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 - 4 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 your guide at the House of Medusa Restaurant in Sultanahmet.

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 227 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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The tour was easily one of the highlights of my holiday! Especially Hagia Sophia is stunning but I wouldn't have been able to fully apprechiate it without knowing the history behind it. I was lucky enough to have a tour with just one other person and our guide Chetin. He was very very knowledgeable, on top of being funny and easy to listen to, and you could feel his passion for the place and its history. At the start he gave us a summary of the history of the entire city which really helped to apprechiate it outside of the tour as well. So if you not only want to see the sights but also get an idea of the city's story without having to read up or make your way through a dry museum, this tour is a great way! Only warning is to avoid Friday mornings or religous holidays because the mosques will be either closed or very busy and even the best guide can't do anything about that.

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July 10, 2022

We were lucky enough to have a threesome tour with Suha. Suha is an enthusiastic, experienced and educated guide who provided us with many details of Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. He left us with more tips for the day and we're glad we could have Suha as our guide. 5/5 - absolute recommendation!

July 2, 2022

Since there were not enough participants for a German-speaking tour, I chose English. The guide Sabih, who also speaks German very well, was easy to understand and left enough time between the explanations to look around and take photos. Except for a waiting time in front of the Hagia Sophia of about 15 minutes, which was due to the large crowd, the tour went smoothly. The time frame was well respected.

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June 30, 2022

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