Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s most important monument on this well-planned tour led by an expert guide. Discover Ottoman history in the Palace and learn about the life of the Sultan’s family in the Harem.
Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Tour
Discover two splendid monuments: the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
- Adult (Ages 9+)
- Child (Ages 3-8)
- 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 of the Blue Mosque
(The Mosque is closed on Friday mornings until the end of noon prayer. Expect long lines at high season.)
The world-famous Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s premier sights. Sultan Ahmet’s imperial mosque is a working mosque even today. It is decorated with fascinating tile work–21,043 tiles in total, to be precise–in every shade of blue. The Blue Mosque is an essential part of our Istanbul highlights tour which allows us to cover both mosque architecture and the basics of Islam in a very relevant setting.
Tour of the Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia alone justifies a visit to Istanbul. Also called the Church of Divine Wisdom, it is eternally impressive and undeniably important, with its extraordinary dimensions and haunting beauty.
The Church’s dome was a daring engineering feat in the sixth century, and engineers still marvel at the building’s many innovations. In addition, it remains the most popular museum in all of Istanbul. All of our guides adore the Hagia Sophia, so you can expect to have in-depth explanations of the monument as you take part in our Highlights tour.
Your tour guide will also touch upon the significance of the monument with regard to Islam and Christianity and explain how the structure was converted from a church into a mosque.
- Understand the significance of two of Istanbul’s most important highlights from an expert guide.
- Discover the art of Islam through magnificent calligraphy and tiles.
- Admire the beautiful Byzantine architecture inside Hagia Sophia.
- Gaze upon the basilica’s stunning domes and minarets.
- Expert local guides
- 3-hour guided tour at a relaxed pace
- Small-group or private tours
- Transport to or from the meeting spot
- Please choose to bring your earphones for the headsets.
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. Your guide will be in front of the Ersoy Bufe with a sign that says, “Walks in Europe.”