Guided tour

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 24.73 per person

Discover the Basilica Cistern beneath the streets of Istanbul with a guided tour. Skip the long queues and wonder at the ancient site as you admire the architecture and Medusa heads.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Skip the line through express security check
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  • Treat your eyes to the beauty of Basilica Cistern of Istanbul on a guided tour
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets with a guide and avoid the long queue
  • Listen to informative commentary and learn about the history of the cistern
  • Learn about the engineering and other facts of the building during the tour
  • Explore all the corners of the cistern at your own pace after your guided tour
Full description

Discover the Basilica Cistern under the streets of Istanbul on a guided tour. You will be amazed by the stunning architecture of the cistern during the tour.

Meet your guide in front of the exit gate of the Basilica Cistern and enter together. Skip the long lines and enjoy a highlights tour and learn interesting facts about the water cistern with an audio guide.

Marvel at the engineering of the cistern while hearing the history with a downloadable audio guide. After your guided tour, stay and explore the building at your own pace. 

  • Tour guide
  • Skip the line entry
  • Entrance fee

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at the exit gate of Basilica Cistern. Look for the Istanbul Welcome Card flag. Entry is not possible without a guide.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • You will skip the ticket lines, but you can not skip the security line
    • During high season the security check can take up to 30 minutes
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 245 reviews

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    We got very bored with the man chatting, he found it hard to find his words and my teenager lost the will to leave. So we did the walk about on our own. Shame , as the history would of been great to listen to if he did not loss so much of his words.

    October 26, 2022

    A site not to miss. With introduction of modern art pieces into the Basilca Cistern’s interior it acquired a new breath, bridging the 6 and 21 AD. It seemed that collecting large groups isn’t plausible as there is one guide and what he was saying was not audible as the place is somewhat noisy with many visitors. Maybe guides should tell the story of BAsilica Cisterns outside of it, before taking people into the BC. The guide, Hussein, was wonderful and answered all questions to best of his knowledge. Thanks!

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    October 9, 2022

    Although quick admission was planned, many groups wanted to use this service and things got backed up for a short time. Still, it was worth it. Class attraction and a must see in Istanbul. The figures and the light settings alone are just great. Great event and always a pleasure.

    October 7, 2022

    Product ID: 427059