Tour to Byzantium with Patriarchate visit

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Tour to Byzantium with Patriarchate visit

Let us take you to a journey full of history, and feel the difference of museums, churches, dungeons, palaces, and other historical sites.

Duration: 3 Hours
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic.
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Walk through the Byzantine streets of Istanbul.
  • Learn about the Empire that controlled the city for over 1000 years.

Full Description

     Travel to Past Golden Horn where is a natural harbor, where hides the secret fortunes in the middle of Istanbul. The weakest side of the Byzantium Empire. So why is it called Golden Horn? Due to its horn-like shape and when the waves reflect the sunshine you can see it as a Golden Horn. The Greek Patriarchate at Fener is located just next to Golden Horn. The declaration of Orthodox Christianity which is accepted by the Great Constantine has been announced in this place. Panagia Church where is known as the Hagiasma Church of Mother Mary. We can see the secret bath called Hagion Lousma. Animas Dungeons which are a part of the great Blachernae Palace are located near Golden Horn. It has 14 dungeons 2 basements below the sea level. It has been used as a prison for high ranked statesmen. We can also see the Tekfur Palace from outside which has been built in the 12th century net to city walls. We see it as the last part of the Blachernae Palace which reaches the present day. Chora Museum has been built originally as a Byzantine monastery with marvelous mosaics and frescoes from the holly Bible which tell stories about the life of Jesus. The thing that made so hard of Constantinople's conquest was the city walls.



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

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • This tour is guaranteed every Tuesday. The rest of the days require a minimum of 6 people to depart the tour.
  • Chora (Kariye) Museum is closed on Wednesdays.
  • Please ask if pick-up is available from your hotel.

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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Minnie - February 02, 2019

You have to read about the Golden Horn. Really impressive. Ships on land 500 years ago. Crazy Turks.

Luz - June 16, 2019

Dont forget to get an empty bottle for the water of Hagiasma Church

Micheal - May 16, 2019

An interesting area. On same region you can see past, present and can guess the future.

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