Hagia Sophia Guided Tour

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The Hagia Sophia is an awe-inspiring symbol of beauty and religious significance, captivating generations of people. With a history spanning over 1500 years, it stands as a testament to faith and human creativity. Its remarkable domes and intricate architecture draw visitors from around the world, leaving them amazed by its grandeur. Despite the passage of time, the Hagia Sophia continues to command reverence and admiration, reminding us of the enduring power of art and spirituality. Its lasting legacy as a beloved global icon is evident in the emotions it evokes in visitors.

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About this activity

  • Departure Location: Istanbul
  • Event days:
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
  • Tour duration (Approx - including transfers): 1 Hour
  • Guiding & Support: English , Turkish , German
  • Booking confirmation: Instant confirmation
  • Printed or mobile voucher: Both is accepted.
  • Wheelchair accessible: Available
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • Easy Online Booking: Fast, Easy & SSL Secure Booking
  • Tour ID: 340

Highlights | Overview

  • The Hagia Sophia is a symbol of timeless beauty and religious importance
  • It has a rich history of over 1500 years
  • The magnificent domes and intricate architecture attract countless visitors worldwide
  • The Hagia Sophia remains a source of deep respect and admiration
  • It reminds us of the everlasting influence of art and spirituality
  • The emotions evoked by this incredible monument speak to its lasting legacy as a beloved global icon.

Full Description

Istanbul Hagia Sophia: A Symbol of Religious and Cultural Diversity

A Journey Through the History and Wonders of Hagia Sophia: A Guided Tour

Pre-book your tickets and make sure entrance to this iconic museum is guaranteed. Hagia Sophia, a historic architectural wonder, is best explored with the help of an informative guide to ensure that no detail is missed.

After being converted into a mosque, the skip-the-line and fast-entry option unfortunately doesn't work but our guide provides an easy and a stress free entrance.

Hagia Sophia is a magnificent building that challenges centuries!

Once church, then mosque, then museum A masterpiece of architectural history.

The current Hagia Sophia is the third building built on the same site and has a different architectural style than its predecessor. Ansemios from Tralles (Eden) and Isidorus from Miletus (Balat) built this magnificent building on behalf of the Emperor Justinian. Construction began in 532 and was completed within five years. When Sultan Muhammad the Conqueror conquered the city of Istanbul, he converted it into his royal mosque.

The beautiful door is the oldest architectural element of Hagia Sophia, dating back to the 2nd century BC. The decorations, composed of geometric reliefs and plants, are believed to have come from a pagan temple in Tarsus, Silesia, and were part of the Cibyrraeot theme in today's Mersin province in southeastern Turkey. It was integrated into the building by Emperor Theophilus in 838 and is located at the southern exit of the inner vestibule.

Hagia Sophia has beautiful architecture with a large central dome and four smaller domes, and the interior is filled with mosaics and frescoes. Its architectural style combines Byzantine and Ottoman influences and is one of Istanbul's most popular tourist attractions.

Its history is marked with pivotal events, and Hagia Sophia has seen it all. When Western European crusaders sacked the city during the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the site witnessed a devastation of its riches. After Constantinople was ruled by the Latin Empire, Hagia Sophia was transformed into a Roman Catholic church, and only regained its Orthodox status after Michael VIII Palaiologos recaptured it. Finally, it was reclaimed by the Orthodox Church.

Your guide in Hagia Sophia will continue to inform you about this extraordinary structure. Total guidance time can be approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. You will also have free time in the Hagia Sophia museum. You will be amazed by this magnificent structure that is unique in the world.

Price included

  • Express Entry Ticket (without queuing)
  • Guide service by an expert guide on Hagia Sophia
  • Free time in Hagia Sophia
  • Food and drink
  • Pick-up and transfer from hotel

Pick Up Place

Hotel pick-up and drop-off service is not available on this tour. The tour begins with a meeting with the guide in front of Hagia Sophia and includes only Hagia Sophia's visit and guidance.

Pick up Point

In front of Hagia Sophia

Details to know

Istanbul Tourist Guide: Small Group Tour of Hagia Sophia

Your professional licensed guide will be waiting for you with Vigo Tours logo in front of Hagia Sophia. Here, your guide will first give you a brief historical information about Istanbul and then quickly take you into Hagia Sophia without waiting for the long queue. This entrance is the fast travel agency entrance door, it is entered only with a licensed tourist guide.

Please write to us for your requests for guided Istanbul tours for small groups in any language!

The tour ticket issued by Vigo Tours to enter Hagia Sophia is not an adequate document. It is absolutely necessary to meet the tour guide to enter Hagia Sophia.

