Byzantine & Ottoman Traces Tour
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Full Day Istanbul City Tour with Lunch and Entrance Fees Included.

You will discover historical and mesmerizing attractions of Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. Higlights you will visit: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Obelisks, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.

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    • Duration :8 Hours
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You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul around 8:30 in the morning by your guide for your Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Traces Tour.

Hagia Sophia

After decades in which scaffolding cluttered the interior of Emperor Justinian’s sixth-century Byzantine masterpiece, the thrill of being able to experience the extraordinary spaciousness of this famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum is hard to overstate.

Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmet I’s grand architectural gift to his capital was this beautiful mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque today. Built between 1609 and 1616, the mosque caused a furore throughout the Muslim world when it was finished as it had six minarets (the same number as the Great Mosque of Mecca). A seventh minaret was eventually gifted to Mecca to stem the dissent.

Hippodrome and Obelisks

This was the center of Byzantine public life and the scene of splendid games and chariot races but also factional conflicts. Today, there isn’t much of the Hippodrome left to see, except for a small section of the gallery walls on the southern side, but the At Meydanı (park) that now stands on the site is home to a variety of monuments.

Shopping opportunity

Lunch Break

Grand Covered Bazaar

The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of İstanbul’s Old City and has been so for centuries. Starting as a small vaulted bedesten (warehouse) built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461, it grew to cover a vast area as lanes between the bedesten, neighbouring shops and hans (caravanserais) were roofed and the market assumed the sprawling, labyrinthine form that it retains today.

Topkapı Palace

Topkapı is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world’s museums put together. Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked here between the 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman empire. A visit to the palace’s opulent pavilions, jewel-filled Treasury and sprawling Harem gives a fascinating glimpse into their lives.

Little Hagia Sophia Mosque

Justinian and his wife Theodora built this little church sometime between 527 and 536, just before Justinian built Aya Sofya. You can still see their monogram worked into some of the frilly white capitals. The building is one of the most beautiful Byzantine structures in the city despite being converted into a mosque in the early 16th century and having many of its original features obscured during an extensive restoration in 2007.

In the end of the tour, you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

 

4.50 based on 2 reviews

  1. Christopher

    Me and my gf have been in Istanbul for a short couple trip and that I could not have had a better experience with Turkey tours & Travel – Travel Tips Turkey and tour guide Aisha. She was a great guide with plenty of knowledge and patience answering all of our questions. She took the time to not only show us the primary attractions around as defined on the website, but also have local food and even made stops for shopping. Thanks to Aisha and Osman for arranging this best private excursion for us. We certainly recommend to anyone.

  2. Amber Houston

    The most comprehensive tour for the mojor attractions in Istanbul. Don’t hesitate, just do it!

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