Full-Day Tour of Istanbul - The Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

Full-Day Tour of Istanbul - The Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

Explore the remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and discover some of the greatest sites of the historical Istanbul.

Explore the remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and discover some of the greatest sites of the historical Istanbul.

The facts


  • Language: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic
  • Participants: 2 - 100
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Instant confirmation
  • public (with other participants)
  • mobile voucher is accepted
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Your experience


Discover the most beautiful corners of Istanbul and sightsee the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

At the beginning of the tour we will go to the Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.

After that, your guide will show you the Blue Mosque, also known as Sultan-Ahmet Mosque, which is located 500m from the Hagia Sophia.

The next stop will be the Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. The Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Afterwards, we will visit the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs - it's the Grand Covered Bazaar.

After having a lunch at a turkish restaurant, we will sightsee the wonderful Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.

At the end of the tour, your guide will take you to the Sultan Tombs. There are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at the 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.

Furthermore you can see on this tour the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.

Please note

Additional information

This tour is available in Arabic language. Please direct your request at the customer service of rent-a-guide.

The booking has to be reconfirmed by the tour operator. We will contact you as soon as the booking is bindingly.

Please note:
The Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced with the Basilica Cistern.

Meeting point

We pick up our guests from most of central Istanbul hotels. Guests need to call us minimum 24 hours in advance in order to confirm their reservations and check free pick up availability and pick up time. The Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced with the Basilica Cistern.

Cancellation Conditions

This deal can be cancelled for free up to one day before the date of the activity.

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