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

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: Bosphorus Cruise w/Audio Guide and Sunset Option

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise w/Audio Guide and Sunset Option

Hop on a sightseeing cruise to tour the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. Get a fresh look at Istanbul on this boat tour with an audio guide to tell you all the top tales as you glide by Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, and Galata Tower. Sail as far south to see the Bosphorus Bridge. Meet your host on the other side of Hagia Sophia and walk down to the pier behind the grand mosque. Jump on board to discover the Golden Horn, considered to be the world’s largest natural harbor. Sail through the magnificent Bosphorus strait forming the continental boundary between Asia and Europe. On your way, come across cultural and historical emblems of Istanbul like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, and Galata Tower. Learn about the city’s rich heritage with an audio guide. Admire the Bosphorus coastline on the European side from the cruise, and see a string of villages, each with its own individual character and attractions. Glide past Dolmabahçe Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge, among others. Be sure to keep an eye out for ancient castles, famous parks, and spectacular seaside residences from different centuries. Capture stunning pictures of the vibrant city of Istanbul along the water on this scenic cruise.

Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia Tour

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: Private Airport Transfer with Meet and Greet

Istanbul: Private Airport Transfer with Meet and Greet

Take advantage of a comfortable and economical private airport transfer to or from Istanbul city. Do not lose any time finding taxis or navigating public transport in a new city to make it to your flight on time. Get picked up from the airport and be greeted by a professional host to reach your hotel or address in comfort. For transfers from the hotel, get picked up from your Istanbul accommodation on time to reach the airport and catch your flight conveniently. Leave all worries behind with a pro fleet and team that will monitor any flight delays to assist you.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Embark on a self-guided exploration through the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, an architectural marvel standing as a testament to centuries of history, with a skip-the-line entry ticket and audio guide on your smartphone. Take an immersive journey through time, as you uncover the secrets and treasures held within the hallowed walls of Hagia Sophia. Wander freely through the iconic chambers, marvel at the intricate details of Byzantine craftsmanship, and soak in the palpable sense of cultural richness. Allow the softly illuminated corridors to lead you through Istanbul's rich past, where each corner holds a compelling story. Listen to your audio guide as it narrates the historical tales of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Don't wait in the ticket counter lines and learn about the Hagia Sophia with an audio guide on your smartphone. Turn on the audio guide on your smartphone and explore the wonders inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque and learn about the history and admire its stunning architecture and intricate mosaics. Journey back in time and discover the ancient Byzantine Church. Make your way up the the stairs and discover the beauth of the Hagia Sophia from the Upper Gallary. Wander through the ancient structure and admire the architecture and ornamentation including the famous mosaics from christinatiy. As you listen to the audio guide, learn more about the Hagia Sophias's fascinating history. Stay inside for as long as you want and take some great photos of one of the top attractions in Istanbul. Important Information: • There is a mandatory security queue, and it is not skippable. In high season, security checks can take up to an hour. • Best time to visit before 10 AM and after 3 PM. Between 10 AM and 3 PM it is crowded and specialy at weekends & public holidays. • Please note that you cannot enter the attraction with the GetYourGuide voucher. You need to pick up your ticket at our kiosk located just next to the entrance. • Women must cover their hair and shoulders. Scarves are available for 100TRY • Men and women must cover their knees. If you wear shorts, you can buy a body cover for 100TRY • Only Turkish citizens are allowed in the prayer area during prayer times • Bring your headphones, or you can rent headphones for 100TRY • This ticket gives you access to the visiting area and upper gallery, not the prayer area downstairs. • The audio guides are available in 23 languages

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip the Ticket Line and Audio Guide

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip the Ticket Line and Audio Guide

Visit Hagia Sophia and enjoy a tour that combines a rich history with modern convenience. This architectural masterpiece showcases centuries where the East meets the West through stunning designs and craftsmanship. Step inside to see the famous dome, beautiful mosaics, and historic calligraphy that have amazed visitors for generations. The experience is enhanced with an exclusive city audio guide, offering detailed narratives on Istanbul’s notable sites. This digital companion leads you through Hagia Sophia’s wonders and extends to other key attractions in the city, providing context and stories that bring each location to life. Discover Hagia Sophia’s enduring beauty, and gain deeper insights into Istanbul’s cultural heritage with the informative city audio guide, creating a memorable and educational visit.