It is obligatory for children to present a passport at the entrance to Hagia Sophia.

Tour ends in front of Hagia Sophia.

Additional information

Small Group Tour of Hagia Sophia with a Professional Guide

Hagia Sophia, the lord of the buildings!
Hagia Sophia is a most valuable places "must seen" of the world!

The tour is made with a minimum of 4 people. Tourist guide is possible in any language, but there will be only one guide per group. There is no pick-up service for the tour, the tour starts with a meeting with the guide in front of Hagia Sophia. The tour duration is 1 hour and includes only the Hagia Sophia visit.

  • Meeting with the guide in front of Hagia Sophia at the specified time
  • Tour starts with a brief history of Istanbul
  • Fast access to Hagia Sophia without waiting for a queue
  • Guidance in Hagia Sophia
  • Free time in Hagia Sophia
  • End of the tour and time to good bye

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Hello, We regret to inform you that all of our guides are currently occupied with ongoing tours and are unavailable for the day. However, we would be happy to arrange a tour for you tomorrow at 09:00. The cost for a group of four would be 60€. Thank you for considering Vigo Tours, and we look forward to showing you the wonders of Hagia Sophia. Best regards.
If you're interested in touring Hagia Sophia, we'd be happy to help! To get started, please let us know when you'd like to visit and how many people will be in your group. Our guide will meet you at the front of Hagia Sophia, and we'll provide you with all the details once your booking is complete. Thanks for reaching out, and we look forward to hearing from you soon! Best regards, Vigo Tours.

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Wir waren alle sehr zufrieden mit dem Service, obwohl wir erst kurzfristig gebucht haben. Zum Service : - schnelle Antwortzeiten - kurzfristige Buchung war möglich - sehr engagiert - Guide Sami verfügte über großes kultur- und geschichtliches Wissen und arbeitete sehr leidenschaftlich Alles in allem auf jeden Fall weiterzuempfehlen, auch auf Grund einer unkomplizierten Abwicklung. Wir würden es definitiv erneut buchen.




It was a great tour!

The guide of Hagia Sophia were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, despite the busy atmosphere.




The tour of Hagia Sophia was excellent!

The tour of Hagia Sophia was exceptional, with punctual timing and a thorough and informative explanation.




An amazing experience!

If you're planning a trip to Istanbul, make sure to add Hagia Sophia to your itinerary. To truly appreciate the history and beauty of this iconic landmark, I highly recommend taking a guided tour. During my visit, our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging, providing us with a thorough understanding of the site's significance. Overall, I would give the experience a 10/10 and highly recommend it to others.




A beyond perfect experience with an amazing guide!

If you're looking for a tour that is both informative and easy to follow, the Hagia Sophia tour is a great choice. The guide provides plenty of historical context and interesting facts about the site, making it a highly recommended experience for anyone interested in learning more about this iconic landmark.




An Excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide!

Visiting Hagia Sophia was made easy with the help of a knowledgeable guide who spoke English fluently. Despite the large group of over 60 people, the tour was well-organized with three guides to split the group. The only downside was waiting in the security line, which was unavoidable. Overall, the experience was enjoyable and informative.




A visit to Hagia Sophia is truly awe-inspiring

The tour of Hagia Sophia was a great experience, with a knowledgeable guide who provided interesting insights into the history and construction of the building. After a quick and efficient security checkpoint, the guide Samy led us through the interior, pointing out notable features such as the mosaic of Justinian, Constantine, and Mary. Throughout the hour and a half tour, the guide kept everyone engaged and informed about the modern day use of the building. Overall, a highly recommended tour for anyone interested in the history and architecture of this iconic landmark.




The Hagia Sophia is truly awe-inspiring

Visiting the Hagia Sophia was a truly breathtaking experience. Our guide Sami was incredibly knowledgeable and brought the ancient structure to life with his fascinating descriptions. The only downside was the unexpected wait in line, but fortunately it moved quickly and didn't detract from the overall experience. Highly recommend a visit to this historic site.




Best done with a knowledgeable guide

The tour of Hagia Sophia was a great experience thanks to our knowledgeable guide who made sure everything ran smoothly. He was able to answer all of our questions and provided us with a wealth of information about the history and significance of this iconic landmark. Overall, it was an excellent tour and I highly recommend it.




Below my expectation!

Although the guide was pleasant and engaging, my experience at Hagia Sophia fell short of my expectations. Despite anticipating a bypass of the main waiting line, I found myself waiting in it nonetheless. Additionally, I was disappointed that I was unable to explore other areas of the monument.


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