Guided tour

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Skip-the-Line Tour

4.4 / 5

78 reviews

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Skip-the-Line Tour

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum
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Skip the lines at 2 of the most important religious monuments of Istanbul on this tour with a local guide. Visit Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, then experience shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick up provided from Istanbul Port, Taksim, Besiktas and Sultanahmet Hotels

Experience

Highlights
  • 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, including skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Visit the colorful and lively Grand Bazaar to shop unique local products.

Start your trip with pickup directly from your chosen hotel or pickup point, and then make your way by air-conditioned vehicle to Sultan Ahmet Square. Skip the long lines to Hagia Sophia, built on the site of an earlier church under the orders of 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 Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque, and see the 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.

Round off your trip at the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5000 shops. Stop into an authentic oriental atmosphere and see all kinds of gifts, leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, hand-woven fabrics, and more.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup
  • Local guide
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Hagia Sophia skip-the-line entry
  • Blue Mosque skip-the-line entry
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Guide and driver tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The Blue Mosque is closed on Friday mornings for Friday prayers
  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2023 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 78 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Guide talked fast and a lot so it was hard to keep up. Too bad we could not see so much of the blue mosque due to renovation .. Sad to take so much time at "leather shop and carpets etc." if you are not interested in this or do not appear in the booking. Otherwise a nice trip.

May 28, 2022

Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see so many things. Ladies, don’t forget a scarf to wrap on your head, although there are plenty of places to buy one on your walk. We only had trouble at the end because of traffic. Traffic is horrible. I recommend that if you’re not very far to walk to your hotel afterwards then do that. The traffic took us 2 hours to go a very short distance.

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April 26, 2022

Our tour guide was mister K. Very good with all knowledge and history ! We booked day tour for Friday as that was only day for us to look around. Turned out that Turkish president was visiting Istanbul and Hagia Sophia was closed for that reason whole morning ! As well Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings for Friday prayers … and still Mr. K, our guide managed to full fill our tour best possible way. not skipping a beat we saw everything and had great time !

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April 16, 2022

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