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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque

Behold the magnificent Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque on this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour of Istanbul’s best monuments. You will delve into the complex culture of Istanbul as you discover its famous monuments intertwined history. Not only will you see the beauty of Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque, but explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the German Fountain. People are limited to 15 on this tour, so you can receive more personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour walking tour of Istanbul with an expert local guide
  • See top Istanbul attractions around the must-visit Sultanahmet district
  • Admire beautiful Byzantine architecture inside Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Learn about Turkey’s close ties with Germany as you visit the German Fountain
  • Stroll through the Blue Mosque and hear tales of the extravagant Sultan who commissioned it to be built
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque

Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour

After you meet your guide beside Hagia Sophia Museum begin your 3.5-hour small-group walking tour by entering this architectural masterpiece. Follow your guide through this former Byzantine Christian Basilica and learn how it was converted to a mosque in the 15th century and then a museum about 500 years later. Admire the intricate details of Christian mosaics, relics and gaze up at the impressive columns and dome structure that will beg you take photos.

Next, leave Hagia Sophia and stroll to Sultanahmet Square to marvel at the German Fountain. As you observe water gush from this Neo-Renaissance fountain, hear how Germany’s General Emperor Wilhelm presented this gift to Turkey to symbolize the two countries longstanding solidarity.

Afterward, continue with a short walk to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the epicenter of political and sporting life in Istanbul during Roman and Ottoman empire reign. Listen as your guide tells tales of raucous riots, exciting chariot races, and chaotic rebellions that once dominated this area. 

Finally, explore the famous Blue Mosque which was commissioned in the early 1600s by 19-year-old Sultan Ahmet to challenge the brilliance of the Hagia Sophia. As you wander with your guide, stare up at the six towering minarets and enjoy the grandeur of the immense dome that fills Istanbul’s postcard worthy skyline. Inside, walk along and capture stunning views of the blue Iznik tiles that cover the walls and ceiling. Then, snap a few close-ups of the elegant stained-glass windows that fill the mosque with vibrant colors. Step out of the Blue Mosque, and promenade back through this historic area to the beginning where your tour ends.

Note: On Mondays Hagia Sophia is closed and will be replaced with Basilica Cistern.

Customer Reviews

Brenda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good

Brenda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

very GOOD

Marguerite L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent
Good experience
I recommand it

KAIMA K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Vey nice excursion with good organisation of pick up from hotel and easy entrance in the sites .
The guide was the best , M Illkar kind, witty ,informative, knowlegeable, give the best of himself to enhance our visit , and he was very efficient , we will remind this visit for long time.
The sites are amazing.
Very good experience !!!!!

Freddie H S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was excellent with great knowledge of history of the sites.

Joanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was fabulous. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the sites we went to. The tour covered the main places you would want to go, it was all at a nice pace and very pleasant and friendly.

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour Guide was fantastic! I was feeling a little lost in the big city of Istanbul. The tour guide was able to piece together history from Rome, Venice, etc and how it related to Istanbul. I highly recommend this!

Rosalie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Abdullah provided a great half day tour with keen historical knowledge and a positive, fun approach which kept our entire group of 10 engaged through out. I would highly recommend -

Rick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

An excellent half day tour and although the Blue Mosque wasn't open the tour guide more than adequately made up for this by adding extra sightseeing items. Our guide spoke good English, was very informative and open to receiving many questions.

Timothy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The tour guide we had was knowledgable and willing to share about so much of Turkish history and custom. It was a lovely experience touring through the heart of Istanbul's history.

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