Guided tour

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Highlights Tour with Audio Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Highlights Tour with Audio Guide

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card
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From US$ 16.10 per person

Visit Hagia Sophia with skip-the-line tickets and a guide. 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
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Duration 30 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included
English, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, Polish


  • Experience the legendary Hagia Sophia
  • Listen to informative commentary by audio guide
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry to the site
  • Explore the iconic building at your own pace
  • Admire the lavish interior and fascinating architecture
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, and enter together. Enjoy a highlights tour and learn all the interesting facts about the building with an audio guide.

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.

Expand your knowledge about how to get to the different parts of the building to see the various points of interest. After your guided tour, stay and enjoy the building at your own pace and for as long as you want.

  • Skip-the-line ticket to Hagia Sophia
  • Highlight tour by a certified guide
  • Short presentation in English
  • Audio guide app in 10 languages
    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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    Meeting point

    Meet across the entrance of Hagia Sophia, next to Hürrem Sultan Hamam. It is located below the trees, next to the newspaper kiosk. Your Istanbul Welcome Card guide will be wearing a red jacket or red T-shirt.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Headphones

    Know before you go

    • Not all parts of the building are open due to renovation
    • Download the audio guide app on your smartphone before your visit. Download instructions are included in your confirmation
    • 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
    • Women are required to cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. Hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Men are required to cover their knees and shoulders. You can buy clothes and scarves at the entrance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 179 reviews

    Review summary

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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

    Product ID: 210723