Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
  • Likely to sell out!

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Tour

Discover two splendid monuments: the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque

Tour Highlights:

Meeting point

We meet at Ersoy Bufe. This is a small food kiosk just by the side of the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square. It is across the German Fountain. Here is the Google Maps Link.

This tour runs every day. 

*This tour is not available on the following dates: 31 December, 01 January, 21 April, and 28 June.

Summer departures: 09:30 / 13:30
Winter departures: 09:00 / 13:00
Fridays: Tours run in the afternoon only.

Adult (Ages 10+)
Child (Ages 3-9)
Infant (Ages 0-2)
Private Base price for 2 people

Witness the Charm of Islamic and Greek Orthodox Design during this Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Tour

After you meet your friendly and informative guide, you will get the adventure started with a tour of the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the most visited monument in Istanbul–and you will soon understand why. Your tour begins in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, which takes its name from the mosque.

Marvel at this imperial Ottoman mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I, which is the last to be built in such grand proportions. Witness the evocative power and splendor of its past as you enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Mosque and its complementary buildings, enriched by in-depth knowledge from your guide. Afterward, head to the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbul, after which you’ll take a relaxed stroll around the neighborhood.

Follow your expert guide to the Hagia Sophia to admire the most significant site of Greek Orthodox religion in all of Istanbul. Listen as your guide explains how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

Inside, you can spot elements of both a mosque and a church standing side by side. Admire the stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, and 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.

Walk the length of the Hippodrome, and enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet as local life goes on around you. Ask about the obelisks that adorn the square. Pause for a last glance at these two important monuments while you learn the significance of the Hippodrome to Istanbul during the Byzantine era. 

Explore the 17th-century architecture of public buildings in the Arasta Bazaar, nestled under the shadow of the Blue Mosque. Take a break for tea and hunt for gifts to take home. End your tour in Sultanahmet Square with enough information and hints to help you explore Istanbul independently. Get an insider’s perspective of these must-see sights and create unforgettable memories on this guided walking tour.


Tour Details