphone before your visit. Download instructions are written in your confirmation.
  • Please note, there is no internet at Hagia Sophia, so you won't be able to download the guide inside
  • Once downloaded, you do not need an internet connection to use the app
  • Woman are kindly asked to wear knee-length shorts or skirt, shoulders or chest should not be exposed and the hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Men are kindly asked to wear knee-length shorts and their shoulders shold not be exposed. In case you forget the dresscode you can buy clothes and scarves at the entrance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 178 reviews

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Very enjoyable tour of Hagia Sophia , the guide (bearded one ) was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer questions. The guide provided us with a map Prior to tour we found an app from welcome to Istanbul which provides an audio guide - worth downloading to continue your tour after brief introduction

January 21, 2020

We went on tour at 31.12. At 9.00. Good sides of the tour are that we didn't need to wait in line and that guide told us about historical facts of Hagia Sophia, what was really interesting. Also, the guide was really funny and made our tour more interesting becouse of that. Also, meeting point was on the exit so we didn't have problem to find our guide

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January 7, 2020

Speedy access inside and very informative and entertaining guide

This is definitely worth it as we saved so much time than queuing to buy a ticket in the heat. Once past the security check, there were around 4-5 different areas we stopped while the guide explained. He (Eugel) was very informative and also entertaining and we learnt alot on the history of the Hagia Sophia. Once the tour finishes (around 4 minutes), you're free to wander on your own. I would recommend heading upstairs for the great view you get.

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August 17, 2019

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