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Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Small Group Tour

Product ID: 139328
Skip the long lines to 2 of the most important religious monuments of Istanbul on a morning tour with a local guide. Look inside the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and discover the other attractions of the historic Sultanahmet district.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Japanese

Pickup included

Pickup is provided from centrally-located hotels such as those in the Sultanahmet area, Beyazit, Sirkeci, Beyoglu, and Taksim.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the long lines to the Hagia Sophia and 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
Full description
Discover the classic monuments of Istanbul on a half-day guided tour of the city center. Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located hotel, and then make your way by air-conditioned vehicle to Sultan Ahmet Square.

Skip the long lines to the magnificent Hagia Sophia, built on the site of an earlier church under the orders of the 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 Blue Mosque to see the splendid 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.
  • Pick-up from centrally located hotels or the cruise ship port
  • Skip-the-line entrance fees for the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Parking fees
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off
  • Optional tips for the guide and driver
  • Meals and beverages

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• The Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern
• The Blue Mosque is closed on Friday mornings for Friday prayers
• The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Beautiful day and a beautiful lunch with a small group

This tour was fantastic, I had such a nice time. I was thrilled to find there was only five of us on the tour and it was a great balance between structure and the freedom to explore the mosques. The lunch was delicious and we had plenty of time to explore the Grand Bazaar in the afternoon. Highly recommended.

5 August 2019

Excellent overall tour

The tour pretty much summed up the main attractions of both Sultan Ahmet and Hagia Sophia well. There was a stop to one of the Baazars which had some very good items for sale. The crew were very organized and the tour guide was professional in handling the crew. It's a go to for a starter in Turkey! Thanks for the awesome experience.

29 July 2019

Good for skipping the lines

This was a good tour for getting us into the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia without waiting in long lines, so it was worth it for that. However, once we were inside there was not much information given. A brief overview and then we were on our own in each place.

7 May 2019

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Product ID: 139328