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Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye and Blue Mosque Tour

1. 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: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private City Guided Tour

2. Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private City Guided Tour

Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attraction you'll visit on your tour include: The Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the "Sultanahmet" Mosque has striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name — in Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed," and bahce means "garden". Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it's an interesting and scenic 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Possible Itinerary for each day of the tour: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal, Galata Tower Day 3: Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener/Balat Districts, Pierre Loti Hill

Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Customizable Guided Tour

3. Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Customizable Guided Tour

Explore Istanbul according to your own interests on a tailor-made sightseeing tour. Meet your guide at your hotel or port and work together to create an itinerary that suits you best, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul. On 1st day, marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia. On 2nd day, take the public ferry to Bosphorus to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. From here, visit Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata area and the Spice Market. On 3rd day, guide takes you on a walk through the streets of Fener-Balat neighboorhood. Enjoy a cable car ride and soak up views of Pierre Loti Hill, then visit Iron Church, and see the Suleymaniye Mosque. You can create your own itinerary with your tour guide on tour day, to have an idea, here you can see our suggested tour itineraries are below; Day 1 - Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Highlights, Grand Bazaar. Day 2 - Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower (from outside) Day 3 - Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), Pierre Lotti Panoramic Hill, Rahmi Koc Museum (or alternative options) Important Notes: - Skip the line service is not available for active mosques - there is a queue for the entrance. - On Fridays, Hagia Sophia or Blue Mosque will be visited from outside because of the worship. - If one of the mosques is not visited, Basilica Cistern will be visited as a replacement. - For the tours that start later than 11 am, kindly note that you may have to skip one/a couple of sites as the sites are closed by 7 pm. Your guide will adjust the program according to your priorities.

Istanbul: Guided Segway Tour of the Old Town

4. Istanbul: Guided Segway Tour of the Old Town

The Old City Tour covers best points of interest within Istanbul. It begins at Sultanahmet, from there it goes throughout Hippodrome Square, which has witnessed gladiator fights, chariot/car races and many riots. Then you head to the Sultanahmet Mosque also known as Blue Mosque. Right after seeing the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans Topkapi Palace, you will continue to the Hagia Sophia, as known as Church of Holy Wisdom, which is richly and artistically decorated by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We will stop in Gulhane Park, which is the oldest and largest urban park in Istanbul, and we will take a break. Then we will move throughout Constantine's Column (Cemberlitas), one of the most prominent examples of Roman art before arriving at Beyazıt Square and Mosque. Then we will visit Şehzade Mosque, which is considered by architectural historians as Sinan's first masterpiece. Right after seeing famous Bozdoğan Aqueduct, we will continue to the largest mosque of Istanbul Suleymaniye Mosque, the mosque of Sultan Süleyman the magnificent. Tour will finish at meeting point.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque Tour

5. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque Tour

Tour includes visit with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Suleymaniye Mosque Hagia Sophia: Imagine a building standing in the same place for 1500 years, the number one temple for two religions. The headquarter of Orthodox Christendom and the first mosque in Istanbul. It was constructed within only 5 years. It's dome was the biggest dome with 55.60 height and 31.87 diameters for 800 years in the world. Depictions of the religions side by side. Coronation place for the Roman Emperors. It was the meeting place of the Sultan and his people. That is the famous Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. Blue Mosque: Located in the old city's heart, it is the most famous mosque in Istanbul and Turkey. Known by the name Blue Mosque, the original name of the Mosque is Sultanahmet Mosque. The tiles design the Blue Mosque interior which is named a Blue Mosque. These tiles come from the most famous tile-producing city in Turkey, Iznik.The tradition of naming mosques in the Ottoman Era is simple. The mosques are named after giving the mosque's order and spending money for the construction. For this reason, the majority of the mosques carry the name of those people. Another tradition is that the name of the region comes from the biggest mosque in that region. For this reason, there are three Sultanahmet. One is the mosque, one is the Sultan who gave the order for the mosque, and the third is the Sultanahmet area. Suleymaniye Mosque: Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most significant historical and architectural landmarks of Istanbul, Turkey. Built during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, this stunning mosque is an impressive example of Ottoman architecture and is widely considered one of the most impressive structures of its kind in the world.

Private Transfer From or To Istanbul Airport (IST)

6. Private Transfer From or To Istanbul Airport (IST)

Waiting to receive at meeting point to take you to your destination comfortably and safely with our Vip Vehicles which have air conditioning, TV, free wifi and water. You don't have to struggle to find a car after you arrive and you don't have to wait in long lines. Use your time efficiently and enjoy your comfortable transfer by taking advangate of our special service. Let us get you to your destination on time!

