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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Guided Tour w/ Tickets

1. Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Guided Tour w/ Tickets

Join a small group guided tour through Istanbul's rich history and iconic landmarks. Benefit from all included priority admission tickets to visit the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque efficiently. Begin your adventure in the vibrant Sultanahmet neighborhood, where you'll meet your expert guide at a convenient meeting point. First stop is the renowned Blue Mosque, adorned with its mesmerizing blue tiles. Commissioned by Sultan Ahmet, this imperial Ottoman Mosque is a true marvel of architecture. Delve into its storied past as your guide leads you through a comprehensive tour, immersing you in its evocative ambiance. Take a moment to soak in the breathtaking views of modern Istanbul from the mosque's courtyard before wandering through the historic streets. Explore the Hippodrome, once the bustling social and political hub of the city, and unravel the significance of its iconic obelisks. Next, journey to the Hagia Sophia with pre-reserved tickets in hand. Discover the fascinating transition of this site from Greek Orthodox cathedral to mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Marvel at the seamless blend of mosque and church architecture, adorned with magnificent domes, minarets, and intricate mosaics. Your exploration continues as you delve into the secrets of the Hagia Sophia, learning about its intricate İznik tiles, remarkable Virgin Mary mosaic, and the intriguing tradition of burying sultans in its courtyard. Concluding in Sultanahmet Square, our tour leaves you equipped with ample knowledge and insights to navigate the enchanting streets of Istanbul independently. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the heart of this historic city.

Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Tour

2. Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Tour

Meet your guide in the heart of the Old City and enjoy stress-free sightseeing and total flexibility with this guided combination tour of Istanbul. Decide the best time for you to visit by choosing from multiple daily departure times, skip the long lines at the Basilica Cistern, and learn about the fascinating history of the Byzantine heritage, Ottoman empire, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia. 60-Minute Blue Mosque Tour: Daily at 11:00 A.M. & 1:45 P.M. Journey back in time in the courtyards ot the Blue Mosque. Then, step inside and admire the architecture and the famous blue Iznik tiles. As you explore, learn about Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, Islam, and Istanbul's rich history from your guide. After the tour, benefit of free time and take amazing pictures. 30-Minute Basilica Cistern Tour: Daily at 10:00 A.M., 12:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M. Skip the long ticket lines with your guide and discover the Basilica Cistern beneath the streets of Istanbul. Wander through the ancient cistern and admire the architecture and Medusa heads from Greek mythology. Stay inside as long as you wish after the tour finishes. 60-Minute Old City and Hagia Sophia Tour from Outside: Daily at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Learn fascinating facts about 2,000-year-old landmark as you explore with your guide. Have closer look at the Million Stone, the Hippodrome a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and much more. The tour ends with the history and most important architecture facts about the Hagia Sophia which was for more than 1,000 years the biggest church of christianity who converted into a mosque in 1453. Important Information: Since Januar 2024 the entry inside the Hagia Sophia mosque is not possible anymore but after the tour you have the chance to get inside the visiting area for an extra cost of 25 Euro. The Blue Mosque has no admission charge and no ticket lines, however there is a security check line, which can take up to 30 minutes during the mid season and up to 60 minutes during the high season. But don't worry, during your waiting time, your guide, who has very good information and great client relation skills, will entertain you with great stories, facts and useful information about Istanbul. To enter the Blue Mosque, women must cover their knees, shoulders, and chest. They must also partially cover their hair with a scarf. Men must cover their knees and shoulders. If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is €1 and a body cover is €3)

Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour with Guide and Lunch

3. Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour with Guide and Lunch

Discover Istanbul's most iconic sights on a tour. Listen to your guide recount tales of the city's colorful past as you pass by landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome. Round off the experience with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. Start your tour at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which was the sports and social center of the old city. Discover major artworks including the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II. Then, continue to the Blue Mosque, whose 6 minarets adorn Istanbul’s skyline. Next up is the Topkapi Palace, which was home to Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries. Marvel at the jewel-stuffed treasury, the Ottoman Empire's imperial collections, and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. If the Topkapi Palace is closed on your trip date, you'll visit the Nakkas Cistern instead. Continue to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a monument of equal significance to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Behold the dome and stunning mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history. Then, enter the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 shops selling everything from carpets to jewelry to ceramics and leather goods. Take a stroll around the Bazaar and soak in the aroma of different spices, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, and lokum (Turkish Delights). Tour ends in Grand Bazaar.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

4. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App

Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul and admire the cosmopolitan city from a completely different perspective while enjoying the beautiful views of the Orient and the Occident at the same time. The Bosphorus is 32km long, separates Europe from Asia, and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. Cruise along the strait between Asia and Europe and discover Istanbul tourist attractions, magnificent palaces, ancient castles, and other historical sites, as well as fine seaside residences and the Bosphorus bridge. Admire the views of Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque. Furthermore, you will have a glance at the spectacular pieces of authentic civic architecture on the European and Asian coasts.

