Istanbul Blue Mosque Excursion Reviews

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.
Esra spent the day with us and gave us an excellent tour of Istanbul - would highly recommend her.
Esra spent the day with us and gave us an excellent tour of Istanbul - would highly recommend her.
Esra spent the day with us and gave us an excellent tour of Istanbul - would highly recommend her. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Though we have already been in Istanbul it wasn't an overnight like this one, so we booked tours ...
Though we have already been in Istanbul it wasn't an overnight like this one, so we booked tours for both days. The ship was arriving quite late in the afternoon (2:30 PM); the night before docking we got a note saying that our chosen ... Read More
Though we have already been in Istanbul it wasn't an overnight like this one, so we booked tours for both days. The ship was arriving quite late in the afternoon (2:30 PM); the night before docking we got a note saying that our chosen tour was canceled and to go to the Shore Excursions Desk if we wished to book a replacement. We realized that arriving so late plus the time spent going around such a metropolis would take relaxation time away from us and press us to rush off to dinner soon after the return so we stayed put to enjoy the beautiful surroundings onboard. The second day we booked the tour "Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace" (having seen the first one but not the second). This tour was a real experience! We were NEVER told how much walking was involved in it. They informed us that "some" walking (?!), steps and change of levels were involved, suggesting to those with mobility problems not to partake that specific tour, and regardless that, a woman in a wheelchair took the tour and was only able to because her husband pushed her the whole way. Of course he relied heavily on help when steps and change of levels slowed down their progress and the whole group; all this effort went on for 10,000 steps (yes, you read right that's about 5 kilometers we estimated - one of the group had a wrist watch monitor) going from one site to the other during the 5 hour tour. It's impossible to understand why people with mobility problems ignore the warnings; it is a complete disregard for the rest of the group as much as for the Tour Guide. Near the Blue Mosque, the tour bus left us on a corner and were told to take all our belongings with us because we won't return to the bus till the tour was over, five plus hours later!!! First stop, the Blue Mosque having to follow all their religious rituals (removing shoes, cover your arms and legs, head coverings for women, etc.), once inside this tour guide was talking, easily, for more than 1/2 an hour giving a lot of information about the place, though interesting most if not all will be completely forgotten by the majority later on; we were all standing around her with very unpleasant smells wafting about. Now comes the unreal part. The guide then told us that years ago all visitors to the mosque had to wash their feet before entering, this the tradition of removing your shoes. But over the last 50 years or so, as the masses became more "civilized" it was agreed that the washing of feet was no longer a requirement. And surprisingly, the tour guide then admitted that what we smelt was a combination of smells - dirty feet and a perfume or scent that was periodically sprayed around to mask the unpleasantries.(Inside of me I was screaming "I want to go home!!" Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Amazing at the time constructed and that its lasted through many earthquakes.
Amazing at the time constructed and that its lasted through many earthquakes.
Amazing at the time constructed and that its lasted through many earthquakes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
One of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen.
One of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen.
One of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celestyal Cruises
Had used SPB in St Petersburg 2 yrs previously and was very good(tour patry of 8 as opposed to ...
Had used SPB in St Petersburg 2 yrs previously and was very good(tour patry of 8 as opposed to cruise line groups of 50+) so gave them a go in Istanbul - Excellent had a tour group of 4, us and 2 friends.
Had used SPB in St Petersburg 2 yrs previously and was very good(tour patry of 8 as opposed to cruise line groups of 50+) so gave them a go in Istanbul - Excellent had a tour group of 4, us and 2 friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very impressive building with beautiful tiles on lining the internal walls and ceiling
Very impressive building with beautiful tiles on lining the internal walls and ceiling
Very impressive building with beautiful tiles on lining the internal walls and ceiling Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Istanbul wasn't our favorite port.
Istanbul wasn't our favorite port. Certainly lots to see but too crowded for our tastes. Although we never felt unsafe and enjoyed a great lunch and dinner while there.
Istanbul wasn't our favorite port. Certainly lots to see but too crowded for our tastes. Although we never felt unsafe and enjoyed a great lunch and dinner while there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very interesting, beautiful.
Very interesting, beautiful.
Very interesting, beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Stunning.
Stunning. This is a sacred space so dress accordingly. (There are head coverings and robes available but am not sure how hygienic these are...)
Stunning. This is a sacred space so dress accordingly. (There are head coverings and robes available but am not sure how hygienic these are...) Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
This tour also included the hippodrome and was well organised and guided.
