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

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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
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.

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Guide25446147226
, May 2019
Great tour with a knowledgeable guide who gladly and patiently answered our questions. A lot of fun!
Tour guide was knowledgeable and...
cubbysobe
, Aug 2017
Tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. He showed me what I wanted to see and answered all my questions. Great company. I recommend them highly.
I purchased this tour, then the...
Melissa B
, Jul 2016
I purchased this tour, then the explosion at the airport happened and I was busy the morning of the tour making sure my flights were coordinated, so I missed the tour. I did end up seeing the sights solo later in the day, everything was pretty quiet and Istanbul is beautiful. I cannot rate the tour and guide as I didn't end up using them.
Excellent Good experience I...
Marguerite L
, Nov 2015
Excellent Good experience I recommand it
There were 18 people on this tour...
jill
, Oct 2015
There were 18 people on this tour and the website promised no more than 15. We booked and had confirmation that we would be picked up from our hotel. This didn't happen until we phoned to see why we were still waiting. Half an hour after the booked time a guide arrived to take us to where the group had already started so we missed out on the first part of the information about the tour. The guide said he had not been given the information about us booking to be collected from our hotel.
I really don't like to leave bad...
Aussieblessed
, Sep 2015
I really don't like to leave bad reviews so I will start by saying our guide was fantastic. We were waiting promptly 10 min before the tour started like we were told. Waiting, waiting, waiting.... Nobody showed up. At 9:05 am luckily I had a local contact number and they said he will be there soon. Another 10 min went by and I called again. Finally another guy showed up and we had to walk pretty far to meet the group. It was very unorganized. There were other people waiting at a different location who were very upset and they didn't even end up doing the tour because they were late. Honestly I have had very good luck booking with Viator so this was a surprise it was so unorganized. This tour we took on a Sunday morning so you couldn't blame traffic.
Vey nice excursion with good...
KAIMA K
, Sep 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 !!!!!
The guide was excellent with great...
Freddie H S
, Jul 2015
The guide was excellent with great knowledge of history of the sites.
I really enjoyed the tour and the...
Christine S
, Jun 2015
I really enjoyed the tour and the sites were amazing. The only feedback I would have is to skip the carpet making stop at the end as the sales pitch by the gentlemen was too aggressive an uncomfortable. I did not need to feel the pressure to purchase a couple thousand dollar rug.
Tour was fabulous. Our guide was...
Joanne M
, Jun 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.

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