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Guided Tour of Basilica Cistern with Skip-the-Line Tickets
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Combo: Hagia Sophia + Topkapi Palace + Basilica Cistern Guided Tours Tickets
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Combo: Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets
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Headout Saver: 3-Day Skip-the-Line Tickets to Top Istanbul Attractions
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Combo (Save 9%): Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Tickets + Busforus 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Istanbul
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Which Basilica Cistern guided tour is best for you?

Basilica cistern guided tour tickets

Guided tour with skip-the-line access

Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Suited for: History enthusiasts who are short on time.
Ticket price: €26
Why go for it?

  • Skip the long queues and maximize your time exploring the cistern's wonders.
  • Gain insights from knowledgeable guides who bring the history of the cistern to life.
  • Enjoy access to an audio guide available in 8 languages.

Recommended ticket: Guided Tour of Basilica Cistern with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Basilica cistern guided tour tickets

Combo guided tour

Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Suited for: Travelers interested in exploring multiple landmarks of Istanbul.
Ticket price: €79
Why go for it?

  • Explore multiple iconic landmarks without the hassle of separate bookings.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Basilica CisternBlue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia, saving time and avoiding queues.
  • Benefit from informative commentary from expert guides, providing deeper insights into the city's rich history and culture.

Recommended ticket: Combo: Basilica Cistern + Blue Mosque + Hagia Sophia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Basilica cistern guided tour tickets

Headout Saver Pass

Duration: 3 days
Suited for: Travelers seeking flexibility and convenience while exploring Istanbul's top attractions.
Ticket price: €134
Why go for it?

  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to multiple attractions, including the Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more.
  • Explore Istanbul at your own pace over three days and enjoy a 25% discount on this ticket.
  • Benefit from the services of English-speaking guides who provide informative commentary and assistance throughout your tour.

Recommended ticket: Headout Saver: 3-Day Skip-the-Line Tickets to Top Istanbul Attractions

Why take a Basilica Cistern guided tour?

Basilica Cistern Guided Tours

Highlights covered on your Basilica Cistern guided tour

Basilica Cistern Medusa Heads

Medusa Heads

One of the most iconic highlights of the cistern is the Medusa Heads, one placed sideways and one situated upside down beneath a column. It is believed that they had been removed from an ancient Roman building.

Long Colonnades at the Basilica Cistern

Long Colonnades

As you enter the cistern, you will notice long marble columns supporting the roof. They cast long and winding reflections on the tranquil water surface, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to the cistern.

Weeping Column at the Basilica Cistern

Weeping Column

Around 7000 slaves had labored to build the Basilica Cistern. Several of them died during the 38-year construction period. The cistern has a column, engraved with branches and peacocks to honor their memory. 

Frequently asked questions about Basilica Cistern guided tours

Can I book a Basilica Cistern guided tour?

Yes, you can book Basilica Cistern guided tours and learn more about its unique architecture and Byzantine history. An expert tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour. 

How can I book a Basilica Cistern guided tour?

It is best to book Basilica Cistern guided tours online to save time and money. You may also chance upon great deals and discounts when booking tours online. 

How much does a Basilica Cistern guided tour cost?

Basilica Cistern guided tours price starts from €26. This includes an English or Spanish-speaking tour guide taking you around the attraction. You will also enjoy skip-the-line access and an audio guide app in over 8 languages.

What are the different types of Basilica Cistern guided tours?

You can choose between 3 types of Basilica Cistern guided. Either pick a guided tour with skip the line access to Basilica Cistern or a combo guided tour that includes access to the Basilica CisternBlue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia, or a Headout Saver Pass providing skip-the-line tickets to top Istanbul attractions with an English-speaking guide for 3 days. 

What is included in Basilica Cistern guided tour tickets?

When you book Basilica Cistern guided tours, you can enjoy skip-the-line benefits, get an expert English or Spanish-speaking tour guide, and also avail of an audio app in over 8 languages to delve deeper into the cistern’s history. 

Is booking a Basilica Cistern guided tour worth it?

Yes, if you are interested in Byzantine history and architecture, the Basilica Cistern is a must-visit. The marble columns and waterways take you on a journey through the yesteryears when the ancient underground cistern supplied water to the Great Palace of Constantinople and its surrounding areas. 

What does the Basilica Cistern guided tour cover?

An expert English or Spanish-speaking tour guide will accompany you on a journey through the Sunken Water Palace aka the Basilica Cistern. You will get up close with the marble columns along the roof, the Medusa Heads, the Weeping Column, and the pristine water surface.

Do the Basilica Cistern guided tours include skip-the-line access?

Yes, you can enjoy skip-the-line benefits with your Basilica Cistern guided tours. 

Can I cancel a booked Basilica Cistern guided tour?

Yes, if you have booked your Basilica Cistern guided tours online, you can cancel them up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase. 

How long is the Basilica Cistern guided tour?

A Basilica Cistern guided tour lasts for around an hour.