Davide Published 587 days ago
The combo package is cheaper compared to three ticket, which would cost instead 260 turkish lira and do not guarantee access without queue and guide.
At each entrance you will find easily recognizable staff who will introduce you to the sites of interest by providing historical and cultural information about temple/site and the surrounding area.
The guided tour lasts about 20 minutes for hagia sophia, 30 minutes tookapi palace and 5 minutes the cistern, but you can spend as much time as you wish freely for each one.
The guides speak excellent English, fluent and understandable, they are friendly, smiling and beautiful women!
The package is valid for 3 days, we spend it in one day, considering the proximity of the sites (1.30h hagia sophia, 30 min cistern, 2.30h tookapi).
About the site:
Hagia sophia (holy wisdom), you will feel living in a sacred space and infinite time.
Frescoes, marble, mosaics, imperial gate, the dome that looks like an eye, ermetic meaning of union between microcosm and macrocosm, and much more for the magnificence of the structure.
An internal side of the basilica was not visible due to restoration job.
Absolutely go there! dont miss it!
2) The Basilica Cistern
Short visit, a structure builded to water collection, large ionic and corinthian columns, environment enlightened by soft reddish light. Unfortunately the tank was empty for technical problem, maybe restoration.
The palace was home of many Ottoman sultans, it is divided into 3 large gardens, the last one you will have spectacular views of the bosphorus.
After passing the magnificent imperial gate, you will be in the first garden, with the soldiers and armaments room which has become now a musical area, due the acoustic.
After the door of the greeting, where only sultan is allow to pass riding horse, you are in the second garden, which inside there are numerous pavilions with relics, treasures, jewels, reception rooms and ceremonies, portraits an so on.
The last court has a magnificent view of the bosphorus.
I definitely advice book here and dont miss any of three.
Nadia Published 608 days ago
Having these cards were very convenient and it made our trips around Istanbul extremely easy too. The transport card value had just enough for us to travel for 5 days around Istanbul. The museum cards got us into the most amazing tourist attractions around the area too, slipping the crazy queues and instantly immersing ourselves in the history. The guide was also great, conversing extremely well in English and shared valuable information about each attraction. One thing to note is that museums are closed on mondays and sometimes tuesdays so plan your itinerary according to that!