This tour also included the hippodrome and was well organised and guided.
This tour also included the hippodrome and was well organised and guided. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Got ripped off by the Taxi as it was quoted in Lira but at the end of tour turned to Euro - did not ...
Got ripped off by the Taxi as it was quoted in Lira but at the end of tour turned to Euro - did not pay it! However the tour was great!
Got ripped off by the Taxi as it was quoted in Lira but at the end of tour turned to Euro - did not pay it! However the tour was great! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Another long line, but entering this picturesque place was worth the wait in the heat, and then ...
Another long line, but entering this picturesque place was worth the wait in the heat, and then covering up shoulders, knees, and head.
Another long line, but entering this picturesque place was worth the wait in the heat, and then covering up shoulders, knees, and head. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our tour guide, Yousef, met us at the dock.
Our tour guide, Yousef, met us at the dock. We were then picked up and taken to the Hippodrome where we began our tour which included the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), the Basilica Cistern (fantastic), and the Hagia Sophia. Yousef ... Read More
Our tour guide, Yousef, met us at the dock. We were then picked up and taken to the Hippodrome where we began our tour which included the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), the Basilica Cistern (fantastic), and the Hagia Sophia. Yousef spoke English very well and was informative, but was not the most enthusiastic tour guide I have ever had. We were satisfied with the experience, however, and would recommend this company. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We arrived in Istanbul the day after Ramadan.
We arrived in Istanbul the day after Ramadan. The Grand Bazaar was closed (never fear, there are other shopping opportunities). While our guide was knowledgable, we suspect he may have been hung-over. He did take us (as requested) to the ... Read More
We arrived in Istanbul the day after Ramadan. The Grand Bazaar was closed (never fear, there are other shopping opportunities). While our guide was knowledgable, we suspect he may have been hung-over. He did take us (as requested) to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Underground Cistern, and was professional, he was far from enthusiastic. Frankly, the stunning beauty of the city and the sights we visited were more than enough to make up for his lack of enthusiasm. Istanbul is an amazing city. I could easily spend a week or more there in the future. The people were delightful (in a city of 15 million!), many spoke English (a plus for us American tourists), the food was incredible, the architecture is amazing, and all-in-all Istanbul is fairly inexpensive, particularly for a city its size. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
amazing city but really no need to do a tour just go to bizarre and blue mosque
amazing city but really no need to do a tour just go to bizarre and blue mosque
amazing city but really no need to do a tour just go to bizarre and blue mosque Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful city where HUGE is an understatement !!!!
Beautiful city where HUGE is an understatement !!!!
Beautiful city where HUGE is an understatement !!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Make sure you dress appropriately with covered knees, shoulders and bring a large scarf for your ...
Make sure you dress appropriately with covered knees, shoulders and bring a large scarf for your head because otherwise they will give you one before you enter.
Make sure you dress appropriately with covered knees, shoulders and bring a large scarf for your head because otherwise they will give you one before you enter. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
my favorite port of call, we did ourselves, jus hre a transfer from cruise port to Sultanhamet back ...
my favorite port of call, we did ourselves, jus hre a transfer from cruise port to Sultanhamet back and for.Just amazing!!!, you dont need a tour, just made your research with time.
my favorite port of call, we did ourselves, jus hre a transfer from cruise port to Sultanhamet back and for.Just amazing!!!, you dont need a tour, just made your research with time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
One of the main sights to see but not our favourite.
One of the main sights to see but not our favourite. Expected wonderful tiles on display but too far away to see anything properly, got very crowded and the smell of tourist feet was overwhelming in the waiting queue!
One of the main sights to see but not our favourite. Expected wonderful tiles on display but too far away to see anything properly, got very crowded and the smell of tourist feet was overwhelming in the waiting queue! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Women must dress modest and cover their heads.
Women must dress modest and cover their heads. Lines were long the entire time in Istanbul and I thought our group was way too large.
Women must dress modest and cover their heads. Lines were long the entire time in Istanbul and I thought our group was way too large. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
All went well as expected
All went well as expected
All went well as expected Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
FANTASTIC, excellent English and time sensitive.
FANTASTIC, excellent English and time sensitive. Showed us everything we wanted to see and introduced us to Turkish Culture. We ate excellent food
FANTASTIC, excellent English and time sensitive. Showed us everything we wanted to see and introduced us to Turkish Culture. We ate excellent food Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line