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Istanbul Old City Byzantine and Ottoman Empire day tour

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Istanbul Old City Byzantine and Ottoman Empire day tour

Istanbul is an endless treasure for exploration, imagine a city adorned with Ancient, Roman, Byzantian and Ottoman relics, all in one. So get ready for an epic journey of Istanbul while strolling around; the Roman Hippodrome, the Byzantian Hagia Sophia, The Ottoman; Palace (Topkapi), Mosque (Blue mosque) and Grand Bazaar.

What You Can Ecpext

During this tour you will be enchanted by the visit history of Istanbul and you will enjoy this great journey through the different ages of the city from “Byzantium” to “Istanbul”. At lunch time you will also have the chance to try the traditional Turkish Cuisine.


Tour timeline

Istanbul Old City Byzantine and Ottoman Empire day tour


  • Free Hotel Transfer Service

    Start your Istanbul Old City tour with a hotel pick up and meet with your tour guide. Please Note; (Pick-up and drop-off only the central hotels)

  • The Roman Hippodrome

    It was the focal point of civil activities. The scene of horse and chariotraces and the center of Byzantine civil life. The Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column were originally brought by the emperors and used for the decoration of the Hippodrome. At the other side of the Hippodrome the German Fountain still functions today. The imperial lodge was located to the west of the Hippodrome today Sultanahmet square is a nice area for meetings. During Ramadan ending the evenings the fasting celebration sareheld in here, too .

  • Sultanahmet Mosque / Blue Mosque

    This 17th century mosque is famous for the beautiful blue tile work or namenting on it's walls. It’surrounding six slim minarets distinguish it fromother mosques, built by Sultan Ahmed I in 1616. Sultanahamet Mosque is closed on Fridays for prayerand is replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque (Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus)

  • Hagia Sophia

    It is an ancient Byzantine church, built by Emperor Justinian in 6th C.The structure was completed only in 5 years. It is a remarkable structure with its 56m high immensedome. Today it functions as museum where you can see both Christian and Islamic relics. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and is replaced with Basilica Cistern instead.

  • Lunch Service

    You will have lunch in our restaurant. Drinks are available at an additional cost.

  • Topkapi Palace

    This was the great imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. It was the administrative palace for the Ottoman dynasty for over 400 years. The palace served as the seat of goverment and contained a school in which the civil servants and soldiers were once trained. Today it functions as a palace museum and it houses interesting collections such as ; ceramics, glassware, silver ware, costumes, treasury, sultan portraits and holyrelics. Topkapi is closed on Tuesdays tour is not operating on every Tuesdays.

  • Grand Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and the largest in door market in the world. There are over 4000 shops inside and 22 gates of the bazaar. There is a widerange of carpets , jewellery, ceramic, antiques and souvenirs shops here. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and is replaced with Spice Bazaar.

  • Hotel Drop off Service

    We will return to the Kabatas port in the late afternoon and our service vans will drop you off back at your hotel.


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