Magical Hagia Sophia: Free Evening Tour

Duration: 1h and 30min
Registered on April 01, 2023

THEY CALL IT CHAOS - WE CALL IT HOME! We're Istanbul Walks, and we're here to show you the real Istanbul: the city that's equal parts ancient history and modern mayhem, where mosques mingle with street art and the air crackles with the scent of baklava and rebellion. ✊ Ditch the guide books and explore hidden alleys, haggle at the Grand Bazaar, sip çay with locals, unearth secret gems🧿, meet vibrant characters – join Istanbul Walks & discover the city's beating heart! No boring history lectures, no overpriced tourist traps. Just real Istanbul, with all its grit, charm, and unexpected delights. We'll show you why this city is more than just a pretty postcard. It's a beating heart, a melting pot, a symphony of spices and laughter and honking horns. It's home. Ready to get lost (and found) in Istanbul? We'll see you on the streets! P.S. We also accept tips in the form of baklava. Just sayin'.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Join me in this free walking tour of Hagia Sophia!

Built in 537 AD, Hagia Sophia stayed the biggest church in history for almost 900 years. Although weary of time, it is still as impressive as it stood at the heart of Constantinople. On this tour, I will guide you through the history of the building, spanning from the 4th century to the 20th century.

The most spectacular time of the day to visit Haghia Sophia is the evening time. At this time, you can envision the historical building close to its original lighting in the 6th century. Plus, it is the least crowded time during the day. So we will be able to spend much time with minimum discomfort and distractions.

Please note that dress regulations for mosque apply at the site.

Note: For each participant, we rent a headset. In case you can not make it, please cancel the reservation as soon as possible, so other people can participate, and we don't rent more headsets than necessary.

Note: Tips are collected in € and $. Please consider the time and effort the guide puts in the tour when you are tipping :)

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  • Meeting point:
    Cankurtaran, Sultan Ahmet Park, At Me...
    Cankurtaran, Sultan Ahmet Park, At Meydanı Cd No:5, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    I will be waiting in front of the pond at the Sultanahmet Park. It is in the area between Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. I will be holding up a purple umbrella.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Felix 16 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Mertan is very friendly, thoughtful and resourceful. The tour has rich content and was a good experience. Highly recommended!
Renee 16 Jan 2024
St Helens

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
It was my second tour with Mertcan. It was fun, informative, and interesting. Would definitely recommend it to others!
Alessandro 14 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Good tour
Zhaled 14 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
I ve spent some great days in Istanbyul, the walking tour really worth it! Thank u
William 14 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Great Tour . Nert was such a pleasant and informative guide. Made this tour very interesting
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.