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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 Customizable Guided Tour

2. 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: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque Tour

3. 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.

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.

Private Transfer From or To Istanbul Airport (IST)

5. 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 Walking Tour: Discovering Old Town

6. 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.

Istanbul Walking Tour: Mosques, Palace, Cistern with Lunch

7. Istanbul Walking Tour: Mosques, Palace, Cistern with Lunch

The first stop is the Topkapi Palace. This opulent structure once served as the administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, its beauty is still a sight to behold, with many flocking to the palace to take photos. Up next are the Hippodrome and the Obelisk of Theodosius. The Obelisk was originally commissioned by the Egyptian Pharaoh Tuthmosis II in the 15th century BC. It was erected in the Hippodrome (a place originally built to race horses during the Roman period) by Theodosius in 388. Stop for lunch at a local eatery before heading to the next stop, the Basilica Cistern. Explore the vast network of ancient Roman reservoirs and marvel at the stunning architecture of the cistern, with its towering columns and intricate carvings. Then you’ll head to the Blue Mosque, where you can admire the intricate details of the mosque's blue tiles and elegant domes while learning about its rich history and significance to the Muslim faith. After filling your camera roll with photos of the Blue Mosque, head to the classic and ever-popular Hagia Sophia. This great architectural masterpiece boasts a long and storied history, serving as a church, mosque, and now museum. Take in the beauty of the structure with its towering minarets before heading to the last stop of the day. Hagia Sophia Entrance fee is not included (EUR 25 per person. New fee added by Turkish Government from 15th of January, 2024) The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. A trip to Turkey would not be complete without a visit to this iconic landmark. Stroll through the numerous stalls and go shopping for some souvenirs to commemorate the day’s adventure.

Istanbul: 3-Hour Segway Tour

8. Istanbul: 3-Hour Segway Tour

Visit Istanbul's top sights on this Segway tour. Start the tour at Sultanahmet, traveling to Hippodrome Square, which has witnessed gladiator fights, chariot races and many riots. Then head to the Sultanahmet Mosque and admire its unique blue facade. Later, head to the Hagia Sophia, one of the most breathtaking examples of Turkish architecture, before continuing to Gulhane Park, the oldest and largest urban park in Istanbul, where you will stop for a break. Continue your tour through Constantine's Column, one of the most prominent examples of Roman art, before arriving at Beyazıt Square and Mosque. Then visit Şehzade Mosque, which is considered by architectural historians as Sinan's first masterpiece. Finish your tour by heading to the largest mosque in Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque.

Private Transfer From Istanbul Airport

9. 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!

Istanbul: Public Transport Card inc. Istanbul Airport Bus

10. Istanbul: Public Transport Card inc. Istanbul Airport Bus

Order your City Card now and pick up at the Istanbul Airport, get on the 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 rides. 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. Whether you're taking a city tour or visiting a museum, Dervish show, when you use the City Card, you can see all 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 & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Istanbul: • Hagia Sophia • Blue Mosque • Grand Bazaar • Süleymaniye Mosque • Istiklal Street • Bosphorus Strait • Old City Sultanahmet • Taksim Square Important Information: This card must be picked up at Istanbul Airport. No pick up at Sabiha Gökcen Airport or anywhere else.

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This was an amazing tour. Our tour guide, Burak, was incredible. He knew everything about all the many places we went. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a knowledgeable guide before. On top of that he was also very very nice and very very friendly. He made our time in Istanbul better than we could have hoped for.

Hamit was sooo informative and knew pretty well where to go and he was very keen to show us even the tiny details of each spot that we visited. I am sooo happyyyy that I took the decision of booking this walking tour.

Exceptional moment with our guide. We were lucky that the visit turned into a private visit. I recommend to learn more about the history of Istanbul

I don’t have suggestions- we like too much the explanations.

Hello, we had a great guide Reha. Perfect nothing to say