Byzantine and Ottoman Relics

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Duration: 8 hours
Age limit: 3+ Guide: Arabic, English

Welcome! I am your virtual tour guide around the world. I have prepared for you an overview of the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics in Istanbul.

  • Insurance is included in the tour price. Your travel insurance is also valid.
  • We are an official representative of the tour operator (tour organiser).


Important Information:

  • Age restriction: no
  • Child Ticket: 3-7 years old
  • Cancellation: no
  • Time (working hours or pick up or drop off) : daily from 8:15 am
  • Dress code: casual
  • Included in the price: free pick up and drop off from/to city center hotels, entrance fees, lunch, guiding services, A/C transportation, parkings and V.A.Tax (18%)
  • Not included in the price: drinks at lunch and tips
  • Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced with Underground Cistern
  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays and replaced with authentic shops around Grand Bazaar
  • Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Tour to Byzantium
  • Note: Full details about this tour you will receive via e-mail or in chat within 24 hours.


Tour program:

  • Tour of Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
  • Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6 th century by Emperor Justinian.
  • Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
  • Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
  • Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)
  • Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.
  • Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)
  • Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
  • Аlso visioned during the tour GALATA BRIDGE • GOLDEN HORN • LEANDER’S TOWER


Review and Facts:

Istanbul is a city whose history captures everyone who comes there. Perhaps there is no one who has not heard about this place. Istanbul lies on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait. It fascinates with its own energy. Istanbul is a contrast. It is a concentration of Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman architectural monuments; it is an Orthodox and Muslim stronghold for believers. Hagia Sophia-perhaps the most famous object of architectural creativity. The old and The new city became a concentration of historical and cultural wealth, which is completely unlike each other. Already on one such sign former Constantinople seems attractive and charming. Topkapi Palace-a magnificent monument of architecture of the 15th century. This majestic Palace complex was built on the initiative of Sultan Mehmet in 1479. For several centuries, Topkapi was considered the main residence of the Ottoman rulers.