Old City Tour: Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

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Old City Tour: Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

Enjoy a Full Day tour of Sultanahmet Area, the historical center of Istanbul, renowned as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Explore highlights of Istanbul with your expert guide, imaging life in the Ottoman and Byzantine empires.

Duration: 8 Hours
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels

Highlights

  • Explore the cultural treasures of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires
  • Visit the heart of the Old City

Full Description

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 6th century by aEmperor 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.

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Includes

  • Free pick up and drop off from/to city center hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Guiding services
  • A/C transportation
  • Drinks

Meeting point

Pick up is available from centrally located hotels

Location

Know Before You Go

  • 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

About your Host

Plan Tours

Plan Tours, licenced “A Group” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is a major tour operator in Türkiye, based in İstanbul since 1984. (licensee for City Sightseeing Worldwide and Gray Line Worldwide, official travel agency of Turkish Airlines, member of TÜRSAB – Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and ICVB – İstanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau)...
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Customer Reviews

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Jack - February 01, 2019

Our guide Ilker was very nice and funny. We had a nice bunch 7 people in total so it was very cosy and easy.

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Billy - January 29, 2019

Very impressive and informative, small groups and a lovely Guide

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