Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

From US$ 50.89 per person

Join a small group 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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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 12 participants
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the splendor and charm of Islamic architecture in the Blue Mosque
  • Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line 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 this small walking tour. Meet your guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies where you can purchase water or snacks. Then let 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 complimentary buildings with a professional 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 with skip-the-line tickets 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. On this 3-hour tour, you’ll skip the lines and explore the museum with a licensed guide. In the interiors of each building, you’ll see 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
  • 3-hour guided tour with a licensed local guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people) or a private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Meeting point with toilet facilities and Turkish delicacies
  • Transportation to the meeting spot
  • Lunch
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet, Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. No:32, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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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 until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 102 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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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

Our guide was great and patient in explaining everything even though it might have seemed like we were too occupied with taking pictures. he was extremely knowledgeable and even came with visual guides to help us mentally picture things that were no longer there. Would absolutely do a tour with him again.

September 26, 2019

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