Guided tour

Istanbul: City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque

Activity provider:Tour Altinkum
Guided tour

Istanbul: City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque

Activity provider:Tour Altinkum
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Experience Istanbul on a guided city tour and admire historic highlights. Visit Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, then experience shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese
Pickup included
Hotel: Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Istanbul Port: The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Private group available


  • Discover Istanbul's iconic monuments, including Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
  • Learn the amazing history of Istanbul under the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire
  • See the ruins of the Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world
  • Step into the past with vivid narration and storytelling from your tour guide
Full description

Discover the classic monuments of Istanbul on a half-day guided tour of the city center. Visit the colorful and lively Grand Bazaar to shop for unique local products.

Start your trip with pickup directly from your chosen hotel or pickup point, and then make your way by air-conditioned vehicle to Sultan Ahmet Square. Explore Hagia Sophia, built on the site of an earlier church under the orders of Emperor Justinian I. Learn how it became the largest cathedral in the world and was later converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Continue to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque, and see the blue Iznik tiles and minarets of the city's most iconic attraction. Learn more about the former arena of the Byzantine Empire at the ruins of the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

Round off your trip at the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5000 shops. Stop into an authentic oriental atmosphere and see all kinds of gifts, leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, hand-woven fabrics, and more.

  • Hotel pickup
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Guide and driver tips (optional)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 209 reviews

Review summary

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Tour provider was not able to offer hotel pickup claiming heavy traffic in Istanbul. This is fair enough and understandable but surely that should result in a partial refund of the price paid, however that possibility was not mentioned at all. The tour itself was wonderful, particularly after the disappointment we had in the Vatican the week before. The guide Baris was top notch: dynamic, good delivery and capable of delivering extraordinary historical anecdotes. He timed his interventions well and did not overwhelm us with commentary. I just wish there was a small break after the first visit (Ayasofia) just so could people have a quick bite and drink. Otherwise, this was one of the best tours we have ever done as a family.

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May 9, 2023

Great guide,good explanation,clear english,slowly speaking and it was very easy to follow. Sadly we did not see the Blue Mosque as it is closed (this information was shared after booking via Get your guide provided,but was explained 2 days before a tour). We started exactly on time,so no delays. Good experience,nice guide.

March 23, 2023

This tour was easily booked through the get your guide website. We were met by our guide without having to look for them. The meeting point was clearly indicated with booking confirmation. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with insight about the buildings not available in guide books. Highly recommend the tour.

November 8, 2022

Product ID: 139328