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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Product ID: 204412
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Join a small group walking tour of the two most famous monuments in Istanbul: the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet and witness the local life with a professional guide.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the splendor and charm of Islamic architecture
  • Discover the art of Islam in its calligraphy and tiles
  • Admire beautiful Byzantine architecture inside Hagia Sophia
  • Witness the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets
Full description
Check out Istanbul's greatest Islamic monument on this small walking tour. After you have met your friendly and informative guide and exchanged a pleasant meet and greet, you will get the days activities started with a visit to the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the most visited monument in Istanbul. Your tour will start in the Sultanahmet neighborhood which takes its name from the mosque.

Marvel at this imperial Ottoman Mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet the first and the last one built in this grand size. Witness the evocative power and splendor of its past as you enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Blue Mosque and its complimentary buildings with a professional guide. Afterward, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbulites and take a gentle stroll around the neighborhood. 

Visit the Hagia Sophia with skip-the-line tickets 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.

On this 3-hour tour, you’ll skip the lines and explore the museum with a licensed guide. In the interiors of each building, you’ll see elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, columns, and mosaic gallery. 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.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line admission ticket for Hagia Sophia
  • Licensed guide
  • Small-group walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to the meeting spot
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet, Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. No:32, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
Know before you go
• Children under 8-years of age must show a valid photo ID
• The small-group tour has a maximum of 8 participants
• You must remove your shoes before entering the Blue Mosque
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 13 reviews
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Value for money
4.2/5
Safety
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Product ID: 204412