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Blue Mosque Tour 2024 – Small-Group Tour

Explore the icon of Istanbul and the most famous monument of the city on a guided tour.

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€ 73
3 hours
Live tour guide

Visit the Blue Mosque

Book a guided tour of the two most famous religious monuments in Istanbul: the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Enjoy an introduction to Sultanahmet and the Hippodrome as you witness local life with a knowledgeable local tour guide.

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Blue Mosque Tour

Visit the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Hippodrome on a private tour or a shared, guided walking tour in Istanbul. Take in the city’s historic architecture and unique views and discover these must-see attractions from an insider’s perspective.

Meet up with your tour guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood at an accessible spot and check out Istanbul’s most significant monuments on a walking tour. Please start with the Blue Mosque. This most visited Istanbul monument is famous for its stunning blue tiles. Marvel at this Ottoman Empire Mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet. See the evocative power and splendor of its past as you enjoy an insightful guided tour of the Blue Mosque.

After visiting the Blue Mosque, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbulites and walk around the neighborhood. Stroll through the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the political and social center of the city. Visit the iconic Hagia Sophia and witness the most important site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul and learn how and when the church was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

Explore the stunning attraction with elements of the orthodox church and mosque standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome, minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, and Roman columns.

In addition to learning how the astounding mosaic of the Virgin Mary was made and why the Ottomans decided to bury their sultans in the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, you will discover how the impressive Iznik tiles were added over time.

Explore the Arasta Bazaar nestled right under the Blue Mosque to understand 17th Century architecture of public buildings. It is a modest but well-known open-air market in the heart of Sultanahmet. Enjoy a last-minute tea break and hunt for gifts to take home.

End your guided tour in Sultan Ahmet Square with some helpful tips and insights from your local tour guide that will help you further explore Istanbul.

included
  • Blue Mosque guided tour
  • Hagia Sophia guided tour
  • Licenced local tour guide
X not included
  • Transportation to the meeting spot
  • Lunch
X not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
what to bring
  • Headscarf
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Meeting Point

Meet your tour guide at Ersoy Bufe located by the sied of the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square.Your guide will have the sign that says, " Walks in Europe."

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Guided Tour Of The Blue Mosque

Experience the charm and splendor of Islamic architecture in the Blue Mosque.

Visit Hagia Sophia

Admire the beauty of the world-famous Hagia Sophia on a guided tour.

Experienced Local Tour Guide

Get insider tips from your local guide at the end of your guided tour to continue exploring Istanbul on your own.

Learn More About Istanbul’s History

See the Hippodrome of Constantinople and learn about its importance in the city’s political and social life.

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FAQs

Can you tour the Blue Mosque?

Of course, you can tour the Blue Mosque! In fact, we highly recommend you do so since a guided tour will give you more insight into the cultural and historic importance of this marvelous monument.

Is the guided tour to the Blue Mosque worth it?

Definitely, The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is known for its stunning blue İznik tiles, six minarets that initially caused controversy, over 200 stained glass windows and its construction by a teenage Sultan Ahmed I in the early 17th century. Your guide will share with you more interesting facts about this fascinating historical and religious building.

What is the dress code for the Blue Mosque?

Female visitors are recommended to bring a headscarf with them. Women should wear trousers or longer skirts and should cover their shoulder. Men wearing shorts may be asked to cover their legs.
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Good To Know Before You Go!

  • Blue Mosque visiting hours are between 09:00 in the morning and 17:30 in the evening. On Fridays, the mosque is closed for half a day.
  • All visitors must pass through an airport-style security check before entering the attraction.
  • You must remove your shoes before entering both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
  • You will not be able to enter mosques during prayer times.
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Great Tour

This is an amazing tour I would recommend to anyone visiting Istanbul, it includes the two main attractions of the city, and you also get to explore Sultan Ahmed Square. The starting times of the guided tour are great, and you can easily fit the tour into your visiting itinerary. Blue Mosque is the most iconic mosque of Istanbul and going on a guided tour of this attraction is something you should not miss out on.

Jan

Incredible Experience

A must-visit attraction! Our tour guide was incredible, she was so well-spoken and told us all about the Ottoman Mosque. This tour was a definite highlight of my trip to Istanbul.

Kyle

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