Day trip

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Bosphorus Cruise

4.1 / 5

31 reviews

Activity provider: Aljazeera Tour

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Bosphorus Cruise

Activity provider: Aljazeera Tour

From US$ 59.55 per person

Discover the highlights of Istanbul with a coach tour of the Old City, a Bosporus cruise, and a cable car ride down Pierre Loti Hill. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazar.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 9 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is from centrally-located Istanbul hotels ( in Levent, Sisli, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Ortakoy, Findikli, Karakoy, Tepebasi, Sirkeci, Sultanahmet, Kadirga, Beyazit, Laleli, Aksaray, Yenikapi, Findikzade, Topkapi, Sutluce). For each hotel there is a fixed departure time. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time


9 hours
  • Hagia Sophia

  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • German Fountain, Turkey

  • Grand Bazaar

  • Bosphorus Strait

  • Golden Horn

  • Pierre Loti Hill

Main stop
Other stop
End point
  • Marvel at views of Istanbul's skyline during a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Step back in time as you learn about the 6th-century Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque
  • Look for a bargain as you pass by hundreds of stalls in the Grand Covered Bazaar
  • Delight your palate with local flavors with an included delectable Turkish lunch
  • Capture pictures of the Golden Horn from Pierre Loti Hill and take a cable car
Full description

Explore Istanbul on this coach tour of the Old City. See sights like the Eyup Sultan Mosque and the Hippodrome. Learn about Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque on a guided tour. Sit down to a tasty lunch and sail on the Bosporus. Soak up the views from Pierre Loti Hill and ride a cable car. 

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from centrally-located hotels in Istanbul. Sit back and relax in an airconditioned coach with plenty of space on your way to the departure point. Meet your local guide and head to the Old City to visit the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.

Learn about this 6th century building that was constructed by the emperor Justinian as a Greek Orthodox Church. Hear about how the the Hagia Sophia has transformed over time and how it was the largest church in the world for a 1,000 years.

Continue to the Blue Mosque to admire its 20,000 blue Iznık ceramic tiles and its 6 towering minarets. Find out how it was built for Sultan Ahmet I and how it was the last great mosque of the Classical period.

Make your way to the the sporting and social center of ancient Constantinople at the Hippodrome. View the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Bronze Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius, and the Column of Constantine.

Discover the Tombs of Sultans, the final resting place of 5 Sultans and 142 members of the Ottoman dynasty. Visit the fountain of Sultan Ahmet III which is in front of the Imperial Gate of the Topkapı Palace.

See the Perayton, an older Byzantine fountain with a Turkish rococo structure. Take as stroll through the Grand Covered Bazaar, the oldest and biggest covered market in the world. Get lost in 65 streets with more than 4000 shops. Have some free time to haggle before sitting down to a delicious lunch.

Take in the city sights from the sea on a Bosphorus cruise. Capture pictures of of the Golden Horn, the Topkapı palace, the Dolma Bahçe palace, the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Maiden’s tower, Galata tower, the Blue mosque, Ortakoy mosque. Gaze out at the bridges connecting Europe and Asia.

Board the coach and pass by historical wooden houses, churches, synagogues, mosques, and the remains of the Roman Wall. Visit the Eyup Sultan Mosque and see the Abu Eyup Alansari Tomb (Abu Ayyub al-Ansari was the standard bearer and companion of Muhammad).

Ascend the Pierre Loti Hill by bus and snap some photos of sweeping views of the Golden Horn. Marvel at city views as you descend the hill on a cable car ride. Return to your accommodation by coach at the end of your tour.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Blue Mosque visit
  • Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque visit
  • Lunch
  • Cruise
  • Cable car ticket
  • Tips
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour operates all year round except on May 1st and January 1st
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on religious holidays and Sundays.
  • The Blue Mosque, the Eyup Sultan Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque are visited on Fridays from the outside due to Friday prayer schedules
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Was a good and informative tour. Our guide was very kind. This is a very walking tour so get ready. My group enjoyed leather factory alot and we bought really nice things there. All listed here are done in 100% by the company. Moreover they brought us to a very famous brand sweet shop which was really nice acting from their side. My group enjoyed this tour alot.

Read more

September 24, 2022

I had no idea and the tour ended up being a private tour, and my guide Baki, he was the best, he explained to me everything and answer any question I had without problems! It was awesome having him with me during the day because he would show me everything and explained many many things and he always let it be my choice for the things to do first or later. It was absolutely worth it!

Read more

July 16, 2022

Thank you to Aljazeera Tour, is good service and give good guide Ms Filiz. they pick me early and private tour. i thought will be many person, but just me. Ms Filiz to much Friendly and she explaint all detail. i like she to be my guide. i hope when coming again in Istanbul, I will be choose Aljazeera Tour and special Ms Filiz to be my guide again. explore another destination.

Read more

May 26, 2022

Product ID: 417635