Istanbul: Best of The City Full-Day Tour with Transfers

5. Istanbul: Best of The City Full-Day Tour with Transfers

Istanbul: Best of The City Full-Day Tour with Transfers offers a personalized or shared experience for visitors who want to explore the city's top attractions with a dedicated guide. Learn about the historical development of the city under the Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire on a private tour. Compare the different cultures and religions of these empires while exploring iconic Istanbul sights like Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Mosque. Travel stress-free with private roundtrip transportation. Enjoy unhurried visits to the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Visit the famous Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as Blue Mosque, due to its unique interior decoration of blue royal Iznik tiles. At the Hippodrome, see where the Romans used to organize chariot races and gladiators' fights. Admire its remaining Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Constantine Column, and German Fountain. Finish your day by learning about Turkish handicrafts at the famous Grand Bazaar and its 4,000 shops (replaced with the Arasta Baazar or the Spice Bazaar on Sundays). With your private guide leading the way, there's no chance of getting lost in the bazaar. This tour is a good start for first-time visitors to Istanbul. You'll gain a good idea of the past, present, and future of Istanbul while visiting some of the city's must-see sights and monuments. You can pause the tour at any point to ask questions. •Visit the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a historic mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque is known for its stunning architecture, with its six minarets and beautiful blue tiles adorning the interior, which give it the nickname "Blue Mosque." •Discover Topkapi Palace which is a grand and historically significant palace located in Istanbul. It served as the primary residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Visit the exhibition of Treasury, cloths and weapons also Holy relics • Experience The Hagia Sophia, a famous historic building located in oldtown Istanbul. It was originally built as the biggest cathedral in the world by Byzantine Empire in the 6th century and later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. •See the Basilica Cistern visited by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Impresive Roman empire structure as featured in Dan Brown's novel, "Inferno" and James Bond "From Russia with Love" •Finalize the day at the famous Grand Bazaar with 4000 shops. • Get the personalized experience of a private tour • Taste the local good food ( meat/vegetarian/dessert) • Discover Turkish handicrafts • Highly Recommended for Outstanding Photo Shoots • Recommeneded Activity to Experience The Full Taste of Istanbul's rich history and Culture in a short amount of time Option 1- Guided Tour- Istanbul : Best of The City Full-Day Tour with Transfers Option 2- Private Tour-Istanbul : Best of The City Full-Day Tour with Transfers

Istanbul: Blue Mosque Guided Tour

6. Istanbul: Blue Mosque Guided Tour

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the most famous monument in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque. After extensive renovations for more than 5 years, you can now tour the Blue mosque with a passionate local guide. Meet your guide across from the Blue Mosque get first hand information about latest renovations and historical facts. Go on a journey back in time and start with an expedition to the courtyards at Blue Mosque and the Old City around it, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. Inside the Blue Mosque admire the architecture, the famous blue Iznik tiles, learn about the Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, the Islamic religion, and Istanbul's rich history from your official licensed guide, and get a sense of the culture from both past and present. The tour ends inside the Blue Mosque giving you the chance to keep exploring and taking amazing pictures. At the end of the tour, you will have enough information and tips to help you explore independently for the rest of your time in Istanbul.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Stopover on the Asian Side

7. Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise with Stopover on the Asian Side

Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise on a Luxury Yacht We have two departure every day; Morning Cruise: from 10.30 am to 13.00 Afternoon Cruise: from 14.00 to 16.30 Are you looking for an exceptional cruise experience that makes your trip in Istanbul even more memorable? If so, we have the cruise for you! A luxury yacht cruise on a 25-meter yacht awaits for you to take you all around the Bosphorus while our entertaining tour guide introduces Istanbul in a funny an educational way. During your 2 hours and 30 min Bosphorus sightseeing cruise, you’ll be free to wander between decks to capture the best shots of Istanbul’s attractions. Our experienced guide will illustrate the history of what you see during the cruise; Bosphorus has a storied past, and our guides know the fun facts you can’t find in a tourist handbook. See why this is one of the best Istanbul city sightseeing cruises. Book now and enjoy your adventure with us! Discover the sights and history of Istanbul from the water on this cruise down the Bosphorus. Relax whilst cruising the Bosphorus on a modern luxury yacht enjoying the imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of a beautifully lit Istanbul's Asian and European side. Pass under the two suspended Bosphorus bridges that connect Europe and Asia, enjoying the picturesque sights on both continents including Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, The Leander Tower and Istanbul's most posh areas Ortakoy and Bebek. Snap photos of the city skyline, and listen to your guide about the confluence of cultures that exists at this meeting point between Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus separating two continents has always been crucial to life in Istanbul. Once a prime channel to move fearsome armies through, it now serves more peaceful functions. Seeing this important trading route is a must-do for travelers. On board our luxury yacht, hear stories and anecdotes of this mesmerizing city. Admire the thick walls of the medieval Rumeli Fortress. Experience some luxury on this 3-hour yacht cruise down the Bosphorus. It's a small group tour which is designed to help travelers spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Istanbul is a beautiful city with its peculiarities. This Bosphorus cruise exposes you to a different perspective on Istanbul. You get to observe the beautiful city by boat on this half-day tour.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye and Blue Mosque Tour

8. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye and Blue Mosque Tour

Head to the Sultanahmet area where you’ll stroll to the first mosque, Hagia Sophia. Built in the sixth century A.D. by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, this famous mosque was originally an Orthodox Christian cathedral in early-day Constantinople (now Istanbul). In its nearly 1,500 years, this iconic landmark has been used as a Catholic church, mosque, and museum. Hagia Sophia Entrance fee (EUR 25 per person. New fee added by Turkish Government from 15th of January, 2024) Up next, you’ll head to the magnificent Blue Mosque. The mosque was originally named The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, after Sultan Ahmed I who built it. Back in the early 1600s, mosques were built only by sultans who had achieved success in war. Despite having no colorful achievements to his name and against his counselors’ advice, Sultan Ahmed built this grand edifice that would serve as his most lasting legacy. Today, it is nicknamed the Blue Mosque due to the blue hue coming from the blue tiles outlaid in geometric patterns and floral designs in the mosque. The last stop of the day is Suleymaniye Mosque. Located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, the Suleymaniye was known as the largest mosque in the city for more than 450 years before it was dethroned of its title in 2019. Other than its stunning size, this mosque was also designed by the renowned architect Mimar Sinan, one of the most notable figures in Istanbul’s architectural history. Be prepared to stop at a historical madrasah to try local drinks!

Istanbul: City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque

9. Istanbul: City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque

Discover the classic monuments of Istanbul on a half-day guided tour of the city center. Visit the colorful and lively Grand Bazaar to shop for unique local products. Start your trip with pickup directly from your chosen hotel or pickup point, and then make your way by air-conditioned vehicle to Sultan Ahmet Square. Explore Hagia Sophia, built on the site of an earlier church under the orders of Emperor Justinian I. Learn how it became the largest cathedral in the world and was later converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Continue to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque, and see the blue Iznik tiles and minarets of the city's most iconic attraction. Learn more about the former arena of the Byzantine Empire at the ruins of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Round off your trip at the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5000 shops. Stop into an authentic oriental atmosphere and see all kinds of gifts, leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, hand-woven fabrics, and more.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 100 Attractions & Services

10. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 100 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- or 10-days online city pass in Istanbul. Access some of the city’s top sights, including over 100 attractions, tours and activities to choose from. Secure your pass to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient and fun way.By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to (check the meeting point and tour schedule before your visit): • Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English • Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English • Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English • Blue Mosque Guided Tour • Grand Bazar Guided Tour • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English • Galata Tower Guided Tour • Fire of Anatolia (requires a reservation) • Discounted one-way private airport transfer (requires a reservation) • Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation) • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation) • Combined Miniaturk Park Istanbul and Eyup Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Tour (requires a reservation) • Discounted Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (requires reservation) • Tiled Pavilion Museum -under construction at the moment • Museum of the Ancient Orient -under construction at the moment • Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per pass, not per person) • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum • SEA Life Aquarium • Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation • Museum of Illusions • Bosphorus Boat Tour • Princes’ Islands boat trip • LEGOLand (adults need a child to enter) • Xtrem Aventures • Pera Museum • Istanbul Airport Shuttle (1-way) • Sakıp Sabancı Museum • Upside Down House Photo Experience • Jungle, Dungeon and Safari (cannot be visited without children) • The Museum of Selfies • Bursa Day Trip • Sapanca Lake and Maşukiye Daily Tour • Istanbul Segway Tour • Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo • Istanbul Toy Museum Pick-up and drop-off from hotels/rental places in Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Sirkeci, Laleli, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş and Şişli for the Dinner Cruise, Miniaturk, Bursa Tour and Sapanca Lake Tour are also included with your pass.

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Really enjoyed the tour with Elif. If we'd known we had free time in the Topkapi museum at the end we would have planned ahead and made better use of it. Elif was really knowledgeable and engaging. Overall great tour for adults and older teens.

Really interesting way to see the mosques and learn about them and Turkish history. Emre was a lovely guide who shared enough information and answered questions well. A great way to spend a morning.

Murat was a great guide! He gave lots of information, stories, interesting tidbits, etc. He even used a trick to skip huge portion of the queue for the Hagia Sophia. Highly recommended.

Very pleased with the tour. You’ve got to see Aya Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque. Hassan, our guide was knowledgeable, sociable and fun.

Tour guide was great but there were way too many people of hear everything.