Istanbul Basilica Cistern (Guided Tour)

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Istanbul Basilica Cistern
Istanbul Basilica Cistern
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  • Duration30-40 Minutes
  • Adult 10€
  • Over Then 300 ColumnsAdmire the Reliefs
  • Witness the HistoryOldest Cistern in Istanbul

Excited by history and engineering? Be part of our Istanbul Basilica Cistern guided tour, and feel impressed by an underground, imposing structure. Basilica Cistern was constructed in the Byzantine period, and forms one of the greatest wonders of engineering in the city. The setting has an imposing atmosphere, and was used for filming the Hollywood movie “The Inferno”.

Join this 30-minute guided tour, and visit one of Istanbul’s most iconic sites. This experience is ideal for people of all ages, and promises great images and emotions. Unfold the history of this structure, and listen to some interesting information while walking around this underground construction. Want to know more?


Meeting Point

Sultanahmet Square

This tour has no hotel transfer, our guests must make their way to the meeting location on their own. Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

The Basilica Cistern Tour starts at the main bus stop for the Big Bus Tour Company at Sultanahmet Square. Look out for the dark red double-decker buses. It’s about 20 metres (65 ft) in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum.

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Price Includes

  • Guiding Service
  • Full Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Personal Spendings
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Food & Drinks
What to Expect

When booking this guided tour, expect to immerse yourself into the history of Byzantine period, by visiting an exceptional wonder of engineering. Istanbul Basilica Cistern Tour is available on every day of the week. Hence, it is up to you to decide when to join the tour. Depending on your preferred timeslot, make sure that you will be at the meeting point on time. Please note that, the meeting point is at Sultanahmet Square and that you have to be there 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the tour. Book this tour, get instant confirmation, and present your ticket without prior reservation. You may, also, join this tour by booking Istanbul Tourist Pass, and have your digital pass with you at the entrance.

Basilica Cistern is one of the oldest cisterns in the world, and what truly impresses is its size. In fact, it is a complex of underground structures, that were preserved since the Byzantine period. Once you are in, expect to feel awe and an ample, flawless sense of mysticism. The guided tour lasts for 30 minutes, and during this time expect to listen to some important information. The professional tour guide is about to answer your questions, as you walk around and observe more than 300 marble columns that support this underground water storage structure. The visit at Basilica Cistern is a great option for all, adults, and children. When it comes to families, this 30-minute guided experience can offer your kids key information about the history and Byzantine technology. Keep your cameras ready, and admire the breath-taking design of this cistern, with a guided tour that combines everything you need!

Don't Forget
  • Admire more than 300 marble columns which is provide a grand, serene atmosphere to what was essentially subterranean water storage
  • Listen from your expert guide commentary about the cistern, which is the largest water cistern built in ancient times
  • Explore the huge cistern was built in the mid-500s on the former site of a basilica dating back to the Byzantine era
  • The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul

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Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can pay by card online or by cash on the tour day with any currency such as Turkish Lira, Euro (EUR), American Dollars (USD), United Kingdom Sterling (£).

How long is the Istanbul Basilica Cistern takes place in Istanbul?

Total tour duration is 2 hours.

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Shanez Syed

Family Traveller

Booked several guided tours with them and I’m really satisfied with their services. It was kind of last-minute booking, and they were happy to accept it. I had all details in advance and went to the meeting point. Best thing about it is that you just skip the line and enter the place with a guide, I felt lucky!! My parents also liked the whole guided experience. They were kept on asking things coz this place is like an amazing engineering wonder. It also appears that it’s one of the popular sites in Istanbul, so it was good that we booked to go there with a guide. Value for money, great experience.

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