Istanbul Tour: Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia half-day Tour with Grand BazaarCity, Historical and Theme Tours

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Istanbul Tour: Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia half-day Tour with Grand Bazaar

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About this experience

✔ Health & safety measures apply
✔ Best-in-class experience
✔ No booking fees

DURATION: 4 hours
STARTING TIME: 8.30 am
MEETING POINT: At your centrally located Istanbul Hotels (Sultanahmet, Besiktas, Taksim, Sisli, etc) Please tell us your accommodation during the booking
LANGUAGES: English
MOBILE TICKET: Use your phone or print your ticket
OPENING SEASONS: All year round
WHO CAN COME: Istanbul Tour - Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia is suitable for any age group. A distance of about 1 km will be covered during this tour

Overview

Enjoy a Half-Day guided Istanbul tour of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia and explore the two most important architectural masterpieces of this incredible city. End your tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world.

◾ Visit treasures of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
◾ Learn the history of the Byzantines the Ottomans, and modern Turks from your expert local guide
◾ Experience shopping in the Grand Bazaar, the center of shopping for centuries
◾ Walk along the historical hippodrome and see the German Fountain and Obelisk

About this experience

✔ Health & safety measures apply

✔ Best-in-class experience

✔ No booking fees



DURATION: 4 hours

STARTING TIME: 8.30 am

MEETING POINT: At your centrally located Istanbul Hotels (Sultanahmet, Besiktas, Taksim, Sisli, etc) Please tell us your accommodation during the booking

LANGUAGES: English

MOBILE TICKET: Use your phone or print your ticket

OPENING SEASONS: All year round

WHO CAN COME: Istanbul Tour - Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia is suitable for any age group. A distance of about 1 km will be covered during this tour

Description - What to expect

Start your Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia tour with a convenient pick-up from your centrally located hotel and head to Hagia Sophia to explore this magnificent architectural gem. Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD and was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. It was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years. In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, it was converted into a museum and has since been open to visitors.



Continue your Istanbul tour with a visit to Hippodrome, built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. During the Roman period, the Hippodrome was the civil center for the citizens, and at one time could hold 100,000 spectators. Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today it is home to The Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), The Serpentine Column (Burma sütun), The Constantine Column, and the German Fountain.



Next, visit the famous Blue Mosque, built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, located opposite the Hagia Sophia. Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and its magnificent dome. Although it is officially named Sultanahmet Mosque, the (nıck) name Blue Mosque was given to it by the visitors because of the amazing blue tiles decorating the interior walls.



To end your tour visit the amazing Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5000 shops, with an authentic oriental atmosphere and all kinds of gifts, including leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, hand-woven fabrics, and much more.

Free Cancellation

Free cancellation is available for this Istanbul Tour - Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia up to 48 hours before the start of the experience

What's included, what's not

✔ Admission fees to attractions
✔ English Speaking Guide
✔ All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
✔ Transfer service from/to Istanbul Hotels (centrally located)
✔ Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
✖ Beverages during the tour

Departure and Return

Departure Time: 08:30 am
Return: 13:00

Prepare for the experience

Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays so your visit, in this case, will be restricted to the garden outside

Health and safety

✔ Provider complies with local legislation and applicable health recommendations with regard to Covid-19 prevention measures

Description - What to expect

Start your Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia tour with a convenient pick-up from your centrally located hotel and head to Hagia Sophia to explore this magnificent architectural gem. Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD and was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. It was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years. In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, it was converted into a museum and has since been open to visitors.

Continue your Istanbul tour with a visit to Hippodrome, built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. During the Roman period, the Hippodrome was the civil center for the citizens, and at one time could hold 100,000 spectators. Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today it is home to The Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), The Serpentine Column (Burma sütun), The Constantine Column, and the German Fountain.

Next, visit the famous Blue Mosque, built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, located opposite the Hagia Sophia. Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and its magnificent dome. Although it is officially named Sultanahmet Mosque, the (nıck) name Blue Mosque was given to it by the visitors because of the amazing blue tiles decorating the interior walls.

To end your tour visit the amazing Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5000 shops, with an authentic oriental atmosphere and all kinds of gifts, including leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, hand-woven fabrics, and much more.
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