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Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour

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Istanbul, Turkey
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At a Glance

3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English
Revisit the glory days of the Byzantine Empire on this 3-hour tour of historic Istanbul. Witness the architectural marvel of Hagia Sophia and learn how Sultan Ahmet Square was once a Hippodrome, used... More
Revisit the glory days of the Byzantine Empire on this 3-hour tour of historic Istanbul. Witness the architectural marvel of Hagia Sophia and learn how Sultan Ahmet Square was once a Hippodrome, used for chariot racing since Roman times. Admire the Iznik tile work that gave the Blue Mosque its famous nickname, then browse the shops in the atmospheric Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

What To Expect

Take a half-day tour of Istanbul and explore it from the perspective of the Byzantine Empire. See ruins of Byzantine churches, the site of former Roman chariot races, and the magical alleys of the historic... More
Take a half-day tour of Istanbul and explore it from the perspective of the Byzantine Empire. See ruins of Byzantine churches, the site of former Roman chariot races, and the magical alleys of the historic Grand Bazaar.

Visit the Hippodrome and Obelisks, location for thrilling chariot races in the days of the Roman Empire. The track is now some 6.6
... More
Take a half-day tour of Istanbul and explore it from the perspective of the Byzantine Empire. See ruins of Byzantine churches, the site of former Roman chariot races, and the magical alleys of the historic Grand Bazaar.

Visit the Hippodrome and Obelisks, location for thrilling chariot races in the days of the Roman Empire. The track is now some 6.6 feet (2 meters) below ground, but has been marked on the paving of Sultan Ahmet Square. You will see the surviving obelisks, as well as the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Byzantine German Fountain of Wilhelm II.

Continue to Hagia Sophia, also known as “The Church of Holy Wisdom.” Undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world, the temple was so richly decorated that Justinian proclaimed and you continue to the iconic Blue Mosque. Named for its stunning decoration of Iznik tiles, you will also admire its slender minarets

End your tour at the Grand Bazaar, the oldest and largest covered market in the world. Explore the alleys, where nearly 4,000 shops offer a superb selection of antiques, leather, evil eye trinkets, and Turkish rugs. Try out your haggling skills to see if you can bag a true Turkish bargain.

What's Included

Hotel pickup by air-conditioned bus, though free pickup is only at city center hotels
Licensed tour guide
Service charges and taxes
Food and drinks
Drinks
Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centrally located hotels in Taksim, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Aksaray-Laleli-Beyazit

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note that Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with a tour of the Underground Cistern
  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Blue Mosque closed on Friday Prayer, no replacement

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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This is a very well done tour with a...
Linda A
, Aug 2016
This is a very well done tour with a knowledgeable guide. The Chora Church was, especially, not to be missed. We also stopped for an authentic, inexpensive Turkish lunch in a place the locals like and use unlike other tours which have been factory stops for tour busses. I would highly recommend this tour.
This is just a little tour, 2 1/2...
teddie p
, Oct 2015
This is just a little tour, 2 1/2 hours I think. Takes you to 3 churches, 2 of them are quite beautiful!!!!!! and you learn about the great walls that were built.

Product code: 8302P3

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