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Istanbul Blue Mosque Excursion Reviews

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Istanbul's iconic Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century, unofficially gets its name from the thousands of handmade blue tiles within. Its vast dome is an incredible spectacle.

cosmics

1 review

Tour guide good didn't see Blue Mosque as Friday and closed in morning for Prayers.

Very busy place good architecture and mosques interesting visually.

Was hounded by every single store and market trader if they didn't do this they would be more successful as a result bought nothing to stressful


Provider: Independent Operator

canuck1669

1 review

Architecture and history are amazing. A must see.


Provider: Independent Operator

Graham K

2 reviews

Helter skelter sprinter tour guide didn't understand the word asthematic, so spoilt somewhat. Too little time, and really quite small inside, smaller than you'd imagine.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

CondorX2

1 review

It was OK.. did not see much, it was over crowded, and it was a Friday, not a good day for a visit.


Provider: Princess Cruises

bjrose

2 reviews

After hearing so much about the Blue Mosque, I was disappointed. The people there were very rude and really didn't want us. The building itself was interesting but so was San Marcos with the beautiful mosaics in Venice! Don't bother, people.


Provider: Independent Operator

Mrs.JSparrow

1 review

Over-rated, lines extremely long and you only spend about 10 min as we were rushed by mosque staff as it was almost prayer time. This could be skipped as it a typical of a mosque just on a larger scale. Bring head scarf as now it is mandatory for all women to keep head covered. Carpet extremely plush inside so your not stepping on bare floors(shoes have to be off).


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

sueajp

4 reviews

I learned so much about Muslim culture due to our great guide Murat. Ladies, bring head covering! I had a scarf and the ship said it was not necessary but it is! They also threw a shawl over my short sleeve shirt. You also remove your shoes but Princess gave you a bag for them as well as a tote bag. Much appreciated. Istanbul was very crowded so stick with your guide!


Provider: Princess Cruises

prinsjh

2 reviews

Very crowded. Bring a scarf you can cover your head and wear socks so your feet are covered entering the mosque.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Surfari1

1 review

Dilek was knowledgeable and very helpful and tolerant!

beautiful mosque!


Provider: Holland America Line

sea pup

2 reviews

Naturally had lots of people at the same time which made it very hot inside. The Mosque is amazing however.


Provider: Thomson Cruises

Cruise XYZ

3 reviews

A favorite place. Like to feel the softness of the carpet underneath my feet.


Provider: Princess Cruises

rongoldner

1 review

Beautiful. Facts were interesting.


Provider: MSC Cruises

EIslander

1 review

Such a beautiful mosque. Definitely see this in Istanbul.

Provider: MSC Cruises

Pezzy

1 review

Need to take your shoes off while in the Mosque. All carpeted. Beautiful inside

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

DURSEYGIRL

2 reviews

It was a good tour.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

sadied

2 reviews

need an audio guide/

Provider: Holland America Line

Kallisto

1 review

Beautiful building with nice tiles and painted windows. A bit smelling inside because you have to remove your shoes and walk on you're socks... Here again: long lines and too many people inside (looks like a bee hive).

Provider: Costa Cruises

JemIB66

5 reviews

An awe-inspiring and imposing building. Definitely worth a visit. Mosque staff were very helpful with facilitating access for our disabled daughter. it does get very crowded though

Provider: MSC Cruises

kangarooboy

6 reviews

Another "must see" in Istanbul. An imposing building internally & externally.

Provider: Cunard Line

Annalise

7 reviews

The Blue Mosque was unbelievable. Ladies must have shoulders & knees covered & they're not kidding! We were surrounded by blue tiles of swirls,flowers,tulips tinted by sun through the stained glass. It will probably be the only time you see something as unique as this.


Provider: Princess Cruises

jabbathehutte

1 review

Long queues but worth the wait.

Provider: Cunard Line

FePerk

3 reviews

Istanbul: We took the "Ottoman Treasures" excursion, which was excellent. The Blue Mosque is beautiful, as is the Tokapi Palace. We had plenty of time at the Grand Bazaar to shop. Crowd control at the Tokapi Palace is terrible - it was my sole "Ugly American" moment on the cruise when I chewed out some young adults for jumping the long line waiting to see the jewel collection. Exercise patience in Istanbul.... Overall it was a great excursion - highly recommended. Recommendation: Don't try to do Istanbul on your own. Some fellow passengers tried and had a miserable time, given the traffic congestion.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

klitz

1 review

Big hollow building built >1,000 years after the Hagia Sophia.

Provider: Independent Operator

cloverfields

1 review

Had to queue to get in for about 15 mins in the heat which somewhat spoils the treat when you feel faint. However once inside you see just how beautiful it all is and how well preserved, the blue tiles are beautiful. You have to take your shoes off and carry them around in a bag. I had taken a shawl for my bare shoulders otherwise they give you something to cover up. Not sure I would go back again but glad I have been.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

Jazzacat

1 review

Simply stunning - it takes your breath away.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

rossgregg

1 review

Beautiful. But very crowded. Would love to visit during prayer.

Provider: Holland America Line

Crui$erCT

2 reviews

The lines to enter were huge, but admission was free. But, the wait was worth it! The cavernous blue interior is a sight to behold. Ladies, be sure to have your shoulders/head covered, and know that you will all have to remove your shoes. Our tour guide didn't really give us any exciting information or preface to the site...

Provider: Independent Operator

wismergirl

3 reviews

While visiting the Blue Mosque, we had to cover our hair and shoulders using our scarves. The mosque provided big squares of covering for those who didn't bring their own. We had to take our shoes off and put them in a plastic bag at the entrance. We had to carry the shoes ourselves while we're in the mosque. The Blue Mosque has 6 minarets and inside the Mosque one could see beautiful Iznik tiles in different shades of blue.

Provider: Independent Operator

World Gallery

12 reviews

Beautiful place. Highly recommend. The line to get in moves very fast. You need to cover your head with a scarf.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Artteacher

2 reviews

Very pretty, the tile work (of course) is the reason to explore this site. Interesting perspective on the conversion from Christianity to Islam.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

baillie

1 review

See this site in the morning...why? The smell of foot Oder will not be as bad. But beautiful building

Provider: Princess Cruises

Twinmum

2 reviews

This was a good tour to try to gain a small understanding of Turkish culture. The Mosque is beautiful and well worth the visit.

Provider: Princess Cruises

msupovitz

1 review

Peter Wise

1 review

Fascinating to see this. Again very busy, but at least you were given a bag for your shoes instead of having to leave them outside. Not able to spend a great deal of time inside because of the long queues of people waiting to get in. I'm glad I went, but wouldn't want to repeat the visit

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

oldcajun

1 review

On this tour, we were scheduled to visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. Although our tour guide was outstanding, the traffic made it impossible to spend any time at the Grand Bazaar. The tour was rated as easy walking, but there were several people in our tour group that could not keep up and returned to the bus.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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