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Serpent Column
The Serpent Column 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.

The structure was built after the Battle of Plataea, which began in 479 BC and in which the Greeks defeated the Persians. The Serpent Column was erected next to the altar of Apollo at Delphi to commemorate the Greek states involved in the battle and, according to legend, was built using the bronze from the melted down weapons of the Persians.

The Serpent Column came to be in its current location mounted on the spina at the Hippodrome in Constantinople when Constantine the Great ordered its relocation in around 330 BC, along with several other ancient monuments.

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The Serpent Column is located in the Hippodrome area of the city, opposite the Blue Mosque.
Address: Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey
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Full-Day Guided Tour of Istanbul, from Antalya including Domestic Flights

During your stay in Antalya, fly to Istanbul for a full-day tour of the top attractions in the old city of Sultahnamet. Visit Topkapı Palace, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, then have the option to take a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River and have dinner before your return flight. Includes round-trip plane tickets, guide, entrance fees to Topkapi Palace, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Walking Tours

FULL DAY PRIVATE ISTANBUL TOUR

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
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  • 8 hours
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City Tours

Small-Group Istanbul Old City Sightseeing Tour

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
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  • 9 hours
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Istanbul 1-Day Tour with Flight from Side

Visit Istanbul on a day-trip from Side that includes round-trip flights, a guided tour of the city’s highlights, and all airport transfers. Step into the world of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, see the landmarks of the old city, and practice your bargaining skills at the Egyptian Bazaar. This full-day tour offers a convenient, cost-effective way to see Istanbul while you’re visiting Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
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Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Belek including Domestic Flights

Spend a full day exploring the old city of Istanbul on a tour that includes round-trip flights from Antalya. Visit top attractions including Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, and have the option to take a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River. Includes flights, guide, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Belek, Serik, Kadriye and Antalya.
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Walking Tours

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour

Discover Sultanahmet, the Old City of Istanbul, on a private full-day walking tour with an informative local guide. Visit Istanbul’s many architectural treasures including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Stroll around the Hippodrome, explore the Grand Bazaar and go underground to check out the Basilica Cistern, an atmospheric gem. You’ll gain insight into the history and importance of these sites, which date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, on a private tour that includes lunch, entrance fees, and pickup and drop-off at select hotels.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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
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Air Tours

Istanbul Guided Tour from Alanya including Domestic Flights

Experience the glories of Istanbul during your time in Alanya on this full-day trip, including flights. After hotel pickup in Antalya or the wider Alanya region, fly to Istanbul for a guided tour. Visit must-sees including the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome; browse the Egyptian Bazaar; and sail between Europe and Asia on an optional Bosphorus cruise (additional cost). Return air tickets, airport transfers, hotel pickup and drop-off, and Topkapi Palace admission included.
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  • 1 day
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Cultural Tours

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Private Tour: Discovering Istanbul

A great choice for first-timers or cruise visitors, this private morning or afternoon tour takes in the highlights of Istanbul’s UNESCO-listed historic quarter. Learn about Istanbul’s two great empires, as you stroll through the Byzantine Hippodrome and tour the opulent Ottoman palace of Topkapi. Keep your camera to hand as you visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, two of the city’s most magnificent works of architecture. Finally, soak up hundreds of years of history as you wander around the Grand Bazaar, with plenty of time for souvenir shopping.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town

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
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  • 4 hours
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Half-day Tours

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
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Istanbul 1-Day Guided Tour from Bodrum including Domestic Flights

See the historic city of Istanbul on a full-day tour from Bodrum that includes a guided tour of the city, round-trip flights, and all ground transport. Explore the former home of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, visit the Old City and Blue Mosque, then browse the colorful stalls at the Egyptian Bazaar. This full-day Istanbul tour is a cost-effective way to tour Istanbul while visiting Turkey's Aegean coast.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Cultural Tours

Byzantine Relics Istanbul Half-Day Morning Tour

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
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  • 3 hours
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I Have 1 Day in Istanbul

Experience the beauties of Istanbul with one of the TOP RATED agencies in Turkey. Istanbul is a fascinating city built on two continents and divided by the Bosphorus Strait. It has lots of things to offer for everyone. If you say "I have one day in Istanbul", this private one-day itinerary is a perfect choice that suits your program. You'll be avoiding small-groups and skipping long waiting queues by which you may ask direct questions to your experienced, local and highly professional Istanbul tour guide.
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Half-day Tours

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
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  • 4 hours
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Full-day Tours

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
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  • 7 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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
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  • 7 hours
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