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 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. 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 the option selected)
  • Local guide
  • Blue Mosque guided tour (replaced with Suleymaniye Mosque from January to April 2023)
  • Transportation to the meeting spot
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Meet at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet. This is a good place for Turkish snacks and bathroom facilities. Please note that if arriving by car or taxi that the last 20 meters or so to the meeting point is closed to traffic and you will have to walk.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headscarf

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Blue Mosque is closed from January 1, 2023 to April 1, 2023. The visit will be replaced with a guided tour of Suleymaniye Mosque
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • You must remove your shoes before entering both landmarks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 365 reviews

Review summary

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

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Our tour guide, Sabih, did a wonderful job and was extremely knowledgeable. At each of the places we went to he presented a variety of historical stories and a wealth of knowledge while keeping the tour at a very good pace. He pointed out many details about each of the buildings in ways that made things memorable and that made the tour far superior to other similar tours I have taken in the past. Additionally, I myself was a history major and I naturally had many questions for him about his various stories and the various parts of each building. He answered each of my questions with an abundance of additional facts and even more wonderful historical anecdotes. I would highly recomend this tour.

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January 13, 2023

This experience is one of a kind and highly recommend for all. The people you meet and see while on the tour represent all walks of life. It's true that Istanbul is the meeting place of the world. Many thanks to the host of the trip who brought along blue plastic bags to carry our shoes while inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque and mentioned the mosaic of The Son of Mary that was near exit. You have my deepest thanks and appreciation. Apologies that I forgot your name brother.

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January 8, 2023

Our guide Sabih was brilliant. Total knowledge of the places where he took us and full of suggestions and advice to discover the city. We visited Aya Sofia from the inside, the hippodrome area, the blue mosque from the outside (due to renovation works) and finally, with a small trip via tram, the Suleiman mosque. We recommend the tour and especially our guide!

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January 2, 2023

Product ID: 204412