Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Guided Tour


Skip the long lines and get priority as you follow your guide through history.
Meet your guide outside the exit gate of the Basilica Cistern and enter together.
Marvel at the construction of the tank and hear the history with the downloadable audio guide. After your guided tour, stay to explore the building at your own pace.


Take a guided tour and explore the Basilica Cistern beneath the streets of Istanbul. Skip the long lines and visit ancient ruins to admire the architecture and head of Medusa.

  • Admire the beauty of Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern on a guided tour.
  • Avoid long queues with a skip-the-line ticket.
  • Listen to informative commentary and learn about the history of the reservoir.
  • Learn about construction engineering and other facts during the tour.
  • After a guided tour, explore every inch of the reservoir at your own pace.


  • Basilica Cistern entry ticket
  • Live tour guide: English
  • Transport
  • Food & drink

Tour Plan

What To Expect

Explore the Basilica Cistern beneath the streets of Istanbul on a guided tour. Marvel at the impressive architecture of the reservoir and admire Medusa Head during your tour.

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Basilica Cistern exit gate. Look for the flag of Istanbul welcome card. You cannot enter without a guide.

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Additional Info
  • You can't skip the security line, but you can skip the ticket line.
  • Security checks can take up to 30 minutes during peak periods.
  • Skip the line through express security check.
  • Live tour guide : English, Spanish, German.
  • Private or small groups available.
Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, cancel up to 24 hours in advance.


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