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Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) Tours

Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun)
The Serpent Column (Yilani Sütun) is what remains of an ancient bronze snake monument located at the Hippodrome of Constantinople in Istanbul. The column once featured three intertwined snakes, their jaws stretching open and supporting a golden tripod. This tripod, along with the heads and necks of all three snakes have since been lost, leaving only the column of their intertwined bodies that can be seen today.
Address: Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey

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Full Day Private Istanbul Tour

Full Day Private Istanbul Tour

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Step into the golden ages of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires with a full-day, private tour through Istanbul’s Old City. See the monuments and historic sites of Hippodrome Square, where Roman charioteers raced in ancient times, then explore St. Sophia's stunning architecture and museum. See the iconic tiles, mosaics and slender minarets of the Blue Mosque and browse traditional handicrafts inside the Grand Bazaar. Learn about the lives of sultans and courtiers at Topkapi Palace, which contains a remarkable collection of Turkey's greatest holy relics, imperial treasures and artwork.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$91.61
Price varies by group size
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US$91.61
Price varies by group size
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Istanbul Imperial & Bosphorus Tour - Incl. Lunch

Istanbul Imperial & Bosphorus Tour - Incl. Lunch

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Enjoy Full Day Regular Small Group Tour with max 20 - 25 people. Discover the History of Istanbul with our Official & Profesional Guides in 7 hrs. See Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar. Lunch will be on the Roof Restaurant with Bosphorus View called Olive Restaurant. After the Lunch, we will continue to visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Marlet) and Boat Trip on Bosphorus. Then drop off to the Hotels.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$84.38
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US$84.38
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Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch

Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch

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Cover 3,500 years of history in just eight hours on your Istanbul group tour. You and your guide will explore the city’s most famous buildings, including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. No need to worry about lunch reservations, as your lunch has been arranged at a rooftop restaurant with a Bosphorus view. Skip the perils of public transit with comfortable transportation to and from your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$84.38
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US$84.38
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Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour

Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.21
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US$48.21

Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

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See the unforgettable landmarks of Istanbul’s old city on a full-day, small-group sightseeing tour with a professional art historian. Enjoy a comfortable seat on a luxury coach as you make your way to Hagia Sophia, descend into a stunning below-ground cistern system and explore a Roman-era hippodrome. Pause for a 3-course lunch before continuing to the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the bustling stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and get an insider’s perspective on the back stories and secrets of each place.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72.32
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US$72.32

Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town

Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town

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The landmarks of Istanbul’s old city, or Sultanahmet, are highlights of any first-time visit to the city, from the minarets of the Blue Mosque to Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Get an overview and orientation of the historic area on a 4-hour, guided walking tour that includes all entrance fees, as well as pickup from Taksim and peninsula hotels.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.64
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US$53.64

Afternoon Tour of Topkapi Palace With Skip The Line Admission

Afternoon Tour of Topkapi Palace With Skip The Line Admission

Follow in the footsteps of Ottoman sultans, Islamic scholars and Byzantine emperors on a half-day Istanbul tour that takes in three fascinating destinations. Explore the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, where you’ll discover a trove of art and artifacts from around the world, and architecture that evokes a dramatic era of court and harem intrigues in the seraglio. Browse handicrafts at a onetime madrasa, then take in the Roman, Egyptian and Ottoman monuments at Hippodrome Square, once the site of Byzantine games and chariot races.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.45
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US$55.45

Istanbul Old City Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Old City Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar

Discover the top 5 sites in Sultanahmet on this 8-hour tour. See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Ancient Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar in a small group walking tour. Enjoy skip the line priority admission and never wait in a line again. The word "Hagia" in Greek means "Divine" and "Sophia" means "Wisdom", "Divine Wisdom is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom. Blue Mosque The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul. Hippodrome and Obelisks The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient "Hippodrome", one of the most famous areas in Byzantine. Grand Bazaar The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city. Lunch Break Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court, It was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.54
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US$120.54
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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port

Full-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port

Make the most of a day’s cruise stop in Istanbul on this full-day city highlights tour. Visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, charting Istanbul’s history as a Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman capital, and the importance of its location straddling Europe and Asia. Plus, punctuate your visits with time at the Hippodrome, where chariot races were held, and the Grand Bazaar, a souvenir-hunter's dream. Air-conditioned minivan transport and entrance fees included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.85
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US$101.85

Half-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port

Half-Day Istanbul City Tour From Cruise Port

If you’re keen to see Istanbul’s highlights and also have free time during a cruise stop in the city, this half-day tour is ideal. Tour the UNESCO-listed treasures of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as you learn about Istanbul’s Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history, and stroll around the Hippodrome, whose gardens and monuments mark the long-ago chariot racing and sporting arena. Air-conditioned minivan transport and entrance fees included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$84.00
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US$84.00

Istanbul 5-Day City Package with Hotel, City Tours and Airport Transfers

Istanbul 5-Day City Package with Hotel, City Tours and Airport Transfers

If this is your first time to Istanbul and you want to see all the highlights of this amazing city at a leisurely pace, this is the tour for you. This five-day stay will take you to the palaces of Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus, Dolmabahce Palace, Pierre Loti Hill, Asian side and there's even time for shopping in the Grand Bazaar to pickup a souvenir or two. A stroll down Istiklal Street connects the city's modern culture, architecture and theatres with quirky art and craft shopping. Istanbul city break is a gift for art lovers with a visit to Istanbul Modern Art, just one of many fine museums as well as other art galleries . Some of the world's best restaurants are located in the city making a break to Istanbul essential travel planning. Come and enjoy Istanbul in a 5-Days Istanbul City Break.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$699.11
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US$699.11
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Full-Day Private Tour: The Classics from Istanbul

Full-Day Private Tour: The Classics from Istanbul

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this full-day private tour covers all of Istanbul’s most popular attractions. Marvel at the gold interiors of the iconic Hagia Sophia, see the tens of thousands of Izmik tiles used in the 17th-century-built Blue Mosque, and haggle for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar. Flexible, customizable tours can be adapted as shore excursions.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$409.82
per group
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US$409.82
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Private Tour Istanbul Classics with Local Expert Guide

Private Tour Istanbul Classics with Local Expert Guide

Don’t worry about organizing your own excursions around Istanbul: discover the city’s top sights in one day, and leave all the planning to someone else, when you book this private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your local hotel, and set off. You can look forward to discovering world-renowned landmarks like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and more in a single day. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch as part of your itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.33
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Istanbul Sites: Peel back the layers of Turkish history with this audio tour

Istanbul Sites: Peel back the layers of Turkish history with this audio tour

Istanbul is like a big cake, with layers and layers of history piled on top of one another. Welcome to the Sultanahmet, the city's historic heart, and an awe-inspiring hotspot for visitors. This self-guided audio walk is an easy introduction to some of the Turkish culture. Get your bearings before you start discovering Istanbul. Walk past tons of bronze-plated history, through an ancient stadium and learn why Kaiser Wilhelm was treated with suspicion by the Sultan... The tour is ready whenever you are. Simply download it onto the VoiceMap app in a wifi zone and then, when you're ready, select the Start Tour option. You can pause the tour whenever you like and when you're ready to get going again, the tour will pick up right where you left off. Your guide is Arzu Altinay who operates a walking tour company in Istanbul. You can find more about her walking tours. She enjoys writing, travelling and storytelling...oh, and good wine.
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  • 20 to 30 minutes
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US$5.00
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