Basilica Cistern Skip the Line entry with Guide and Highlights Tour

Duration: 20 to 30 minutes
Destination: Turkiye, Turkiye, Istanbul

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  • 20 to 30 minutes
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Meet your guide and visit the biggest ancient water cistern built in 336 with the two very famous Medusa heads. The Basilica Cistern is one of the most visited museums in Istanbul. Especially in spring, summer and fall there are very long queues in front of the ticket office. Thanks to our service you get inside the Basilica Cistern the fastest way.

Advantages with the Basilica Cistern VIP Ticket:

No waiting in ticket lines at Basilica Cistern
Entrance fee and fast track entry
Guiding service in English

After your museum tour you can stay inside and discover the Basilica Cistern on your own pace.

Visit: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkiye

Meet your guide at the exit gate of the Basilica, skip the ticket lines, enjoy the 20 to 30 min. highlights tour, take amazing pictures and explore the cistern on your own pace as long as you want.

  • Meet & Greet by official guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Skip the ticket lines
  • Essential information
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We skip the ticket lines but we can not skip the security check.
  • Security line at Basilica Cistern up to 15 minutes.
Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


20 to 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


01 Jan, 2023

Such an atmospheric and historic place. Also featured in popular films. Stunning construction and architecture and the continual change in colour of lighting highlights this! A must do in Istanbul.


15 Dec, 2022

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained us the history of the Basilica Cistern, answered many questions from our daughter. Great experience


22 Nov, 2022

The Basilica Cistern is stunning! Beautifully illuminated, giving a sense of drama in an incredible historic space. Our guide was easy to find, holding his red flag in an area near the exit, just as described in the booking confirmation. After a shirt wait for the remainder of the tour group, we skipped the very long queue and proceeded through a quick security check. We were then given a brief history of the Cistern by the tour guide. Our time was theb ours to explore the amazing cistern. The cistern is simply incredible, the size and scale of the underground water chamber is mind blowing. The lighting and artwork throughout the cistern adds incredible drama and creates a unique photogenic atmosphere. Any trip to Istanbul won't be complete without a stop at the Basilica Cistern. For anyone wondering if there us any value in purchasing this tour as opposed to simply buying a ticket online or in person and then lining up to get it - I guess that decision comes down to how much would you pay to avoid standing in a line for over an hour. To be honest, there's no real value in the brief history given by the tour guide - This 'tour' is really just the cost of skipping the queue. For me, the extra AUD$15 or so was definitely good value to avoid skipping the hour long queue.


07 Nov, 2022

We found the guide very easily & went inside the cistern in about 10 mins. The guide brifed us about the cistern & then went away saying that we could explore on our own. We saw that other groups were being taken around by their guide! There was no need to book this tour! We could have done it on our own


25 Oct, 2022

So interesting! I’m so glad we had the guided tour and were able to skip the line, which was more than a block long! Tour guide was informative, but the echoing in the cistern made it sometimes difficult to hear.

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