February 12, Wednesday Evening – Private ‘Ayasofya by Night’ Tour with Şerif Yenen

Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Müzesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye (0)
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Tour Date:
February 12, 2020 Wednesday (18.45 – 20.30)

Private ‘Ayasofya by Night’ Tour (in English) with Şerif Yenen

Throughout Byzantine and Ottoman history, the Hagia Sophia has always been the Imperial Church or the Imperial Mosque. Emperors were crowned, victories were celebrated and Ottoman sultans prayed in this remarkable monument. For many centuries the Hagia Sophia was possibly the largest shrine in the world.

How many other 1500-year-old buildings could you think of with the roof still on top? Ayasofya is one of the most important monuments in the world. Its importance can been seen in many different aspects; historical, architectural, religious, legendary and cultural.

Şerif Yenen will draw attention and give his commentary about Ayasofya from all these aspects. He will also tell you the most intriguing stories or legends of Ayasofya. During this special visit, the Ayasofya will be open just for you. There will be no other groups.

If you have your own group and this date does not work for you, we can organise this special tour only for you at any suitable date you prefer.



  • 18.45 We will meet at the gate of Ayasofya
  • Delivery of headsets and compimentary copies of Serif Yenen's publications
  • 19.00-20.30 Private tour of Ayasofya including Galleries with Şerif Yenen (no other visitors)
  • By 20.30 End of the tour

Who is Şerif Yenen?

Şerif Yenen (born 17 May 1963) is a Turkish travel specialist, travel writer, tourist guide and travel film-maker. He gives Anatolian Civilisations and Cultural Heritage lessons as a part-time instructor at the Boğaziçi and Bilgi Universities. He wrote “Turkish Odyssey” in English, the “first guidebook of Turkey ever written by a Turk”. He is the producer, director and writer of Istanbul Unveiled, an awards-winning travel documentary with eight international awards.

Yenen gives lectures in the US and Turkey about travel in Turkey, Turkish history and culture. The majority of his lectures are in academic communities. His guidebooks are used as textbooks or are on suggested reading lists at various universities, and his articles and columns are published in international magazines and national newspapers.

You can read more about him at Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Şerif_Yenen)

You can see Şerif Yenen's travel services in English: (www.serifyenen.com)

You can see Şerif Yenen's travel services in Turkish: (www.serifyenen.com.tr)


  • The tour will be conducted in English.
  • This is a private and very special tour; we recommend that you make your reservation as early as possible.
  • This tour will be conducted by a notable professional tour guide Serif Yenen.
  • Headsets will be provided for each participant to hear the commentary better.
  • This tour is organised by A-level travel company Serif Yenen Travel licenced by Ministry of Culture and Tourism (License No: 8860)


  • 385.00 Turkish Liras (If you like to make your payment with a Turkish credit card or make Turkish Lira bank transfer, please do it online on this page)
  • $70.00 USD (If you like to pay with your non-Turkish credit card, please use this link, and enter $70.00 USD per person: Non-Turkish credit card manual payment page 

What is Included in the Price:

  • Professional tour guide services by Şerif Yenen,
  • All entrance costs for the special opening,
  • Şerif Yenen's informative Quick Guide pamphlet on Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia),
  • Tour guide audio system (headsets).

What is NOT Included in the Price:

  • No transportation is included.
  • Personal expenses


  • To join this tour an online pre-reservation is required
  • Choose the number of participants and then click “Satın Al” button.
  • You can pay with your credit card or make bank transfer.
  • Full payment is required to complete the reservation.
  • For your queries, you can send an e-mail to info@serifyenen.com or call Serif at his mobile number: 0533-591 1303 (Whatsapp available).

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel up to 15 days before the tour, you will get full refund.
  • For cancellations between 15-3 days before the trip, 35% of the total fee will be kept, and for cancellations 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled tour, there will be no refund.