Guided tour

Istanbul: Blue Mosque and Old Town Guided Historical Tour

3.7 / 5

21 reviews

Istanbul: Blue Mosque and Old Town Guided Historical Tour

From $9.38 per person

Discover Istanbul's fascinating Byzantine and Ottoman history. Travel back in time as your guide takes you to visit the beautiful Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 45 minutes
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Byzantine and Ottoman relics
  • See the Milion Stone, considered the center of the world
  • Learn more about the fascinating history of Istanbul
  • Explore the Blue Mosque
  • Get a sense for the culture, both past and present
Full description
Immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul as you visit some of the most interesting sites of the city.  Begin your tour by visiting the Million Stone, built in the early 4th century AD, which is considered the origin of all roads leading to the European cities of the Byzantine Empire. Continue your walk to the German Fountain - a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdulhamid II from 1898. Next, see the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, an Ottoman imperial court residence built in the 16th century. Admire the unique building and learn about its history. Then, visit the Hippodrome, which was the center of political and sporting life in Istanbul during the reign of the Roman and Ottoman Empire.  The tour ends in the courtyards of the Blue Mosque. The tour guide will inform you about all the important highlights inside the Blue Mosque. Afterward, you can discover the UNESCO World Heritage site, built-in 1616, with its 6 minarets and beautiful decor. Explore the monument at your own pace and stay inside as long as you want. Admission to the Blue Mosque is free.
Includes
  • Guided tour with a licensed guide
  • Admission to Blue Mosque (free)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour guide inside Blue Mosque
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Date

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Meeting point

Meet your guide under the trees at the entrance of Hürrem Sultan Hamam, next to the newspaper kiosk and across from the Hagia Sophia. Your guide will be dressed in red. Please call the emergency number if you can't find him.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Head covering or kippah

Know before you go

  • Please bring a scarf or cloth to cover your shoulders and hair when you visit the Blue Mosque
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.1/5
  • Value for money
    3.7/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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The guide was great. We learnd a lot. Great tour

March 15, 2021

We had an enthusiastic guide who led us around the well-known square. He clearly explained everything and showed pictures as it used to be. So highly recommended!

March 19, 2020

The mosque is in fact under renovation and therefore we can go home without necessarily having a phone call. Quick tour of the racecourse with the very kind guide

March 12, 2020

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