Istanbul: Public Transport Card with Istanbul Airport Bus

7. Istanbul: Public Transport Card with Istanbul Airport Bus

Order your City Card now and pick it up once you arrive at Istanbul Airport. Hop aboard your airport shuttle bus to the city and start exploring Istanbul. The City Card is available with 10 free ride option and when your credit is empty you can reload at any vending machine for the next ride. The card offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in all zones and in any directions. Get exclusive discounts of up to 20% with many participating partners. Use your City Card and see all that Istanbul has to offer at an amazing price. You'll also receive a digital travel guide on your smartphone with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips. Enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions: • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Shopping and souvenirs And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Istanbul. These include: • Hagia Sophia • Blue Mosque • Grand Bazaar • Süleymaniye Mosque • Istiklal Street • Bosphorus Strait • Old City Sultanahmet • Taksim Square

Istanbul Walking Tour: Discovering Old Town

8. Istanbul Walking Tour: Discovering Old Town

Join us on a small group tour of Istanbul that takes you to some of the city's most iconic and interesting sights. We will begin our tour at Blue Mosque , a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Admire the exquisite blue Iznik tiles that lend the mosque its name, and learn about the harmonious blend of cultures and religions that has shaped this enduring symbol of Istanbul.Next we will visit Hagia Sophia , a symbol of architectural brilliance and a testament to the city's rich past. As you stroll through its hallowed halls, your expert guide will unveil the stories of emperors and civilizations that have left their mark on this iconic structure.Next We will visit Basilica Cistern an underground reservoir constructed during the Roman era. Marvel at the hauntingly beautiful Medusa heads and listen as your guide regales you with tales of this enigmatic subterranean wonder. Next, we will visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Here, you can browse and shop for souvenirs and traditional Turkish goods, and perhaps haggle with the vendors for the best price.

Half Day Old City Tour by Art Historian

9. Half Day Old City Tour by Art Historian

-"If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul"-Alphonse de Lamartine Many come and visit Istanbul, and many eyes have tasted the beauty of Istanbul. Now it is your turn to welcome this city within the gaze of an Art Historian with lots of tales, facts, humor, and photos to keep with you forever until you come next time to this city, Istanbul. - The tour will start just at the Hippodrome Arena in front of the '' Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum'' where your guide will be waiting for you. There you will start your discovery of Istanbul. -Hippodrome is the Arena with all the monuments located from the Tombstone of Ancient Pharaoh to the Symbole of Brotherhood Serpent Column -Million Stone: Center of Known world -Blue Mosque/ Sultanahmet Mosque: Although known by many as Blue Mosque it is the mosque of Sultan Ahmet who gave the name to the famous square of Istanbul' Old Town 'Sultanahmet Square' Did you know that the blue tiles inside the mosque are called Turkuaz(turquoise) Color created by the Turkish People themselves? - Hagia Sophia/ Santa Sophia: The head temple and maybe one of the most welcoming ones that continues to appeal to the Christians and Muslims at the same time. However is Sophia only a girl's name? Duration - Not interior visit- Since 15th January 2024 the entrance fee of Hagia Sophia, visitor entrance to the Second floor is 25 Euro (No entry) - Topkapı Palace( Only First Court entry ): Istanbul had more than 20 times attempts to be conquered by many but the Ottoman Empire Sultan Mehmet was the only one to achieve it. Topkapı Palace is the art of the only conqueror of Istanbul. It is the Palace of Victory that has seen many celebrations of the Ottoman Empire - Grand Bazaar: Welcome to one culture that stays even for Modern Days... Bazaar culture of Istanbul. Once you go inside the entrance like a fortress you will join another world and of course, we are not talking about Matrix. Or do we? Blue or red... ( This tour is not a shopping tour we guarantee that you will not be pressured to buy something. Only if you need help let the guide know.) Notice: When requested by our guests the guide will show you his recommendation inside the bazaar and will give you a short trip at the end of the tour to help you be away from Scammers in the bazaar) -Suleymaniye Mosque& Panoramic View of Istanbul: Walking around the once Highest education given in the Ottoman Empire welcome to the district of Suleymaniye. It is the epic mosque indeed proper to Sultan Suleyman The Magnificent. Also built by the Epic architect Sinan. This is a mosque, a combination of the Legends of the Ottoman Empire. It will be even harder to say goodbye to Istanbul after looking at the Panoramic View of the Bosphorus but until next time Suleymaniye and its fantastic view will be the farewell from your guide. Notice: According to your wish guide, Bosphorus cruise tours in İstanbul which is around 2 hours.

Private Transfer From Istanbul Airport

10. Private Transfer From Istanbul Airport

Waiting to receive at meeting point to take you to your destination comfortably and safely with our Vip Vehicles which have air conditioning, TV, free wifi and water. You don't have to struggle to find a car after you arrive and you don't have to wait in long lines. Use your time efficiently and enjoy your comfortable transfer by taking advangate of our special service. Let us get you to your destination on time!

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Selin was our guide for the day. Lucky for us, it felt like a friend was showing us around the popular spots in Istanbul than just a guided tour. Her way as a guide definitely hit a balance where she shared lits of interesting information without long drawn stories that would keep standing too long. We had enough time to take pictures and admire and enjoy the views offered at these monuments. We were not hurried and the pace was just perfect. We also loved that Selin helped with a few tips like the Istanbul Kart and recommendations for food and Turkish delights. I highly recommend Selin to take you through a memorable day in Istanbul just like we had. Thank you much Selin, we have fallen in love with Istanbul even more because of you.

This was my second time with Segway tour of the old time. A special thanks to Tarik who was our guide in this journey!! The tour was very fun and full of History knowledge! i do recommend everyone who needs to discover the history of Ottomans and the beauty of the old city to do this activity!

Οur guide Selin Secen was amazing...we suggest her to tour you.. She is very friendly and helpful . Absolutely we could choose her again..

Our guide Enver was really good. His English was perfect and he was very knowledgeable about history.

Highly recommend tour. Great tour guide. Despite worst weather conditions I enjoyed every minute!