Guided tour

Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
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Join a guided tour of the two most famous monuments in Istanbul: the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Enjoy an introduction to Sultanahmet and the Hippodrome as you witness local life with a guide.

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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
  • Admire the beauty of the world famous Hagia Sophia on a guided tour
  • 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

Discover the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Hippodrome on a private or shared guided walking tour in Istanbul. Admire the historic architecture and unique views of the city. Get an insider perspective of these must-see sights.

Meet your guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood at an easy spot and check out Istanbul's greatest monuments on a walking tour with an expert guide. Start with the Blue Mosque, the most visited monument in Istanbul famous for its stunning blue tiles. 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.

Afterward, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbulites and take a 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 stunning monument 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, 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.

Explore the Arasta Bazaar nestled right under the shadow of the Blue Mosque to understand 17th Century architecture of public buildings. It is a well-known but modest open-air market in the heart of Sultanahmet. Enjoy a last-minute tea break and hunt for gifts to take home.

End your tour in Sultanahmet Square with enough information and hints to help you be independent for the rest of your time in Istanbul.

Includes
  • Shared or private walking tour (depending on option selected)
  • Local 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

  • 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
  • Istanbul has notoriously bad traffic; leave early to make it on time for your tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 288 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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Good length of time and helpful interpretation of the sites. The guide was clear and able to share many stories, although it would help to have an overarching story to explain the context - lots of jumping around. More information about the history and the architecture would also be very interesting.

September 29, 2022

Our guide was excellent! It was energetics, interesting, and very attentive to the groups needs. We faced some interruptions to the itineraries based on periods of prayer at the mosques but our guide made quick and creative adjustments to the itinerary completing a thoroughly enjoyable visit to I Hagia Sophia and the blue mosque. Highly recommend the tour particularly with our guide.

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September 24, 2022

We had a fantastic guide who took us through the chaos of these world renowned monuments, he was flexible with us arriving slightly late and navigated us through the heat and chaos of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sofia. Just a note that the monuments themselves while being lovely are also really crowded and you have to queue to enter despite having tickets just because there are so many visitors. Also devilishly hot inside the mosques and white stinky due to bare sweaty feet on the carpets laid inside for the praying attendees

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August 30, 2022

Product ID: 204412