Istanbul: Bosphorus & Golden Horn Cruise Daytime or Sunset

Istanbul: Bosphorus & Golden Horn Cruise Daytime or Sunset

A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. Get on the boat and start discovering the long waterway which separates Europe and Asia. Discover Istanbul’s main attractions, including magnificent palaces, ancient castles and famous hills and parks, as well as spectacular seaside residences from different centuries while passing under famous bridges. You will start your tour from the Old City in Sultanahmet and cruise along the European side until the 2nd Bosphorus bridge and return back along the Asian coast. You will pass by Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace. You will aslo get to see some historical landmarks from a distance such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden Tower, and Galata Tower. 

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide

Have a complete Hagia Sophia experience! Visit the world-famous Hagia Sophia Mosque Entry with the Skip the Ticket Line. Self-explore this amazing place with a specially crafted Audio Guide, and enjoy an amazing interactive tour in the History&Experience Museum. Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque: Hagia Sophia, originally built as a cathedral in 532 AD by Emperor Justinian, it later transformed into a mosque, symbolizing the confluence of Byzantine and Ottoman cultures. The grandeur of its massive dome, adorned with stunning mosaics and intricate details, reflects centuries of cultural transitions. Today, as a mosque, it stands as a symbol of Istanbul's vibrant past and invites visitors to marvel at its timeless beauty, soak in the spiritual ambiance, and witness the harmonious blend of historical narratives within its magnificent walls. You can skip the ticket line with your ticket provided. Hagia Sophia History & Experience Museum: Choose "Hagia Sophia History & Experience Museum" ticket to delve into the mosque’s rich history with the technological wonders of the museum, featuring captivating exhibits and immersive storytelling experiences. Located within the historic Ibrahim Pasha Palace, this museum invites visitors on a captivating journey through the ages. With three floors of immersive exhibits, the Museum unveils the rich tapestry of Hagia Sophia's past, from its origins as a temple to its transformation into a mosque. State-of-the-art technology, video shows, and audio narratives breathe life into history, offering a multi-sensory exploration of architectural marvels and hidden narratives. The museum's unique layout allows visitors to traverse through 13 meticulously curated areas, each revealing a different facet of this iconic landmark's storied history. Complemented by a collection of never-before-seen artifacts, the Museum provides a truly enriching experience for visitors. Children under the age of 8 are not admitted to the museum. Enjoy a complete Hagia Sophia experience!

Istanbul: Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern Tour

Istanbul: Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern Tour

Join a guided tour to discover Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. Benefit from priority admission at the museum ticket offices led by your efficient guide. Meet your guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood at an easy spot and check out Istanbul's greatest monuments on a walking tour. Start with the Basilica Cistern, wander around the “Subterranean Palace” and learn about its history. See the underground pillars and learn about Byzantine architecture. Walk on the wooden walkways over the water until the famous upside-down Medusa heads. Next, visit the Hagia Sophia with pre-reserved 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. Explore the stunning monument with elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome, minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, and Roman columns. 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. Continue to Topkapi Palace to explore the splendor of the Ottoman Empire. Enter the famous palace with priority admission tickets and discover the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn. Choose to visit the Harem with your included tickets at your leisure. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. End your with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

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What people are saying about Hagia Sophia

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4.4
(6,500 reviews)

Great tour with great guide. Tour was full of interesting stories and facts. Small group. Very accomodating. First was the blue mosque, then the palace. In the palace showed us a few highlights and walked us through the entire place but then gave us recommendations on how to explore by ourselves later.

There was not really a queue so the skip-the-line was not particularly helpful, but the price for entry was the same online as it was in person, on the door, so it was definitely worth booking in advance. The Hagia Sophia was absolutely stunning and well worth the visit. 100% recommend.

Batu was amazing, he is very knowledgeable and showed us everything he could and explained it clearly. Had a good time and enjoyed his tours. Highly recommend him.

Communication with Ahmed was easy and fast! The drive was smooth and on time.

Sometimes a little too much on the spot but very good explanations