Ottoman Relics and Byzantine Tour
Meal : Lunch
This very good option to explore Byzantine and Ottoman history with your local guide in Old City of Istanbul.
Our staff will come and pick you up from your hotel for tour of Byzantine and Ottoman Relics (Old City Tour). It is a full day tour that you will visit historical sites of old city of Istanbul.
After hotel pick up, our staff will take you to meeting point to meet the group and our tour guide will inform you about the day tour.
Start to tour by visiting St. Sophia, and continue to Blue Mosque via Hippodrome, After visiting Byzantine Hippodrome continue to Grand Covered Bazaar. Visiting Grand Covered Bazaar and Lunch break. After Lunch continue to afternoon part of the tour. Visit Topkapi Palace and contenue to Little Hagia Sophia Mosque. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque is the last step of the tour then return to hotel.
Arrival at the hotel and the tour will be ended.
Brief Information about the sites:
Hagia Sophia : This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architechtural marvels of all time.
Blue Mosque : Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome : The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COOLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
Grand Coverd Bazaar : In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with aech trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onnyxware and meerschaum pipers.
Topkapi Palace : The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHABER OF SACRED RELICS. (Harem is not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee.)
Little Hagia Sophia Museum : is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It’s early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. Temple is founded by powerful.
Private tour is available for this tour if you do not like to join to the group tour. You can do our Private Istanbul Tours. If you like to do private tour please feel free to contact us.
- Hotel Pick up and drop off
- Lunch at restaurant (drinks extra)
- Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
- All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
- Local taxes
- Tips to driver and Guide
- Personal Expense
- Drinks at Lunch
You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
Haghia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday; replaced with Underground Cistern.
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday; replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace
Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday