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Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 439 reviews

Great historical attraction brought to life.

Thank goodness we booked the tour. Our guide took us on a route around the whole palace, including the harem, bringing each place to life as we passed through. It all took a good three hours. Imagine how long it would have taken us if we had tried to do it alone ! Much, much longer. Or, more realistically, we would have missed a lot of places and missed out on the stories and the descriptions our guide provided to really understand palace life. The guide spoke very good, well articulated, English. Ours was a small group of seven, so it was easy to keep together, hear the guide and have the opportunity to ask questions. Sadly, there are still inaccessible areas under renovation, but that didn't detract too much from the experience. Skipping the ticket queue was a great time saver as well. Just be aware that there is a lot of walking with some flights of stairs too. But it is well worth it for this fascinating attraction. Wear comfortable footwear and have a bottle of water in your bag.

Although a bit expensive, I enjoyed the 3 hours of the tour

The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He guided us through the palace, explaining major details and even interesting side stories related with the palace. He did not seem to rush us and took the time to explain what we should visit and answer any questions the group had. If you want to know more about the palace and its history, I recommend this tour. Although a bit expensive, I believe it is about right in terms of price/quality, as you would be paying around 10£ per hour + tickets. You also have the perk of skipping any queue (in our case there was none because we started early.

Breath-Taking acoustics in Cistern and colourful bazaar

Lovely places to visit - There is not much to do at the Baslica Cistern apart from take pictures at different angles to get some lovely effects. When music is playing it resonates throughout and is pleasing to the ears. Grand Bazaar is awesome and a wealth of things to see and do. Do not like the repetition of so much of the same thing. After a while it all merges into one!!!! Hagia Sophia is interesting to view and worth the visit and understanding some of its history.

So glad we booked this Hagia Sophia tour

I was very unsure about booking this tour but now having seen the length of the queues thank goodness I did. We certainly gained fast entry and skipped the queue. In the short time our guide Haluk had available he gave us all the important information needed to start our tour of Hagia Sophia. Special thanks to him for opening our eyes to this Museum's History and making it such an interesting visit. Highly recommended tour, offering very good value for money.

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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