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Blue Mosque Guided Tour

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On this guided tour, visit Istanbul’s renovated iconic Blue Mosque, walk through its courtyards, and choose to upgrade to include add-on tours.

Highlights

  • Soak up the charm and splendor of the Blue Mosque’s architecture, dating back to the Ottoman Empire, on this tour with a local guide.

  • Enjoy a complimentary walking tour of the Old City surrounding the mosque, formerly an administrative pole of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.

  • Listen to interesting facts from your guide as you walk along its courtyard which has a large fountain and special area for ablution.

  • Upgrade your experience to choose between guided tours of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, or Basilica Cistern, or to go for a Bosphorus cruise.

  • Fun Fact: Various verses from the Quran and the words of the Prophet Muhammad adorn the high walls of the mosque.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour guided tour of the Blue Mosque

  • English-speaking guide

  • Entry to the Blue Mosque

  • Walking tour of the Old City around Blue Mosque (as per option selected)

  • 1-hour guided tour of Hagia Sophia (as per option selected)

  • Entry to Hagia Sophia (as per option selected)

  • 20-minute Basilica Cistern guided tour (as per option selected)

  • Entry to Basilica Cistern (as per option selected)

  • 90-minute Bosphorus Cruise (as per option selected)

  • Audio guide for cruise in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese (as per option selected)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United Kingdom, United States, Australia and over 39 countries have loved this experience
Rodolfo Drigo montu

Rodolfo

3/5

Jul, 2024

The Blue Mosque is crowded all the time and we were a group of ~30 people, which, combined with a lack of passion from our guide made it impossible for us to hear and understand the context of the tour. We did the Hagia Sofia following the Blue Mosque, and it was very nice. Guides/groups can go into Hagia Sofia talking, so all the overview and history was taught before we entered the Hagia Sofia, and then we used the audio guides. 10x better. I would advise you not to hire a guide for the Blue Mosque (use the audio guide instead)
Varun Niti Singh

Varun

4/5

Jul, 2024

Hakan was simply amazing giving us an over view of Historic Turkey at the Hagia Sofia along with some very interesting info about Istanbul. This part was definitely worth it, although you'll never get to visit the lower floor of the Hagia Sofia. But the guide for the Blue Mosque tour was alright, but got too much into the details of Islam as a religion. I would have hoped to learn more about the architect of the blue mosque or the materials of construction or some other interesting aspects. The Blue Mosque provided headscarves/ robes for tourists in skirts/ shorts, quite a novel gesture from the Mosque!
Lance Russell Minor

Lance

5/5

Jul, 2024

The mosques were cool. The best part was our guide, Hal. Very knowledgeable and personable. It's always fun to talk classic rock while touring historical sites.
TAGHRID SAFFIEDINE

Taghrid

4/5

Jul, 2024

The most i like the good explication of our guide,good English and he explains to us everything and he answered our questions, He is very professional i think his name was semit or semih
Christine R Lila

Christine

3/5

Jul, 2024

Our guide was very nice but without a headphones/audio help we couldn't hear half of what he said in the Mosque. Our group was large and only those of us that were able to stand very close could hear him. Headphones would make this a better tour.

Meet your guide just outside the Blue Mosque, one of the most famous monuments in Istanbul dating back to the Ottoman Empire. Get the opportunity to see the mosque after an extensive renovation of more than 5 years.

Learn about the Blue Mosque

Walk through its spacious tiled courtyard with a fountain while at the lower levels and in the interior, the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade İznik style ceramic tiles, in more than fifty different tulip designs. Notice how the design becomes flamboyant with representations of flowers, fruit, and cypresses at the gallery level. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mosque stands tall as it holds the secrets and histories of the Ottoman Empire from the year 1616 when the mosque first opened. Adorn the floors that are covered with carpets, which are regularly replaced as they wear out. The many spacious windows confer a spacious impression. Listen to stories about how the many lamps inside the mosque were once covered with gold and gems, while one could find ostrich eggs and crystal balls in many of its glass bowls.

Upgrade your adventure

Elevate your Istanbul experience beyond the captivating Blue Mosque! Choose an enriching add-on tour to delve deeper into the city's rich history. Explore the architectural marvels of Hagia Sophia, the once grand seat of empires, or immerse yourself in the opulent halls of Topkapi Palace, home to Ottoman Sultans. For a change of pace, embark on a scenic Bosphorus cruise, witnessing iconic landmarks like Dolmabahce Palace and experiencing the vibrant energy that bridges Europe and Asia along the breathtaking waterway. You may also choose to enjoy a walking tour outside the Blue Mosque of the Old City. Considered to be the heart of Istanbul, this is the perfect spot to see the balance of the mosque's atmosphere against the haggling in historic bazaars.

What to bring

  • Bring your walking shoes, water bottle, hat, sunglasses, and snacks for comfortable exploration.

  • Bring local currency or your preferred payment method for meals, souvenirs, and extra delights not covered by the ticket.

  • Stay ahead of the game; download the audio app beforehand to dodge any network glitches at the location.

  • Don’t forget your trusty earphones for an immersive audio guide experience.

What's not allowed

Hagia Sophia

  • The prayer area on the first floor can only be entered by Turkish citizens.

  • Strict dress code: Women should not wear knee-length shorts, skirts, or clothing with exposed shoulders or chests. Hair should be partially covered with a scarf. Men should not wear knee-length shorts or clothing with exposed shoulders.

Accessibility

Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern

  • This experience is wheelchair accessible.

Hagia Sophia

  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Additional information

  • If you do not have a scarf or body cover, you can buy them at the entrance (a scarf is 1€ and a body cover is 3€).

  • You can choose to take the Bosphorus cruise on the same day or the next day. In addition to midday and afternoon departures, enjoy a special evening cruise at 6 PM, available from April to October.

  • While you can breeze through the ticket lines, security screening is standard for all guests. Be prepared for wait times of up to 60 minutes during peak travel periods.

  • Hagia Sophia is under renovation, therefore, not all parts of the building are open to the public.

  • Due to the Friday prayer, the Mosque will be closed to tourists from 12pm to 2pm. For a smoother experience, it's recommend visiting after 4pm to avoid the lengthy security line anticipated between 2pm and 4pm.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.

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