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BYZANTINE AND OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR (tour #9)
30€

Istanbul, Turkey

All-Day Tour

This tour offers you the must-see places of the Byzantine and Ottoman heritage in Istanbul.

 

Enjoy the magic of historical relics of the city.

Duration:

 

Approximately 8 hours

Departure-Arrival:

 

Around 09:00-17:00

 

Transportation

  • Shuttle bus

  • or Private car (charged as extra)

Tour Program

 

Hagia Sophia Museum (also known as St. Sophia):

 

The Church of Holy Wisdom, unquestionably one of the most outstanding architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during the time of Ottomans. Today it serves as a museum (for more information about Hagia Sophia Museum please take a look at our Blog).

Sultanahmet Mosque (also known as Blue Mosque): 

 

One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th-century Ottoman architecture and also the most important element on the silhouette of Istanbul. It is famous for its blue tiles on its domes and 6 minarets (for more information about Blue Mosque please take a look at our Blog)

Roman Hippodrome and Monuments: 

 

The former center for entertainment, sports, and political activities in the city during the Roman and Byzantine Empires.  You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.

Grand Bazaar:

 

The oldest and the largest covered market place in the World with nearly 4.000 shops full of rich collections of carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs (for more information about Grand Bazaar please take a look at our Blog).

Topkapi Palace:

 

The Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) is one of the large palaces in Istanbul, Turkey.  The palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years (1465-1856) of its 624-year reign and a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. Today, it is used as a museum and is a popular destination for tourists. The most important works of the museum, which include the relics of the Muslim world, are the cloak and sword of Muhammad and also the collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain products (for more information about Topkapi Palace please take a look at our Blog).
* Please note that the Treasury and Harem sections of Topkapi Palace are not included in the program because of the extra entry.

Hagia Irene: 

 

Built the same period (4th century) as its neighbour Hagia Sophia. The name Hagia Irene means 'Godly' or 'Holy Wisdom' in Greek. After the conquest of Istanbul it was incorporated into the Topkapı Palace this is why it was not converted to a mosque and no dramatic changes in its architecture. (Hagia Irene Church is closed on Thursday).


**Please note that the order in which sights are visited may vary.

Guiding:

 

Our tours are run by professionally licensed guides who speak English very well, have a bachelor's degree and have many certificates and are also very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Istanbul.

 

What is included in this tour?

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service with the shuttle is available and free

  • Professional guidance during the tour (in English)

  • Lunch

  • Services Charges & Local Taxes

What is excluded from this tour?

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Beverages at lunch

  • Dinner

  • Entrance fees to places mentioned in the program

Additional Information:

  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday, instead Arasta Bazaar is visited

  • On Friday, due to the Friday pray Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque are closed

  • On Tuesday, Hagia  Irene church and topkapı palace can not be visited

  • Because of the reasons above, this tour is not operated on Tuesday and Friday.

30€