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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

1. Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Check out Istanbul's greatest Islamic monument on this small walking tour. Meet your guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies where you can purchase water or snacks. Then let your guide lead you to the Blue Mosque, the most visited monument in Istanbul.  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 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.  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 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.

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Full-Day Istanbul Ancient Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

2. Full-Day Istanbul Ancient Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After departing from your hotel, we will take a trip to the historic peninsula of old Istanbul, the place from which the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires once ruled their vast realms. This all-day tour of the ancient city’s relics will show you how deep the history goes. Our first stop will be the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s ancient sports stadium. In Byzantine times, the Hippodrome, which sits next to the Blue Mosque, was a huge open-air arena with banks of seats forming an elongated oval shape. Then it’s on to the 16th-century Blue Mosque. Take a moment to gaze at its majestic domes, peaceful courtyards, and its six slender minarets. Your next stop will be Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s architectural marvels. Afterward there will be a chance to shop at the nearby stores and stands before having lunch at a local restaurant. From there you will visit Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans. Feel the ghosts of the imperial past brushing up against you as you visit the harem, the private quarters of the Sultan’s family and the subject of much western fantasizing. Your last stop of day is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Dating back to 1461, this immense covered market is one of the liveliest and most colorful parts of the old city. Istanbul is a complex, ancient history, and this full-day walking tour shows you a history as colorful and complex as the city’s famous market.

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Full-Day Tour of Islamic Istanbul

3. Full-Day Tour of Islamic Istanbul

On this full-day tour of Islamic Istanbul learn how Islam spread throughout the city with the rise of the Ottoman Empire. Start out at Topkapi Palace, home to the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th centuries. The palace houses the jewels of the Imperial Treasury and relics of the Prophet Mohammed. See the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, dating from the 16th century. It is also known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue Iznik tiles that cover its interior. The 15th-century Eyup Sultan Mosque was the first grand mosque built in the city proper, while the first imperial mosque inside the city walls was the Fatih Mosque, dating from later in the 15th century.

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What people are saying about Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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based on 22 reviews

Our tour with Cetin Kilic was excelent! We received so much interesting information and facts about Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Highly recommend the tour!

Extremely knowledgeable and passionate Gide Cetin made our tour to blue mosque and Aya Sofia unforgettable! Highly recommended

We had an amazing walking tour in Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque, our tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable

Incredibly knowledgeable guide who was very professional and made the tour so interesting!

Our guide was great! Super friendly and super knowledgable :)