Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour is a full day tour in old city historical of Istanbul city. The fully guided tour is starting from your hotel with the morning pick up and during your tour, you will explore the important Ottoman, Roman and Byzantine Relics in the old city. Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman Relics tour is the highly recommended tours of Istanbul city.
Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
08:30 am – You are going to be picked from your hotel for the fully guided tour of Byzantine and Ottoman Relics. This is a full day tour that you will visit historical sites of the old city in Istanbul.
Istanbul Historical Visiting Sights:
Hagia Sophia museum
Grand Covered Bazaar
Topkapi Palace Museum
17:00 pm – At the end of the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics tour program, transfer you back to your hotels. Tour ends.
Brief Information about the sites:
Blue Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
(Visit is not possible on Friday due to quite limited access because of the Friday Prayer)
Hagia Sophia: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
(St. Sophia closed on Monday, replaced with Underground Cistern)
Hippodrome: The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
Topkapi Palace: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHABER OF SACRED RELICS. (Harem is not included in the program and visit is due to the extra entrance fee.)
Grand Covered Bazaar: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx are and meerschaum pipers.
(Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday)
Sultans Tombs: there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at St. Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue, and red flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
(Sultans Tombs closed on Monday, replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque)
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Professional Licensed Tour Guide
Mentioned entrance fees to sights
Any other expenses not noted in the included section
Drinks at the Lunch
Optional Istanbul Day Tours & Bosphorus Dinner Cruises