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Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Small Group Tour

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Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque Small Group Tour

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Skip the long lines to 2 of the most important religious monuments of Istanbul on a morning tour with a local guide. Look inside the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and discover the other attractions of the historic Sultanahmet district.

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  • 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
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Discover the classic monuments of Istanbul on a half-day guided tour of the city center. Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located hotel, and then make your way by air-conditioned vehicle to Sultan Ahmet Square. Skip the long lines to the magnificent Hagia Sophia, built on the site of an earlier church under the orders of the 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 Blue Mosque to see the splendid 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.
  • Skip-the-line entrance fees for the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
  • All sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Optional tips for the guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
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

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  • The Blue Mosque is closed on Friday mornings for Friday prayers
  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
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4.4 /5

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Excellent service with great tour guide '' Mr. Gokhan '' in a small group of only 5 people. He was well explained and gave us plent time to make photos. We also visited Grand Bazaar which it was not mentioned in the program but we were happy to see there and get şnformation. I highly reccomend this tour to every one.

September 6, 2020

Beautiful day and a beautiful lunch with a small group

This tour was fantastic, I had such a nice time. I was thrilled to find there was only five of us on the tour and it was a great balance between structure and the freedom to explore the mosques. The lunch was delicious and we had plenty of time to explore the Grand Bazaar in the afternoon. Highly recommended.

August 5, 2019

Excellent overall tour

The tour pretty much summed up the main attractions of both Sultan Ahmet and Hagia Sophia well. There was a stop to one of the Baazars which had some very good items for sale. The crew were very organized and the tour guide was professional in handling the crew. It's a go to for a starter in Turkey! Thanks for the awesome experience.

July 29, 2019

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