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 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 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

  • 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 until mid 2023
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • Entry into Hagia Sophia is not guaranteed due to long lines since it was converted back into a mosque
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 339 reviews

Review summary

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

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We loved our tour with Mustafa and Get Your Guide. We were running late due to heavy traffic in Istanbul and the guide could not wait, but he took a picture of himself and told us where he was in the line to get into Haiga Sophia. It was a bit chaotic, but we found him and were able to participate in the tour.

November 19, 2022

As this was our first time in Istanbul, we had great respect for the size of the city. That's why we decided to exceptionally book a guide for this trip, although we prefer to travel on our own and we like to decide for ourselves what exactly is interesting for us. But Furkan was awesome! A lot of information and an answer to all questions about the history of Istanbul with a lot of heart for his homeland. It never got boring in the 3.5 hours. Thanks to the great hours Furkan! Other: - Hagia Sophia with about 1 hour queue, which sounds worse than it actually was (we had a great guide). - Unfortunately, the Blue Mosque is being renovated and was therefore of little interest to us. Thanks again to Furkan.

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October 17, 2022

we found the meeting point verry easy. out guide was on time and verry well organized. he told us a lot of interesting information about the history of the old town and the two mosques. we appriciated him a lot for creating a very nice atmosphere and we had such an amazing time while takeing the tour

October 6, 2022

Product ID: 204412