In Hagia Sophia, the immense dome crowning this church turned mosque turned museum was an architectural miracle in its time, although it took a lot of trial and error to get to that point: it collapsed twice!
Havataş Shuttle Buses are available from outside the terminal and leave every half an hour for Taksim between 4:00AM and 1:00AM. Taking a taxi is, however, the most convenient way, and shouldn’t be more expensive than the shuttle service between a group of four. Be sure to ignore the hustlers inside the airport and take an official vehicle from the taxi rank at the terminal exit.
The key touristic areas are Fatih and Taksim, and which to stay in depends on the nature of your stay. Fatih is the old town and home to many of Istanbul’s historic landmarks. Taksim, on the other hand, is modern and appeals more to those visiting the city to shop, dine, and party. Traveling between the two is simple, so don’t worry if you fancy hitting the dancefloors after the Hagia Sophia!
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The weather is good at all times of the year, but it may be a good idea to avoid the summer if you do not like extreme heat.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hagia Sofia is like a mother of Istanbul
Surprisingly that the tours start sharp and no delay is foreseen- big respect to the organization in one of the chaotic and super haptic cities!!! Our guide Adim (Adam for international tourists) was a very young, but knowledgeable and very enthusiastic young man. Deep knowledge with interesting, sometimes funny inputs made our tours unforgettable. We also had a chance to meet the local star – a cat named Gli Definitely recommend to all who want to learn facts in a 1h life tour and not only appreciate the beauty of the museum on several centuries and religions.
Hagia Sophia: Skip-the-Line Ticket with Guided Tour reviewed by Alina
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Good value for your money and a must in Istanbul.
Cards delivered to our hotel as promised. The tour guides were excellent with the Museum Pass and very knowledgeable and friendly. The Istanbul card easy to use on public transport all over the city. I recommend to everybody to get these cards, they make your life a lot easier. 10/10 Thank you!
İstanbul Welcome Card reviewed by Timo
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ From the water, to better understand Istanbul
As with every city or destination with an “ocean” front, the view from the water shows you a totally different physiognomy of Istanbul. Embark form Europe and being able to disembark in Asia is a very unique experience. If you have the time, it is a must.
Istanbul: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour reviewed by Alejandro
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Interesting tour by a knowledgeable guide.
It’s only a brief tour, with not a lot to see. However the guide knew all about the history of the basilica, and it was very interesting. Shame that so much of it is under renovation and no water is in it. But still worthwhile seeing.
Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Guided Tour reviewed by Michael
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