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Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia plus Grand Bazaar in Istanbul provided by Plan Tours

Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia plus Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia plus Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
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Best tour to visit with using a social distance 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 10 people maximum.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Close by to Hagia Sophia’s entrance, meet your guide and kick off your small-group tour. Start with a leisurely walk around Hagia Sophia and admire this 6th-century architectural spectacle. Listen as your guide tells the storied history of Istanbul from its time within the Roman and Byzantine Empires as Constantinople and when it served as the Ottoman capital. After you maneuver past the line, enter Hagia Sophia and learn how it was originally built as the world’s greatest Christian Basilica by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. See the beautiful golden mosaics and glimpse up at the huge dome as you hear how the church was converted in 1453 to a mosque and in 1935 to a museum after the reign of the Ottomans.   Walk past stunning art highlights like the 9th-century mosaic of the Virgin and Child and learn why art historians believe this monument is the eighth wonder of the world. After capturing photos of this amazing building, leave and head to the Grand Bazaar. Arrive at one of the largest covered markets in the world and follow your guide into this lively myriad of corridors and alleys. Discover Istanbul’s main souk with over 4,000 shops and stalls and perk your ears up to the sounds of commerce which was established hear in the 15th century. Learn historical factoids as you make your way to the hans (courtyards) and bedestens (domed halls). Stay close to your guide as you embrace this colorful atmosphere and enjoy some helpful bartering tips too. Perhaps put your guide’s advice to work and haggle for gold, antiques, jewelry or even a beautiful rug at one of many stands. End your tour at the Grand Bazaar and either continue shopping for souvenirs or return to your hotel at your leisure. 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).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Close by to Hagia Sophia’s entrance, meet your guide and kick off your small-group tour. Start with a leisurely walk around Hagia Sophia and admire this 6th-century architectural spectacle. Listen as your guide tells the storied history of Istanbul from its time within the Roman and Byzantine Empires as Constantinople and when it served as the Ottoman capital. After you maneuver past the line, enter Hagia Sophia and learn how it was originally built as the world’s greatest Christian Basilica by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. See the beautiful golden mosaics and glimpse up at the huge dome as you hear how the church was converted in 1453 to a mosque and in 1935 to a museum after the reign of the Ottomans.   Walk past stunning art highlights like the 9th-century mosaic of the Virgin and Child and learn why art historians believe this monument is the eighth wonder of the world. After capturing photos of this amazing building, leave and head to the Grand Bazaar. Arrive at one of the largest covered markets in the world and follow your guide into this lively myriad of corridors and alleys. Discover Istanbul’s main souk with over 4,000 shops and stalls and perk your ears up to the sounds of commerce which was established hear in the 15th century. Learn historical factoids as you make your way to the hans (courtyards) and bedestens (domed halls). Stay close to your guide as you embrace this colorful atmosphere and enjoy some helpful bartering tips too. Perhaps put your guide’s advice to work and haggle for gold, antiques, jewelry or even a beautiful rug at one of many stands. End your tour at the Grand Bazaar and either continue shopping for souvenirs or return to your hotel at your leisure. 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).
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5828SOPHIABAZ
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Headphone
  • Masks
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Guests need to be in front of Hagia Sophia Museum at 09:15, Your guide will have a pageboard writen the guests names on it
  • Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Because of large sopping possibilities, tour terminate at Grand bazaar
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Headphone
  • Masks
Departure details
  • Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Guests need to be in front of Hagia Sophia Museum at 09:15, Your guide will have a pageboard writen the guests names on it
  • Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Because of large sopping possibilities, tour terminate at Grand bazaar
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Because of large sopping possibilities, tour terminate at Grand bazaar
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Hagia Sophia
    Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Guests need to be in front of Hagia Sophia Museum at 09:15, Your guide will have a pageboard writen the guests names on it
    See address & details
  • 1
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Grand Bazaar
    Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Because of large sopping possibilities, tour terminate at Grand bazaar
    See address & details
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By: Plan Tours
davebQ9538HK
davebQ9538HK
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Great experience overall would definitely do it all over again.
My family and I enjoyed every second of the tour. Murat was our tour guide and he was very patient and extremely kn
hosein a
hosein a
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it was good.
it was good for take picture. because the location is near the sea and . the architecture of the building was good
samia m
samia m
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AMAZING PALACE
A must visit in istanbul. the palace is beautiful. tour picked me up from hotel. after the palace we also went to
fibrahim8
fibrahim8
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Great tour , with a great tour guy ( Bulut)
The tour was really nice. We went to the blue mosque , ayasophia , topkapai , and grand bazar. Lunch was included
ammarhabahbeh
ammarhabahbeh
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The Tour guide was out of this word with his way of presenting the historical event in the whole tour
The Tour guide was out of this word with his way of presenting the historical event in the whole tour
mpegl5
mpegl5
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Pleasant afternoon
The bus picked me up from the hotel and I enjoyed a cup of sahlep while we waited for the rest of the group. The pa
imonierw
imonierw
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Great guide, bad office
As far as the guide Murat is concerned I have no problem. He was friendly and knowledgeable and his commentary/narr
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SharadT6
SharadT6
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Quite and calm
Fresh clean air, very silent, no vehicles, no rush. Sometimes scary, we aren't used to such places. Good food.
HasfiedatulJ
HasfiedatulJ
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darryj2016
darryj2016
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Phenomenal locale but select the right tour guide
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PassionPhotography
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I bought this tour from Istanbul Welcome Card (IWC) for a very affordable price, allowing me fast track entry into
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Family day out
Excellent opportunity to take teen Kids for family activities. Cycling horse riding etc. Food is not great and expe
Robitalianchef
Robitalianchef
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Just look, don't buy!!
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jamiemelon
jamiemelon
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Worst of the worst tour experience
The driver who supposed to pick me up at my hotel front door was 15 minutes late. When he arrived he has an angry l
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