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İstanbul Welcome Card

1. İstanbul Welcome Card

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at your hotel. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. Have fun on a cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

2. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line

Skip the line and visit the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Discover how the Topkapi Palace was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400 years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans. The guide will explain to you the entire story of the Palace during a one hour tour. Marvel at the great architectural beauty of this important monument of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 60 Attractions & Services

3. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 60 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to:• Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Grand Bazar Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Hagia Irene Museum in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Tiled Pavilion Museum (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Museum of the Ancient Orient (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per person)• Şerefiye Cistern Guided Tour• Madame Tussauds Wax Museum• SEA Life Aquarium• Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation• Museum of Illusions• Hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat cruise (1-ring or 1-day, Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn)• Bosphorus boat tour• Princes’ Islands boat trip• LEGOLand (adults cannot enter LEGOLand without a child)• Xtrem Aventures• Pera Museum• Dialogue in the Silence• Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One way)• Jungle & Dungeon & Safari• Sakıp Sabancı Museum• Upside Down House Photo Experience• Jungle & Dungeon & Safari (cannot be visited without children)• The Museum of Selfies• Dialogue in the Silence• Bursa Day trip• Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour• Istanbul Segway Tour• Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo• Istanbul Toy Museum By making reservations in advance and presenting your GetYourGuide voucher, get access to the following:• Discount on a 1-way airport transfer. You are allowed to choose the direction• Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation in advance)• Bosphorus dinner cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation in advance)• Dialogue in the Dark• Miniaturk Park Istanbul• Eyup Sultan Mosque• Pierre Loti• Discounted COVID PCR Test• 2-Day free Wi-Fi device

Istanbul: 11-Museum Admission Pass

4. Istanbul: 11-Museum Admission Pass

Skip the ticket lines to 11 museums with a flexible Istanbul museum pass. Compared to regular museum passes, this the "plus version" is including an audio guide app in 9 languages and orientation tips by an official tour guide at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You can pick up your pass right at the Hagia Sophia without waiting in line at the local representative. The audio guides are apps which are able to be downloaded on your smartphone, and you can get brief information about the most important historical facts from authorized museum guides. These guides will help you discover these museums afterwards at your own pace.

Istanbul: Private Walking Tour

5. Istanbul: Private Walking Tour

Enjoy personalized attention while visiting Istanbul's must-see attractions. Explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and its ancient monuments brought to the empire from various places including the Obelisk of Thutmosis III from Egypt and the Serpent Column from Delphi. Move on to the Sultanahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque due to its striking blue tiles. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, a center of worship for the Christian and Muslim world for many centuries.  After visiting Hagia Irene and seeing the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III, immerse yourself into the rich history of the Ottoman Empire at Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for over 600 years. Here, you will get the opportunity to visit all rooms, galleries, and courtyards including the Harem.

Istanbul Classics and Highlights: Full Day with Lunch

6. Istanbul Classics and Highlights: Full Day with Lunch

Istanbul is a city filled with exotic sights and sounds, and there is no better way to explore its mystery and intrigue than with a local guide. Visit the best of Istanbul and explore the stories and history that makes this Turkish city so fascinating. Start at the iconic Hagia Sophia museum to see its magnificent minarets and mosaics. Your guide will point out the most fascinating parts of this building before taking you to see the German Fountain; a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II. Here your guide will explain the historical context of Istanbul, from Ancient Roman times to today's metamorphosis into a bustling metropolis. Next, stop at the Topkapi Musuem to see Ottoman relics and prized Muslim garments. Stroll around the Topkapi Museum's graceful courtyards, then head to Hagia Irene Church to see its stunning architecture from the outside. End your day with a lively visit to the Grand Bazaar for your fill of shopping and people watching. The final places of interest are Caferaga Medrese and Sogukcesme Street.

Istanbul Highlights Tour: Half-Day Afternoon

7. Istanbul Highlights Tour: Half-Day Afternoon

Discover the delights of Istanbul in an afternoon walking tour. Visit the Topkapı Museum, the most important museum in Turkey, and home to prized ancient relics like jewelry, porcelain, and artifacts from the Ottoman period. If you want to learn the rich history of Istanbul, this is a vital point of the tour. With the advantage of a knowledgeable guide, you'll learn the information and stories behind the artifacts. Next your guide will take you to the Hagia Irene Church. The exterior of this fabulous Byzantine structure offers you a glimpse into the bygone Ottoman Empire. Finally, see other points of interest including Caferaga Medrese and Sogukcesme Street.

Highlights of Istanbul Afternoon Tour with a Guide

8. Highlights of Istanbul Afternoon Tour with a Guide

Discover the wonderful history and fascinating culture of Istanbul with this afternoon tour. Explore iconic landmarks of the city like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church, Caferağa Medresseh. Take a stroll at Sogukcesme Street in the historic Sultanahmet neighborhood. The first stop will be the Topkapi Palace, also known as the Seraglio. Retrace the footsteps of Ottoman sultans, generals, and courtiers here. This museum, once the official residence of sultans, is filled with a jewel-filled imperial treasury. Next, continue to the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace. Admire the stunning architecture of the Hagia Irene Church, with a 35-meter-high dome and peaked roofs on all 4 corners. Later, explore the Caferağa Medresseh, an educational institution built in 1559. Conclude the tour at Sogukcesme Street, a small street in Istanbul's Sultanahmet neighborhood filled with beautiful historic houses.

Istanbul: Topkapı and Dolmabahçe Palace Bus Tour with Lunch

9. Istanbul: Topkapı and Dolmabahçe Palace Bus Tour with Lunch

Discover some of the top sights in Istanbul on this airconditioned bus tour. Explore sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Topkapı Palace, the Hagia Irene Church, and the Hagia Sofia with a local guide. Savor local flavors with a visit to the Spice Bazar and mouth-watering Turkish lunch.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in select areas of Istanbul and sit back and relax on the drive in a spacious bus. Stop at Dolmabahçe Palace to see how Turkey westernized during the 19th century. Admire the space used by Sultan Abdulmecid as the headquarters of Ottoman Empire. Take in views of the Bosphorus at the Dolmabahçe Palace before getting back on the bus and making your way to the Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque. Take in the classy blend of Baroque and Empire architectural styles inside this unique mosque that was commissioned by an Ottoman sultan. Breathe in the scents and feast your eyes on the colors of the Spice Bazaar. Sit down to a flavorful lunch of authentic Turkish food. Head to the Topkapı Palace, which was once the private residence of Ottoman Sultans. View exhibits of sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, imperial treasures, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and calligraphy works at the Topkapı Palace. Continue to the Byzantine-period Hagia Irene Church which was the first church completed in Constantinople. Finally, visit the 6th-century Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and learn about how this building has transitioned from a emperor Justinian's Greek Orthodox Church to a mosque, a museum, and back to a mosque.

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What people are saying about Hagia Irene

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 658 reviews

Prompt, polite, knowledgeable guide. Great overview of site, and good introduction to key areas. Time left at end to explore further or to re-visit areas of interest.

The card was delivered to my hotel on time and included all the tickets and benefits as promised. The quality of the experiences was satisfactory and cost effective.

Complete pass that allows you to tour the essentials of the magnificent city of Istanbul even if the Galata Tower is missing!

Highlight of the holiday, an exciting place with a lot of history. I can only recommend a guided tour.

Very well organised. Very friendly guides. Excellent WhatsApp helpline super fast and super efficient