Guided tour

Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: walks in istanbul

Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: walks in istanbul
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Take a walking tour of the two most famous monuments in Istanbul: the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet and the Hippodrome as you witness local life with a professional guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the splendor and charm of Islamic architecture in the Blue Mosque
  • Enjoy easy access to the world famous Hagia Sophia
  • Discover the history and culture of Ottoman and Byzantine Empires
  • Get tips from your guide at the end of the tour to continue exploring Istanbul independently
  • See the Hippodrome and learn about its importance in the city's social and political life
Full description

Check out Istanbul's greatest Islamic monument on a walking tour. Meet the guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Then have your guide lead you to the Blue Mosque, the most visited monument in Istanbul.  Marvel at this imperial Ottoman Mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet. Witness the evocative power and splendor of its past as you enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Blue Mosque and its buildings with your guide. Afterward, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbulites and take a gentle stroll around the neighborhood.  Walk through the Hippodrome, the social and political center of the city, and learn about the significance of the famous obelisks. Visit the Hagia Sophia and witness the most significant site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul and learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Explore the museum and the interiors of each building with elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, columns, and mosaic gallery.

Learn how the impressive İznik tiles were added over time in the Mosque, how the stunning Virgin Mary mosaic was made, and why the Ottomans chose to bury their sultans in the courtyard.

Includes
  • Blue Mosque guided
  • Hagia Sophia guided
  • Shared-group tour or private walking tour
  • Guide
  • Transportation to the meeting spot
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headscarf

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  The small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants
  • You must remove your shoes before entering both landmarks
  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 152 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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The Blue Mosque was being renovated while we were there so we were unable to see as much as we hoped, but what we did see and hear about was very interesting. The Hagia Sophia was amazing and we learnt so much about the history of the place. Our tour guide was so informative and really made the tour with her wealth of knowledge and facts. The tour was well paced and we never felt rushed. We were very fortunate that we only had a small group of 4 people, so the guide was able to answer additional questions we had and provide us with a very personal tour. I highly recommend this tour!

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April 18, 2022

I would recommend small group tours as you will get a lot more information and have the ability to ask lots of questions. The guide gave a great overview of the history and picked out interesting details. If possible spending 10 mins in the Hippodrome at the end is great as there is so much history associated with this public space.

November 1, 2019

Incredible

We were very lucky in that there were only 4 of us to share this tour. Our guide was fabulous. She was very knowledgable and provided information that I think we’d have missed if we had tried to explore alone. I shall never ever forget the beauty of the Blue Mosque and the call to prayer resonating across the City. I have no hesitation in recommending Get Your Guide.

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October 9, 2019

Product ID: 204412